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Real Daughters

The following quote concerning real daughters is from the National site: Very few chapters in our part of the country had "real" daughters. The Eunice Sterling Chapter had two sisters, Jane Sellers and Cyntha Ann Sellers.

Howell Sellers, father and Revolutionary War Ancestor of Jane and Cyntha, was born in March 1762 in Orange County, NC and enlisted from Edgefield Co, SC as a private in the South Carolina troops.  He was 14 years of age.  During his four enlistments he was engaged in the Battles of Stone Ferry, Brier Creek and Siege of Savannah.  He made application for pension on 17 October 1832 while a resident of Sangamon County, Illinois and pension was granted. He died in Illinois about 1844.

JANE SELLERS NIGHSWONGER was born in Tennessee on 8 January 1828, the daughter of Howell Sellers and Margaret Conner. Jane moved with her family to Pike County, Illinois where she married Abraham Nighswonger on 19 December 1847. She died at her home near Clearwater, Kansas on 9 March 1919.  She was survived by her sons, Isaac and Solomon Nighswonger, farmers near Viola, Kansas and Kansas State Senator Frank Nighswonger of Wichita.  Her son, William Peter Nighswonger,  also a farmer near Viola preceded her in death by 2 months. Her husband, Abraham Nighswonger died in 1885.

Jane was a charter member of Eunice Sterling Chapter, Chapter #11, having been accepted by National on 4 June 1896 as member number 14475 . She joined DAR on the Revolutionary Service of her father, making her a "Real Daughter" of DAR.  She received a gold spoon from NSDAR.

Jane's obituary states; "during her girlhood Mrs. Nighswonger lived at New Salem, IL, thruout the period that Abraham Lincoln acted as postmaster there."  Jane is buried in Harrington Cemetery, near Clearwater, Sedgwick County, Kansas and her tombstone bears the "Real Daughter" bronze marker.

Several of Jane's granddaughters have been members of DAR and a great grand-daugher, June Nighswonger Sparr, has been a member of Eunice Sterling since 1972.

CYNTHA ANN SELLERS BUFFINGTON was born 2 June 1838 near Chambersburg, Pike County, Illinois and married John A. Buffington about 1858.  Cyntha and John resided in Marshall County, IL before moving their family to Sedgwick County, Kansas in 1882.  Cyntha died at her home near Clearwater on 4 March 1918. She was survived by her son, Charles E. Buffington and daughters, Ida A. Buffington and Mrs. George Withrow (Anna Elizabeth) of Clearwater and her sister,  Mrs. Jane Nighswonger.  Her husband and a son, Oscar, preceded her in death. Cyntha is buried beside her husband in Harrington Cemetery, near Clearwater, Sedgwick County, Kansas. Her grave has a "Real Daughter" bronze marker.

Cyntha (name as spelled on DAR application) Buffington was accepted by National for DAR membership on 6 February 1901 becoming the 36th member of Eunice Sterling Chapter. She joined DAR on the Revolutionary Service of her father, making her a "Real Daughter" of DAR.  She received a gold spoon from NSDAR.