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to the Chapter's work in marking the graves of revolutionary heroes, its contributions to a number of patriotic causes, and to the War Relief Committees, both individually and collectively, during our recent war with Spain.-Sarah R. OLIPHANT FAULKINBURG.
THE COLUMBIA CHAPTER (Columbia, South Carolina) enjoys the distinction of having more "Real living Daughters" than any other in proportion to its members. The roll of members is only about forty and yet it has three "Real Daughters," all living. A short sketch of these ancient dames will doubtless be of interest to many of the younger daughters, who may hope to live as long, but can certainly never hope to be “Real Daughters"—that is an honor to which one is born, and which can never be thrust upon one, nor achieved by any effort.
The Chapter has the privilege of counting among its members Mrs. Anne Morehead Hobson, the grandmother of the distinguished Richmond Pearson Hobson, now so famous over the whole United States. Doubtless he inherits his bravery and intrepid courage from this ancient daughter of a Revolutionary soldier.
She was born in Rockingham County, North Carolina, February 15, 1811, so she is now eighty-seven years old. She is totally blind, but has excellent health, her mind is unimpaired and she enjoys her life in her old home "Wildwood" surrounded by her grandchildren, her fingers busy with her knitting needles, and her thoughts dwelling on the past and looking forward to the future in another world which is drawing so near.
Her father was John Morehead, a brave soldier of the Revolution, who fought in the battles of Cowpens, King's Mountain and Guilford Court House. In the museum at Guilford some of his soldier's outfit is still preserved. In 1831, she married Samuel A. Hobson with whom she passed a long and happy life. She remembers three wars, the Mexican, Civil and now the Spanish. Three of her sons fought for the Sunny South, and passed through unscathed.
It was very touching when Lieutenant Hobson visited her
on his return from the war. She laid her hands in loving blessing on his head, and with tears in her blind eyes, moaned that she could not have the delight of seeing him.
Another “Real Daughter" in our Chapter is Mrs. Louise C. Gaillard, of Winsboro, South Carolina. She was the youngest child of Samuel DuBose, who was an officer on the staff of General Frances Marion. His commission is in the possession of his great-grandson, Rev. W. P. DuBose Dean, of the University of the South Sewannee, Tennessee.
Mrs. Gaillard was born October 5th, 1809, at Pineville, in the ancient parish of St. Stephens, South Carolina. She was married in 1827, to David Gaillard, of St. John's, Berkeley, who was the grandfather of Colonel David Gaillard, now the young colonel of the Third Regiment Volunteer Engineers, a talented and brilliant officer, who only needs opportunity to achieve fame. Mrs. Gaillard removed to Winnsboro in 1835, where she lived with her husband until his untimely death in 1855. Left a widow, she had the heavy responsibility of raising a large family of children, but she was equal to the duty and discharged it nobly. Of her thirteen children, eight sons and four daughters attained maturity. Six of her sons were in the Confederate Army. Although in her ninetieth year she remains in full possession of all her faculties, enjoying a serene and happy old age, surrounded by a large and devoted family connection, revered and honored by all.
Our third "Real Daughter" is Mrs. Sallie Wallace, of Chester, South Carolina. She is the oldest of the trio, having been born in 1803, in Scotland. Her ninety-fifth birthday occurred last July, and her descendants and neighbors held quite a festival in her honor, at her old home, Pleasant Grove. The number of guests was too large to be accommodated in the house, so the tables were spread on a large lawn at the foot of the hill. Although so aged she is not by any means decrepit and on that occasion walked nimbly up and down the hill as bright and interested as if she had been seventy years younger.
Her father was Hugh Knox and was a soldier in the Revolution: His pension certificate was endorsed by John C. Calhoun, then Secretary of State.--A. I. ROBERTSON, Secretary.
GANSEVOORT CHAPTER (Albany, New York).—This first year, as a Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, proves that we shall live; a membership of sixty, and willing workers, augurs good results for the future.
Many pleasant events have occurred during the year. The semi-monthly readings of revolutionary history were instructive and enjoyable. The celebrations of historic events with well written papers and an hour of sociability were well attended. March 16th it was our privilege, as a Chapter, to take part in a reception given Mrs. Daniel Manning, then recently elected President of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; a brilliant and unique function worthy of the gracious woman in whom we all feel a personal pride. About the same time opportunity was given members of the Chapter to meet the State Regent and visiting Daughters of the American Revolution. An invitation froin Philip Livingston Chapter, Sons of the Revolution, to a church service, in commemoration of the Battle of Lexington, was accepted by many members; it was a most patriotic and inspiring service, making one glad to be an American. We were also indebted to Philip Livingston Chapter for an invitation to listen to a lecture on the "Construction of the Modern Warship.” Many members attended a church service commemorating Forefathers' Day.
Our Chapter responded promptly to a call from the National Society for funds to meet emergencies arising from the Spanish-American War, as true Americans, and Daughters oi the American Revolution especially, naturally would.
Gansevoort Chapter is now honored in having a “Real Daughter,” Mrs. Alfred B. Street, among its members. She will be presented with a gold spoon, with proper ceremony, at a future meeting.
A loss came to us near the close of the year, in the death of Mrs. Fletcher Barber; we place on her grave our gift of rosemary-it is remembrance.
An examination of the Historian's records will show the title Daughters of the American Revolution a little in advance of the time of possession of a charter in that society; this was done to keep in proper order an event participated in by the present members.
The new Constitution defines the duties of the Historian very clearly; our work will broaden so materially the coming years, that future Historians can only take pride in recording the same.-ISABEL R. PHISTERER, Historian.
MARTHA WAYLES JEFFERSON CHAPTER (Opelika, Alabama).—The Martha Wayles Jefferson Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, was organized at the residence of Mrs. George P. Harrison, who had been appointed Regent, May 20, 1898. The anniversary of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was especially appropriate for the date of organization, as a majority of the fifteen charter members were of North Carolina ancestry.
The interior of the residence was decorated with United States flags, and the Daughters of the American Revolution colors were everywhere expressed in the floral decorations of white roses and blue coraflowers.
The meeting was called to order with a gavel from M:. Vernon, and the following officers were chosen: Regent, Mrs. Fanny L. Witherspoon Harrison; Vice-Regent, Miss Virginia S. Dowell; Secretary, Miss Rosa H. Read; Treasurer, Miss Caroline M. Hooper; Registrar, Mrs. Florence H. H. Bennett; Historian, Mrs. Julia R. Porterfield.
The name of the Chapter was then discussed, and it was suggested that as Alabama had no revolutionary history of her own, for the sake of local coloring, the name should be associated with the ancestry of one of the Chapter's own members. There were nineteen revolutionary officers, among them General Francis Nash and Thomas Jefferson, besides privates of valiant deed, on the Chapter's ancestral roll, but it was decided that, as the Daughters of the American Revolution is a woman's organization, the name of a woman would be most appropriate for the Chapter, and the name of Jefferson's gentle wife-Martha Wayles Jefferson--was chosen.
It seems especially appropriate, because Mrs. Jefferson's life was typical of the lives of most women of the Revolution—her time and ability being wholly expended on her home and the religious and social circles surrounding it.
She shared all of her husband's tasks; his plans, ambitions and hopes being hers, and in his leisure she read his favorite Ossian to him. So perfect was the home and happiness she gave him, that when she died, Thomas Jefferson swooned away, and it was only after weeks of world-weariness, that he found courage to say: "Yea, we will live, daughter; live in memory of her.” And yet, of this gifted woman we know so little, that we are sometimes tempted to wish that a little of the Nineteenth Century electric glare of publicity could be turned upon her radiant personality.
After the formal organization of the Chapter, interesting papers were read on the Mecklenburg Declaration and North Carolina's part in the Revolution. The ladies then repaired to the dining-room, where refreshments were served, and where the decorations were of the same color scheme as the parlors. As a souvenir of the occasion, every lady received a tiny United States and Daughters of the American Revolution flag, which floated on an ivory staff from the centre of the ices served. The pleasure of the occasion was enhanced by the presence of guests from the city, and from the Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter at Auburn, Alabama.
During the summer, the Chapter contributed to the Daughters of the American Revolution Hospital Fund in money, but was unable to do needlework, owing to the illness and absence of members. It also contributed to the Hobson Testimonial fund, and it has decided to offer a medal to the schools of Opelika for the best essay on a revolutionary subject. The Chapter has adopted the plan of meeting every month on some revolutionary anniversary, instead of on a regular date, and is much pleased with the plan. During the first meetings, the members read sketches of the ancestors under whom they had entered the Daughters of the American Revolution, and it was extremely interesting to be presented in this modern style to our stately forefathers of heroic deed.
There have been four accessions to our roll recently. The