The members of the

Alamosa Chapter NSDAR

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Welcome you to this website!

We are located in

Alamosa, Colorado

The great sand dunes with the Sangre de Cristo mountains in the background. Photo credit: Colorado Tourism Office, Matt Inden/Miles

The great sand dunes with the Sangre de Cristo mountains in the background
Photo credit: Colorado Tourism Office, Matt Inden/Miles

 

We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to who we are, what we do, how to join us, and resources to research your own family history, celebrate patriotism, champion education, and promote historic preservation.


If you would like more information on the Alamosa Chapter NSDAR,
please email the following chapter leaders or visit our state and national websites.

email Email the Alamosa Chapter Regent

email Email the Alamosa Chapter about Membership

email Visit the Colorado State Society DAR Home Page

email Visit the National Society Home Page

Membership

Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. She will be asked to provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage, and death, as well as of the American Revolutionary War service of her patriot ancestor.


Are you interested in membership but don't live in or can't meet in the Alamosa area? That's okay! You can explore other chapters in Colorado by visiting this Colorado State Society DAR website or click here to be connected with a chapter that serves your community.

Chapter History

The Alamosa Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) was organized January 31, 1927, by a group of interested women with Mrs. Herbert Allen Black, State Regent of the Society, as organizer. The Chapter received its charter March 10, 1927. On this charter were inscribed the names of the fourteen charter members: Jane Elizabeth Briggs Montgomery, Dorothy Fisher Cummings, Jessie Harrison Davis, Olive Skeel Foley, Genevieve Vanderhoof Linger, Nada D. Magee, Caroline Ada Stoddard Myers, Florence M. Ross, Ann Hamilton Shull, Vena Robinson Soule. Charter members elected as officers were: Caroline Davis Platt, regent; Mildred Lyman Day, recording secretary and corresponding secretary; Genevieve Morris Bennett, treasurer; Janet Brown Lantis, historian.

The name of the Alamosa Chapter is taken from the Spanish meaning "grove of the cotton woods." The streets of this 1878 town were lined with immense cottonwood trees which grew along the ditches on both sides of the streets. Both ditches and trees have long been gone, and the streets are now paved.

On January 5, 1806, Zebulon Pike reached his previous camp at the site of Canon City. As the horses were unable to travel and the supplies were meager, Pike decided to build here a blockhouse for deposit. Leaving two men in charge he set out with the remainder to the south seeking the Red River. After encountering great hardships they crossed the Sangre de Cristo Range and beheld "the broad San Luis Valley with the shining thread of the Rio Grande winding across its level floor." Toward this stream they turned and passing near the site of Alamosa, reached the Conejos River and encamped five miles above the mouth. Here they built a fort which became known as Pike's Stockade. This stockade, occupied by Pike and his men from February 1 to February 26, 1807, was within Spanish territory. The Spanish had 100 troops take Pike and his men into custody and conducted them to Santa Fe, and later Chihuahua, Mexico.

This fort was the first American structure built in the San Luis Valley. Monte Vista and Alamosa Chapters took part in the erection of a monument at the exact site and a flag pole was erected. One of the local projects of Alamosa Chapter is to work for the appropriation of funds to keep the Fort open and protected.

Other Notable Projects

Historic Markers

Col. Albert H. Pfeiffer Grave Site Marker 1931 (Rio Del Norte Chapter DAR)
Pioneer Millstones Marker 1941 (Del Norte Chapter DAR)

Our Patriot Ancestors

The following are the patriot ancestors of the current members of Alamosa Chapter NSDAR. American 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 email the Alamosa Chapter Registrar.


Name Location Service
Thomas BeanMarylandSoldier
Levi BowenMassachusettsEnsign, Civil Service
Amos ChaffeeMassachusettsPrivate
Asahel GrayNew YorkLieutenant
William HaynesVirginiaPrivate
Micah HolbrookMassachusettsPrivate
Daniel HortonNorth CarolinaPrivate
Joseph IrbySouth CarolinaPrivate
Michael LoomisMassachusettsLieutenant
William Milliken, SrNorth CarolinaCivil Service
Joseph OverholtzerPennsylvaniaPrivate
Benjamin TrippMassachusettsLieutenant
Hugh TruesdalePennsylvaniaPrivate
Ebenezer WebsterNew HampshireCaptain, Civil Service, Patriotic Service
as of April 16, 2018