What is a "Real Daughter"?

A Real Daughter is an actual daughter of a patriot who was a member of the National Society during her lifetime. Continue to read about South Dakota women whose fathers helped achieve American independence.

Jessie G. Lockhart, State Chairman, Real Daughters Committee

Abigail Hosford Ervin

Abigail Hosford Ervin, born August 28, 1805, at a place now called Newark, Tioga County, New York, was the fifth child of Joseph Hosford, Jr., and Mary Williams. Her father, born December 9, 1761, at Westfield, Massachusetts, served in the American Revolutionary War, enlisting December 18, 1778, in the Continental Army, 2nd Regiment, New York, commanded by Colonel Philip Van Courtland. He took part in skirmishes with Indians and was at the surrender of Cornwallis.  He died January 5, 1847, at Portage, Allegany County, New York.

Abigail Hosford married Joseph Clark Ervin of Nunda, New York, and to this union was born six children. After the death of her husband in 1844, Mrs. Ervin moved with her children to Illinois. She lived also for a time in Iowa but came to Dakota Territory in 1873.  Her last years were spent in or near Dell Rapids, South Dakota, where she died in the home of her son in 1888. A Real Daughter marker was placed on her grave July 28, 1930, by the Betsy Hickok Chapter.

Jane Smith Williamson

Jane Smith Williamson was born at Fair Forest, South Carolina, March 8, 1803. Her father, William Williamson, entered the Revolutionary War in 1780 when he was eighteen years old. That summer he was captured at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina.  He died in Adams County, Ohio, November 29, 1839.

Jane went from Ohio to Minnesota where she and a brother were missionaries to the Indians. Later she lived with a nephew in Greenwood, South Dakota, where she died March 24, 1895. She was buried in the Indian Cemetery in Greenwood. The Dakota Indians called her "Dowan Dontanin,"  Red Song Woman.  In 1930, her grave was marked by Thirty-Ninth Star Chapter.

Eliza Wheeler Bailey

Eliza Wheeler Bailey was born in Franklin, Massachusetts, February 4, 1815. She died and was buried in Milbank, South Dakota, on January 19, 1899. But on May 16, 1904, the body was removed and buried in the cemetery of Lake City, Minnesota. September, 1924, her grave was marked with a Real Daughter tablet sent by her chapter, Sarah Riggs Humphrey chapter of Derby, Connecticut, which she had joined three months before her death. South Dakota claims her as a Real Daughter since she lived awhile, died, and was buried for a time in the state.

Charlotte Warrington Turner

Charlotte Warrington Turner, was born December 31, 1836, in Delaware County, Ohio, the daughter of Sergeant William Warrington and his fourth wife. Sergeant Warrington, born April 29, 1754, served as a member of General Washington's Body Guard. He also served in the War of 1812 and met with no accident during his entire service in both wars. He died May 25, 1852, in his 99th year.

Charlotte Warrington married Alvert Turner in 1854 and was the mother of two daughters.  In 1885, Mrs. Turner came as a pioneer to Dakota Territory. She lived for a time on the Indian Reservation at Medicine Creek and later near Rapid City. For several years, she received the $8.00 pension given to Real Daughters. She died at Yankton, March 15, 1918, and was buried there. A monument to her memory was erected in 1919 and arrangements made for the perpetual care of this Real Daughter's grave.