National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Warrensburg, Missouri Chapter
CHAPTER HISTORY (Centennial 1909-2009)
The patriotic women of Warrensburg met at the home of Mrs. Mary Tuttle McCluney on December 12, 1908, for the purpose of organizing a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. They received their charter April 9, 1909*. The charter members were Mary Tuttle McCluney , who also served as first regent, Charlotte Tuttle Smalley, Alice K. C. Griggs, Myra Jane Stewart, Janette W. Clark, Beulah Elizabeth Brunner, Laura L. Runyon, Mabel Elizabeth Dryer, Lucy A. Busher, Lilla S. Christopher, Jennie V. D. McAllister, Elbertine Baldwin, Fanita B. Houts, Elmira Grover Gilkerson, and Mary Elizabeth Bullard. The name Warrensburg Chapter was chosen after the name of the town, which was named after Martin Warren, a Revolution Solder. The chapter has consistently pioneered in the historical, patriotic, and educational affairs of the community as well as in state and national activities.
Many members have served at the state and district level. The chapter has marked the graves of Martin Warren, Revolutionary Soldier, Verlinda Ray Rice, a Real Daughter (distinction of honor given to DAR members whose fathers were patriots in the Revolutionary War), and Anna Ewing Cockrell, First Missouri State Regent who is buried in Sunset Hill Cemetery in Warrensburg.
The chapter supports the objectives of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of Education, Patriotism, and Historic Preservation. The 1838 courthouse is still standing and is the original courthouse of Johnson County. It is currently owned by the Johnson County Historical Society. One of our late members, Mary Miller Smiser, was the driving force to obtain and restore this courthouse. In 1980-82 she pushed for and obtained a building next to this courthouse in which to house a museum and library dedicated to the preservation of Johnson County history. The library was named Mary Miller Smiser Heritage Library in her honor.
The Warrensburg Chapter is one of 14 chapters located in the west central district of the Missouri State Society, Genealogist and Daughters of the American Revolution member Betty Harvey Williams began working on a grave marker for Pvt. Henry Brooks nearly four decades ago.
Williams said Brooks, who lived in Johnson County, is buried in Hobson Cemetery, north of Northwest 700 Road, but that marker is no longer visible. It is difficult to prove (a grave site) where there is no marker. "Brooks' wife and son are buried in Hobson Cemetery," Williams said. "A marker for Brooks could not be placed at Hobson Cemetery, where most markers have sunk into the ground." Government regulations require a living descendant to request a new grave marker, that made getting a marker difficult because Brooks died in 1837, and no one knew anything about his descendants.
|Pvt Henry Brooks|
Pvt. Henry Brooks, American Revolution, Gravesite Born in Bedford, Virginia, USA on 1755 to Robert Brooks and Sarah Cochran. Henry married Peggy Davis. Henry married Rachel Frost and had 2 children. Henry married Elizabeth Davis and had a child. He passed away on 29 Jan 1837 in Johnson County, Missouri, USA.
"With determination, Williams teamed up with Sons of the American Revolution Secretary Wilbur Dice to fill out the marker request forms, and after two years, the government approved the request. Cemetery caretaker Steve Nicholson received and set the marker in the new place," Dice said. "This is the 23rd one of these the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) has done," he said, "and ten have been from the Revolutionary War."
Williams said after the ceremony, her satisfaction comes from finishing the project that has historical and educational value. "It is a recognition of Brooks' early residence in Johnson County." Williams said.
Meetings are the second Friday of the month from Sept. through June, except for December. Meetings are usually with lunch at a local restaurant, at 12:00 Noon.
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Our chapter is currently sponsoring the reorganization of a Children of the American Revolution chapter. It will be the Private Martin Warren Society of the National Society Children of the American Revolution. The new society will be serving the youth in Warrensburg, Missouri, and surrounding areas. Our group is named for Private Martin Warren, a Revolutionary War patriot whom the city of Warrensburg was named.
Martin Warren, a blacksmith by trade, had a centrally located house that was not difficult to discover. Prairie residents would repeatedly stop by at the Warren house to inquire information about settlements, laws, and other people. This stopping place was initially referred to as Warren’s corner. Over time Warren’s corner, became Warren’s Corner, which became Warren’s burg, and eventually became the current name Warrensburg.
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Martin Warren Chapter - Sons of the American Revolution - WarrensburgCurrent Officers President - K. Bruce McNeel - 660-563-6093 Vice-President - Sam W. Raber Secretary - Michael H. Powers Treasurer - Ben W. Edmondson Genealogist - Harvey D. Christie Registrar - Jack M. Landers - 660-747-6308 Chaplain - Robert J. Anderson Chancellor - James A. Shelby Historian - Dwight J. Whitton Sergeant-at-Arms - Daniel J. Daugherty