The chapter was organized June 10, 1896, and chartered on October 12, 1896. Mrs. Annie F. Ricker was the organizing chapter regent.
There were seven ladies of the fledgling chapter with Stickney genealogy who likely are those who contrived to keep Anna with her maiden name for perpetuity!
The truth of the matter is that when Anna and her husband, Abiel Lovejoy, came to Conway from Concord, NH, they had been married long enough to have four children who came with them. Eventually, they were blessed with a total of seven Lovejoy children.
The land in North Conway, on which they settled for the rest of their lives, was a gift to Abiel from his father, Henry Lovejoy. Henry received it as a government grant to pay him for his service in the French and Indian War.
Abiel was one of the first selectmen of the town and was a deacon of the First Church of Conway.
Abiel Lovejoy was a patriot who gave service during the Revolutionary War. Anna’s father, Colonel Jeremiah Stickney of Concord, had been long dead by the time the war broke out.
It is doubtful that the colonel ever set foot on Conway soil. It is also not recorded anywhere in the history of the town that there was ever a part of it called the “Parish of Stickney.”
Anna and Abiel Lovejoy’s fourth great grandson, Maurice Lovejoy, approached the ladies of the chapter many years ago to change the chapter's name and add the last name of Lovejoy to Anna’s name.
The request was refused.
Because Maurice and his wife were childless, their deaths in the early twenty-first century brought an end to the Lovejoy generations in our area, and their lovely home was left to another charitable organization in the town.
Anna Lovejoy and Abiel Lovejoy are buried in the North Conway Cemetery, side by side, for eternity. She predeceased him by some two years.
Below is the history that was published many years ago, and it still appears in the New Hampshire State Organization DAR regularly.
It was likely written by one of the Stickney ladies!!
"The Anna Stickney Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, bears the name of a patriotic woman in the time of the American Revolution. She was the daughter of Colonel Jeremiah Stickney, of Concord. He became, by purchase, one of the original proprietors of the town of Conway. She could trace her lineage without a break back to the time of William the Norman, her ancestor being one of his knights, who, for his valor in the Battle of Hastings, received from the king the "Parish of Stickney". There were seven descendants of Anna Stickney, members of this chapter. "Parish of Stickney" was a part of Conway."