New Bedford Chapter DAR

New Bedford, Massachusetts

                                  Organized January 9, 1917


Welcome to the web site of the New Bedford Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. We are a group of women from New Bedford and surrounding towns. We vary in ages from age 18 to 90+. We welcome everyone to participate in our activities or to attend a chapter meeting. Contact Us and we will let you know about our next activity or meeting.

Chapter Name

The origin of the chapter name follows as written in You Named It Massachusetts DAR, compiled and edited by Bernice G. Pickering, Organizing Secretary 1977-1980, Massachusetts Daughters of the American Revolution.

Originally New Bedford was known as Dartmouth, being a section of the town of Dartmouth, first settled in 1640.

In 1765, the village was named Bedford in honor of one of its citizens, Joseph Russell, who, when he was living in England, was known as the Duke of Bedford.

During the next nineteen years, the great whaling era began and prospered, which eventually made New Bedford the wealthiest city of its size in the country at that time.

In 1787 the old town of Dartmouth was divided into three parts and Bedford became New Bedford.

It has been substantiated that New Bedford can truly claim to be the site of the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War.

The first land encounter at Bedford in 1778 occurred at the corner of County and North Street causing three fatalities, namely Thomas Cook, Abram Russell, and Diah Trofford. In 1927 the New Bedford Chapter of DAR erected a bronze plaque on a stone at this location in their memory.  

                           Elsie M.Thackeray - Recording Secretary


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Site created February 4, 2010            

Updated February 2, 2022