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I am honored to share the information in this issue about the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Jubilee Memorial Forest in the Pisgah National Forest. Transylvania County is blessed to have a wonderful group of women, with Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestors, who make up the Waightstill Avery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Each chapter is named for someone who contributed to the American Revolution in some way. Waightstill Avery was chosen to represent Transylvania County’s Chapter. The organizing regent of the chapter, Miss Annie Jean Gash, was a direct descendant of Waightstill Avery. Waightstill Avery’s devout parents named him “Wait Still Upon the Lord,” which he later shortened to “Waightstill.” During the years leading to the American Revolution, Avery was a leader in the effort to gain independence from Great Britain. He was a signer of the famous Mecklenburg Declaration, the first Attorney General of the state of North Carolina, and a trustee of the University of North Carolina from 1795 to 1804. The chapter named for Waightstill Avery was established on January 11, 1921 in Brevard, North Carolina. Charter members included Mary Breese Allison, Allie Belle Blythe, Martha Gash Boswell, Susan Lockwood Porcher Deavor, Julia Graham Forsythe, Annie Jean Gash, Margaret Avery Gash, Mary Peek May, Jeanie Bradford Klenppelbery, Laura White Miller, Maud Ellen Pike, Elizabeth Mount Silversteen, and Delia White Woodward. Maybe you recognize one of these ladies as an ancestor of yours. If so, you can rest assured that you have a Patriot Ancestor and can become a member of the DAR. Be sure to check out the article on page 8 and the following video. The Waightstill Avery Chapter of the DAR do so much good in Transylvania County and we thank all the members for all that they do!