The General Levin Winder Chapter NSDAR was organized in 1966 at the suggestion of the then-governor of Maryland, the late Millard J. Tawes. A native of Crisfield, Governor Tawes encouraged the founding of nationally recognized organizations on the Eastern Shore and appealed to his friend Myrtle Polk to undertake this project. Mrs. Polk, a Pocomoke City resident, was serving as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and became the first regent of our chapter.
The patriot Levin Winder (1757-1819), was born in Somerset County and rose to the position of ranking major general of the Maryland State Militia. Winder also served as Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, state senator, and Governor of Maryland. General Winder was a member of the Presbyterian Church, served as Trustee of Somerset's Washington Academy, and organized the Masonic Grand Lodge of Maryland. Levin Winder is buried on his Eastern Shore estate.
There were 24 charter members in the original chapter. Myrtle Ashburn Polk was the organizing regent in 1966. Over the years, we have grown to 81 members. In 2016, when we celebrated our 50th year, one charter member was in attendance. The patriots of our members hail from 12 of the 13 original colonies. No patriot from Rhode Island yet.
CONNECTICUT: Roger Sherman (Signer of the Declaration of Independence)
DELAWARE: John McCabe, George Weldon
MARYLAND: Ens John Aaron, Shadrack Beall, Henry H. Bean, Samuel Bratton, Lt John Brevard, Elias Burbage, Jacob Cassell, William Collier, John Colburn, Valentine Dennis, John Elliott, Lt John Funk, Thomas Gillis, Bennet Greenwell, BGen John Gunby, Joshua Holloway, Lott Hudson, Samuel Lamberson, William Laws, John Locke, Capt. Benjamin Merriman, Pryor Posey, Elijah Powell, Zadok Powell, Jacob Rowland, Lt. Joshua Rutledge, John Sands, John Selby, Sgt Thomas Stanford, Henry Sterling, James Stevenson, Sgt George Stockman, Thomas Street, Sr., Gabriel Thomas, Seth Whaley, Capt David Wilson, Thomas P. Wimbrow, William Winder, Southy Veazie
MASSACHUSETTS: Lt Daniel Dibble, Peter Josselyn, Sr., Cpl Nathaniel Tower
NEW HAMPSHIRE: David Batchelder
NEW JERSEY: Joseph Allen, Col Joseph Beavers, Joseph Crane, Phineas Crane, Robert Montgomery, John Provost, Baltus Stager
NEW YORK: Jason Horton
NORTH CAROLINA: Jesse Boone, John Booth, Melchior Derr, David Edwards, John Edwards, Sr., Jeremiah Green, John Green, Jesse Lee, William Mullins, Jonathan Stamper, Samuel Stedham, Jesse Taliaferro, David Watson, Jacob Wiesman
PENNSYLVANIA: Jonas Bott, Henry Brinker, Jacob Brinker, Capt John Brisbane, Sr., John Burroughs, George De Vault, Lt James Hayes, Sgt Peter Hoke, George Casper Kohr, George Krantz, Ens Hartman Leitheiser, Capt Robert Orr, Capt John Rutherford, John Ludwig Snyder, Cpl John Peter Snyder, Lt William Swan, Robert Thompson, John Vought, David Woelpper, Kilian Ziegler
SOUTH CAROLINA: Joseph Duke
VERMONT: Ithamar Hibbard
VIRGINIA: Lt David Ball, John Coombs, Jr., Sgt Southy East, Sgt Thomas Flippen, William Gragg, Jr., Ens James Kelly, Charles Love, Capt John McCoy, Thomas Nelson, James Smith