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Real Daughters of Pittsburgh Chapter,  NSDAR 

What is a Real Daughter?

"All DAR members are descended from Revolutionary patriots. But imagine joining the DAR through the Revolutionary War service of your own father.  This was a distinct privilege of a Real Daughter. Not to be confused with the "daughter of a Revolutionary soldier or patriot" (a term which of course encompasses thousands of women), a Real Daughter was distinguished because she was a DAR member as well as the actual daughter of a patriot. In the early years of the National Society, a DAR chapter that could name a Real Daughter among its members was extremely proud of this living link to the American Revolution."
NSDAR Newsletter Volume 9, # 3, 2009, Office of the Historian General

Pittsburgh Chapter, NSDAR, has the honor of three Real Daughters in our chapter history. We would like to give special recognition to these extraordinary women.  To that end, we are involved in a new project in which all Real Daughter graves will be located, documented, photographed, and marked with a DAR plaque. Please join us in discovering the fascinating historical information to be gained about these women who had first-hand knowledge of the formative years in American history.

Sarah Jane Markle Burgett
Ancestor: Colonel Abram Markle - PA
Membership Application Approved by National: 27 Sep 1898
Born: 14 Jul 1820 at Island Creek, Jefferson Co., OH
Died: 7 Jul 1898 at Burgettstown, Washington Co., PA at age 77
Buried: Fairview Cemetery, Burgettstown, PA - Lot 49G
Married: 20 Apr 1841 to Boston Grim Burgett
Spouse Born: 8 May 1820
Spouse Died: 28 Jul 1890
Resided: Burgettstown, Washington Co., PA

Sarah resided at Burgettstown, PA when she applied for DAR membership in June 1898.  She stated she was born in Jefferson County OH, and DAR records show Sarah was born in 1820. Her obituary in the Steubenville Herald Star dated Saturday, 9 July 1898, stated that she died 7 July 1898, at home at Burgettstown, Washington County, PA:
"Death at Burgettstown:  Mrs. Sarah J. Burgett died Thursday at the Burgett homestead, at Burgettstown, aged 77 years.  She was one of three women in [Pittsburgh] Pennsylvania who were entitled to membership in the order of Daughters of the American Revolution.  Her father, Abram Markle, was a native of Pennsylvania.  At an early age he joined the American army and served for some time on General Washington's staff.  Two daughters survive, Mrs. Rachel J. Tuman and Mrs. Frank McCune, both of Pittsburgh."

By the 1850 census, Boston and Sarah Burgett had moved to Smith Township, Washington County, PA (Burgettstown), where Boston's family were founding fathers. Sarah and Boston lived there the rest of their lives. Boston Grim Burgett was born 8 May 1820, and died 28 July 1890 at Burgettstown.  He is buried in the Old Presbyterian Graveyard in Burgettstown.  However, Sarah is buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Burgettstown with no tombstone.

The Pittsburgh Chapter, NSDAR, is in the process of obtaining permission to mark Sarah's grave.  The Real Daughter Committee will also do research on the life and patriotic service of her father, Abram Markle.

Terressa Quinby Carver
Ancestor: Private Samuel Quinby - NJ
Membership Application Approved by National: 6 Dec 1899
Born: 7 Apr 1808 at Howland, Trumbull Co., OH
Died: 12 Aug 1900 at Sharon, Mercer, Co., PA at age 92
Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Sharon, Mercer Co., PA
(Section I West, Rows 12/13)
Married: 6 Aug 1833 to Conrad Gansevoort Carver
Spouse Born: 31 Mar 1800 at Richfield, Otsego Co., NY
Spouse Died: 1874
Resided: Sharon, Mercer Co., PA

Cole, Henry 1915 Genealogical History of the Quinby (Quimby) Family in England and America. Tuttle Company, New York. [Page 170]

"Teresa Quinby, born 7-April-1808, married 6-August-1833, Conrad Gansevoort Carver of Richfield, Otsego County, N. Y.; she died 12-August-1900; Mrs. Carver was a resident of Sharon, Pa., but for a number of years made her home with Mrs. Nancy (Quinby) Larwill at Wooster, Ohio, says Mrs. Beebe (1893) who adds: "she is one of the exceptional daughters of the Revolution, in that she is entitled to a pension among few others left in the Union, and enjoys length of days in the home of her youth, amid pleasant associations."

Sharon Herald, Friday, August 17, 1900

"Death came as a peaceful sleep to Mrs. Terressa Quinby Carver at her home on East Hill on Tuesday morning, after an illness of but a few days, and her long and useful life was ended. While her physical strength had been lessened by reason of her advanced age, she retained her mental vigor, her interest in her friends and affairs, and a sweet and lovable disposition to the last.

"Mrs. Carver was the oldest resident of Sharon, and had attained her 93rd year, having been born May 7, 1808, in Howland, a few miles west of Sharon. She was the daughter of Samuel and Achsah Park Quinby. Her father was a Revolutionary soldier and a pioneer settler of Sharon, removing here from Howland in 1808, the year Mrs. Carver was born, and bought from Benjamin Bentley, who was the first known settler in this vicinity, a tract of four hundred acres of land in and below the southern part of Sharon, part of it comprising the now busy scene of South Sharon, and known until recent years as the Quinby farm. He died in 1842 and was buried with military honors.

"Mrs. Carver was the sole survivor of her family of twelve brothers and sisters. Among the latter were Mrs. T.J. Porter, Mrs. Lewis Reno, Mrs. Isaac DeForest and Mrs. Daniel Budd, whose descendants are well known citizens of Sharon and vicinity, and Mrs. John Reeves, who lived at Warren, Ohio. She was married in 1833 to the late C.G. Carver, long a prominent citizen of Sharon, and who died in 1874. Two sons were born to them, our townsmen, J. L. and C. Q. Carver, who mourn the loss of a mother to whom they were devotedly attached.

"By reason of the military service of her father in the Revolutionary War, Mrs. Carver was a "real" Daughter of the American Revolution, and was a member of Pittsburgh Chapter, D.A.R. A few months since, as we noted at the time, she was presented by the Chapter with a gold spoon, as a souvenir of the fact that she was a "real" Daughter, of whom there are but few now living, as distinguished from those whose Revolutionary ancestry were more remote.

"Her funeral services were held at her late residence, Thursday morning, at ten o'clock and were largely attended. They were conducted by Rev. G.B. McKee, pastor of the First Baptist Church, of which she was long a consistent and faithful member. The interment in the family vault in Oakwood was private."

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Carver cemetery

Real Daughter Grave Marking Ceremony, May 21, 2011
A little more than 200 years after Terressa Quinby was born, her grave was marked with the distinction of being a Real Daughter. PSSDAR officers and members representing different chapters came from across the state to celebrate her heritage.  Pymatuming Chapter very graciously welcomed us all to share in the special day, and afterwards invited us to join them at the Mercer County Convention Center and Visitor's Bureau for hospitality. The Sharon Herald  ran the article "Soldier's Daughter Honored by DAR" on  May 22, 2011.  Photos are courtesy of Betty Elza.

Lydian Calhoun Hackney Masten
Ancestor: Private Joseph Hackney - NY
Membership Application Approved by National: 6 May 1897
Born: 16 Jul 1815 at Meadville, Crawford Co., PA
Died: 26 Jul 1898 at Oakmont, Allegheny Co., PA
Buried: Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA )
Married: Cornelius Masten
Spouse Born: 18 Feb 1809
Spouse Died: 6 Jul 1869
Resided: Glade, Warren Co., PA (1860)
Oakmont, Allegheny Co., PA (1898)
Masten stone

Lydian resided at Oakmont, Allegheny County, PA when she applied for DAR membership in 1897.  She stated she was born at Meadville, Crawford County, PA and DAR records state she was born 16 July 1815. Her death record states she died in Oakmont, PA of pneumonia.

Newspaper Clipping, July 1898 - Unidentified source
"MASTEN- On Tuesday evening, July 26, 1898, Lydian Hackney Masten of Warren, PA.
Funeral services at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. Henderson, Seventh and B streets, Oakmont, on Thursday morning, July 28, at 11 o' clock.  Interment at Homestead Cemetery after arrival of train at Forty-third Street station at 2 p.m."

Lydian was buried in the Homewood Cemetery in Pittsburgh, with no tombstone. The chapter obtained permission to place a marker, and dedicated it on April 26, 2012. Our patriotic ceremony was supported by SAR, whose Color Guard provided a real dignity to the occasion.  We were humbled to have the support of so many local Daughters as well as State Officers and Committee Chairs. We were especially honored to have Merry Ann Wright, President General, NSDAR, present for the ceremony.

SARflowersPG officers

Photograph of Lydian and family with inscription, Warren County Historical Society
Left to right:
1.  Lydian Calhoun/Colhoon Hackney Masten (Mrs. Cornelius Masten)
only Real Daughter of the American Revolution of  Pittsburgh Chapter in 1841
2. Son of Mrs. Masten
3. Margaret McGrady Hackney (Widow of Col. Joseph Hackney)
Masten photo


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