Our DAR chapter was founded May 19, 1912 in
Trenton, Grundy County, Missouri, and named after Dorcas Richardson,
Patriot, who was the daughter of Captain John Nelson of South Carolina.
She was married at the age of 20 to Richard Richardson. Following her marriage,
Dorcas lived on her husband's plantation until the Revolutionary War. In 1776,
her husband was promoted to captaincy in the regular army under Colonel Sumpter,
and later he was taken prisoner and sent to Saint John's Island.
Following the fall of Charleston, the county was overrun with British troops and
Tories who took possession of the Richardson plantation, which they made British
headquarters. When the British officers discovered that Captain Richardson had
gathered patriots around him and joined forces with Marion, they made offers of pardon,
wealth, and promotion to Dorcas if she would use her influence to have her husband
join forces with them. She refused to even lay the matter before her husband. At
the close of the war, he was promoted to the rank of colonel.
Colonel Richardson returned to his wasted plantation and the two patriots spent their
declining years in peace and plenty. Six of their ten children came to maturity,
married, and reared families.
Dorcas survived her husband several years. She died at the age of 93. Dorcas
Richardson, one of the brave women of the American Revolution, kept the home fires
burning. She cared for the children, endured the deprivations uncomplainingly, and
aided the American cause. (From The Missouri State History of Daughters of
the American Revolution by Mrs. Frank Sayre Leach).
The Dorcas Richardson Chapter has promoted the National Society DAR ideals of patriotism,
education, and historical preservation throughout its history. Among our many accomplishments are:
-- Recording Grundy County cemetery records.
-- Erecting a sign at the old Grundy County poor farm which lists names of those
we know who died there.
-- Presenting a Christmas program for the residents of the Sunnyview Nursing Home.
-- Presenting patriotic and American historical awards to area school children.
-- Supporting our community in historical preservation.
-- Past Regent Jackie Thatcher has developed a database which now contains over
160,000 people who either lived in, were ancestors of, or descendants of Grundy County
residents. Her Grundy County Program is a well documented PAF program containing census
records, cemetery, birth, death, and other records for Grundy County which go back to at least
1900. Her program is available at both the Jewett Norris Library and the
Grundy County Museum in Trenton.
Our luncheon meetings are held on the 1st Monday of the months of March through
September at noon. Our programs are varied and interesting and on topics relating to
patriotism, education, and historical preservation. If you
would like to attend one of our meetings, please contact us. Visitors are welcome.
Our Dorcas Richardson Chapter officers are:
Vice Regent--Shirley Lymer
Recording Secretary--Catheryn Smith
Registrar--Mary Lynn Griffin
Last updated 9 August 2012.
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