A Connection to the End of the War
…And to the Beginning of a Gift That Continues to Grow
JO HUBBARD ADMITS SHE FEELS LIKE SHE JOINED THE DAR A LITTLE LATE. But things got in the way: college, nursing school, a baby, life. So for the last 12 years she has been making up for lost time.
Since she joined the DAR in 2001, Jo has been an active member of the Chief Red Jacket Chapter. She is a Founders Club member—meaning she has left a gift in her estate plan for the National Society—and has attended Continental Congress at National Headquarters five times.
"My revolutionary ancestor was Colonel Abram Penn of Virginia," Jo says. "He was a distant cousin to William Penn, the founder of the province of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia."
Abram Penn was born in 1743 in Caroline County and was responsible for raising the Henry County militia.
"Thomas Jefferson, who was governor of Virginia for a time during the Revolution, asked him and his troops to join Nathanael Greene," says Jo, a cardiovascular critical care nurse in Brandon, Miss. "So Abram served at the Battle of Yorktown and the defeat of Cornwallis."
Lord Charles Cornwallis' surrender in 1781 was the last significant battle of the Revolution and ended the war.
"Cousins back east still have Abram's sword," Jo says. "It's on my bucket list to go see it."
Jo's commitment to the DAR is such that she already has a deferred gift in place for the Society.
"I'm fairly youngish—46—so I'm not able to make a large donation," she says. "But I named the DAR as a beneficiary of one of my IRAs. So my gift will continue to grow and eventually become a more sizable donation to the Society."
Just as Jo and her patriot made a legacy, you can too by making the DAR the beneficiary of your IRA.