Daughters of the American Revolution

New Haven, Connecticut

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Emily Louise Gerry

 

Emily Louise Gerry

Emily Louise Gerry (1802-1894) was the First Regent of the Mary Clap Wooster Chapter, and a true Daughter of the American Revolution. Miss Emily was the daughter of the Honorable Elbridge Gerry, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Governor of Massachusetts, and for two years Vice-President of the United States under James Madison in 1813. For several years before her death she enjoyed the distinction of being the only surviving child of a "signer". Her name and personality brought to our newly formed chapter a prestige that still abides with it.  

The Mary Clap Wooster Chapter, NSDAR is proud of the distinction it enjoys in having so noted a woman as a former presiding officer in chief and is the only chapter worldwide to have had a Real Daughter as a regent.   

                  Emily Louise Gerry monument


The Mary Clap Wooster Chapter also had two other Real Daughters as members, sisters Phebe Kimberly Castle and Lucretia Kimberly, daughters of patriot Ezra Kimberly. Ezra Kimberly was born in 1764 and although young at the time of the American Revolution his service was principally as a substitute in the defense of New Haven at the time of Tryon’s attack in 1779.






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Emily Louise Gerry note

 

Note from the chapter registrar regarding Emily Louise Gerry


Gerry home at Temple and Wall Streets

Phoebe Kimberly Castle

Real Daughter, Phoebe Kimberly Castle,