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.
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.
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.
|Vice Regent||Sharon Hattel|
|Recording Secretary||Ronell Heitman|
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!
Chapter Achievement Awards
Children of the American Revolution
Community Service Awards
DAR Genealogy Preservation
DAR Good Citizens
DAR Museum Outreach
DAR Project Patriot
DAR Service for Veterans
Junior American Citizens
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
The Flag of the U.S.A.
Volunteer Information Specialists
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|
|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|
|Nathaniel Little||New Hampshire||Ensign|
|Andrew McMaster||North Carolina||Patriotic Service|
|Jacob Neithawk||Pennsylvania||Patriotic Service|
|Gabriel Penn||Virginia||Colonel, Patriotic Service|
|Phineas Whiteside||New York||Patriotic Service|
|Ebenezer Witter, Jr.||Connecticut||Private|
|Ebenezer Witter, Sr.||Connecticut||Captain|
|as of June 19, 2019|