Chapter History


The Major Jacob Gray Chapter, NSDAR, was formed on February 1, 1980, by Charlotte Strong Huntley after she determined that several eligible women were interested in DAR membership. Sponsored by the Prudence Hall Chapter, NSDAR, in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Charlotte and thirteen organizing members began a new chapter in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Charlotte would serve as the organizing regent and maintain the position until 1983.

Organizing Members:

Mary McMahan Coleman / Lorene Harrison Dupree

Charlotte Strong Huntley / Mary Allice Williams Jones

Orpha Herschell Kreitlein / Carolyn Yancy Little

Elaine Howard Payne / Mary Kerr Jones

Jeanne Ramsey Smith / Nina Boyce Stevenson

Mossie Munsey Tyler / Joan Tyler Zumwalt

Arkansas State Conference

March 26-28, 1981

90th Continental Congress NSDAR

The Major Jacob Gray Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of Jacksonville was represented at the 90th Continental Congress in Wash, D.C by Mrs. Russell Huntley, Regent and Mrs., John Smith, Librarian and Mrs. Richard Denny Shelby, President General of the N.S.D.A.R., presiding. The week was highlighted by L. Bruce Laingen, former Iranian hostage and Charge De Affairs of the Iranian Embassy, speaking on Saturday afternoon and by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale speaking at the Banquet on Monday night. Mrs. J. Harold Stevenson of Jonesboro was elected as a Vice President General.

Major Jacob Gray Chapter members 1980-81

Yorktown Bicentennial

Excerpt from Daily News, Monday October 19, 1981

“Members of the Major Jacob Gray Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Jacksonville are participating with the rest of the country in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Yorktown”

Unknown Author(s). “Jacksonville DAR Chapter Observes Yorktown Birthday.” The Daily News. 19, October, 1981: unknown pages. Print.

Christmas Luncheon

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