Who We Are

Our Name

The Fort Vasquez Chapter NSDAR, is named in memory of Louis Vasquez, a fur trader, who built a fort south of Platteville, Colorado, in 1832.

Our History

On February 1, 1928, Nellie Wilkinson was appointed organizing regent for a new DAR chapter in Brighton. She worked tirelessly to achieve this, and the new Vasquez Chapter NSDAR was organized on December 28, 1928. The charter was presented to the chapter on January 4, 1929, by Mrs. Justus R. Friedline, Colorado State Regent at the time. It’s interesting to note that our chapter name, “Fort Vasquez” was actually voted on by the membership at a later meeting on February 15, 1929.

The first officers, installed at a luncheon at the Blue Parrot Inn in Denver on January 4, 1929, were:

  • Nellie Wilkinson, Regent
  • Lettie Hunter, Vice Regent
  • Ruth Lee Burns, Registrar
  • Marguerite F. Counter, Treasurer
  • Maude Lohmann, Recording Secretary
  • Bertha Maude Leeper, Corresponding Secretary
  • Marjorie Beatty Carr, Historian
  • Mary Ione Hunter, Auditor


Other charter members included Sophia Martin Massey, Marian Arlene Carr, Eugena Wilkinson Wittke, Emanuela Ione Rees and Lucinda Carr Howell Masters.

Our chapter continues to grow and pass on to others the ideals and objectives of the Daughters of the American Revolution – historic preservation, promotion of education, and patriotic endeavor.

Chapter Officers

Our board members, led by the chapter regent, work in concert with chapter membership and committees; and enjoy support from other Colorado chapters, the Colorado State Society DAR, and the NSDAR. These women serve an elected position for a two-year term.

Position Officer
Regent Peggy Whitney
Vice Regent Sharon Hattel
Chaplain Linda Hunt
Recording Secretary Ronell Heitman
Treasurer Pamela Mathisen
Registrar Julia Bagwell
Historian Colleen Heitman
Librarian Sara Bremkamp

Our Committees

Our committees are the base of our chapter’s involvement in our community; giving our members opportunities to serve DAR objectives that are most valuable to each person. We celebrate new members and your enthusiasm in service for these committees!

America 250!
American Heritage
American History
American Indians
Americanism
Chapter Achievement Awards
Children of the American Revolution
Commemorative Events
Community Service Awards
Conservation
Constitution Week
DAR Genealogy Preservation
DAR Good Citizens
DAR Magazine
DAR Museum Outreach
DAR Project Patriot
DAR Scholarship
DAR School
DAR Service for Veterans
Educational Resources
Genealogical Records
Historic Preservation
Insignia
Junior American Citizens
Junior Membership
Lineage Research
Literacy Promotion
Membership
National Defense
Patriot Records Project
President General’s Project
Public Relations and Media
Service to America
Special Projects Grants
State Founders Medal Awards
State Regent’s Project
State Scholarship
The Flag of the U.S.A.
Units Overseas
Volunteer Genealogists
Volunteer Information Specialists
Women’s Issues

Our Patriot Ancestors

Listed on this page are the patriot ancestors of the current members of Fort Vasquez Chapter NSDAR. Revolutionary War patriots include signers of the Declaration of Independence, members of local and state militias, members of the Continental Army or Continental Navy, men and women who rendered other types of aid to the cause of independence, and those taking oaths of loyalty. Other included patriots are foreign soldiers who served the cause of American independence and Spanish soldiers serving in the Presidios at Santa Fe, El Paso, and New Orleans. With a few exceptions, military service began with the Battle of Lexington (19 April 1775) and ended when the British evacuated New York (26 November 1783). Patriots may have also provided civil service, conducting public business in the newly formed American states.

If you have information that one of your ancestors may have aided the cause of freedom during the American Revolution, we may be able to help you establish your genealogical line for DAR membership. If you are interested in documenting your lineage and joining our chapter, or have any questions, please visit our How to join page or send us a message using our Contact Us page.

Name Location of Service Service Description
Joseph Breed Massachusetts Private
Elijah Coe Maryland Soldier, Patriotic Service
Joseph Crary New York Patriotic Service
Stephen Dewey, Sr. Massachusetts Civil Service
Robert Dunlap South Carolina Private
Charles Durland New York Patriotic Service
William Fife, Jr. Pennsylvania Private
Jonathan Gillam Pennsylvania Private, Patriotic Service
Matthias Harvey Pennsylvania Patriotic Service
Daniel Heath, Sr. New York Lieutenant
Thomas Horton New York Sergeant
Henry Junghen Pennsylvania Patriotic Service
Jason Kellogg Massachusetts Sergeant
Isham Lane Virginia Sergeant
John Latta Pennsylvania Soldier
Nathaniel Little New Hampshire Ensign
James McCartney Pennsylvania Private
William McCoy Virginia Lieutenant
Peter McDonald Virginia Private
Andrew McMaster North Carolina Patriotic Service
James Morgan Connecticut Private
Jacob Neithawk Pennsylvania Patriotic Service
Gabriel Penn Virginia Colonel, Patriotic Service
Anthony Phelps Virginia Private
John Smuller Pennsylvania Captain
Oliver Spalding Connecticut Private
Adam Stonebraker Pennsylvania Corporal
Philip Strong Connecticut Private
Phineas Whiteside New York Patriotic Service
Zebulon Willcutt Massachusetts Private
Ebenezer Witter, Jr. Connecticut Private
Ebenezer Witter, Sr. Connecticut Captain
as of June 19, 2019