District of Columbia State Society Organized November 30, 1901



















Emily Nelson Chapter

Washington, DC
Organized January 11, 1907

Chapter meetings are held the third Saturday of every month at 11:00 AM.  Everyone, prospective members and guests, are most welcome.

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Our Chapter 

Emily Nelson has 46 members, two Life Members, and six Associate Members.

Chapter Accomplishments

We enjoyed our 100th Anniversary in February, 2007.  We are very proud of our members who have served in Chapter, State and National Offices and many other members serving on National, State, and Chapter Committees.  At present we have a  State Committee Chairman, Service for Veteran Patients.  Among our many accomplished women we have a retired naval officer as well as one chapter member who served two tours in Iraq as a member of the Air Force.

Our chapter is interested in all NS DAR projects and committees but most particularly education, especially helping the DAR sponsored schools, literacy, the Americanism Committee that hands out flags and other pertinent material to our new citizens, and the DC VA Hospital and its veterans to which we have made sizeable contributions. We collect comfort items, books, magazines, T shirts, socks, and lap robes to give to our veteran patients.  The Emily Nelson Chapter sponsored the national winner of the Outstanding Youth Volunteer in 2002 as well as the winner of the Outstanding Veteran Patient of the Eastern Division in 2006.  These are important national contests sponsored by NSDAR.

Chapter Officers 2012-2014

Regent: Karen Lucas
Vice Regent: Cathy Ball
Chaplain: Sarah Uribe
Recording Secretary: Kathryn Taylor
Corresponding Secretary: Martha Engstler
Treasurer: Caroline Lane
Registrar: Mary Kennedy
Historian: Frances Harwood
Librarian: Sandra Renzy

History of Chapter Name

The Emily Nelson Chapter was named in honor of Emily Nelson, grandmother of Mrs. Emily Nelson Ritchie McLean, fifth President General, NSDAR. Emily Nelson, Grandmother of Mrs. McLean, was the daughter of General Roger Nelson who fought in the Revolutionary War, and his wife, Betty Harrison Nelson.

General Roger Nelson was born in Frederick County, Maryland, in June 1759. At age 16, while a student at William and Mary College, Virginia, he entered military service with a South Carolina horse troop, commanded by Commander Augustine Washington, defending the city of Charlottesville, South Carolina. The troops were defeated by General Clinton and Roger Nelson was taken prisoner and imprisoned on a British ship. When he was exchanged, he again entered military service with the Maryland Line and was commissioned Lieutenant, August 15, 1780. He fought in Battles of Eutaw, Guilford, and Camden and was again taken prisoner. Exchanged the second time, he rejoined the Maryland line as Captain and fought through the war, receiving 16 wounds.

He was present at Yorktown when Cornwallis surrendered, later receiving the rank of Brigadier General. He returned to Frederick, Maryland after the war, where he resided until his death on June 7, 1815.

In 1835, Emily Nelson, daughter of General Nelson and Betty Harrison Nelson, married William Pickney Maulsby, who became Chief Judge of the 6th Judicial Circuit of Maryland. Of this union, eight children were born, five of whom died in childhood. Their son, William Pickney Maulsby, Jr., married Henrietta Pigman. The second child, Emily Nelson Maulsby, married Henry Kimball of Kanosha, Wisconsin.

The third child, Betty Harrison Maulsby, married Judge John Ritchie. Mrs. Ritchie became a member of NSDAR, May 25, 1892. She served as Regent of the Frederick, Maryland, Chapter, State Regent of Maryland, and as Vice President General, NSDAR. Her mother, Mrs. William P. Maulsby, died in 1867, a member of the Episcopal Church, and is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery near Frederick, Maryland.

The eldest daughter of Judge Ritchie and Betty Harrison Maulsby, Emily Nelson Ritchie, married Donald McLean of New York. She was a charter member of NSDAR and a charter member of the New York City Chapter, serving as its Regent from 1895 to 1905. In 1905, she was elected President General, NSDAR, serving two terms 1905-1907 and 1907-1909. The new Chapter formed on January 11, 1907, was named Emily Nelson in her honor, and in honor of her grandmother.


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