Illinois State History: "Daughters of the American Revolution"
Sally Lincoln Chapter
Charleston, Coles County, Illinois

©2004, Transcribed by Kim Torp

"Sally Lincoln," organized March 12, 1921, was chosen as the name of the Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution which is now organize din Charleston, Illinois, for the following reasons: First, we desire "to perpetuate the spirit" of Sally Lincoln, the foster-mother of Abraham Lincoln, because of the important place she filled in the life of the nation's great patriot.

While his inborn traits of character were given, as he once said, by his own "sainted mother," who Providence removed early in his life, it was Sally Lincoln, who by Providence entered at this formative period of his life, with her great mother mind and heart filled with the ability to nourish his body and encourage his ambition to attain an education.

Had it not been for Sally Lincoln, we today might not be living in a great united Nation with a staunch belief in the general diffusion of knowledge.

Secondly, "Sally Lincoln" was chosen as a name by which to encourage the people of this community "to acquire and protect historical spots" of which the jurisdiction of this chapter will cover or in other words, the east half of Coles County of Illinois. The name was chosen as a talisman by which "Historical research might be encouraged".

The story of the Lincoln family is so interwoven with that of Coles County that it would be impossible to give a complete record of either without mention of the other.

Thomas Lincoln, after the death of his first wife, October 5, 1818, married in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, December, 1819, Mrs. Sally Bush Johnston, whom he had known in his boyhood days. Sally Bush Johnston's husband had died in 1815, leaving her with three children. When Thomas Lincoln came to Elizabethtown, Kentucky from his death stricken home in the woods of southern Indiana and told her of his wife's death, of the helpless condition of his two orphan children, Sally Bush Johnston's mother love was quickened and she decided to go with Thomas Lincoln and assume the added responsibility of caring for his two children.

In 1830, Thomas Lincoln, together with his family, emigrated from Spencer County, Indiana, to Macon County, Illinois. In 1831, they again removed to Coles County, Illinois and settled near Buck Grove, removing a few months later to Goose Nest Prairie where they lived until death took Mr. Lincoln in 1859. Mrs. Sally Lincoln lived a few years after her husband's death and was buried beside him in the Gordon cemetery, on the Goose Nest Prairie.


Miss Dora L. Alexander

Miss Albert Phyliss Alexander

Miss Nan S. Alexander

Mrs. Caroline Newman Allenbaugh

Miss Mary Jane Booth

Mrs. Jennie S. Berry

Mrs. Gertrude S. Blair

Miss Vera A. Belting

Mrs. Eldia A.M. Cash

Mrs. Frances F. Curry

Mrs. Louise W. Chilton

Mrs. Harriett N. Dowling

Mrs. Esther S. Dudley

Mrs. Agnes M. Duffy

Mrs. Etta L. Fulton

Mrs. Gertrude R. Francis

Mrs. Mary F. Freeman

Miss Emma I. Freeman

Mrs. Esther C. Goodwin

Miss Harriett Johnston

Mrs. Elizabeth S. King

Mrs. Mary S. Miles

Mrs. Minta L. Marshall

Mrs. Bonnie S. Miller

Mrs. Minta L. Marshall

Mrs. Elizabeth B. McCrory

Miss Esther McCrory

Mrs Margaret McCrory

Mrs. Bonnie S. Miller

Miss Etta J. Nott

Mrs. Helen S. Olmstead

Miss Emily R. Orcutt

Mrs. Mamie N. Ownsby

Mrs. Maurine A. Reed

Miss Lois M. Shoot

Mrs. Louise M. Shrieve

Miss Audrey M. Shuey

Mrs. Margery S. Thomas

Mrs. Lotta L.J. Weir

Mrs. Alvina Riggs



A luncheon was given at the Lawes Hotel and many out-of-town guests were present. Among them were Mrs. Eugene Chubbuck, our State Regent at that time; Mrs. Jessie Palmer Weber, Miss Lotte Jones, speakers at the afternoon exercises; Mrs. L.C. Lescher of Galesburg, state recording secretary; Mrs. S.H. Auld, Regent of Shelbyville chapter, and Mrs. W.T. Scott, Regent of the Paris Chapter. Following the luncheon the pageant was formed. Many automobiles were tastefully decorated in the D.A.R. colors, and several floats depicted different periods in our nation's history.

Our Sally Lincoln Chapter float represented Sally Lincoln teaching Abraham Lincoln as a youth.

The Sons of Veterans, W.R.C., Boy Scouts, Teacher's College, High School and American Legion each had a float decorated to represent some phase of history.

The Bar Association float was a reproduction of the float which was at the original Lincoln-Douglas debate held in Charleston 64 years ago. There were 32 young ladies to represent the 32 states then in the union. Following the float was a young lady on horseback dressed to represent Kansas, the Sunflower State, seeking admission among the other 32 members of the family of states.

The exercises following the pageant were held on the Court House lawn. Hon. H.A. Neal presided. Hon. H.R. Rathbone of Chicago; Mrs. Jessie Palmer Weber of Springfield, Secretary of State Historical Society; Miss Lotte Jones of Danville, Chairman of Lincoln Circuit Marking Association; Dr. Wm. E. Barton of Oak Park; Mrs. H.E. Chubbuck of Peoria, Illinois State Regent, D.A.R. took part in the program.

Thomas and Sally Bush Lincoln, father and step-mother of Abraham Lincoln lived on a farm near Janesville, Illinois, and are buried in Shiloh cemetery, 12 miles southwest of Charleston.

Charleston was one of the trading centers of the Lincoln family.



Miss Nott was born in Charleston and has been on one of its loyal and public spirited citizens. She organized the Charleston Cemetery Association and received honorable mention for work done in raising subscriptions for that fund.

She is a Charter member of the W.R.C. which she assisted in organizing, and was President for 8 years. Her membership has been in the the Rebekah for 25 years and in the Eastern Star for 23 years.

In February, 1928, she organized the Merrill Colburn Chapter of C.A.R. in our city. She was made Honorary Regent of our Chapter in 1927. The outstanding events in her office as Regent: $600 collected for Lincoln Circuit marking. 64th anniversary of Lincoln-Douglas debate held in Charleston. Historical pageant given and Lincoln Circuit Marker unveiled. Mrs. Eugene Chubbuck, our State Regent, was present. Lincoln Circuit marked through this County. Picnic and patriotic program at Riverview Park by Gov. Edwards Coles and Sally Lincoln Chapters on Flag day. Ten memorial trees planted on Armistice day. Representation at Conference and Congress. Two Real granddaughters. 700 cookbooks published.

MRS. H.H. BLAIR, REGENT - 1923-1925

Mrs. Blair was born in Charleston and has since been one of the leaders in civic, literary, church, and social circles of the city. She has been on the Book committee of the Public Library board for the last sixteen years. Since 1911 she has been a member of the Charleston Reading Circle. She has proven up on five Revolutionary ancestors and is working on two others.

In 1925 and 1926 she was appointed State Chairman of the Conservation and Thrift committee. At the State Conference in East St. Louis she served on the committee for arranging the ten divisions of the state.

During her office as Regent there were the following outstanding events: Combination picnic with the Madam Rachel Edgar near the location of our county line marker for the Lincoln Circuit Trail. Flag day celebrated by Sally Lincoln and Gov. Edward Coles Chapters, in Mattoon at Peterson Park, on the very ground where the men from our County had camped and drilled under Gen. U.S. Grant, preparatory to going into service. County medal for Prize Essay contest won by a Charleston student. $180 netted on sale of D.A.R. cookbooks. Purchased 12 new Lineage books at $36.00; $25.00 contributed to American Legion for the erection of a monument in memory of the World War heroes. Seven historic spots located to be marked. Colonial Tea commemorating 150th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Brief sketch given of the historic Tea Party, and a pageant depicting five periods in American history. Completion of three years study of our State and County history. Paper on the Constitution of the U.S. sent to committee on Literary Reciprocity in Washington. Road map of our county made. Divisional meeting held in Charleston, with Mrs. Herrick, our State Regent, present. Contributions made Tamassee, Blackburn, Kenmore Association, Phillipine Scholarship, Library of Tamassee, Citizenship School, Julia Green Scott Memorial, and Mem. Cont. Hall Library fund.
Mrs. Blair is a charter member of our Chapter.

MRS. W.R. HARRYMAN, REGENT - 1925- 1927

Mrs. Harryman was born in Carbondale and attended the Southern Illinois Normal School. Later she studied music in Chicago, and taught public school music for a short time.

She has lived in Charleston since her marriage, 23 years ago, and has been closely affiliated with the civic, literary, church and social life of our city. She has been an ardent worker in our Charleston hospital. She is a member of the Charleston Reading Circle. In 1921 she became a member of the Sally Lincoln Chapter. In 1925, she served on the Resolutions Committee at the State Conference. During her office Mrs. Frank Ricketts of our Chapter served as State Chairman of the Ellis Island committee.

The outstanding events in her office as Regent: Marking of five historic spots. The American's Creed placed on grade cards in public schools. Paper on "A Few Early Figures" sent to State historian. Open meeting held on Lincoln's birthday with State Vice Regent, Mrs. King as guest of honor. Flag day celebrated each year with a picnic and patriotic program. Colonial Tea given on Washington's birthday, with a splendid program of living pictures of historic personages. At one November meeting Mrs. Bowman, State Regent, was present and gave a talk. $5.00 given by our Regent to the local winner of the constitution Essay Contest, "Wherein Lies the Greatness of the Constitution." 138 trees planted, 3 memorial. Two volumes of Lineage Index and volumes one and two of the Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy placed in Public Library.

A committee from our Chapter assisted in directing the work of cleaning up and improving our oldest city cemetery. Charles Marton, for whom our city is named, and Dennis Hanks, son-in-law of Sally Lincoln, are buried there.

The oldest log house standing on the east side of Coles County was given to our Chapter by its owner, Mr. Joel Rennels, whose father built the cabin over 90 years ago, and considerable sum of money was expended in carefully taking it apart, moving it six miles in from the country, and restoring it just as it was, for use as a Chapter House. It is one of the four Chapter houses in the State of Illinois. Is it located on the Chautauqua grounds.

Our Chapter was represented at the State Conference, and by the Regent, one Delegate, and two alternates at the Continental Congress. Contributions were made to Carr Creek Community School, Schauffler Scholarship fund, National Old Trails Road and Constitution Hall.


Miss McCrory is a Charter member of the Sally Lincoln Chapter. She served two years as Recording Secretary. She was born in Charleston. Was graduated from the Eastern Illinois State Teachers College in 1910. Attended school at Lasell Seminary Auburndale, Mass., the following year. The next fourteen years of her life were spent in teaching in the public grade schools in Paxton and Charleston, Illinois. She retired from teaching in 1926.

She is interested in civic, church, literary, and social circles of the city. She is a P.E.O. and a member of the Columbian Reading Circle and Drama Study Club.

The outstanding events in her office as Regent: Flag day, Washington...
(page cut off here, 1 sentence missing) ... Chapter House debt. $350 made during year from markets, candy sales, sale of Colonial Greetings, Home Talent Play, bridge parties, and parcel post sale. 500 new Flag Codes purchased and 350 of them distributed through schools. Divisional meeting held in Charleston, October 5, 1927, and preceded by a luncheon. 94 people were served. Washington Tea in February. Flag donated to Chapter by outgoing Regent, and flag pole donated by American Legion. 1000 Cookbooks published. $25 given toward Lafayette Memorial in Picpus cemetery, Paris, France, by a daughter of one of our charter members. Flag salute given and flag lesson read at each meeting. Wild Flower Pledge copies distributed to all public school teachers for use in classes. Playlet, "Save the Trees" worked up in one of the schools and given on lawn on Arbor day. Gift of $39 given toward Constitution Hall, which with the $400 already reported makes $439 as our donation. Four representatives from our Chapter attended the State Conference at Bloomington and the Regent, Delegate, and two Alternates attended Continental Congress. C.A.R. Chapter was organized in February by our Honorary Organizing Regent. Registrar reported nine Revolutionary family records dating back prior to Revolution, and founded in Bible records. Four tombstone records. One of our members is Divisional Chairman of Ellis Island committee. $50 has been pledged as a free will offering toward our Chapter House. 100% in paying dues.

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