North Carolina Society Chapters
The purpose of the National Society is to promote patriotism, to preserve and increase knowledge of the history of the American people by preserving documents and relics, marking historic spots, recording family histories and traditions, celebrating patriotic anniversaries, teaching and emphasizing heroic deeds of civil, military, and naval life of those who molded our government between the close of the American Revolution and the close of the War of 1812, to urge Congress to compile and publish authentic records of men in civil, military, and naval service for 1784 to 1815 inclusive; and to maintain at National Headquarters a museum and library on the memorabilia of the 1784-1815 period.
Through its State Societies and chapters, the National Society is able to focus on these "purposes" or objectives while our Daughters engage in meaningful work in their communities and have fun at the same time. If you're interested in any information on how to join one of our chapters, feel free to contact us!
When the new 1812 chapter in North Carolina was chartered in 1980, Mrs. William Allan Parry, chapter president, announced that the chapter would be the Cherokee Chapter representing members in the western part of the state. The Cherokee Indians were a southern tribe who lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia who sided with the Americans during the War of 1812.
The Cherokee Chapter is very supportive of the Banner House and Star Spangled Banner Day each year. They also support varies veteran and active miliary programs.
Chief Junaluska (Hendersonville)
The Chief Junaluska Chapter was chartered in July 2018 as the newest chapter in North Carolina and includes members from Davidson County to all points west. The chapter supports Crossnore Communities and Hindman Settlement School as well as JROTC Programs, veterans and active servicemen and women.
The chapter is named in honor of Chief Junaluska, a Cherokee who fought alongside Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812 before being betrayed during the Jackson Presidency and forced to walk the Trail of Tears with other Cherokee from the Eastern Appalachians to the Oklahoma Territory. Junaluska, who was never actually a chief, quickly returned to his native mountains where he was recognized as a great leader by his people and has been historically referred to as a Chief of his people. In 2010, at the 100th anniversary of the marking of his grave, his descendants were gifted with an American flag in recognition of Chief Junaluska who had never been honored for his service to the fledging nation during the War of 1812.
Snap Dragon Chapter (Lumberton)
The Snap Dragon is considered the most successful North Carolina privateer that engaged the British in combat during the War of 1812. The ship maintained six guns and a crew of 80 captained by Otway Burns, a renowned skipper of time. During various engagements with the British, Burns and The Snap Dragon prevented the arrival of British troops and supplies to America while seizing goods and capturing enemy ships which were then used to grow the fledging U.S. Navy. Records show that Burns and his crew captured 42 British vessels, including their cargo, valued at more than $4 million, and took more than 300 English officers and sailors prisoner. The Snap Dragon was captured under another captain while offshore of Nova Scotia.
Daughters in this chapter are active in in Wreaths Across America each year and observe Star Spangled Banner Day in their communities.
Captain Johnston Blakeley Chapter (Raleigh)
The Captain Johnston Blakeley chapter was chartered 14 Jun 1998 with 25 members. Our organizing president was Lynne White Belvin. We still have four remaining charter members. Our current membership is now approaching 80 members. We have produced five state presidents and many other state officers in our 24 year existence. We provide both financial and volunteer support to the Durham VA Medical Center, award ROTC and JROTC medals to deserving college and high school cadets at several colleges and high schools in central North Carolina, visit historic sites, and hold interesting programs about our time period.
Our namesake, Captain Johnston Blakeley, was a native of Ireland who moved to North Carolina as a child. After attending the University of North Carolina, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1800. He is considered one of the most successful naval officers of the War of 1812 period. In 1814, he set out on a naval cruise that resulted in the sinking of two British naval ships and the capture
of a merchant vessel. He and his ship (USS Wasp) were last heard of on 9 Oct 1814 and the ship is believed to have gone down in a storm.
Commissioner Charles Gause (Wilmington)
Chartered on October 11, 2009, the Commissioner Charles Gause Chapter maintains their own chapter blog. This chapter is active in Wreaths Across America and presents JROTC medals to local high school students each year. This chapter also recently concluded a multi-year project to replace and rededicate a marker honoring NC Milita stationed at Deepwater Point.
The chapter's namesake, Commissioner Charles Gause was a Revolutionary War veteran who lived in Brunswick County, NC. He was instrumental in the founding and growth of what is now Southport NC. Gause was one of five commissioners appointed by the state legislature in 1792 to oversee the town’s founding.