"It is certainly
desirable to be well descended,
but the glory belongs to our ancestors" - Plutarch
Creek Chapter, NSDAR, was originally organized as the General
Richardson Chapter on February 17, 1900, in Pontiac, Michigan.
The chapter was named for Israel Richardson, who was a general in
the U.S. Civil War. General Richardson was the brother of
Marcia Richardson, founding chapter historian. Early works
of the chapter included identifying and marking the graves of
four local Revolutionary War Soldiers.
In the 100
years that followed its inception, the chapter and its members
became more representative of the Rochester community.
Therefore, it was determined by chapter members that a new name
was needed to reflect their Rochester identity and more aptly
connect the chapter to the Revolutionary War. After much
consideration, the name "Stoney Creek" was chosen because Stoney
Creek was the name of the early village settlement in the area
and chapter members deemed it most appropriate. On October 5,
2002, the NSDAR National Board of Management approved the name
In the 21st Century chapter members continue to uphold the NSDARís ideals of patriotism, education and historic
preservation. The chapter sponsors a number of activities
including library displays, school presentations and public
proclamations during Constitution Week, Memorial Day grave
markings and parade, and Veteranís Day observances. Members also
annual Oakland County DAR Picnic, Michigan State Conference and
State Awards Day, and Continental Congress.
The Stoney Creek Chapter is pleased to help support the Elias
Cady Society, Children of the American Revolution in Waterford. The chapter also actively recruits, educates and
supports new and potential members. There are a number of active
Junior members in the chapter. Several members serve as state
officers and chairmen, and many volunteer for chapter, state and
national committees. In addition, monthly meetings offer
presentations by subject-matter experts on a variety of topics
including genealogy, national defense and womenís issues.