A Sulphur Springs woman has fulfilled one of her mother’s wishes by becoming a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Cortez Copher of Sulphur Springs was welcomed into the James K. Polk Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The chapter is located in Mena.
Copher stated via email that her mother had requested she trace her family heritage to find their involvement in the Revolutionary War and the American Civil War.
She was able to begin her search in 2009 after retiring from teaching after 49 years.
Copher discovered a plethora of information regarding her ancestors and their involvement in the two most influential wars to take place on our nation’s soil.
She discovered that she had three direct descendants who had fought in the War for Independence.
She was inducted in the DAR through her relation to Nicholas Chapman, who was a Revolutionary War soldier from North Carolina. She has also discovered descendants John Hoyle of North Carolina and Josiah Earp of Maryland also served in the Revolutionary War.
Her research also uncovered no less than two direct descendants who served the Confederate States of America in the American Civil War.
Her Great Grandfather, Nicholas Hoyle, volunteered for the North Carolina 29th in 1862 and was captured at Five Forks, Virginia. He was held as a prisoner of war until his release in 1865 after taking the Oath of Allegiance. He relocated to the Red Bird community in Montgomery County, Arkansas. Red Bird is now known as Sulphur Springs.
Another of her Great Grandfather’s, John Wesley Scott, moved from Alabama to a homestead along the Caddo River in Montgomery County after figing in the Florida Seminole War in 1836. He was mustered into the Fourth Arkansas Caddo Rifles in 1861 and served as a Second Lieutenant. His sons William and James also served in the Civil War.
Copher graduated from Norman High School and was the first female to win the Arkansas state 4-H Club forestry award. She went on to earn a teaching degree from Arkansas State Teacher’s College in Conway.
Her inclusion into the NSDAR joins her with an organization that was founded 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation’s children.
Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. As one of the most inclusive lineage societies in the country, DAR boasts over 170,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide.
She is also seeking membership in the Daughters of the Confederacy.