Jack Jouett Chapter NSDAR
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On December 21, 1921, in response to an invitation from Mrs. Isabel Mason Evans Cochran (Mrs. Joel Minter Cochran), several ladies met at her home to take the preliminary steps to form a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Dr. Kate Waller Barrett, Virginia State Regent, expressed her pleasure with the plan. She assured the ladies of her cooperation. She reminded them of existing regulations which required that they use a post offce other than Charlottesville. She suggested Rio. Mrs Cochran was appointed Organizing Regent. The names of eighteen members who had gone 'at large' in order to become members of the new chapter were sent to the Organizing Secretary General, NSDAR.
The chapter was given the name 'Thomas Jefferson'. Its first official meeting was held on January 7, 1922, at which time bylaws were adopted.
Because a chapter of the National Society bore the name 'Thomas Jefferson', it was necessary to select another name for the fledgling chapter. Mrs. J. Cooke Grayson (Jennie) suggested the name Jack Jouett, in honor of the Revolutionary patriot, Captain Jack Jouett, Jr.
Mrs. Grayson wrote the history of Jack Jouett’s ride, verifying his Revolutionary service. Click here to read her account: http://archive.org/details/jackjouettofalbe01gray.
Our newly-restored chapter charter is dated March 23, 1926. It contains the names of 36 charter members. This charter is considered a primary source document for these residents of the Charlottesville area.
On April 9, 1924, an engraved brass star, purchased at Tiffany and Company, in honor of Jack Jouett and his historic ride was placed on the top step of the east portico at Monticello. On June 4th, the anniversary of Jack Jouett’s ride, the star was unveiled by the chapter. That star is still on view at Monticello. However, because of heavy foot traffic, it was necessary to have it re-engraved some years ago, and moved to the west portico.
On September 6, 1926, the Jack Jouett Chapter unveiled a bronze tablet and boulder which marks the place where Jack began his famous ride in Cuckoo, Louisa County, Virginia. The site was given for the sum of $1 plus 50¢ processing fee by Dr. Eugene Pendleton whose family has owned Cuckoo since 1818. The deed to that property is still held by the chapter.
The first gavel was given to the chapter by the General John Smith Chapter, United States Daughters of the War of 1812. The wood for the gavel came from Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland. The gavel has a silver, engraved plaque bearing this information and the date of January 1923. Mrs. Isabel Cochran had founded that chapter.
In observance of the 250th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth on April 13, 1993, the Jack Jouett Chapter donated approximately 40 white mulberry trees to Monticello at a cost of $5000, which, today, constitute 'Mulberry Row.'
Today the ninety members of Jack Jouett Chapter continue to carry out the objectives of Patriotism, Historic Preservation and Education with involvement in a variety of endeavors.
We participate in Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Constitution Day and Veterans Day activities. We support ‘Project Patriot’. Several members conduct a tee-shirt designing class at Jack Jouett Middle School to emphasize the first ten amendments of the Constitution. We collect used flags to be ‘retired’ by American Legion Post #74. We have adopted a cemetery on Hydraulic Road. We place flags on military graves there for patriotic holidays.
We award certificates, medals, and scholarship money to students in the areas of history, good citizenship, music and art. Our literacy project provides 500 books as well as volunteers for the summer reading program at Greer Elementary School.
We are providing books about Jack Jouett to school and public libraries in our area. Since September, 2013 a total of 178 books, with an accompanying display poster, have been donated.
In June, 2015, members of the chapter invited other Virginia and Kentucky Daughters to join them on a trip to Jack Jouett House in Versailles, KY to find out the 'rest of the story.' The group spent several days exploring the area, learning what happened to Jack and his family there.
Our members use computer skills to study family genealogy. Several computer workshops for members are planned for the coming year.
Alice Lorraine Wallenborn
February 21, 2016
Elizabeth Talbot Smith Alford
(Mrs. Neill Herbert, Jr.)
March 28, 2015
Mary Jean Printz
December 1, 2014
Courtney Bowdoin Elliott
March 31, 2014
Doris Jean Martin Hunter
(Mrs. Carl Doering)
June 24, 2013
Eileen Danforth Barth
(Mrs. August Theodore)
March 10, 2013