Wednesday, February 8, 2017

DAR Plaque on the Courthouse

One of our readers, P. VanAntwerp, remembered the post about the St Francisville Ferry and how her dad teased her about rolling off into the water.  She is a descendant of Lucinda Porter through the Harris side and forwarded this photo of the dedication of the bronze plaque placed on the north entrance of the courthouse on October 1, 1921 by the DAR.  The plaque honors the Revolutionary War Veterans buried in Lawrence County. Lucinda Melton Porter is the person on the right but the identity of the lady in the wheel chair is unknown.  

Lucinda Porter was the daughter of Revolutionary War Soldier, Benjamin Melton and the granddaughter of Revolutionary War Soldier, Christopher Coy.  She died January 3, 1924.

J King believes the seated lady is either Mrs. Leonora Kirkwood (DAR Regent) or Mrs Emerine Rawlings Carr, (a granddaughter of another Revolutionary War soldier.  A granddaughter of another soldier, Mrs Jane Rawlings Catterton, had passed away in March of that year. There was a third granddaughter of a soldier, Mrs. Emily Leah Walton, who was a member also.

The local Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) had started a movement to erect a bronze tablet  to the memory of the Revolutionary soldiers buried in Lawrence County.  The DAR Toussaint Dubois Chapter was organized in Lawrence County in October 13, 1919. Through the members' untiring efforts the list of names was compiled; they obtained permission from the County Board of Supervisors to  place a Memorial Tablet on the Court House; and asked for a small appropriation that was granted to pay for it. 

After the unveiling by Mrs. Porter, the chapter members and a few invited guests adjourned to Hotel Lawrence for dinner. Expenses for the dedicatory service was $41.93 and the cost of the tablet $197.00. (Members paid for it themselves as their treasury was low and the county's grant didn't cover the full cost.) 

 Lawrence County's 100th anniversary was commemorated by this unveiling of this tablet, with special emphasis given to the life and work of Toussaint du Bois who held most of the territory now known as Lawrence County under a French grant. 

If you are interested in learning more about the DAR or becoming a member, contact D. Allen

Update on photo posted Saturday February 4, asking readers to identify the town scene where the WACs were marching:
 A. Couts thinks it is Vincennes. Mitchell furniture was on the north side of Main Street and in the same block as Hill's Department Store.