New members

Carrollton Manor Chapter NSDAR recently welcomed new members. Pictured from left are: Sharon Kemper Suarez, Chapter regent; new members Patty McMurrer, Pat Worsham, Kathy Piscopo and Anne Wright; Dr. Patti Maclay, Maryland State Society NSDAR state historian; and Elizabeth Deering, state curator.

The Carrollton Manor Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution welcomed four new members at their Sept. 18 meeting, held at Dutch’s Daughter in Frederick.

Chapter Regent Sharon Kemper Suarez introduced the following candidates, who were duly approved for membership: Patty McMurrer, Frederick; Pat Worsham, Jefferson; Kathy Piscopa, Frederick; and Anne Wright, Ellicott City.

Their eligibility for membership has been certified by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) by verification of proven lineal descent from an ancestor who gave aid to American colonists during the American Revolution.

Patty Sue Ray McMurrer’s Patriot Ancestor is Jeremiah Patrick who provided Patriotic Service in Virginia, where he was a juror in 1779 and where he took the oath of allegiance in 1777.

Patricia “Pat” Lynne Worsham’s Patriot Ancestor is Larkin Johnston, who provided patriotic services in North Carolina in 1782.

Kathryn “Kathy” Terrill Downey Piscopo’s Patriot Ancestor is Thomas Cary, who served as a captain in the Virginia Militia.

Elizabeth Anne Wright’s Patriot Ancestor is James Blair, who served in Pennsylvania as a private in the Cumberland County Militia.

Two officers of the Maryland State Society Daughters of the American Revolution were in attendance to present membership gifts, Dr. Patti Maclay, state historian; and Elizabeth Deering, state curator and the Chapter’s honorary regent.

The Carrollton Manor Chapter NSDAR was organized Oct. 12, 1965, and is named after one of the signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll of Carrollton. He was the son of Charles Carroll of Annapolis, who granted him an estate in the southern portion of Frederick County, Maryland, consisting of 17,000 acres bordering the Potomac River. Charles Carroll of Carrollton was elected to the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, and served as delegate until 1778. He subsequently helped to draft a state constitution and assisted in forming a state government. Carroll was re-elected to the Continental Congress in 1780, but preferred to serve in the state senate to which he was elected in 1781, and served until 1800.

Few know that Charles Carroll was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence and the last signatory to die; he lived to be 95. Today, a bronze statue of Charles Carroll of Carrollton stands in the Hall of Columns in the U.S. Capitol.

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