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Photo: Mrs. Kate Kearney Henry and Patriot Daughter Friends


All of the women in this photograph, except the one holding flag, are daughters of men who fought in 1812. The flag is a replica of the Star Spangled Banner, and they made it to celebrate their work in the present war. The setting of the picture is the garden of the old Octagon House. From left to right: Miss Mary Hungerford, Mrs. Mary Olivia Simpson Yeatman, Miss Charlotte Pendleton, Miss Virginia Byrd Jones, Mrs. Kate Kearney Henry, Mrs. Rachael Polkinhorn, Mrs. Mary Nelson Jackson, Miss J. Estelle Richardson and Mrs. Noble Newport Potts (holding flag). Image Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, June 09, 1918, Image 69 Library of Congress.


Kate Kearney Henry (1839-1921) daughter of Dr. John A. Kearney, a surgeon on the USS Constitution during the War of 1812 and Mary Martha Forrest a descendant of Jamestown’s Thomas Grave. Kate married Capt. James McCord Lake Henry, son of William Henry and Robin Lake.


Kate also served as the second elected State Regent of the District of Columbia Daughters of the American Revolution, 1894-1896, and as National Society DAR Corresponding Secretary General, 1898-1900. During her term as State Regent, Mrs. Henry was a member of the Mary Washington Chapter. She also served as Regent of that chapter, 1905-1908. Mrs. Henry transferred her membership and was member of the Army and Navy Chapter at the time of her death in 1921. And a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America.


Here is her obituary published in Evening star. [volume], June 10, 1921, Page 2, Image 2 Library of Congress Chronicling America



PDF Book Records of the Columbia Historical Society, Washington, D.C., Volumes 5-6 See Pages 87-95 Mentions Kearney, Forrest, Craufurd and allied families. Kate's address to the society in 1901.

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