Watauga History

North America’s first independent majority-rule government by Europeans of American birth was formed with the adoption of the written articles of the Watauga Association on May 17, 1772, four years before the Declaration of Independence.  This “Watauga Association” was formed and organized for self-government in the Watauga Valley in East Tennessee, on land bought from the Cherokee and Choctaw Indians by the pioneer settlers who had crossed the Appalachian mountains.

          The Watauga Chapter DAR was organized by Mrs. Keller Anderson (Jean Robertson) on April 19th, 1894, and derived its name from the first settlement on Tennessee soil and in honor of the first free and independent government established in America.

 

 

Charter Members Watauga Chapter DAR 1894

 

Ch. #

Name (Maiden Name)

1

Mrs. Keller Anderson (Jean Robertson), Regent

2

Mrs. William H. Horton (Lillian Bright)

3

Mrs. John J. Judah (Mary Jameson), Secretary

4

Mrs. Thomas Day (Mary Robertson), Registrar

5

Mrs. J. L. Latham (Mary Woodridge)

6

Mrs. William D. Bethel (Cynthia Pillow)

7

Mrs. Walter Kline (Mary Bethel Parker)

8

Mrs. Luke Edward Wright (Katherine Middleton Semmes), Treasurer

9

Mrs. Charles Bailey Bryan (Anna Spencer Semmes)

10

Mrs. Clarence Churchill Selden (Elise Massey)

11

Mrs. Samuel Watkins Morton (Laura Randolph)

12

Mrs. Carrington Mason (Maria Boddie)

13

Mrs. A. B. Carruthers (Ada B. Smith)

14

Mrs. Richard J. Person (Alice Winchester)

15

Mrs. Dabney Scales (Susan Winchester)

16

Mrs. Joseph Malcolm Semmes (Eleanor Martin)

17

Mrs. Thomas Robert Boyle (Virginia Frazer)

18

Mrs. Charles Wesley Frazer (Letitia Austin)

19

Mrs. Hugh L. Bedford (Louise McLean)

 

 

Past Regents of Watauga Chapter

* Deceased

*

Mrs. Keller Anderson

1894 – 1897

*

Mrs. Clarence C. Selden

1898

*

Mrs. Luke Edward Wright

1899

*

Mrs. Dabney Scales

1900 – 1901

*

Mrs. Thomas Day

1902 – 1909

*

Mrs. E. G. Willingham

1910 – 1911

*

Mrs. G. E. Newhardt

1912

*

Mrs. J. M. Brinkley

1913

*

Mrs. Frank L. Lang

1914 – 1916

*

Mrs. C. N. Grosvenor

1916 – 1918

*

Mrs. Evander Williams

1918 – 1920

*

Mrs. Thomas Day

1920 – 1921

*

Mrs. S. A. Wilkinson

1921 – 1922

*

Mrs. John Halliburton

1922 – 1924

*

Mrs. Atwood Hill Mathis

1924 – 1925

*

Mrs. A. A. Kincannon

1925 – 1927

*

Mrs. R. M. Buddeke

1927 – 1929

*

Mrs. J. W. Campbell

1929

*

Mrs. E. M. Cayce

1930

*

Mrs. Evander Williams

1931 – 1933

*

Mrs. W. V. Fant (resigned)

 

*

Mrs. Newton Ford Raines

1933 – 1934

*

Mrs. William E. Barnes

1934 – 1935

*

Mrs. W. M. Berry

1935 – 1938

*

Mrs. William B. Fowler

1938 – 1940

*

Mrs. Scott M. Julian

1940 – 1941

*

Mrs. J. Logan Morgan

1941 – 1942

*

Mrs. Thomas M. Deaton

1942 – 1943

*

Mrs. J. P. Chase

1943 – 1945

*

Mrs. Clegg Richards

1945 – 1946

*

Mrs. Robert A. Scott

1946 – 1949

*

Mrs. Morrison Tucker

1949 – 1951

*

Mrs. Otis H. Jones

1951 – 1953

*

Mrs. R. Seth McCallum (resigned)

 

*

Mrs. Otis H. Jones

1953 – 1955

*

Mrs. Garner Miller

1955 – 1957

*

Mrs. Norwood G. Paddison

1957 – 1959

 * 

Mrs. Willard N. Greer

1959 – 1961

 * 

Mrs. Durwood E. Williams

1961 – 1963

*

Mrs. Frank B. Liddell

1963 – 1965

*

Mrs. Loyd C. Templeton

1965 – 1967

*

Mrs. Edward M. Standefer

1967 – 1969

 * 

Mrs. Frank Smith

1969 – 1971

*

Mrs. Robert Warno

1971 – 1973

*

Mrs. Robert Louis Cox

1973 – 1975

*

Mrs. Frank Fitzhugh Taylor

1975 – 1977

*

Mrs. George Reid Glass

1977 – 1979

*

Mrs. Mallory M. Mattice

1979 – 1981

 

Mrs. Lucius F. Wright, Jr.

1981 – 1983

*

Mrs. Don M. Savage

1983 – 1985

*

Mrs. George Bruce Reid

1985 – 1987

 

Mrs. William T. Hull, Jr.

1987 – 1989

*

Mrs. Solon G. Freeman, Sr.

1989 – 1991

 * 

Mrs. Ira Rayford Bailey

1991 – 1993

 

Mrs. Paul F. Acree

1993 – 1995

*

Mrs. Earl N. Bridgman, Jr.

1995 – 1997

*

Mrs. Raymond F. Scruggs, Sr.

1997 – 1999

*

Mrs. Solon G. Freeman, Sr.

1999 – 2001

*

Mrs. Phillip A. Yarbrough

2001 – 2003

*

Mrs. Harry Hugh Malone

2003 – 2005

 

Mrs. John E. Hobson

2005 – 2007

 

Mrs. Jean Williamson

2008 – 2009

Mrs. Phillip A. Yarbrough

2009 – 2011

 

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