Michigan Real Daughters

All Daughters of the American Revolution are descended from Revolutionary War patriots and soldiers. Imagine, though, joining the DAR through the Revolutionary War service of your own father. This was the distinct privilege of a Real Daughter. Not to be confused with the “daughter of a Revolutionary war soldier or patriot,” a Real Daughter was distinguished because she was a DAR member as well as the actual daughter of a soldier or patriot. In the early years of the National Society, a DAR chapter who could name one or more of the 767 Real Daughters among its members was extremely proud of this living link to the American Revolution.

The names below are those Real Daughters buried in, or having an association with, Michigan. Please visit the Find A Grave Virtual Cemetery of Real Daughters to learn more about those women who impacted our State Society.

If you are interested in learning more about Real Daughters, you can purchase the book, My Father Was a Solider, from the DAR store.


Helen Van Dolson BarrettSarah Van Eps HarveyNancy DeGraff Toll
Elizabeth BartlettMarion Thacher HolleyEsther Robbins Tyler
Minerva Blake BovaySarah Fellows HuyckAbigail Hazeltine Vose
Virtue Sinclair ColeElida Winslow LindLaura Ripley Wallace
Julia Frank DemaraySophronia Slattery MeansEmmaline Edmonds Walton
Caroline Whipple EddyEmeline Buker PalmerEmily Sayre Welter
Harriet Bishop FeltonAnn Dunlap ParksElvira Wright Williams
Jane Jones FitzhughElizabeth Frank RussellLucretia Reed Wood
Elmina Suttlief FrasierMarilla Hill ShermanAlmira Lawrence Zimmerman
Euphrasia Smith Grainger