National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution

Trenton, New Jersey


General Mercer Chapter was organized June 5, 1900. Our members live in the vicinity of Trenton, New Jersey.

We meet four times a year: in October, December, March, and May, on the first Saturday of the month. Our meetings begin at 11:00 a.m., and follow with lunch and a speaker.

Please contact our Chapter Regent for more information about our meetings and chapter-
Ellen V. Fayer


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Eligibility For Membership:
Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than eighteen years of age and can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage, and death.

The NSDAR web site provides information on how to begin, or continue, your genealogical research.

General Mercer Chapter members will warmly welcome you, as a guest, or a prospective member, at our meetings. If you are researching a patriot in your family tree, we can advise, and help you with your research. If you would like to attend one of our meetings, or have a question about DAR membership, please contact our Chapter Regent Ellen V. Fayer.

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General Hugh Mercer

When Colonels Hugh Mercer and George Washington met for the first time, they bonded a friendship that endured until the end. George Washington, as commander-in-chief of the revolutionary forces, appointed Mercer as one of his four generals in June 1776.

During the Revolutionary War, General George Washington and his troops moved quietly from Trenton to the outskirts of the Stony Brook Settlement, near the Quaker Meetinghouse. On January 3, 1777, they fought the British rear guard on the battlefield.

The Battle of Princeton became a turning point in our fight for independence. Brigadier General Mercer's 350 men encountered two British regiments, and a mounted unit. A fight began in the orchard of Quaker farmer, Thomas Clarke. Lore has it that Mercer was impaled by an English soldier's bayonet, and not wanting to leave his men and the battle, was given a place to rest under a white oak tree's trunk while the fighting continued.

When the battle ended, General Mercer was taken to the Clarke House where he died nine days later from his wounds.

In addition to our chapter's name, General Mercer gave his name to our county and to numerous streets and parks throughout the state of New Jersey.

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General Hugh Mercer

Hugh Mercer was born in 1726, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. His father was a minister of Pitsligo Parish Church. At the age of eighteen, he graduated from Marischal college as a doctor. In 1747, he left for America where he carried on his profession of surgeon.



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