Notable Women of Abigail Adams Chapter NSDAR

Although each and every member of Abigail Adams Chapter NSDAR through the past 120 years has been and is vital to chapter life, we list below the 14 founding members. These were women of foresight, strength of spirit and determination. In establishing the first chapter in the State of Iowa, they deserve the deep and lasting gratitude of all members of the Iowa Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Chapter Founders:

Carrie Margaret McAyval Ogilvie
Sophia Maxwell Dolson Andrews
Alice Alvina Crawford Bailey Gorst
Barbara Roxana Fusselman Garver
Dr. Mary J. Loomis Gaylord
Antoinette C. Akers Graber
Elizabeth Brown Howell
Mattie Atwood Locke Macomber
Lillian Hoag Monk
Mary Helen Baylies Peters
Adella J. Arnold Pratt
Edith Hepburn Thummel
Hortense Octavia Bailey Vail
Ella Lyford Warfield



Iowa State Regents who were members of Abigail Adams Chapter NSDAR:

Emma Gertrude Hull
Elizabeth Brown Howell
Alice Given Brenton
Edna J. Dudley Throckmorton
Betty Davis Wallace
Sara Jane Shaler Harwood

   Carrie Margaret McAyval
                                      Ogilvie
Carrie Margaret McAyval Ogilvie
             (1857-1939)
Carrie Margaret McAyval Ogilvie was the organizer of Abigail Adams Chapter, first chapter in the State of Iowa. Born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Carrie was second regent and the first by election of chapter members. Mrs Ogilvie, whose great-great-grandfather, Hugh Thompson of Pennsylvania, fought in the Revolutionary War, spent several months of concentrated effort to interest women in the Des Moines area and surrounding counties during the summer of 1893, the national organization having been formed October 11, 1891. She was rewarded with success when the chapter was organized in August 1893. Carrie was elected as the first regent by the National Board, but declined, instead feeling the honor should go to Sophia Andrews, whose father had served in the Revolutionary War. Carrie held chapter, state and national offices over the years. In Des Moines, she was editor and proprietor of The Midwestern Magazine. By 1925, she was residing in Massachusetts. She died in 1939 in Seattle, Washington.


Photo from a portrait in the Abigail Adams Chapter collection
monumentSophia Maxwell Dolson Andrews was the first regent of Abigail Adams Chapter. Her father, John Dolson (or Van Dolson), fought at the Battle of Trenton, Battle of Saratoga, Battle of Yorktown and many other engagements. stoneMrs. Andrews, a native of New York, was educated at the University of Michigan, active in Des Moines civic affairs, and held the distinction of being the first woman admitted to the Iowa Legislature as a press correspondent. She wrote for Chicago and Philadelphia newspapers. She was an accomplished spinner. She was Buried in Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines and her grave is marked as a "Real Daughter."
Stone marker photos by Laura Kozin
Photo from the Abigail Adams Chapter portrait collection
Sophia Maxwel Dolson
                                      Andrews
 Sophia Maxwell Dolson Andrews
                   (1829-1924)
Alice Alvina Crawford Bailey Gorst (1854-1948), our fourth regent, born in Baraboo, Wisconsin, was the great-great-granddaughter of Revolutionary War veteran Isaac Davis, later governor of New Jersey. Alice was educated at the University of Wisconsin. She held numerous elective offices in the chapter, before leaving Iowa in 1916 and transferring her membership to a Wisconsin chapter. Mrs Gorst was a world traveler and active in civic affairs. She is buried in Illinois.
Barbara
                                      Roxana Fusselman Garver
  Barbara Roxana Fusselman Garver
    (11 August 1838-6 June 1909)
Barbara Roxana Fusselman Garver was born in Indiana, the great-granddaughter of a Revolutionary War soldier from Connecticut, Aaron Merrill. No evidence of offices held was found. She is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines.stone













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Photo from The Midland Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3-4, 1895
(Google Books)
Dr. Mary J. Loomis Gaylord, the eighth chapter regent and great-granddaughter of Connecticut veteran, John Gaylord, held most offices in the chapter, including several terms as treasurer. She was born in Indiana and is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines.
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Stone marker photo by Laura Kozin
Photo from the Abigail Adams Chapter portrait collection
Dr. Gaylord
Dr. Mary J. Loomis Gaylord
(1840-1920)
Antoinette C. Akers Graber (1864-unknown) was born in Indiana. Her great-great-grandfather, John Rogers, went to Quebec with Benedict Arnold, was taken prisoner and died there. No record of chapter service has been found. By 1895-96, she had moved to Geneseo, New York. She is buried in New York.
Stone marker photos by Laura Kozin
Photo from the Abigail Adams Chapter portrait collection
Elizabeth Howell
       Elizabeth Brown Howell
               (1867-1932)
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Elizabeth Brown Howell
was the sixth chapter regent. Her great-great-grandfather, David Brown, was a captain of the Minute Men in Concord. It has been said he might have given the order to fire, that was "The shot heard round the world." Mrs. Howell held numerous chapter offices including that of regent. She was State Regent of Iowa 1912-1913 and a Vice President General. She is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines.


Stone marker photo by Laura Kozin
Photo from the Abigail Adams Chapter portrait collection
Mattie Atwood Locke Macomber (1853-1931) was born in New York. Her great-grandfather, John Locke, commanded that squad of men who staged the Boston Tea Party, throwing tea into Boston Harbor. She took pride in tracing her lineage from the Adams family as well as Ethan Allen. She was a member of the first graduating class of Iowa State University, had further work at the University of Michigan and studied languages in Germany and France. In 1895, she was conferred an honorary degree, Master of Philosophy, from Iowa State. Mrs. Macomber taught at Vassar before her marriage, and throughout her life was a travel conductor. No record of chapter offices she held has been found. She is buried in Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines.


Lillian Hoag Monk
(1858-1938) was born in Nevada, Iowa. Lillian's great-grandfather, Leonard Perkins of Connecticut, was her Revolutionary ancestor. Married to a doctor in Nevada, she had two children and was employed as a librarian. There is no record of chapter service, and circa 1907, she was living in California, where she resided until her death. Lillian Hoag Monk was a prolific author and wrote several history books, some of which are still available She is buried in California.





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Old Pilgrim Days
monumentMary Helen Baylies Peters (1850-1940) was the third chapterstone regent. Mary Helen claimed as her Revolutionary ancestor Eleazer Wheelock, founder of Dartmouth College. She is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines.



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Adella Pratt
        Adella J. Arnold Pratt
           (1858-unknown)



Adella J. Arnold Pratt
was the fifth chapter regent. Her ancestor was her third great-grandfather, Israel Arnold of Rhode Island, the state of her birth. Adella held several elective offices, including chapter regent, and committee appointments. By 1904, the Pratts had left Iowa. She is presumably buried in Illinois.










Photo from the Abigail Adams Chapter portrait collection
Edith Hepburn Thummel (1856-1913) was born in Marshalltown, Iowa. She joined DAR on the service of her third great-grandfather, Thomas I. Chittenden, first governor of Vermont. Her father, W. P. Hepburn, was an eleven term congressman from Iowa. The Thummels left Des Moines and resided in Michigan, Philadelphia, New York City and Long Island. Throughout the years, Mrs. Thummel retained membership in Abigail Adams Chapter. She died at sea on a voyage to Hawaii, and her body was returned for burial in New York. She is buried in Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, Westchester County, New York.
Hortense Octavia Bailey Vail was born in New York. Hortense resided in Colfax, Iowa, at the time of joining DAR. Her Revolutionary ancestor was unusual, in that he was her second great uncle. Her supplemental papers were based on the service of her great-grandfather, Phillip Briggs of New York. She served on chapter committees before returning to New York State in 1902. She is buried in June Cemetery, North Sale, Westchester County, New York.

As widows, in 1910, Mrs. Vail and her two sisters traveled around the world. Landing in New York, after leaving from San Francisco 18 months earlier, Mrs. Vail was interviewed by the press, "Mrs. Vail said one of the impressions she gathered on her trip was that the Malay women, that is certain Malay women, were among the handsomest in figure in the world and had features that reminded her of the classic Greeks."

Vail monument

Find A Grave Memorial # 90663801      
Ella Warfield
         Ella Lyford Warfield
              (1852-1922)
Ella Lyford WarfieldWarfield stone was born in Quincy, Illinois. Her Revolutionary ancestor was her second great-grandfather, Samuel Chapman, a colonel with the Connecticut line and a veteran of the French and Indian War. Ella served on chapter committees. Ella's great-great-granddaughter, Kristine Bartley, is a current member of Abigail Adams Chapter and proudly wears Ella's insignia. Ella Lyford Warfield is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines. Ella Lyford stone







Stone marker photos by Laura Kozin
Photo from the Abigail Adams Chapter portrait collection


State Regents

Emma
                                        Hull
              Emma Gertrude Hull




Emma Gertrude Hull
was the second State Regent of Iowa, 1894-1895.











Photo from the Abigail Adams Chapter portrait collection
Elizabeth Howellmonument


Elizabeth Brown Howell
was the tenth State Regent of Iowa, 1912-1914, and Vice President General NSDAR, 1914-1919. She served as the chairman of numerous state and national committees, especially noted for relief efforts during WWI.



Stone marker photos by Laura Kozin
Photo from the Abigail Adams Chapter portrait collection





Alice Given Brenton
served as the twenty-first State Regent, 1934-1936
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Photo from the Abigail Adams Chapter portrait collection
Alice
                                        Brenton
              Alice Given Brenton
Edna Throckmorton
  Edna J. Dudley Throckmorton




Edna J. Dudley Throckmorton
served as the twenty-fifth State Regent, 1942-1944; third Vice President General NSDAR; and chairman of numerous state and national committees.









Photo from the Abigail Adams Chapter portrait collection



Betty Davis Wallace
served as the forty-third State Regent, 1976-1978; Vice President General NSDAR, 1978-1981; was a strong supporter of DAR Schools, who funded the Iowa Betty Davis Wallace building on the Tamassee School campus, Tamassee, South Carolina; served as chairman of state and national committees.





Photo from the Abigail Adams Chapter portrait collection
Betty Davis Wallace
       Betty Davis Wallace
Sara Jane Harwood
       Sara Jane Shaler Harwood




Sara Jane Shaler Harwood
served as fifty-fourth State Regent, 1992-1994; Vice President General, 1994-1997; Curator General NSDAR, 1998-2001; chairman of state and national committees and national administrative committees.





Photo provided by Sara Jane Harwood

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