Spring 2017 Meetings and Events

March 4:      Tarrant County and the Republic of Texas   By:  Judge Quentin                      McGown, 11 a.m., Ridglea Country Club, Fort Worth

March 15:     Traveling Trunk  By:  Betsy Smith  Euless Public Library

April 8:          Medallion Ceremony for Vienna Parker Johnson  By:  UDC                           Chapter, Fort Worth, 2 p.m., Johnson Plantation Cemetery                           Arlington, on Arkansas Lane off Matlock Road

April 19:         French Legislation  By:  Beth Gathings  Euless Public Library

April 22:        CRT Induction/Reception   By:  Julie Makens/Sylvia Hoad                                10 a.m.,  Julie Makens’ home

June 23-24:  CRT 57th State Convention, Inn of the Hills, Kerrville, Texas

January meeting change of venue

The January 2016 chapter meeting will not take place at Panera Bread. Contact Julie Makens at jemakens@verizon.net for details on this meeting.

November program on eyewitness account of Dawson Massacre

Sally Brandt Nov 2015

Sally Brandt gave a presentation at the November meeting on her ancestor, Edward T. Manton, who was soldier and who wrote an eyewitness account of the famous Dawson Massacre of 1842. Manton and other soldiers fought against the Mexican army, which was invading the area not far from San Antonio. Manton was taken prisoner and kept in Mexico for two years before being released in 1844.

October program on Thomas J. Rusk

Beth Gathings gave a presentation on her ancestor, Thomas Jefferson Rusk, at the October meeting. Rusk wasBeth Gathings DRT presentation Oct 2015 a soldier, a statesman, and an early Texas pioneer. He was born in South Carolina in 1803 and died in 1857. Rusk County and the town of Rusk are named in his honor.

Chapter inducts new officers at October meeting

Oct 2015 DRT induction officers

The Isaac Low Chapter Daughters of the Republic of Texas held its regular monthly meeting at Panera Bread in Hurst. Officers (from left): Janna Patton, Julie Makens, Sally Brandt, Anita Thetford, Beth Gathings and Betsy Smith.

Chapter begins the year at a new location

The chapter held its first meeting of the 2015-2016 year at a new location, Panera Bread in Hurst. The chapter welcome several prospective new members and discussed activities for this year, including veterans’ events,  chapter award eligibility, and state news.

New year, new meeting, new location.

New year, new meeting, new location.

State essay winner from Isaac Low Chapter

Earlier this spring, members of the chapter reviewed essays submitted by local fourth grade students in the DRT Student Essay Contest. The local winner’s essay advanced and was declared the state champion. The winner, Katie Mitchell, wrote her essay about The Runaway Scrape. She was recognized at a dinner at the state convention along with other state winners.

Isaac Low Chapter prepares for new year with new officers

The Isaac Low Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas nominated and elected the following officers for the 2015-2016 year:

Betsy Smith, President
Beth Gathings, First Vice President
Sally Brandt, Recording and Corresponding secretary
Anita Thetford, Treasurer
Rita Bryan, Registrar
Jana  Patton, Chaplain

These officers will lead the first meeting of the new year in September.


Chapter Hosts Successful Information Workshop

Several members of the chapter attended the Feb. 21 information workshop at the Hurst Public Library to help potential members understand

group at workshopeligibility requirements. Chapter Vice President Beth Gathings called the meeting to order. After a short business meeting, Jeanne Rives took over the program and explained to attendees how to join DRT. There was lively discussion about research tips and resources as potential members shared stories about their Texas patriot ancestors. All were invited to attend the next chapter meeting March 18. For more information on eligibility, contact Registrar Rita Bryan at Bryan.rita1@gmail.com or visit the state DRT website. Visit the gallery to see more photos from the workshop. The announcement for this workshop was published in the HEB News community newspaper.

DRT Information Workshop

The Isaac Low Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will host an informational workshop Feb. 21 so prospective members can learn about eligibility requirements. This workshop will also explain the membership application process to prospective members.
DRT Information Workshop
Sat., Feb. 21, 2015
10 a.m.-Noon
Hurst Public Library
901 Precinct Line Road
Hurst, TX 76053
Library phone: (817) 788-7300

DRT Eligibility Requirements
Any woman having attained her 16th birthday is eligible for membership, provided she is personally acceptable to The DRT and is a lineal descendant of a man or woman who rendered loyal service for Texas prior to the consummation of the Annexation Agreement of the Republic of Texas with the United States of America on the nineteenth day of February, eighteen hundred forty-six (19 February 1846).

Proof submitted by an applicant shall include documentation on the applicant’s ancestor. Any date cited on the membership applications shall be documented. The applicant must furnish acceptable proof of her lineal descent from a man or woman who served in any of the following capacities:

1. As a colonist with Austin’s Old Three Hundred, or any colonies authorized under the Spanish or Mexican governments before the Texas Revolution or those authorized by the Congress of the Republic of Texas.
2. As an officer or private in the service of the Colonies or of the Republic of Texas.
3. As a loyal resident, male or female, regardless of age, who established residence in Texas prior to the nineteenth day of February, eighteen hundred forty-six (19 February 1846). (“Loyal” shall be interpreted to mean that he or she had not been proved disloyal. A loyal resident, regardless of age, gave the service of residing in Texas and aiding in its settlement. “Service” shall be interpreted to mean “resident” or “military.”)
4. As a recipient of a land grant authorized by the Provisional Government of the Republic of Texas. Those grants include “Toby Scrips;” head rights, first, second, third, and fourth class; preemption grants; land scrips; colony contracts; bounty certificates; and donation certificates.

For more information about DRT membership visit the state DRT website