The St. Augustine church hall was filled to capacity Friday, August 30 as a group of 28 Natchitoches parish women, all descended from one of three veterans of the American Revolution, held a signing party to start the newest chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The DAR, founded in 1890, boasts 185,000 members in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and internationally. The organization is open to any woman, age 18 or older, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. The DAR is active in the areas of historic preservation, education and promoting patriotism. The DAR members perform thousands of hours of community service each year as well as providing scholarships to help young people continue their education.
Patriots Claude Thomas Pierre Metoyer, Blaise LeJeune and Catherine Majer Rentz were members of the Natchitoches Militia who participated in the Galvez Expedition, protecting the mouth of the Mississippi River from British attack. Patriot Metoyer’s grave is marked by medallions from both the Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution.
The process of founding the DAR’s newest chapter involved a significant amount of research into historical and genealogical records. The St. Augustine Historical Society sponsored the evening’s meal. The Natchitoches Parish Journal congratulates the members of the DAR’s newest chapter on this important milestone in preserving our history for future generations.