Our Founder – Malinda Marshall Hoopes
Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, PA
Malinda Marshall Hoopes, wife of Abner Hoopes, founded the Chester County Chapter, NSDAR. She held two pre-organization meetings in her home in December 1893, and she formed the chapter in January 1894 with twelve members. This was the minimum required for a new chapter.
Malinda Hoopes was born Malinda Marshall Worthington; she was the sixth child of Dr. Wilmer Worthington. Besides being a physician, her father served as a Pennsylvania State Senator. Her patriot was Joseph McClellan, a Lieutenant from Middletown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Mr. and Mrs. Hoopes lived along Maple Avenue in West Chester at that time, near the railroad, where Henderson High School is today. Later, they lived at 123 East Chestnut Street.
Malinda Hoopes was widowed in 1920. She died in August 1924. Both she and her husband are buried in Oaklands Cemetery in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
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