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History of Elizabeth Snyder-Continental Chapter DAR 

Elizabeth Snyder Chapter
Organized December 19, 1925

The Elizabeth Snyder Chapter was organized on December 19, 1925, in the North Plainfield home of Mrs. Charles Banks, who at the time served as State Regent of the New Jersey Society. There were 13 members present, and Miss Samma Gertrude VanWinkle was elected organizing regent.

Originally known as the North Plainfield Chapter, the name Elizabeth Snyder was adopted at the request of the Registrar General. Elizabeth Snyder was born Elizabeth Mann at Schoharie, New York, in 1722. She was the daughter of a well-known patriot. In 1741, she married Captain Peter Snyder. In the old history of Schoharie County, New York, it states: “While the enemy were discharging their cannon (during the Battle of Schoharie, September 1780), Mrs. Snyder exposed herself to the fire of the enemy by going to the soldiers and passing them biscuits and rum sweetened with gunpowder - as the old records - say to divert them from fear." Peter Snyder, her husband, was presented with a cannonball to acknowledge the bravery of his wife. It came from the rafters of the church where the Americans had been under siege. The histories also state: Among the women at the fort whose courage was undaunted was the wife of Captain Snyder, whose assistance and encouragement were worthy to receive homage from the descendants of that noble band that none can reflect upon but with patriotic admiration.” Elizabeth Snyder’s two sons and sons-in-law also served in the Revolutionary War. 

The chapter was very active from the start. During the first year, $100 was donated for a chair in the New Jersey Room at Memorial Continental Hall. Other projects included placing markers on the graves of patriots and the copying of church records, headstones and Civil War records for posterity.

Throughout the years, the chapter actively supported DAR objectives through community service. This service included the sponsorship of Native American students, students at DAR schools, and local youth organizations. The chapter supported the DAR occupational therapy program at Ellis Island, and more recently the restoration work and sponsorship of a DAR room in the Museum there.

Chapter members gathered at Washington's Crossing on December 9, 2000, to celebrate the chapter's 75th anniversary with honored guests.

Constitution Week 2013

The program paid homage to the chapter's founders and reviewed a history of chapter activities over the years. As part of the chapter's 25th anniversary celebration in 1950, a tree bearing silver dollars was presented to the State Regent for her project.  Similarly, the State Regent in 2000 was presented with a tree decorated with 75 gold Sacajawea dollars on red, white, and blue ribbon, as the chapter's gift to her State Regent's Project.

The chapter remained active in community activities to mark patriotic events and milestones, has supported our troops in times of war, and recognized many individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society.

Continental Chapter
Organized January 23, 1896

Continental Chapter was organized on January 23, 1896, as the fourteenth DAR chapter in New Jersey. Mrs. J. Kirkland Myers served as organizing regent.

The chapter is named for “These three regiments, who constituted New Jersey’s enlistments to the heroic Continental Army, whose sacrifices, hardships and consecration to the cause of Liberty no pen has ever described.”

Washington Rock State Park DAR Marker

Washington Rock State Park marker placed by the Continental Chapter in 1912.

In 1912, the chapter had a marker placed at Washington Rock State Park, with a tablet that reads: “From this rock Gen. George Washington watched the movements of the British forces during the anxious months of May and June 1777.”

In 1936, the chapter placed a granite boulder with a plaque in Green Brook Park in Plainfield to mark the site of the Outpost Camp that guarded Washington and his troops at Morristown in the winter of 1777.

Continental Chapter continued its mission to mark and preserve local sites of historical interest. The chapter supported the preservation of the Nathaniel Drake House in Plainfield, and at one time provided furnishings for the second floor of this historic home that was built along the York Road in 1745 by Isaac Drake for his son, Nathaniel. George Washington met his officers there during and after the Battle of the Watchungs, fought in the Plainfield area, June 25-27, 1777. 

Mrs. Charles Banks, a member of Continental Chapter, served as New Jersey State Regent 1923-1926. During that time, she helped to organize Elizabeth Snyder Chapter. Mrs. Banks went on to serve the National Society as Vice President General 1926-1929.

(Excerpts from History of Chapter Names of the New Jersey State Society of the DAR, 1891-1985, Mrs. Ruth DeBruin, editor.) 

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