Matilda Polk Campbell Chapter

Daughters of the American Revolution
          Bolivar, Missouri

Our Chapter

The chapter was organized on October 11, 1997.  Our chapter’s namesake, Matilda Polk Campbell, was a true daughter of the American Revolution. 

Born in December 1770, Matilda was the daughter of Ezekial Polk, who served in the Revolutionary War as a Lieutenant Colonel from South Carolina.  She was the aunt of U. S. President James K. Polk.  Some sources say that her husband served in the North Carolina artillery.

Matilda was a part of the western migration, moving from North Carolina to Tennessee and then to Polk County, Missouri.  She and her sons and their families were among the first white settlers in this county.  Matilda died in Polk County on September 23, 1853, and was buried in Hazelwood Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri. 

Our organizing regent, Carolyn Mott, is the great-great-great-great granddaughter of Matilda Polk Campbell. On April 29, 2001, a DAR marker was placed by the chapter on Matilda’s grave in Hazelwood Cemetery.