Napton, Saline County, Missouri
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National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Founded May 15, 1913, the Patsy Gregg Chapter has been part of the Saline County community for almost a century.
Our chapter members are active in veterans programs, volunteer at libraries, support women’s programs, scholarships, and historic preservation.
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Patsy Gregg was one of this area’s original pioneer women. She was the granddaughter of Jesse Cox, the first settler in Saline County. Patsy had Quaker roots, having descended from Irish immigrants. Probably born about 1796 in Madison County, Kentucky, Patsy came of age during difficult times. The country was embroiled in the War of 1812. Fears over American encroachment led to numerous short, bloody attacks between settlers and the Indians.
In the fall of 1810, Jesse Cox crossed the Missouri River to the Saline County side, built a cabin, and cleared land. Patsy’s father, William, and his two brothers also located to the same area. By 1812, all four men appear on a list of those able to bear arms for defense of Fort Cooper, located about two miles south of Boone’s Lick. While it appears the families resided in the small settlement rather than in the Fort itself, they were frequently "run in" to the fort by the Indian attacks.
During Christmas Week 1814, the little settlement was attacked by a band of Indians. The Indians killed Patsy’s father, destroyed the settlement, and took Patsy captive. They placed Patsy on a horse behind an Indian warrior to whom she was tied by one hand. As they traveled away from her home, Patsy tore off bits of her clothing and dropped them on the ground to guide the searchers looking for her.
When she spotted her rescuers, using her unbound hand she seized the Indian’s knife from its scabbard, cut the thongs which bound her other hand, and sprang from the horse’s back. Taking shelter in the brush until her rescuers drove away her captors, Patsy was soon in the hands of friends and carried back to the Fort Cooper.
Patsy married and later relocated to Texas. She often shared this story with her grandchildren.
When choosing the name of the chapter, our founders wished to create an atmosphere that would embrace and enlist the pioneer spirit of early Saline County settlers, especially the women.
The chapter meets at 2:00 p.m. the second Saturday of each month, except in the months of July and August. Our meeting locations vary and are planned with the demographics of our chapter membership in mind. Please email us for meeting locations.
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Who is Patsy Gregg?*
*The story of Patsy Gregg is oral tradition recorded in “The History of Saline County, Missouri,” 1881, pp144-147; Ft. Cooper records are from “The History of Howard and Cooper Counties,” 1883, pp 95, 96.
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The chapter was organized and originally held its meetings in the town of Napton, which at one time was the county seat. As the county’s demographics changed, so did those of our membership. We now have members from several communities including Marshall, Sweet Springs, Nelson, Marshall Junction, and Kansas City.
About our Chapter
Regent – Peggy Ruester
Vice Regent – Joyce Knight
Chaplain – Linda Bilbruck
Recording Secretary – Carol McInteer
Corresponding Secretary – Mabel Harvey
Treasurer – Janice Malecki
Registrar – Patricia Hammer
Historian – Marsha Miller
Librarian –Marsha Miller
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