By CORALE GOESCH and KARIN LIGHTNER
How many of our Keizer residents are aware of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and how many know thereis a DAR chapter right here in Keizer?
The Anna Maria Pittman Chapter of the DAR is based in Keizer, and was organized in December 1985. That means our chapter has been an active Keizer organization for 25 years. Our members are a proud group of women who can directly trace their heritage through a long deceased great-grandfather and/or great-grandmother who supported the American Revolution.
The namesake of our chapter, Anna Maria Pittman, was born in New York City, in 1803. When the Methodist Church decided to send missionaries to the west to work with the native population, Miss Pittman told the Missionary Board that she wished to go, too. She was among three unmarried women sent with “the First Reinforcement” in 1836, arriving in June, 1837 in the Oregon territory.
Miss Pittman became the first white woman to be married in Oregon, marrying Methodist missionary Jason Lee. The following June she became the first white woman to give birth to a child in Oregon, and the first to die in Oregon, two days after the birth and death of her infant son. Anna Maria Pittman Lee and her son are buried in the Jason Lee Cemetery on D Street in Salem, along with many other early Oregon pioneers.
Our chapter meets on the first Wednesday of the month, September through May, at the John Knox Presbyterian Church. We actively seek women who are interested in joining our group. If you are interested in joining DAR, and think you can trace your lineage directly back to an ancestor who was involved in supporting the American Revolution, we would be happy to help you with the research and the application process.
If you would like more information, please call Corale Goesch, Regent, at 503-393-3971, or Ruby Pantalone, Registrar, at 503-393-8334.