Glover's Trace Chapter

Camden, Tennessee


Chapter History

The Glover's Trace Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was organized by Mrs. Allen D. O'Brien, Tennessee State Regent, on April 13, 1968, at the home of Mrs. Virginia Lockhart Whitworth, organizing regent. Its name was derived from an important early route laid out between Nashville and the Western District of Tennessee in 1797, by William Glover, a Native American whose mother was Chickasaw. The thirteen charter members and others who have joined since trace their lineage to a soldier or patriot of the American Revolution.

The motto of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution is “God, Home, & Country” and its members strive to promote patriotic, historic, and educational objectives.

Glover’s Trace is recognized for its growth and many accomplishments since 1968. It has researched and published two books of historical significance - "Benton County, Tennessee Cemetery Records" (published in 1979), and "Benton County, Tennessee Marriage Records 1837 - 1900" (published in 1985). Important books and materials are contributed regularly to the Archives and History Collection located at the Benton County Library and Archives where several Daughters volunteer to assist researchers in the Genealogy Room of the Library.

In 1975, in celebration of America’s Bicentennial, Glover’s Trace paid tribute to the soldiers of the American Revolution known to be buried in Benton County. The ten patriots were: William Cochran, Meredit Corbitt, Abraham Davidson, Britian George, John Graham, Absalom Knight, Thomas Petty, John Sarratt, John Swindle, and Samuel Watkins. They were honored by having a bronze wall plaque bearing their names hung in the lobby of the Benton County Courthouse.

On September 9, 2010, a granite marker bearing the patriots’ names was prominently placed at the new Benton County Veterans Memorial with many members present for the Memorial’s impressive dedication ceremony. Chapter members are ardent supporters of all patriotic events in the community. A popular celebration held at Camden Central High School is the annual Veterans’ Day program organized, planned, and presented by the Advanced American History Class. DAR members recognize the students’ efforts with their attendance and a contribution to the CHS Library in their honor.

The chapter actively supports all the Benton County Schools and their students and each year sponsors the state and national DAR history essays, citizenship contents, and scholarships. During the past forty years, Glover’s Trace has been the proud sponsor of one TSDAR Good Citizen, numerous Chickasaw District essay winners, two Zachariah Davies/Ellen Davies Rogers Scholarship winners, and four state winners of the TSDAR Scholarship. It also provides funds and items such as knit hats and scarves for the DAR Schools and lap robes for veterans.

In 2005, Glover’s Trace nominated and sponsored an outstanding citizen for his efforts in bluebird protection and wildlife conservation. He was awarded the prestigious NSDAR conservation medal and the chapter received TSDAR’s first place certificate for conservation.

Members attend all district meetings and state conferences and many Continental Congresses. In celebration of its 40th Birthday, members hosted the September 13, 2008, Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolution Chickasaw District Meeting. After forty years, the Glover’s Trace Daughters can still be counted on!


Past Regents

Patriots of Our Chapter Members

Incorporated by an Act of Congress in 1896, the NSDAR is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer service organization with nearly 180,000 women in some 3,000 chapters in each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Australia, Canada, France, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Japan. The society was founded in Washington, D.C., on October 11, 1890, and has celebrated more than 100 years of service to the nation.

For more information on how to join the Glover's Trace Chapter of the NSDAR, please e-mail any of the following officers:

Belinda Clarke - Regent

Thelma Traut - First Vice Regent

Thelma Traut - Chaplain

Luwana Bawcum-Belcher - Recording Secretary

Sheila Jacobi - Corresponding Secretary

Luwana Bawcum-Belcher - Treasurer

Virginia Whitworth - Historian


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