History of the Lieutenant Asa Stevens Chapter
The Lieutenant Asa Stevens Chapter of DAR was named for an American Patriot who was killed during the Wyoming Massacre.
The Lt. Asa Stevens Chapter was organized November 19, 1921, by Jennie Stevens Neiley. She was Lt. Stevens' great-great granddaughter and the organizing Regent. This Chapter was a spin-off from the George Clymer Chapter in Towanda, PA. The Chapter was unique in that all seventeen charter members were lineal descendants of Lt. Asa Stevens in a direct male line. We were the smallest chapter in the state at that time.
List of members and officers - November 19, 1921.
A lineage pin with the family coat of arms was designed by J.E. Caldwell & Co. for the members who are descendants of Lt. Asa Stevens. This company has been the official jeweler to the National Society DAR since 1892.
Picture of the coat of arms and description
Lt. Asa Stevens came from Connecticut in 1772, and then settled in the Wyoming Valley. He received his commission as Lieutenant in the Wilkes-Barre Company. He was in the active service of the colonists during the Wyoming Massacre, in which he was killed on July 3, 1778.
A son, Jonathan, also a soldier in the Revolution, came to Bradford County, Pennsylvania in 1805. He eventually settled in Standing Stone, Pennsylvania where most of his descendants reside. Jonathan held many important offices in the State and County. At one time he was Associate Judge of Bradford County.
August 8, 1929, the Pennsylvania Historical Commission erected a marker on the Standing Stone Methodist Church lawn. This was to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of General Sullivanís encampment on the site of his march to Tioga, Pennsylvania. The site is directly across the river from the Standing Stone Rock, which was used as a landmark and travel guide as early as 1774. The Lt. Asa Stevens Chapter, NSDAR was asked to sponsor the program. Music was furnished by descendants of Lt. Asa Stevens and the marker was unveiled by two of his great-great-great grandsons.
Here is a picture taken the day of this event along with a closeup of the marker.
(Click on image for larger version).
On October 5, 1929, the Lt. Asa Stevens Chapter was again invited to participate in dedicating another marker at Lime Hill. This was to commemorate the life of Joseph Elliott, a survivor of the Wyoming Massacre.
Augusta Stevens Marshall presented the Chapter with a hammered silver pitcher. This was made in London in 1777, and was placed in the Towanda Historical Society Building for safe keeping.
Article on the mosaic.
In 1970, the Lt. Asa Stevens Chapter received a certificate from the National DAR for a 42.1% increase in membership.
In 1971, we celebrated our 50th Anniversary with six charter members being honored.
We have endeavored to fulfill the chapter's objectives of historical preservation, to promote education, and to encourage patriotism in our communities.
In June 1975, the chapter had twenty-nine members. All members had become very active as a part of the membership drive, which brought seventeen new members into the chapter. We were proud to go from twelve to twenty-nine.
Today, we have a total of twenty-four members. We have several three generation families in our chapter as well as several two generation families.
We meet in Wysok, PA at the Emeregancy Medical Servcie building on Route 187 S on the second Wednesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. for lunch and conversation. At 1:00 p.m. we start our business meeting. We do not meet in July or August.
Last updated September 5, 2015
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