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United States Daughters of 1812

Located in Grand Rapids, MI

Our Motto: "Liberty, Fraternity and Unity


The purposes of this society shall be to promote patriotism, to preserve and increase knowledge of the history of the American people by the preservation of documents and relics, the marking of historic spots, the recording of family histories and traditions, the celebration of patriotic anniversaries, teaching and emphasizing the heroic deeds of the civil, military and naval life of those who molded this government between the close of the American Revolution and the close of the War of 1812, to urge Congress to compile and publish authentic records of men in civil, military and naval service from 1784 to 1815 inclusive, to maintain at National Headquarters a museum and library of memorabilia of the 1784-1815 period and to assist in the care and maintenance of our "Real Granddaughters" in every way that will add to their comfort and happiness.

It is our goal to preserve their history forever.


Our chapter was founded by Organizing President Mrs. Robert (Ann) Preston Koeze in 1996. We have members from all across West Michigan from Traverse City south to Saugatuck. We are proud that one of our chapter members Mrs. Margaret Doud (Peggy) Christie of Traverse City served as President National of the Society 2003-2006.

Our chapter meets three to four times a year in the Greater Grand Rapids Area.


Stephen Preston was born in Bedford Co., Virginia. He is listed in the Bedford County Order Books as an ensign in the Bedford Co Militia during the War of 1812. He married Frances Turner on 1 Feb 1831 and subsequently had nine children. Their family home was built on a little knoll near Glade Hill, VA and is still standing today.

Stephen was 6 ft. 1" tall and had blue eyes and curly sandy colored hair. He was a merchant and a farmer during his lifetime.


President - Helene Werner
Registrar - Judy Hull


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    2013-2014 Grand Rapids Veterans Home

November 22, 2014 Stephen Preston Chapter members decorated the Christmas Tree for our Veterans to enjoy. To view images of that day, follow the PDF link below (there are 2 pages to this PDF file).
Christmas Tree at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

November 6, 2014 Stephen Preston Chapter along with General Alexander Macomb Chapter delivered festive placemats for our Veterans to brighten their Thanksgiving Day trays.
Two PDF file links below will open for you to view the image of the placemats and the image of them delivered to the Veterans Home.
Placemats delivered

December 7, 2013 Stephen Preston Chapter members decorated a Christmas Tree at the Grand Rapids Veterans Home. Three gifts were purchased for the Veterans Christmas Tree. Happy Holidays to all our Veterans!

2013 Stephen Preston Chapter Delivered Placemats to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on behalf of our Chapter and General Alexander Macomb Chapter.

    2014 ROTC AWARDS

April 15, 2014 Stephen Preston Chapter Chairman Mpresented a ROTC Award to Michigan State University recipient Joseph Jansen. Congratulations to Joseph!


May 2016 Stephen Preston Chapter awarded two JROTC awards at Ottawa High School. Chapter Chairman M. Buurma represented our chapter and presented the awards and certificates.

JROTC Recipients: Congratulations to Paola Diaz and Dazsha Crews.


Our Chapter fundraisers are shown below. If you are interested in purchasing one of them please contact Stephen Preston Chapter Fundraisers

(royal blue or white)

August 10, 2013 Elnathan Scranton Dedication

June 20, 2013 Nathaniel and Almenia Thomas Champe Dedication

May 28, 2012 Orrin Potter Headstone Dedication

October 16, 2010 Joshua Briggs Headstone Dedication

April 30, 2011 Peter Spitzer Headstone Dedication

May 20, 2011 Rollin Pelton Headstone Dedication

July 23, 2011 John Harris Headstone Dedication

September 24, 2011 Grave Dedication of Civil War Veterans

Saturday February 18, 2017
Electronic Meeting

Friday June 9, 2017

Place: To be announced
Time: 10:00 am
Program: To be announced
Bring: Agenda and Minutes
Agenda: Coming Soon
June 4, 2016 Minutes
October 6, 2016 Minutes


Future Events to be posted here


United States Daughters of 1812

General Alexander Macomb Chapter, U.S.D.1812

Michigan State Society U.S.Daughters of 1812

Common Corners, WMGS

Fort McHenry

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House

National Museum of American History

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