Nancy Ward Chapter NSDAR
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Nancy Ward, for whom Nancy Ward Chapter NSDAR is named, is one of the most interesting heroines of the American Revolution. Tennesseans, especially, should be grateful for her services. Had it not been for her, the course of history in this state would have run very differently.
In 1776, Nancy (Nan-Ye-Hi) Ward was the elected leader of the powerful Women's Council of the Cherokee Nation. This council did not hesitate to override the authority of the chiefs when it was thought that the welfare of the tribe demanded it. So Nancy Ward, as representative of the Women's Council and of the younger warriors of the tribe, began to develop her message. She sent warnings by the trader, Isaac Thomas, to John Sevier, leader of the early colonists of this state, that the older warriors plotted the extermination of the white settlements along the Virginia and Carolina borders. These timely warnings gave time to prepare a defense, and the colony was saved. Numerous instances are given of Nancy Ward's intervention to save the lives of white settlers. Among these was the wife of Captain William Bean, several of whose descendants are members of this chapter.
State of Tennessee
By Bill Haslam Governor, on behalf of the people of Tennessee
By virtue of the authority vested in me, I hereby confer upon
Nancy Ward Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution
A Day of Recognition
Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the State of Tennessee
in Nashville, this first day of March, 2015
“Be Energized by Patriotism * Be Involved with Education
* Be Enthusiastic for Historic Preservation”