Set in the scenic Southern Appalachia Highlands, the Samuel Doak Chapter is located in Morristown, Hamblen County, Tennessee. Our chapter began on 11 January 1911, and was named after Samuel Doak, an educator, abolitionist, minister, and ardent patriot.
The son of Irish immigrants, Samuel was born in Virginia in August 1749, and graduated from Princeton University in 1775. He then married Esther H. Montgomery in Augusta County in 1775, by whom he had two sons and two daughters. After Esther died in July 1807, he married Margaretta H. McEwen of Nashville, Tenn. The Julia Doak Chapter, Children of the Revolution, Morristown, was named for the oldest child of Samuel and Esther Doak.
During the War of the Revolution, he resided in Virginia and what is now Tennessee, a prominent member of the Franklin Convention. It is relayed in Edmund Kirke's Rear Guard of the Revolution (New York, 1886) that he was with the body of men, where he gave a speech, at Sycamore Shoals before they started their perilous march on 26 September 1780 to meet the enemy at Kings Mountain, where they were victorious over the British under Patrick Ferguson. In 1980, President Carter recognized the historical significance of the Campaign to King's Mountain by signing a law designating the historical route; the first National Historic Trail in the eastern United States.
Samuel Doak died 12 December 1830, and is buried at Washington College; his grave marked by the NSDAR chapter which bears his name.