Piomingo Chapter USD



President Olivia Bates Chandler
1st Vice Pres. – Bernie Crosby
Chaplain- Mary Margaret Buck
Secretary- Mary Korwin
Treasurer, Thirza Sloan
Registrar- Kathy Ward
Historian-Patricia Wasilik
Librarian-Carla Maitland
Curator-Cathy King
Parliamentarian- Bettie Gustafson

Piomingo - Pre-removal War Chief

1750 - 1799
Piomingo served Chickasaws during the 18th century. He was born about 1750 in a settlement in Mississippi. Piomingo was a pre-removal chief who provided strong leadership. He acted as a diplomat in order to protect Chickasaw sovereignty. Piomingo met with other southeastern tribes, governors of states and President George Washington to reach agreements that benefitted his people. One of his greatest achievements was the signing of the Treaty of Hopewell in 1786, which formalized the tribe’s alliance with the U.S. government.

Flag House-Star Spangled Banner
Tennessee War of 1812

1812 Soldier Lookup


The U.S.D. of 1812, founded in 1892, is a volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving and increasing knowledge of the history of the American people by the preservation of documents and relics, marking of historic spots, recording of family histories and traditions, celebration of patriotic anniversaries, teaching and emphasizing the heroic deeds of the civil, military, and naval life of those who molded this Government between the close of the American Revolution and the close of the War of 1812, to urge Congress to compile and publish authentic records of men in civil, military, and naval service from 1784 to 1815 inclusive, and to maintain at National Headquarters In Washington D.C., a museum and library of memorabilia of the 1784-1815 period.



The Piomingo Chapter of Millington was organized during the administration of Mrs. William O. Gordon on August 3, 1991 by Mrs. Henry Hudson as the first President. The Star Spangled Banner chapter disbanded and their members merged with Piomingo Chapter, in 2006.
The chapter is named for the Indian Chief Piomingo who assisted the Spanish explorers who first came to Memphis. The chapter has marked graves of War of 1812 Veterans, and a Real Daughter, presented JROTC medals, participated in the Millington Bi-Centennial Davy Crockett's Great River Adventure. We have sponsored a Wreath Laying at the Bust of Andrew Jackson at the Shelby County Courthouse in Memphis on his birthday March 15 for the last two years. Member Bettie Parker Gustafson served as TN State President 2006-2009 & Curator National 2009-2012.

Site updated January 29, 2016


Built in 1793, the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House was the home and place of business of Mary Pickersgill, maker of the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key’s famous poem that later became our national anthem. Mary and her daughter Caroline moved into the house in 1806, along with Mary’s mother, Rebecca Young, who began the flag-making business in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War.

In 1927, the house was sold to the city of Baltimore and the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Association established a museum inside the historic home.

Charter Members

Kay Parish Hudson - Organizing President
Bess C. Twaddle
Bettie P. Gustafson
Bonnie Crawford
Virginia L. Lemmon
Ella R. Emery
Polly O. Terry
Terry D. Nelson
Mrs. Donald Cecil Trolinger - President National
Mrs. Dee Wallace Ward, Jr., Recording Secretary National
Mrs. Joan Hill Hanks, Tennessee State President
Mrs. James J. Mason, Tennessee Recording Secretary

1812 Soldiers (click for listing)


1812 collage