Cumberland County Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution

Our Chapter History

The Cumberland County Chapter was organized on May 9, 1895, with twelve charter members.  The chapter was the twentieth organized in the state and the 137th in the National Society.  The organizing regent, Mrs. William J. Rose, called the first meeting to order in her home.  Members sat around a table which was once used for card games by General Washington at the home of Judge Berrier in New Jersey during the Revolutionary War.





Last updated: 9/30/2022                                                                                                                                             


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The chapter chose the name, Cumberland County, to honor the county’s early historical importance in the life of the nation. Cumberland County was formed in 1750 from Lancaster County, as the sixth county in Pennsylvania. The county is affectionately referred to as “Mother Cumberland” since many researchers eventually find themselves rooted here.


We are also identified with Revolutionary War patriot, Mary Ludwig Hays, known as “Molly Pitcher.” Mary lived her later years in Carlisle and is buried there. Read more about Mary here.

The chapter observed its 100th anniversary in 1995 and its 115th anniversary in 2010. We observed our 120th Anniversary with a luncheon in September 2015. Historical artifacts from the Chapter were displayed.

Charter Members

· Mrs. William J. Rose, Regent

· Mrs.  A. D. B. Smead, Registrar

· Miss Helen Beatty, Secretary

· Miss Rebecca Henderson, Treasurer

· Miss Mary Kramer

· Miss Elizabeth Smead

· Mrs. John Hays

· Mrs. Sarah C. Watts Johnson

· Mrs. Katharine Stevenson Keller

· Mrs. Jane Rebecca Miller

· Mrs. Julia Watts Comstock

· Mrs. Amelia Given Beall

If you have questions regarding membership, please feel free to contact our registrar.