Rachel Donelson Chapter History

Organized June 21, 1910

Current & Past Regents

Front Row (left to right):

 Irene Palmer 1982-1984; Margaret Maulin 1998-2000; Beatrice Brown 1972-1974 & 1986-1988

Back Row (left to right):

Doris Jones 2014-2016; Mary Christiano 2008-2010; Sally Bueno 1996-1998; Fran Black 2002-2004


Mrs. Leonora McGregor Barbour

Organizing Regent


On March 2, 1910, Emma Lumpkin Green (Mrs. Samuel), outgoing Missouri State Regent, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, appointed Leonora McGregor Barbour (Mrs. Edward), local regent, to organize a chapter of DAR in Springfield, Missouri. The first meeting was held on June 21, 1910 at the home of Mrs. Barbour, 780 E. Elm Street, where Marie Elizabeth Watkins Oliver (Mrs. Robert) the new Missouri State Regent (and designer of the Missouri State Flag) installed Mrs. Barbour as the first regent.


The following 27 names, having been approved by the National Society at Washington, D.C., were entered upon the register as charter members:


Mrs. Mary Parrish Adams

Mrs. Mina Leach Hubbell

Mrs. Leonora McGregor Barbour

Miss Ruth Shelton Hubbell

Mrs. Nettie Porter Blain

Miss Emily Jane Hubble

Mrs. Hattie Leach Chalfant

Miss Sarah Florence Hubble

Mrs. Binnie Parrish Clements

Miss Helen McGregor

Mrs. Mamie Campbell Cope

Mrs. Gladys Williams McGregor

Mrs. Lulu Brunt Dawson

Mrs. Harriet Shuler McGregor

Mrs. Louisa Hubble Dickerson

Miss Sarah Elizabeth Parrish

Mrs. Tryphosa Raynes Eaton

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Jones Sebree

Mrs. Ethel Eaton Fellows

Miss Isabel Violet Shepard

Mrs. Hattie Hubbell Frazer

Mrs. Josephine Trull Sheppard

Mrs. Henrietta Bodge Geiger

Miss Margaret Sheppard

Mrs. Iza May Berry Herr

Miss Virginia Williams

Miss Agnes Fulton Hubbell


Mrs. Oliver extended to Mrs. Barbour the courtesy of naming the chapter. Mrs. Barbour announced that the Springfield chapter would be called the Rachel Donelson Chapter after the wife of John Donelson (her great-great grandfather), a Colonel in the Revolutionary War and a member of the House of Burgesses. Rachel Stockley Donelson was also the mother of Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson, wife of President Andrew Jackson.


Today our members represent almost 170 patriot ancestors from the original 13 colonies. We are proud of our heritage, and continue to stress patriotic involvement in our community.


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Last Updated:  February 13, 2017