Scattered throughout the thirteen Colonies during the Revolutionary period and the troubled days preceding it, there were many women who gave material aid to the cause of independence—some by the steadfast and loyal support they gave the men of their families in camp, field, or council, and others by individual acts of heroism or self-sacrifice. In the long lapse of years, the memory—even the names—of many of these devoted women have been lost or are, at best, only a tradition kept alive in the families of their descendants.
It is one of the general customs of the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution to perpetuate the memories of some more or less notable personages of the Revolutionary struggle, by giving their names to their local chapters. In many of the States, notably Connecticut and Massachusetts, the names of women of more or less celebrity have been chosen as such “patron saints” and thereby a vast amount of interesting and valuable historical information not generally found in books has been rescued from oblivion.
Reference: The Pioneer Mothers of America: A Record of the More Notable Women of the Early Days of the Country, and Particularly of the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods by Harry Clinton Green and Mary Wolcott Green, A.B. Third Volume, Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons.