Sophia Porter’s tombstone repair described at Preston Trail DAR meeting
By Preston Trail Chapter - National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Feb 5, 2018
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Pottsboro, Texas --  There was an interesting program given at the February 1st meeting of the Preston Trail NSDAR meeting. The title of the program was “The Preservation of Historic Preston Bend Tombstones.”  Ken Smith was the speaker and is a Civil War reenactor who is very active in our local communities to help keep our history alive.  He is a member of the Sons of the Confederacy, and is camp commander of Col. George R. Reeves 11th Texas Cavalry Camp #349.  This group regularly holds rededication ceremonies and participates in uniformed Civil War battle reenactments at events around the area.

(L-R) Vice Regent Natalie Bauman, featured speaker Ken Smith, Regent Vicki McComack

This is the group that raised the considerable funds required to repair Sophia Porter's gravestone.  It was leaning and in imminent danger of toppling to the ground.   Colonial Monuments of Denison was hired to do the actual restoration work on the stone at Preston Bend Cemetery.

Sophia Porter's tombstone after repair.

The Preston Trail DAR chapter donated one of Natalie Bauman’s books, Quantrill’s Raiders in North Texas to the Pottsboro Library, since it contains stories pertaining to Sophia Porter’s actions during the Civil War.

Also at this meeting,  new member Annette Hamill was introduced into the Preston Trail chapter of the NSDAR. 
Would you like to be part of our meetings and be able to listen to the interesting speakers we have each month?  You are welcome to come and see what the DAR is all about even if you are not a member. 

Would you like to be involved in the good works that DAR participates in?  Anyone interested in receiving help to prove their ancestry for qualification to become a Daughter of the American Revolution are welcome to contact our chapter at on Facebook or

The Preston Trail Chapter of the DAR next meets Thursday, March 1, and thereafter through May on the first Thursday of the month at 5:00 p.m. for snacks and fellowship and at 6:00 p.m. for chapter meetings and programs.  For the meeting location please contact the chapter at

The speaker for the March 1st meeting will be Catherine Fowler, with the program title “Southern Fried.”  There’s something enchanting and irresistible about the style of a Southern woman and the incomparable culture that produced her.  Come revel in our wonderfulness as we gently poke fun at all things Southern — from magnolias to moon pies.   Sit a spell on the porch and share in the laughter as we decode the manners and myths, the rules and rituals of the storied South.  Rich traditions such as how to eat watermelon in your frilly sundress to the importance of biscuits, banjos, and bless your heart will all be explained.  We will make you proud of putting’ on the grits!   Y’all come now, ya hear ?

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations.  DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years.  To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit or connect with DAR on social media at, and