Elalah Featherstone plaque
Elahah P. Featherstone “Daughter of a Soldier
of the Revolution”

Pisgah ARP Church Cemetery, Gastonia
Elalah Pratt Fulton Featherstone (1793-1889), Daughter of James B. Fulton (1765-1848, Militia, Frederick County, Maryland) and Anastasia Fewell, Married Richard Featherstone (1808), Marker Erected by the Major William Chronicle Chapter February 22, 1926
Photo Courtesy Chapter Archives

Chapter History

Chapter Charter
Chapter’s Charter at
75th Anniversary Tea
Photo Courtesy Melanie C. Ford
Kings Mountain marker
Kings Mountain Marker
Inscription: Here fell
Major William Chronicle
Oct. 7, 1780
Erected by the Major William
Chronicle Chapter
DAR Gastonia, N. C. 1930
Photo Courtesy Melanie C. Ford

The Major William Chronicle Chapter, NSDAR, was organized Nov. 28, 1924, under the leadership of Grace Alexander Johnston and was officially chartered on February 12, 1926, with 50 members. A list of the charter members appears below.

The chapter is named in honor of Major William Chronicle who was killed during the Battle of Kings Mountain on Oct. 7, 1780, at the age of 25. For more information, please visit Profile of Major William Chronicle page.

On June 18, 1930, the Major William Chronicle Chapter, NSDAR, unveiled a marker erected in the Kings Mountain National Military Park in South Carolina. Officiating at the dedication ceremony was chapter member Vennie Stewart Atkins. A large boulder was removed from the Belmont home of Major Chronicle and placed at the park along with a bronze plaque.

On May 10, 1996, the chapter commemorated its 70th anniversary with a wreath-laying ceremony at Pisgah Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church Cemetery which was attended by DAR officials, members, and family descendants.

On Feb. 9, 2001, the chapter held an anniversary tea in celebration of the chapter’s 75th anniversary of its chartering. On Jan. 9, 2015, the chapter held a Service of Remembrance to commemorate their charter members.

The Major William Chronicle Chapter, NSDAR, was the first North Carolina chapter to mark the grave of a daughter of a Revolutionary War soldier, Mrs. Elalah Pratt Fulton Featherstone, on Feb. 22, 1926, in the Pisgah Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Gastonia, North Carolina.

Today, our chapter members remain dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through education and service.

Charter Members

  • Vallie Woodruff Anderson
  • Frances Atkinson
  • Valerie Stewart Atkins
  • Mary Love Barksdale
  • Barbara Clapp Bowen
  • Martha Ross Boyce
  • Catherine Rebecca Carson
  • Matilda Carson
  • Nannie Crawford Carson
  • Elva Rankin Chandler
  • Francis Aline Reid Cooper
  • Bertha Arrowood Gatling
  • Mary Lou Glenn
  • Lucia McLees Groves
  • Grace Alexander Johnston
  • Sue Ramsey Johnston
  • Helen Foster Johnston
  • Sarah Evelyn Johnston
  • Delia Lily Johnston
  • Kate Pearl Johnston
  • Rachel Auld Key
  • Alice Ford Kincaid
  • Martha Glenn Kindley
  • Elizabeth Lineberger
  • Martha A. Lineberger
  • Lena Rhyne Little
  • Nena Rhyne Long
  • Sarah Elizabeth Love
  • Lucy Rankin McLean
  • Elizabeth J. Miller
  • Susie Evelyn Love Norman
  • Dorothy Nims
  • Estelle Lindsay Proffitt
  • Ida Pursley
  • Mary V. Ramsey
  • Lillian Clinton Rankin
  • Elizabeth W. Rankin
  • Sarah Edna Rankin
  • Lela Shuford Reid
  • Lula Riddle
  • Lowry Shuford
  • Eleanor Rankin Spratt
  • Stacia Wideman Thomson
  • Carrie White Todd
  • Annie May Barnett Wilkins
  • M. Elizabeth McGill Whitesides
  • Eliza Lindsay Willis
  • Osie Shuford Wilson
  • Lois Campbell Wilson
  • Oeland Barnett Wray

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