Friday's Council Tree Chapter NSDAR

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Welcome to our website!

We are located in

Windsor, Colorado

Titled: Arapaho Council tree. Image from Fort Collins Museum of Discovery H04423
Image: "Arapaho Council tree"
Source: Fort Collins Museum of Discovery H04423


We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to who we are, what we do, how to join us, and resources to research your own family history, celebrate patriotism, champion education, and promote historic preservation.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women’s service organization comprising 3,000 chapters and over 185,000 members. If you would like more information on the Friday's Council Tree Chapter NSDAR, please email the following chapter leaders or visit our state and national websites.

email Email the Friday's Council Tree Chapter Regent

email Email the Friday's Council Tree Chapter about Membership

email Visit the Colorado State DAR homepage

email Visit the National Society DAR homepage


Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. She will be asked to provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage, and death, as well as of the American Revolutionary War service of her patriot ancestor.

Are you interested in membership but can't meet in the Windsor area? That's okay! You can explore other chapters in Colorado from the Colorado State DAR website or click here to be connected with a chapter that serves your community.

Chapter History

Friday's Council Tree Chapter NSDAR was founded on June 1, 2008, and organized September 16, 2008. Our name is in honor of the Council Tree that was located northwest of Timnath, Colorado. Chief Friday and his Arapaho Tribe used this tree as a meeting place and significant landmark. The Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes would meet and hold council under a tall cottonwood tree along the Poudre River. This tree was easy to find; it was old, gnarled, and twisted. At over 100 feet tall and 16 feet around, it was the largest tree in the area. Since the tree was located on a nice, flat, grassy area, it became a favorite spot. It was also a convenient place to rendezvous after a hunting party.


The Council Tree was one of several well-known Colorado trees having historical significance. It was named to the American Forestry Association Hall of Fame and the Conservation Committee of the Daughters of the American Revolution placed a plaque on the tree designating it for special recognition. The Colorado Mountain Club placed a fence around it to protect it from livestock. In the mid-1930s, the Council Tree was accidentally destroyed in a weed fire.

Chief Friday, sculpture by Shelley Kerr at W Horsetooth Rd and S Shields St
Sculpture of Chief Friday
By Shelley Kerr; at W Horsetooth Rd and S Shields St

Chief Friday, of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, was a very influential person among his people and in their dealings with the white settlers. Larimer County is located in their traditional hunting area. In 1831, Thomas Fitzpatrick found a starving young boy on the prairie. He took him to St. Louis, where he adopted him and placed him in a Catholic school. While at school, the boy became fluent in English. Fitzpatrick named the boy Friday, because that was the day he found him. During talks between the Army and the Arapaho in 1857, Chief Friday acted as an interpreter. A soldier described him as "a tall noble looking man, well dressed in skins and with good buffalo robes as blankets." Friday was never a head chief, but due to his constant efforts to maintain good relations with the whites, he was recognized as a Peace Chief. He died on May 13, 1881, from a heart ailment, at the approximate age of 58. Written by organizing member Lyn Rubenthaler

Historic Markers

Forgotten Soldiers of Camp Collins MonumentGrandview Cemetery2016
Camp Collins Marker
Camp Collins Marker

Our Patriot Ancestors

The following are the patriot ancestors of the current members of Friday's Council Tree Chapter NSDAR. American Revolutionary War patriots include signers of the Declaration of Independence, members of local and state militias, members of the Continental Army or Continental Navy, men and women who rendered other types of aid to the cause of independence, and those taking oaths of loyalty. Other included patriots are: foreign soldiers who served the cause of American independence and Spanish soldiers serving in the presidios at Santa Fe, El Paso, and New Orleans. With a few exceptions, military service began with the Battle of Lexington (19 April 1775) and ended when the British evacuated New York (26 November 1783). Patriots may have also provided civil service, conducting public business in the newly formed American states.

If you have information that one of your ancestors may have aided the cause of freedom during the American Revolution, we may be able to help you establish your genealogical line for DAR membership. If you are interested in documenting your lineage and joining our chapter, or have any questions, please email the Friday's Council Tree Chapter Registrar.

Benjamin BartonMassachusettsPrivate
Nicholas BishopConnecticutCaptain
Henry Blagrave, Jr.VirginiaPatriotic Service
Peter BlankPennsylvaniaPrivate
James BoothConnecticutCaptain
Elizabeth BOWMAN RuddleVirginiaPatriotic Service
Perrin CardwellVirginiaPrivate
Samuel CecilVirginiaCivil Service, Patriotic Service
John ClinkinbeardNorth Carolina, VirginiaPrivate, Patriotic Service
Thomas DaughertyNew YorkPrivate
George DodsonVirginiaPatriotic Service
Henry FrenchVirginiaLieutenant
Isaac HaleVermontPrivate
George HallNew YorkSergeant
William HallVirginiaPrivate, Civil Service
James HalseyVirginia, New YorkPrivate, Patriotic Service
Sylvanus HalseyNew YorkPrivate, Patriotic Service
Nathan HamiltonMassachusettsPrivate
Thomas HarrisonVirginiaCaptain, Patriotic Service
Joshua HeathNew HampshireSergeant
Joseph HildrethNew YorkPatriotic Service
Henry Howard, Jr.MassachusettsPrivate
Henry Howard, Sr.MassachusettsPrivate
Christopher HutchinsVirginiaPatriotic Service
Benjamin InyardNew JerseyCorporal
Malachi KellyNew JerseyPatriotic Service
Spencer LaceyDelawareNonCommissioned Officer
Isham LaneVirginiaSergeant
Eleazer LarrabeeVermont, New HampshirePrivate
John LerchSouth CarollinaPatriotic Service
Edward LucasVirginiaCaptain
James MagarrMassachusettsPrivate
William MarshallNorth CarollinaPatriotic Service
John MaxeyVirginiaPatriotic Service
John McculloughNorth CarollinaPrivate, Patriotic Service
Hugh McwhorterNew YorkSergeant
Jacob MechlinPennsylvaniaCaptain
Adam MeekNorth CarollinaCivil Service, Patriotic Service
Cyrus MinerVirginiaPatriotic Service
Joseph MinerVirginiaPatriotic Service
David MooreVirginiaPrivate
John PearsonNew JerseyPrivate
William PennockVirginiaCivil Service, Patriotic Service
Jacob PetersVirginiaPatriotic Service
John PetersVirginiaEnsign
Abraham PiattPennsylvaniaCaptain
James PorterNew JerseyCaptain
Joseph PrescottNew HampshireMajor, Patriotic Service
John ReynoldsVirginiaLieutenant
William RippetoeNorth CarollinaPatriotic Service
Robert Rivers, Jr.VirginiaPatriotic Service
Robert Rivers, Sr.VirginiaPatriotic Service
Garret RyckmanNew YorkStaff Officer
James StarrPennsylvaniaPrivate
James SteelePennsylvaniaPrivate
Elizabeth StokesVirginiaPatriotic Service
Benjamin StoneVirginiaCivil Service
George TaylorVirginiaSoldier
Parshall Terry, Sr.ConnecticutPrivate
Reuben ThompsonMassachusettsPrivate
Charles TownsendNew YorkPrivate
Thomas TrentVirginiaSergeant
Thomas TuggleVirginiaPrivate
Jacob Van ArsdaleNew JerseyPrivate
Jonathan VernonNorth CarollinaPatriotic Service
Joshua VickVirginiaPrivate
Adam WagnerVirginiaPatriotic Service
Daniel WagnerVirginiaSoldier
William WarwickMarylandCorporal
John WassonVirginiaPrivate
Joseph WatsonVirginiaCivil Service, Patriotic Service
Simeon WheelockMassachusettsLieutenant
Benjamin WhiteMarylandPatriotic Service
Thomas Whitten, Jr.VirginiaEnsign, Patriotic Service
Thomas Whitten, Sr.VirginiaPatriotic Service
George WilliamsVirginiaPrivate
Zachariah WrightNorth CarollinaPatriotic Service
as of June 6, 2018