Our Chapter was organized on January 6, 1898 by Sara Winthrop Smith, and is named for Benjamin Franklin's mother. Abiah Folger Franklin was born on August 15, 1667, on Madaket Road, Nantucket Island, to farmer and surveyor Peter Folger. She became the second wife of Josiah Franklin of Boston, and had 8 children, the youngest of whom was Benjamin. Josiah's first wife (the mother of his first 10 children) died, so Abiah raised all 18 Franklin children. There is a monument with flowers growing in it to honor Abiah on the right side of Madaket Road at the site of the Folger Farm, now owned by the Nantucket Historical Association.
We presently have about fifty members and are happy to welcome new members.
Since Nantucket was founded primarily by Quakers who were pacifist and did not fight in the Revolutionary War, we have a list of names of islanders who supported the American Revolution and may qualify descendants to become members of the NSDAR.
We meet monthly year-round on the 2nd Thursday at noon; see the newspaper for the meeting location and speaker. The meeting includes lunch, a brief business meeting, and usually a guest speaker. Visitors from other chapters or those who are interested in joining are welcome to attend.
Our chapter supports the objects of the NSDAR:
1. HISTORY -- To perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American independence.
2. EDUCATION -- To carry out the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people "to promote, as an object of primary importance, institutions of the general diffusion of knowledge."
3. PATRIOTISM -- To cherish, maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty.
(From the Constitution of the NSDAR)
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