National Society Daughters of the American Revolution - Sweetwater Chapter, Douglasville, GA
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History of the Sweetwater Chapter

During the Revolutionary War period, a Cherokee chief named Ama Kanasta, which translates to "sweet water" in English, had his wigwam near what is now Lithia Springs, Georgia. In addition to the needs of hunting game and kindling council fires, Chief Ama Kanasta may have had an additional interest in residing at this particular location. It is said he believed in the healing virtue of the water and therefore, would gather his tribe in close proximity to the spring.

On the granite surrounding the spring, seats appear to have been chiseled out by early inhabitants to form an amphitheater. Tribal members may have sat in these seats while praying for healing. In addition, there is also evidence that the area may have been used as a "resort" during the time of the Revolutionary War. By the end of 1838, however, the United States had removed the Cherokees from this land through what today is known as "The Trail of Tears."

Despite the absence today of these early, if not first, inhabitants of the Douglasville area, Georgia's longest creek bears the translated name of Chief Ama Kanasta, "Sweetwater". His name in its original Cherokee form was at one time selected as the name of for an earlier Douglasville area DAR chapter – the Ama Kanasta Chapter. This chapter organized March 29, 1921 and disbanded December 30, 1933.

Many decades later, the Douglasville area chapter's originating members believed it fitting to name its new chapter for the same early inhabitant of the Douglas County area. This time, however, the chief's name was used in its English translation.  The NSDAR Board of Management confirmed the Sweetwater Chapter on December 6, 2003.

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Current Officers

Regent:

Lisa Elizabeth Wilson Meek
Vice Regent: Emily Sue Veal Carlton
Chaplain: Kathy Jewel Mullis Goggans
Recording Secretary:  Susan Lane Thomas Brooks
Corresponding Secretary: Susan Lane Thomas Brooks
Treasurer: Patricia Jane Harrington
Registrar: Nancy Anne Styles McLendon

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Founding Members

Marcia Tindall Atkins Jennifer Olsson Harrison
Linda Lee Abbey Emma Williams Jordan
Cynthia Lee Davis Mary Sue Rogers Murray
Sarah Lee Davis Laura Lee Powers
Betty Farr Dewell Laura Elisabeth Reed
Kathren Moon Fogg Lisa Carriker Reed
Margie Lee Hall (Organizing Regent) Elsie Dodson Smith

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Our Honored Patriots

Below are the names of the Sweetwater Chapter Daughters' DAR-recognized patriot ancestors.

They are organized by the state for which their service to our emerging nation was provided.

If you are not aware of what the DAR considers acceptable service for recognition as a patriot, please visit the NSDAR webpage "Becoming a Member", which describes the many ways a person's ancestor may be recognized and included amongst those honored by our organization.

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Georgia
State Flag of Georgia Cone, William
Crumbley, Anthony
Dover, Francis J.
Futch, Onesimus
Peters, Jessie
Stewart, Robert
Connecticut
State Flag of Connecticut Brown, Thaddeus
Hickok, Asa
Lyon, Ephraim
Massachusetts
Massachusetts  Bedlow, William
Blodgett, David
Flagg, Josiah
New Hampshire
New Hampshire  Sherburne, Job
New Jersey
State Flag of New Jersey Skinner, Daniel
New York
State Flag of New York Printup, Joseph
Skinner, Daniel
Walling, James
North Carolina
State Flag of North Carolina Ames, Thomas
Barnard, Francis
Beck, Jeffrey
Bradshaw, James
Cantrell, Isaac
Caradine, Thomas
Casey, Jeremiah
Gosnell, Charles
Egbert Hayward
Herman, George
Hood, William
Huntley, Thomas
King, Samuel
Kirkpatrick, Valentine
Lane, Jr., Tidence
Large, Joseph
Macon, Harrison
McDaniel, John
McIarty, Alexander
McMurray, Robert
Merrick, John
Moseley, Henry
Newman, Reuben
Pace, Stephen
Strickland, Philip
Taylor, Leroy
Thompson, Frederick
White, Archibald
White, John
Wright, James
Pennsylvania
State Flag of Pennsylvania Albert, George
Houser, Peter
Long, Jeremiah
Sherrod, Conrad
Skinner, Daniel
Weakley, James
South Carolina
State Flag of South Carolina Dawkins, William
Faust, Peter
Langston, Solomon
Littleton, Charles
Martin, Elijah
McKelvey, John
Noble, Lewis
Sellman, Jeremiah
Sloan, John
Templeton, James
Vermont
Vermont  Chandler, Thomas
Olcott, Timothy
Virginia
State Flag of Virginia Beard, Elizabeth X.
Biggs, Benjamin
Buford, James
Colquitt, James W.
Florence, Thomas
Foster, Peter
Griffin, Thomas
Hansard, William
Hodnett, Benjamin
Kendall, William
Lipscomb, Uriah
Luttrell, James
Marshall, James
Metcalf, Allen
Rogers, Lot
Shell, William
Tucker, Joseph
Veale, Francis
White, Jesse
Winston, John

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