Chapter History

Founding members of Major Hugh Moss Chapter (ca. 1917)

Organizing regent Dora Myers Hanna (Mrs. Oliver P. Hanna), met with the ladies to form a new chapter. On October 6, 1917, the chapter officially became Major Hugh Moss Chapter DAR in honor of the regent’s Revolutionary War ancestor, Hugh Moss.

Hugh Moss was first commissioned captain of the Goochland County Militia of Virginia in 1760 and commissioned major in 1770. He served at Valley Forge and the Battles of Germantown and Brandywine. He died in 1780 of exposure and wounds received at the Battle of Brandywine and Germantown.  After Philadelphia City fell to the British Army, Moss retreated with his company to spend the winter at Valley Forge from December 1777 to June 1778.

Major Hugh Moss returned to Goochland County by March 1780 where he died of wounds and exposure that he received in battle.  In his Last Will and Testament,Moss named his surviving wife, Jennie, and five children, all whom later relocated to Campbell County, Kentucky, after Jennie remarried.


1. Sarah "Sallie" Wynn Moss, born April 1769 in Goochland County, VA, married George Gordon of Campbell County, KY
2. Dr. James Wynn Moss, born 1770 in Goochland County, VA, was a physician.  He married Mary Woodson and moved to Columbia, Boone County, MO, where he died.
3. Keturah Wynn Moss was born in 1773 in Goochland County, VA.  She married [1] Major David Leitch, and [2] General James Taylor V, at Newport, Campbell County, KY.  The Keturah Moss Taylor Chapter, NSDAR of Kentucky, is named in her honor. 
4. Mary "May" Moss, born in 1774 in Goochland County, VA, married John Coburn, a prominent judge in Maysvlille, Mason County, KY.
5. Nancy Ann Moss was born in 1775 in Goochland County, VA, and married Archibald Brown.


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