Local DAR Chapter Welcomes New Members

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The Trumbull-Porter Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, held their November meeting at the Naugatuck Historical Society, with a program on Native Americans of northwestern Connecticut presented by Kathryn Boughton, Town Historian of Canaan, CT. The DAR members collected non-perishable food items for the Naugatuck Ecumenical Food Bank; this will be supplemented by an additional financial donation.

They welcomed four new members into the chapter June Rydzik and Beth Moffat, both from Beacon Falls, Karen Muni from Oakville, and Judith Madeux of Watertown, presenting each with a DAR pin during the Welcoming Ceremony.  June, Karen, and Beth are daughters of DAR member Beverly Krenesky, also from Beacon Falls; they are  descendants of Ezra Wilcox who served in the Connecticut Militia and was stationed in Guilford to defend our state and served as a guard for the town. Judith is descended from Oliver Allen from Maine who served as a Minute Man, and also in Col. Arnold’s Regiment.

Trumbull-Porter Chapter, a merger of the Melicent Porter Chapter of Waterbury and the Sarah Whitman Trumbull Chapter of Watertown in 1998, encompasses the towns of Watertown, Waterbury, Naugatuck, Beacon Falls, Woodbury, Southbury, Middlebury, Bethany and neighboring towns.  Chapter meetings are usually held at 6:30 P.M. on the second Thursday of the month from September to June. Genealogy Workshops are held each year as well as monthly meetings with interesting programs.  The chapter is the proud sponsor of the Charles Merriman Society, Children of the American Revolution. The Daughters give 13 Good Citizens Awards, 13 American History Awards, and a scholarship to high school seniors each year. Three ROTC awards are given to Junior Cadets.

The chapter’s main project is the loving care of the Old Burying Ground of Watertown, where more than 50 Revolutionary patriots rest in peace, along with soldiers from the Civil War, War of 1812, as well as many early town settlers. Beginning with the Sarah Whitman Trumbull Chapter in 1904, members have maintained the Old Burying Ground at the corner of Main, French, and Depot Streets in Watertown, CT for more than 100 years.  This cemetery is a living museum of Watertown’s history.

Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution is open to any women 18 years or older regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American Independence.
For more information contact Regent Carol Bauby at (860) 485-0772, Registrar Katie Gabrielson at (203) 729-3349. If you have children interested in joining the Charles Merriman Society of the Children of the American Revolution that the Trumbull-Porter Chapter sponsors, please contact Lynn Marshall at (860) 274–7472. Trumbull-Porter welcomes new members!