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Mary Lucinda Smith Lockwood
Birth: Oct. 24, 1831
Smith Mills
Chautauqua County
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 9, 1922
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA

MRS. MARY S. LOCKWOOD, MOTHER OF D.A.R., DIES
Plymouth, Mass., Nov. 10 --- Mrs. Mary Smith Lockwood of Washington, known as the mother of the Daughters of the American Revolution, died in the Jordan Hospital here yesterday, aged ninety-one. Born at Smiths Mills, N.Y., and widow of Henry Lockwood, she organized the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington Oct. 11, 1890. Relatives arrived here from New York to-day, taking charge of the body, which is being taken to Washington, where services will be held in her home Saturday, with interment in Rock Creek Cemetery.

~ The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, November 10, 1922, Final Edition, Page 16.
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Mary Smith Lockwood was known as the Pen founder of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). The other founders were; Eugenia Washington; Mary Desha and Ellen Walworth. After the Sons of the American Revolution voted to exclude women on April 30, 1890, the exclusion made the national press. Mary Smith Lockwood, incensed, wrote a fiery editorial "Were there no mothers of the Revolution?" which was published in the Washington Post on July 13, 1890. Many SAR members disagreed with the vote, including the Vice President General of the SAR, William O. McDowell. He wrote his own letter to the Post, which was published on July 21, urging women to organize and offering his assistance. Six women replied including Mary Desha who wrote, "I am good for any amount of work." Eighteen women met on October 11, 1890 at the elegant Strathmore Arms boarding house, residence of Mary Smith Lockwood and formally organized the NSDAR. Mary Smith Lockwood was the NSDAR's first Historian General from 1890 - 1893, and the State Regent for the District of Columbia from 1901 - 1903 and again in 1911 - 1913. She also served as editor of the NSDAR magazine from 1894 - 1900.

In addition to her service for the NSDAR, she was a member of the Woman's Suffrage Club, president of the Woman's Press Club, founder of the Travel Club and "Lady Manager at Large" at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. She was also a writer and author of the following books: 'The Historical Homes of Washington,' 'Handbook of Ceramic Art,' and 'Story of the Records of the D.A.R.'

She was the daughter of Henry and Beulah (Blodgett) Smith, and was the granddaughter of Isaac Smith, one of the first settlers of Smith's Mill, from whose mill the small community took its name. She was the sister of Susan Catherine Keith, Sally Adelia DeWolf and Rodney Barnes Smith.

She married Henry Charles Lockwood on September 15, 1851. They had two children; Rodney C. and Lillian.

More about the NSDAR founders can be found here:
http://www.dar.org/natsociety/archives_founders.cfm#foundingmore 
 
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 Parents:
  Henry Benjamin Smith (1792 - 1864)
  Bulah Blodgett Smith (1799 - 1838)
 
 Children:
  Lillian Lockwood (1870 - 1909)*
 
 Siblings:
  Sally Adelia Smith DeWolf (1818 - 1854)*
  Susan Catherine Smith Keith (1825 - 1877)*
  Rodney B Smith (1827 - 1902)*
  Mary Lucinda Smith Lockwood (1831 - 1922)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Tombstone:
MARY S. LOCKWOOD

LILIAN LOCKWOOD

JESSIE B. CHRISTIANCY
WIFE OF
GEORGE A.C. CHRISTIANCY
1864 - 1929

GEORGE A.C. CHRISTIANCY
1863 - 1943
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Memorial plaque:
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MARY S. LOCKWOOD
A FOUNDER OF NSDAR
FIRST HISTORIAN GENERAL
1890-1893
STATE REGENT DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
1901-1903 1911-1913
PLACED BY D.C. DAR MARCH 1978
 
Burial:
Rock Creek Cemetery
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Lot C, plot 153
 
Created by: Shari Hanson Frey
Record added: Apr 23, 2009
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- Laura Waddle
 Added: Oct. 13, 2016
Happy Mother's Day, Mary! Thank you for founding the Daughters of the American Revolution!
- Sally N. Inglis
 Added: May. 8, 2016
with respect
- Goddess
 Added: Nov. 14, 2015
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