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Welcome to the Kanawha Chapter
Fort Mill, SC

South Carolina Society
Daughters of the American Revolution


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The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, DC, is a volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than eighteen years of age and can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence.

The Kanawha Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was organized on November 3, 1909, and our National Charter was granted on January 22, 1910. The name "Kanawha" is in commemoration of Thomas Spratt II, who was the first white settler in the Fort Mill area about 1763. He was given the name "Kanawha," meaning "Friendly Brother," by his Catawba Indian friends. The Catawbas were already established in this area before the first white settlers arrived. Traditional stories of the loyalty and courage of the Indians and these early settlers add to the interesting local history of the Revolutionary War era. On his deathbed, the Catawba Indian, Peter Harris, requested that he be buried near his friend and benefactor, Thomas "Kanawha" Spratt, in the old graveyard where many of the Spratts and their kin are buried.

We are located in Fort Mill, South Carolina, and would love to talk to you about becoming a member of the Society. If you would like more information about the DAR, including membership requirements, please e-mail our chapter contact person:

Mary Bryant

Please also visit our State and National Society home pages below.

South Carolina State DAR
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Last updated August 2, 2006
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