Goodwin, William Archer Rutherfoord, 1869-1939

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Mrs. Darling was born in New Hampshire in 1840, a descendant of Henry Adams who settled in Braintree, Massachusetts, in 1636. She married Col. Edward Irving Darling, 22 years her senior, in 1860, and went with him to live at his Louisiana home. He died of wounds received in battle, December 2, 1863. Her only son was Edward Erving Darling, a minor musician-composer, who died July 13, 1894. Mrs. Darling suffered from repeated attacks of malarial fever and, after 1876, from deafness. Her years of widowhood were spent in writing Mrs. Darling's Letters, or Memoirs of the Civil War A Social Diplomat and other books.

From 1889 to 1896 her major interests and efforts were devoted to the founding of women's patriotic societies. Mrs. Darling's obsession for organizing and ruling patriotic societies, and her willingness to abandon one when her opinion or desires were thwarted, is illustrated by the rapid succession with which the societies followed each other: Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) founded October 11, 1890; Daughters of the Revolution (D.R.) founded June 18, 1891; Daughters of the United States of the War of 1812, founded January 8, 1892; founded because of disagreement over policies of the D. A. R., policies adopted over the protest of Mrs. Darling. This collection is composed almost entirely of letters written to her during these years of controversy. There are some delightful, pithy and well-written letters in the group.

From the guide to the Flora Adams Darling Papers, 1862-1908, (Special Collections, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Gordon, Armistead C. (Armistead Churchill), 1897-1953,. Invitations and announcements sent to Atcheon and Virginia Hench for University of Virginia and civic events [manuscript], 1907-1950. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Montgomery, Dennis. Dennis Montgomery research files 1995-1998 Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
creatorOf Bentley, John Boyd, 1896-1989. Papers, 1895-1987. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn Wheeler, Lilla, fl. 1907. Lilla Wheeler, letter : describing Williamsburg for the D.A.R., Portville, NY, 1907. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
creatorOf Flora Adams Darling Papers, 1862-1908 Special Collections, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary
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Relation Name
associatedWith Bentley, John Boyd, 1896-1989. person
associatedWith Bok, Edward William, 1863-1930 person
associatedWith Flora Adams Darling person
associatedWith Frémont, Jessie Benton, 1824-1902 person
associatedWith Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904 person
associatedWith Lyon Gardiner Tyler. person
associatedWith Mahone, William, 1826-1895 person
associatedWith Montgomery, Dennis person
associatedWith Morgan, John Tyler, 1824-1907 person
associatedWith Stephens, Alexander Hamilton, 1812-1883 person
associatedWith Wheeler, Lilla, fl. 1907. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
National Society, United States Daughters of 1812
Daughters of the American Revolution
General Society of the Daughters of the Revolution
Patriotic societies


Birth 1869-06-18

Death 1939-09-07



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