Lydia Cobb - Quequechan Chapter
Merged October 18, 1989
Lydia Cobb was a part of a loyal and patriotic family. Lydia was the daughter of James Leonard and his wife Hannah (Walley) Stone Leonard. Lydia married Captain Thomas Cobb about 1737. Thomas was the commander of a Taunton Company in the French and Indian War of 1754. Thomas and Lydia had seven children. Their son, David, was an aide to George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Their daughter Sally married Robert Treat Paine, who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Lydia died on October 23, 1762.
Quequechan was the Indian word meaning "River of Falling Waters." This was appropriate, as the Taunton River rushes through Fall River. This rapid flow of water turned the mill wheels of this manufacturing city.
The Lydia Cobb Chapter was organized in Taunton on November 9, 1896. The first meeting was held on November 23, 1896. Mrs. Sarah J. Gibbs was the founder and first regent. There were forty-eight names on the charter. Four real daughters belonged to this chapter: Miss Damaris Raymond, Mrs. Eliza R. Beane, Mrs. Hannah D. Carpenter, and Mrs. Elizabeth N. Munroe.
One notable accomplishment of the members of the Lydia Cobb Chapter was saving one of their real daughters from the poorhouse and providing her with a comfortable home for the rest of her life.
The Quequechan Chapter was organized in Fall River one year earlier on November 9, 1895. Mrs. Mary J. C. Neil was the first regent. There were twenty-four charter members in this chapter. This chapter also had four real daughters: Mrs. Sarah Hicks Brownell, Mrs. Priscilla Grinnell, Mrs. Abbie Manley, and Mrs. Amy Boss Eveleth.
One of the most significant contributions of the Quequechan Chapter was marking the site of the Battle of Fall River, fought in the American Revolution on May 25, 1779.
Due to declining membership, the Quequechan Chapter approached the Lydia Cobb Chapter and merged with them on October 18, 1989. This combined chapter has members who reside in Taunton, Fall River, Swansea, Berkley, Lakeville, Wareham, Rehoboth, Freetown, Buzzards Bay, Dighton, Norton, and Westport. Because of the area of membership, meetings are held at a different location each month from September through May.
The Lydia Cobb - Quequechan Chapter is active in promoting the goals of the DAR in the areas of education, patriotism, and preservation. The chapter presents DAR Good Citizen Awards to high school students from nine area high schools at a ceremony held each year in February. The high schools include Taunton, Bristol Plymouth, Bristol Aggie, Coyle and Cassidy, Westport, Dighton Rehoboth, Case, Durfee, and Somerset. The chapter also awards scholarships to area youth. The chapter participates in area parades and other patriotic events. Currently, chapter members are in the process of locating and recording area DAR markers and plaques to help ensure their preservation.
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