Dorothy Quincy Hancock
Dorothy Quincy Hancock
 (oil painting by John Singleton Copley(1738)(1815))


Welcome to the Dorothy Quincy Chapter home on the information superhighway.  

How the world has changed since our chapter was organized on January 9th, 1897!  A charter member visited the John Quincy Adams home in Quincy, MA, piquing her interest in the historic Quincy family homestead known as the "Dorothy Q. House."   The member, Mary Hamilton, requested the chapter be named Dorothy Quincy to honor the wife of the first signer of our Declaration of Independence, Dorothy Quincy Hancock.

Certainly the real Dorothy Quincy would be pleased with the work of the DAR chapter bearing her name.  

During the Spanish-American War, the Dorothy Quincy Chapter organized the Soldiers' and Sailors' Relief Society of Quincy and Adams County. Seventy-five women busied themselves making pajamas, bed ticks, and other supplies for the President's volunteers sewing on 18 sewing machines. The Relief Society operated from 1898-99.  
In 1904, the chapter erected a marker on the grave of Daniel C. Wood, Revolutionary War soldier and father of former Illinois Governor John Wood, who founded the town of Quincy, Illinois.  More recently, the chapter marked the graves of other Revolutionary War soldiers Charles Kirkpatrick and Daniel M. McCoy.  
At the start of World War I, the Relief Society was reorganized and bought Liberty Bonds as well as contributing large amounts of material. In 1917, the Relief Society merged with the Adams County Red Cross.  
Throughout the years, chapter members have concerned themselves with a variety of important community service and humanitarian causes including:  
  • sending clothing and medical supplies and other contributions to Ellis Island;  
  • teaching English to German war brides in a night school program;
  • erecting flag poles and supplying American flags;
  • awarding students participating in DAR Good Citizen and American History Essay contests;
  • joining with the Northwest Territory Caravan in 1938 to retrace the trek of the company that brought the first American civil government west where they put on a living history pageant about the Battle of Yorktown.
Recently, the Dorothy Quincy Chapter participated in a World War I commemoration for the veterans residing at the Illinois Soldiers and Sailors home.  Members of the Dorothy Quincy Chapter follow the mission of the National Society by promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism and following the motto:  God, Home, and Country.  

The Dorothy Quincy Chapter received several awards at the Illinois State Conference in April 2010:  a 100% in the President General's Project Certificate and a Gold Award on the State Honor Roll.  Two chapter members won prizes in the American Heritage contests:  Anna Hecox for textiles and Mary Triplett for china painting.  

Do you have a Revolutionary War patriot in your family?  This is a great time to join the DAR and honor his or her contributions to our freedom.  Contact us for information about attending one of our upcoming meetings.

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