Elizabeth Denton English Chapter
State Regent Pamela Wright (right) with Vice-Regent Judy Calloway and Chapter Regent Karen Pilgrim (center).
State Regent Pamela Wright visits with Jerry and Tish Puckett (Chapter organizing Regent).
Chapter Regent Karen Pilgrim and Susan Few distributed dictionaries to 4th graders.
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Elizabeth Denton was born in 1771 in New River, Virginia. James English had served in the American Revolution as a Private.
James and Elizabeth were the parents of 10 sons and one daughter. In the early 1800s, the family left Virginia for the West. Two children were born during a lengthy stay in Tennessee. James died in Tennessee, and the
older children settled in Texas between 1818 and 1830 in what is now Shelby County, Texas. The widowed Elizabeth arrived sometime before 1830 and applied for a land grant soon after. She eventually had the land issued to her minor son. The first census of Texas, taken by the Spanish government, lists Elizabeth English as a widow with 7 sons and one daughter, along with their families.
Elizabeth is also recognized by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas as a colonist, and her sons and grandsons were active in the Texas Revolution. She died in Shelby County, Texas on May 14, 1849.
Her descendants still live in Texas, many of them in Wood County. Four of her descendants were charter members of this chapter. Several of our current members are descendants of Elizabeth Denton.
The Elizabeth Denton English Chapter is proud to call Wood County home. Our chapter is located in beautiful Northeast Texas. Our area of the state is alive with dazzling azaleas, dogwoods, crepe myrtles, wildflowers, majestic tall pine trees, stately oaks, and forests of old hickory that create a scenic backdrop for all our natural resources.
Mineola is a recognized National Main Street City and considered "a town with history." Our diverse area is a showcase for many points of interest for residents as evidenced by the numerous historical buildings and projects preserved throughout our area. We welcome members from Mineola, Quitman, Winnsboro, Hawkins, Big Sandy, Alba, Emory, and even Point in southeastern Rains County.
We are involved in community projects
with veterans, schools, and nursing homes. We support local
charities, participate in historical and commemorative events, flag retirements,
and numerous other activities in the county. Each year we
present a Mineola student our scholarship award, and also select
a DAR Good Citizen recipient from Wood County.
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