Matochshoning-Rebecca Cornell Chapter, Metuchen, New Jersey

  Chapter History

The Matochshoning-Rebecca Cornell Chapter was established when the Matochshoning Chapter and the Rebecca Cornell Chapter merged on April 24, 1998.

Our Organizing Regent was Dr. Felonese Kelley (Mrs. Joseph) 1998-2001, who was succeeded by:
Rita L. Halpin (Mrs. James) 2001-2002
Donna R. Bowen (Mrs. William) 2002-2007
Diane Waugh Oliver (Mrs. Douglas) 2007-2013
Matochshoning Chapter was organized December 21, 1927, and was named for an Indian Village, located at Metuchen. This area is famous for a skirmish between the the Americans and British during the Revolutionary War, in front of the church in the village of Woodbridge. The Organizing Regent was Lilliam Lesher Wilson (Mrs. Howard S.).

Lillian Lesher Wilson (Mrs. Howard S.)

Read about the May 1943 Dedication of Revolutionary Tablet by the Matochshoning Chapter, NDSAR

The Rebecca Cornell Chapter was organized December 14, 1915, and was named for a Real Daughter of the American Revolution from Schoharie, New York--Rebecca Cornell. Her grandfather, Capt. John Cornell, fell at the storming of Fort Ticonderoga, 1758, fighting under General Abercrombie. Rebecca Cornell, a Real Daughter of the American Revolution

Her father, William Cornell, and her mother, Hannah Finch, were captured by Indians but made their escape.

William joined the American forces and was
an Ensign in the
5th Tryon Co. Regiment under Colonel Harper. He was captured by the British but a second time escaped his captors. He was wounded at the Battle of Oriskany, fighting under General Herkimer. Rebecca married Horace Townsend in 1801 and in the course of time was a mother to eleven children.

The above information and photographs from: "State History of the New Jersey Daughters of the American Revolution," 1929; compiled by Grace Louise Cadmus and assisted by E. Jane Peer.


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