States Daughters of 1812
October 24, 2020 : President Lynda Kerstein welcomed Bridget Castle as
a new member and presented her with a white carnation, the flower of
N.S.U.S.D. 1812. Covid-19 pandemic indoor meeting precautions
were taken during the meeting. Masks were removed only
momentarily for a quick photo.
A chapter meeting was held July
11, 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The meeting took place outdoors
with the usual precautions taken. Past President Mary Barringer hosted
the meeting in her backyard which was adorned with patriotic flags and
decorations. Everyone was delighted to see one another this being the
first outing for many.
president Lynda Kerstein accompanied state president Illinois Society
the U.S. Daughters of 1812 Leah Beckhoff as they visited Hill's Fort, a
reconstructed fort on the grounds of the Farm Heritage Museum near
Greenville, Illinois, on September 14th.
was Beckhoff and Kerstein’s first
visit to Hill’s Fort. During the War of 1812, on
September 9, 1814, 13 rangers and civilians were bushwhacked by
Americans outside the fort; four were killed and three were injured.
Sangamon River Chapter Vice President Anna Hecox participated in
Friends of the Log Cabins in Quincy on Saturday September 14, 2019.
Cookies and drinks were passed out at the event .
Sangamon River Chapter was pleased to install three new members July
left to right: Linda Baker, Joyce Dyer, Sylvia Brewer with installing
officers Lynda Kerstein,
Alice Cripe and Virginia Rinehart
Virginia Rinehart (left) was
installed at the July 12, 2019 board meeting
Sangamon River Chapter President Lynda Kerstein and State President
laid wreaths at the 63rd Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony at Oak Ridge
Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. The April 15, 2019 ceremony
commemorated the 154th anniversary of President Lincoln’s death. (L-R)
Lynda Kerstein, Leah Beckhoff
A chapter celebration was held at the January 26, 2019 annual meeting.
Many members were
recognized for their service to USD 1812 at the chapter and state
level, as well as years of membership in USD 1812
President Lynda Kerstein presented Past President Kathryn Zimmerman
certificate of appreciation.
President Lynda Kerstein with Past President Kathryn Zimmerman, Past
President Mary Barringer,
Past President Polly Myers and Past President Velma Bailey.
President Lynda Kerstein with Honorary State President Velma Bailey and
State President Leah Beckhoff
President Lynda Kerstein with charter member Velma Bailey
President Lynda Kerstein, 45 year member Velma Bailey and 25 year
member Polly Myers
September 9, 2018 Members Mary Tilstra and Barbara Krehbiel were
welcomed to Sangamon River Chapter during an outing to see the marker
at Thomas Lincoln’s grave in Lerna, Illinois.
Memorial Day 2018 - President Lynda Kerstein laid the Sangamon River
Chapter wreath at the
Grand Army of the Republic Mound, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield,
Sangamon River Chapter was the hostess chapter for the March 24 2018
state meeting. Several members from the decorating committee are
L to R : Alice Cripe, Kathy Zimmerman, Jone VanWinkle, Linda Williams
and Nancy Sheppard
New chapter officers were elected and installed at the January 27, 2018
meeting. Shown from left to right: Historian Linda
Williams,Registrar Alice Cripe, Treasurer Patricia Hopkins-Price,
Secretary Nancy Sheppard, President Lynda Kerstein, Carole Wylder,
Honorary State President presided over installation, Vice President
Anna Hecox and Past President Kathryn Zimmerman.
Chaplain Betty Ruth Hoellerich was not present.
The Sangamon River Chapter elected new officers at its January 31, 2015
meeting. Shown from left are: Polly Myers, past president; Linda
Rosenthal, historian; Delores Perry, registrar; Anna Hecox, treasurer;
Leah Beckhoff, chaplain; Lynn Grey, recording/corresponding secretary;
Mary Tripplett, vice president; and Kathy Zimmerman, president.
Outgoing officers at the January 31, 2015 meeting: Mary Barringer,
president; Kathy Zimmerman, vice president; Carole Wylder, secretary;
Mary Triplett, chaplain; Anna Hecox, treasurer; Polly Myers, registrar;
and Dorothy Albert, historian.
Chapter charter members Anna Vasconcelles, Velma Bailey, Julianne Thomas
Mary Barringer and Carole Wylder were recognized. The chapter was
organized Oct 20, 1972. Carole Wylder gave a program on the chapter
At the January 31, 2015 meeting, Nancy Wilkison was welcomed as a new
At the October 25, 2014 meeting, four new members were welcomed. They
are (L-R) Cheryl Chamblin, Lynn Gray, Linda Williams and Merridee Bruens
Also at the October 25th meeting, Chapter President Mary Barringer
(left) presented a Certificate of Appreciation to chapter member Linda
Rosenthal. Linda Linda has spent many hours researching the records of
War of 1812 Veterans in the entire state of Illinois for the past three
On August 16, 2014, the Sangamon River Chapter held a grave marking
ceremony honoring War of 1812 soldier Lt. Ephraim Gard, who served in
the 1st Regt (Sutton's), Ohio Militia. The top photo shows the
gravesite of Epraim Gard at Sackett Cemetery. The second photo
shows chapter members who attended and state president. The third
photo shows all who participated in the ceremony which included Boy
Scout Troop 305, members of the Springfield SAR Chapter and the
Illinois Society of the War of 1812. The bottom photo are all
descendants of Ephraim Gard. Due to inclimate weather, the
ceremony was held at the Peter Cartwright United Methodist Church in
Pleasant Plains, IL.
Sangamon River Chapter marked the grave of Real Daughter Elizabeth
Shinneman at East Waverly Cemetery, Waverly, Illinois, on May 24, 2014.
She was the daughter of War of 1812 Veteran, David Fairfield who served
in Wallace's 5th Inf Division. Shown are members of the Sangamon
River Chapter, including Dorothy Albert, whose ancestor was recognized.
Sangamon River Chapter
members gathered at Hunter Cemetery in Christian
County, Illinois on October 5, 2013 for a grave marking
honoring General Samuel A. Whiteside's
service during the War of
Chapter members are shown
following a grave marking ceremony at Oak Grove Cemetery
honoring seven War
of 1812 soldiers and two Real Daughters.
Those marked were:
LT Thomas A.
Greening, Tennessee Militia
LT John Darneille,
Pvt Samuel Wyckoff, Ohio
Pvt Daniel Jacobs,
Pvt James G. Webb,
Pvt John Bradley, West
Pvt Simon Lindley,
Mary Jacobs Darneille
Elizabeth Lindley Harbour
members participated in the 5th Annual Frontier Settlement Day at
Quinsippi Island in September 2013. Left to right: Anna Hecox, Mary
Triplett, Roma Weir and Kathy Zimmerman.
August 31, 2013
Grave marking for Thomas
Thomas Lincoln Cemetery
Pleasant Grove Township,
Coles Co., IL.
1795, Lincoln served in a unit that defended Washington County,
Ky., against Native Americans. In 1805, Lincoln was nominated to
serve as an ensign for Hardin County’s Third Regiment. He was liable
for a call up in the Kentucky militia until his family moved to Indiana
members and Illinois Society War of 1812 rangers gather in front of the
marker for War of 1812 soldier James Wirt during the ceremony marking
his grave on June 8, 2013 at Dawson Cemetery, Ellsworth, Illinois.
Descendants of James Wirt.
River Chapter at the rededication of the Illinois War of 1812 Soldiers
tablet at the Howlett Building
Sangamon River Board Anna Hecox (Treas), Carole Wylder (Sec),
Mary Barringer(Pres),Kathryn Zimmerman (VP), Polly Myers
(Registrar) and Mary Triplett Chaplain).
Mary Barringer (holding book) installs new members Barbara
Halsey, Ruth Cole and Linda Rosenthal during the January 26, 2013
were happy to install seven
members in the Sangamon River Chapter today. We welcome left
Barbara Braner, Joyce Mormino, Delores Perry, Carol Phillips,JoAnn
Louise Patton, and Dorothy Mau . Installing officers: Mary
Triplett, and Polly Myers.
and prospective members of the Sangamon River Chapter are shown with
members of the 17th Illinois Territorial Rangers at a grave marking
ceremony on Sunday, August 19, 2012. The ceremony,
the Bethel M.E. Cemetery in Griggsville, Illinois, honored eight War of
Descendants of the soldiers buried at Bethel
members at the grave marking for Nathan M. Butler, Kentucky Militia, at
Berlin Cemetery, Berlin, Illinois on July 21, 2012. Don and
Springer and the New Berlin Area Historical Society assisted with the
Edwards Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony
Cemetery, Springfield, IL
2012 (Photos by Dean Williams Photography )
scripts provided by
Marking for Private Ezra T. Cone, NY, Rose Hill Cemetery,
Illinois on June 9, 2012. Show are Descendants
of Ezra Cone
and chapter members at Ezra T. Cone Marking.
GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 40.01280; Longitude: -89.82920
elected state officers take the oath of office administered by State
Bartlett (far right). The officers are: (l-r), Lola DeGroff,
president; Karen Bauer-Reelitz, vice president; Mary Barringer,
Shirley Fish, treasurer; Cheri Hunter, registrar; Christne Henderson,
Kathleen Haas, historian/librarian; Jessie Maas,curator .
River Chapter members Anna Hecox, Mary Triplett, and Christine Henderson
with reservations and sign-in at the state meeting. The
River Chapter was the hostess chapter for the March 10, 2012 state
Polly Myers, Mary Tripplet, Cynthia Olson, and Barbara Bartlett prepare
decorations for the tables
Rinehart,Marie Boedecker, Ann Irwin, and Nancy Sheppard were
of the Sangamon River Chapter members who attended the state conference
on March 10, 2012
Syverson, Gloria Flathom, and Wilda Cooper visit before the start of
the state meeting in
Springfield, March 10, 2012
Dorothy Cravens Mau was not only the newest chapter member attending,
but also the newest state member.
to R Standing Dorothy
Albert, past Treasurer; Carole Wylder, Corr/Recording
Secretary; Anna Hecox,
Treasurer; Mary Triplett,Chaplain; Polly Myers, Registrar;
Kathy Zimmerman, VP, Mary
Myers (left) was installed as Registrar at the board meeting on
February 24, 2012.
Sangamon River Chapter welcomed two new members at the annual
meeting January 28, 2012. (L-R) Alice
Griggsville; Lynda Kerstein, Springfield, Mary Barringer, President
elected officers January 28, 2012 (L to R): Mary
President; Kathryn Zimmerman, Vice President; Carole Wylder,
Recording/Corresponding Secretary; Installing Officer, Past President
Wauline Quick; Anna Hecox, Treasurer; Mary Triplett,
Chaplain; Janice Syverson, Historian. Registrar
Paula Myers was unavailable for the photo.
marking ceremony honoring Samuel Ashmore
held on Saturday, July 16, 2011
Berry Cemetery, Oakland, Illinois
of Missouri Columbia students Alex Monier
and Grant Chappell survey a cemetery locating
War of 1812 soldier graves.
Wylder and Mary Barringer attended the grave marking
ceremony honoring Ancil Cox, Andrew Sample, David Sample, and Richrd
at Sulphur Springs Cemetery in Morgan County, Illinois on May 6, 2011
April 30, 2011, the Sangamon River Chapter USD 1812 marked the
grave of Bailey Gough in Hardin Cemetery, Green Co., Illinois.
Bailey Gough was born in Virginia in 1775. He married
Dulley Hensley, daughter of Enoch Hensley and Elizabeth Stout,
on October 7, 1799 in Fauquier County, Va.
In about 1802, Bailey moved to Butler County, Ohio, where he
was a private in Lanier's volunteer Battalion of Ohio Militia
serving as an infantryman.
Members of the Headquarters Rangers served as the Color Guard
for the marking of Bailey Gough.
Carole Wylder and son Timothy are descendants of
29, 2010 Grave Marking for Tarlton
at Rock Creek Cemetery, Tallula, Illinois
marking of Joseph McAdams, October 31, 2009, at
Old Campground Cemetery, Greenville, IL.
Kaegy (L) and Bill Wilson (R) present a copy of
their book, Forts and
Blockhouses of Early Illinois,
to Polly Myers following the gravemarking for Polly's
ancestor, Joseph McAdams
President Mary Barringer (in white)
with family members of John Winans Clark at June 13, 2009
grave marking at Laenna Cemetery near Chestnut, IL
January 29, 2011 Welcome ceremony for new members
Marie Boedecker and Sharon Frizzell by Mary Barringer, President (L).