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  •  Battles Farm, Bradford
  •  Liberty Tree Planting
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  •  Railroad Covered Bridge, Contoocook
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  •  Contoocook Depot, Hopkinton

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The Mercy Hathaway White Chapter was founded in Bradford, New Hampshire, on January 17, 1912, with sixteen charter members from Bradford, Warner, Contoocook, Melvin Mills, and Henniker.

greeleyMiss Mary Isabel Greeley (pictured at left) was appointed by the National Society in 1910 as the founder and regent. The first meeting was held at her home. Miss Greeley served as regent until her death in 1928. By then, the membership had increased to thirty-eight.

The chapter was named after an ancestor of Miss Greeley and two other members, Mercy Hathaway White. Mercy was born in 1746 in Taunton, Massachusetts, and died in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, in 1816. She was married to Sergeant John White, who was born in 1729 and died in 1812. Mercy was a Revolutionary War heroine who aided her soldier husband by running bullets and caring for the sick. She was also known for single-handedly killing a threatening bear.

John and Mercy Hathaway White, along with their daughter, Elizabeth, were buried for about a century in a grave that was unmarked, except for a Sons of the American Revolution marker which had been placed some eighty years after their deaths. Regent Greeley was most anxious to have their graves marked with a fitting monument. She contacted all known living descendants and, between them, enough money was donated for a headstone. The stone was ordered from the Swenson Granite Company in Concord, New Hampshire.

greeleyOn June 30, 1915, the stone (pictured at right) was placed in the Stumpfield Cemetery in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. The marker was dedicated with a ceremony by the Mercy Hathaway White Chapter and unveiled by the Whites' great-great-great grandchildren.

In 1959, the whole cemetery was removed to Contoocook to make way for the Hopkinton Dam.

During her regency, Miss Greeley oversaw the placement of a memorial boulder and tablet in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette. On June 27, 1825, the Marquis passed the night at the Raymond House in Bradford. On August 20, 1913, the chapter unveiled the boulder with a dedication ceremony. The old door stones of the Raymond House tavern form the base on which the boulder rests.

On October 11, 1916, chapter members held a dedication ceremony and unveiled a memorial boulder with bronze tablet in memory of Revolutionary War soldier Daniel Kimball, who was the first white child born in Warner, New Hampshire. The boulder was placed on the site of his birth on October 11, 1762.

In 2012, the Mercy Hathaway White Chapter celebrated its 100th anniversary with a full-page ad in the January/February issue of the Daughters supplement to the American Spirit magazine. The celebration continued from January through December, with special programs and meetings each month on the 17th; including the visiting and rededication of the above mentioned sites, as well as the planting of a disease-resistant American elm tree, a Liberty Tree, in Bradford. That year, the chapter also held the first vesper service in the Bradford Center Meeting House.

The chapter has "adopted" two Real Daughters; women who were daughters of a Revolutionary War Patriot and who belonged to the DAR. The chapter held dedication ceremonies for Mary Brown Wells Burdick in Springfield, Vermont, and Thirzah Hazzard Kinsley Beal in Springfield, New Hampshire. Recognizing the significance of these Daughters' fathers, the chapter marked the grave of William Brown, Mary's father, and has plans to mark James Carr Hazzard's grave as well.

Past regent Angela Lavoy was recently honored by the National Society for her production of a DVD on 9-11. She has also put together four other DVD programs: Mercy Hathaway White Chapter Centennial History; Something Borrowed, Something Blue; NSDAR Campaign Pins; and Meaning of the Thirteen Folds of our Flag.

Presently, there are over fifty members of the Mercy Hathaway White Chapter. The chapter is also an active sponsor of the Hannah Dustin Society Children of the American Revolution.