The Founder and First President National of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812, Mrs. Flora Adams Darling, was born April 25, 1840, in Lancaster, New Hampshire. She was the Daughter of Harry and Nancy Rowell Dustin Adams, the ninth generation from Henry Adams, who settled at Braintree, Massachusetts, in 1630; a lineal descendant of the maternal side from the Gordons of Aberdeen, Scotland, and Samuel Raleigh of Indian fame. She married General Edwin Irvin Darling, son of Edwin and Marie Dumas Darling. General Darling was mortally wounded at Franklin, Tennessee, November 29, 1863. Mrs. Darling was a young woman, when her civic pride and patriotic spirit, with her appreciation for service prompted the organization of the United States Daughters of 1812 to commemorate the services of those patriots who served in that conflict.
The War, as you know, was a culmination of the Revolutionary War, and the War which finally established the peace with all English-speaking nations and our great Republic. Mrs. Darling knew so well and fully appreciated this important period; that period of which the United States Daughters of 1812 can always feel justly proud.
Mrs. Darling had accomplished some work in preparation for organization, when the loss of her only son deferred it, and the formal organization did not take place until January 8, 1892, in New York City under the Ohio Charter, with Flora Adams Darling, Organizer. As there was no other Charter at the time, the Charter was taken out in Ohio under the name of the General Society United States Daughters of 1812, with the names:
Mrs. Flora Adams Darling, New York City
Mrs. William Gerry Slade, New York City
Mrs. Edward Roby, Illinois
Mrs. M. A. Ludin, New York City
Mrs. Helen Bailey, New Hampshire
Mrs. Alfred Russell, Michigan
Mrs. William Todd Helmuth, New York
Mrs. Nelson V. Litus, Massachusetts
Mrs. LeRoy Sunderland Smith, New York
The present Charter was granted by an Act of Congress, February, 1901, and was almost the last Act of Congress signed by President McKinley.
Mrs. Darling began re-organization in 1896 and appointed Mrs. William Gerry Slade of New York, General Organizer, which the work was continued by her for many years and successfully carried out.
Mesdames Darling and Slade were devoted friends and co-workers. At the passing of Mrs. Darling, January 6, 1910, Mrs. Slade’s remarks were, “A eulogy is seldom an honor. That which makes the world better when life is done – you who have received or accomplished any good which the Society has brought you, will give tribute to the memory of your Founder.”
Tribute paid to Mrs. Flora Adams Darling by the Association of State Presidents and Charter Members, April 22, 1934:
“On behalf of the Association of State Presidents and Charter Members of the National Society of the United States Daughters of 1812, I have the honor to present this Memorial, consecrated and dedicated to the service of God and to the Memory of the Founder and first President National of the United States Daughters of 1812, Mrs. Flora Adams Darling.”
~Mrs. Frank D. Callan, Pres.
Presidents’ Association and Charter Members, N.S.U.S.D. of 1812
April 22, 1934
The State of New York Society was organized on January 8, 1892 and was duly organized by Mrs. Flora Adams Darling, of New York, and was organizing President with the following organizing members:
Mrs. Flora A. Darling
Mrs. William Gerry Slade
Mrs. John A. K. Adams
Mrs. Alfred Mills Judson
Miss Elaine Shirley
Mrs. Abbey F. Hall
Mrs. Leroy S. Smith
Mrs. Willis Brown
Miss Florence J. Adams
Mrs. William H. Breavley
Mrs. Emilio Puig
Mrs. Augustus Salas
Mrs. John W. Lovell
Mrs. John N. Pinkney
Mrs. Charles C. Neibuln
Mrs. Henry C. Bartlett
Mrs. Stephen A. Webster
Mrs. Horatio C. King
Mrs. DeVolney Everrett
Mrs. George A. Ludin
Mrs. Louis J. Allen
Miss Beatrice Webster
The State of New York Society, U.S.D. of 1812, was the first state society organized within the National Society United States Daughters of 1812, and for over a century, New York Daughters have taken great pride in our dedicated service to the National Society. Members age 18-35, are known as Flora Adams Darling Daughters (FADDS) in honor of Mrs. Darling.
The National Society Headquarters building, built in 1884, was purchased by the National Society in 1928 and is furnished as an historic house, library, and museum with authentic antiques. The front parlor, known as the “New York Drawing Room” is assigned to and maintained by the State of New York Society.
State of New York Society dedicating a plaque at Fort Niagara, 1934.
Founder and 1st President National
of the National Society and
1st NY State President.
Flora Adams Darling
2nd NY State President
Mrs. William Gerry Slade
3rd NY State President
Mrs. Frank D. Callan
4th NY State President
Miss Minny B. Wade
New York State Room at N.S.U.S.D. of 1812 Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
Needle work housed in the New York State Room at N.S.U.S.D. of 1812 Headquarters, was presented to the National Society as a gift from the State of New York Society.