|The Solomon Dean Chapter, Nevada, Iowa, was
organized on August 24, 1922 by Miss Carolyn
Dean, organizing regent, and Miss Sybil
Danskin, who were members at large and became
charter members of the local chapter.
The chapter was named for the patriot ancestor
of these two ladies, Solomon Dean.
Solomon Dean was born near Hartford,
Connecticut, and came to Newburgh, Orange
County, New York, in 1772. At the
beginning of the Revolutionary War, he
enlisted in the Third New York Regiment.
His name appears in the pay book of the Ulster
County Militia, Fourth Regiment. He was
one of the Corps of Engineers under Captain
Peter Mills and Colonel Luther Baldwin, in
General George Washington's command, and with
Washington at Newburgh, Brandywine, and Valley
Forge and witnessed the surrender of
Cornwallis at Yorktown in 1781. A number
of the members of Solomon Dean Chapter share
this patriot of the Revolutionary War as their
In August 1935, a native boulder, more than
four feet in height and weighing over four
tons, was placed in the Nevada cemetery.
In October of that same year, a bronze
memorial plate bearing the the year of
organization of Solomon Dean Chapter, and the
year of the placement of the memorial stone
Smaller bronze plates are inscribed with the
names of some of the deceased chapter members.