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A message from the past

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Storyteller shares life of DAR founder

The John Guill Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, held its March meeting at the Owen County Public Library March 2 with guests from the Susannah Hart Shelby Chapter, NSDAR of Frankfort.  
Of the four founders of NSDAR, two had Kentucky roots — Mary DeSha of Lexington and Ellen Hardin Walworth of Saratoga, N.Y.
Our guest speaker, Bonnie Strassell of Poplar Grove, a storyteller who has portrayed many women in history, spends many hours researching her subjects before writing the script to tell their stories.
Strassell enlightened the DAR members and guests with her portrayal of Ellen Hardin Walworth, one of the founders of NSDAR.
Several of our guests were Hardin descendents.
Walworth was born in 1832 to John J. and Sarah Hardin. Her grandfather, Martin D. Hardin, was a lieutenant for Virginia in the Revolutionary War and served as a U.S. Senator from Kentucky from 1843-1845.
Her grandmother was Elizabeth Logan, daughter of Benjamin Logan, an early pioneer in Kentucky who served with Gen. George Rogers Clark in the Revolutionary War.
For a time, she and her children lived on the Kentucky farm that she inherited from her father.
Walworth was very active in many local, state and national organizations that promoted history and the preservation of history.
The objectives of NSDAR continue to be historic preservation, patriotism and education. Any woman age 18 years or older — regardless of race, religion or ethnic background — who is interested in documenting her ancestry to an American Revolutionary War patriot is welcome to join us at our meetings.
We can help you with your search as well as with the application and paperwork to become a member.
Go to www.dar.org for more information about NSDAR.

Peggy Trinkle is the regent for the John Guill Chapter, NSDAR and can be reached at 484-5382.