Welcome to the
Priscilla Alden Chapter Daughters of the
American Revolution (DAR). Our chapter
is based in the west-central Iowa town
of Carroll and serves the communities in
Carroll, Crawford, Shelby, Sac, Calhoun,
and Greene counties.
Our chapter was
formed in 1904 and is named after
Priscilla Alden, who is the heroine of
the classic poem, The Courtship of
Miles Standish. The poem was
written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(1807-1882), about the courtship of
Miles Standish and Priscilla Mullins,
and later the marriage of Priscilla
Mullins and John Alden. It is a
fictional poem written in 1858, and not
a historical document.
Our chapter works
hard to maintain the mission of the DAR
which is to promote historic
preservation, education, and patriotism.
the Priscilla Alden Chapter
distributes Flag Code booklets to area
fourth graders, raises money for state
and national DAR projects, provides a
display about Constitution Week in
local libraries, and works with local
school administrators to award
outstanding students with the DAR Good
Citizen Award. Two of our
members are certified genealogists.
Land Grant to
Abraham Lincoln was
granted 120 acres of Crawford County
land in 1856 for his service as a
captain during the Black Hawk War of
1832. This land was still owned by
Lincoln when he was assassinated and was
sold by his son as a part of the Lincoln
estate. The marker was placed by
the Denison Chapter DAR in 1932.
The marker is located on State Highway
39, 5 miles north of Denison.
Site of Fort
is where early settlers gathered
for shelter and protection from
Indian attacks during the raids
of 1856. The Fort site today has
a large granite monument
standing on a brick planter that
is seasonally filled with
flowers. The site was
marked by the Denison Chapter
DAR in 1914.
is located on the north part of
Denison, Iowa. From U.S.
Highway 30, turn onto 20th
Street. Drive north until
the street angles to the right
and becomes Ridge Road. Fort
Purdy once stood at this site.
The marker is in front of the
Boylan Phelps was a member of
the Priscilla Alden Chapter DAR
and was the granddaughter of
Revolutionary War patriot,
Private Joseph Jeffers.
Private Jeffers entered the
Continental service in 1775 at
the age of 15 and fought in many
battles such as Saratoga
(Stillwater) and the battle of
Monmouth. He was one of
the light infantry selected for
the storming of Stony Point
under General Wayne. He was
promoted to Corporal shortly
after and served until 1779.
On May 30,
1937, a bronze plaque was placed
at her grave site in the Carroll