It is, of course, clear that the Revolutionary War had a profound influence on the actions of Americans at the time, causing people to migrate in many different directions and affecting who we are and where we live today. Certainly, local groups that celebrate this heritage, such as the Thomas-Bridges Association and the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter, keep it in their minds constantly.
DAR member Virginia Alexander said that the James Thomas DAR chapter was formed in 1972 with 35 members and that there are now 52 members. DAR chapters can be formed only by women who are descended from someone who served in some capacity in the Revolutionary War, Alexander said. She said she was also currently trying to form a chapter of Colonial Dames, which is for those who are descended from people who settled in the American colonies prior to 1701. When she gets approval from the national organization, the plan is to name the chapter after Joseph Bridges.
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