American Revolutionary War

Since 1915, we have supported the mission of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Chapter History

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a women’s service organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education, patriotism, and honoring the patriots of the American Revolutionary War. The Dewalt Mechlin Chapter, NSDAR, was organized on December 6, 1915, and is an active, welcoming, diverse group of women who foster the objectives of our Society.

Dewalt Mechlin Chapter, NSDAR members

The Dewalt Mechlin Chapter, NSDAR, prides itself on over a century of service. Prospective members are welcome and encouraged to attend meetings. Our members hail from all around the state, including Chicago and the southwest suburbs. We also have several members joining us from other states!

We participate in numerous community service activities, including creating gift bags for veterans, sewing masks, serving as election judges, installing commemorative markers at historic locations, and collecting donations for food pantries and women’s shelters.

Our Namesake

Our chapter is named after Ensign Dewalt Mechlin, the Patriot ancestor of our Organizing Regent Minnie MacFarlane Prince. On April 9, 1776, Dewalt Mechlin enlisted in the Continental Army and served as an ensign in the 8th Continental Line of the Pennsylvania Regulars. He was severely wounded at the Battle of Bound Brook in New Jersey.

Dewalt was one of 500 men garrisoned in the blockhouse at Bound Brook. On the night of April 13, 1777, a British force of 4,000 men under Cornwallis surprised the sleeping continentals. Most of this force fled, but 100 were killed or captured. Dewalt himself was severely wounded and soon returned home. He died on March 29, 1816, and is buried in Feightner’s Cemetery in Hempfield Township, Pennsylvania.

To date, over ten descendants of Dewalt Mechlin have joined our chapter!

Contact Us

Interested in joining our chapter, or just want to learn about the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution? Please send us your information, and we will contact you.