Founded in 1912, the Berwick, Pennsylvania Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) was named in honor of Moses Van Campen. While the Chapter is no longer active, it was responsible for placing several historical markers over the years in and around Berwick, Pennsylvania including the Fort Wheeler and Fort Jenkins Markers. Both of which are directly related the life and times of Moses Van Campen.

Published in 1915, "Historical and Biographical Annals of Columbia and Montour Counties, Pennsylvania," details the Chapter's founding, initial officers and charter members.

Historical and Biographical Annals
Columbia and Montour Counties
Volume I

J. H. Beers & Co.

"Moses Van Campen Chapter, D. A. R., was organized in Berwick Feb. 19, 1912. The name was adopted for the reason that Moses Van Campen was a resident for many years of the section immediately west of Berwick and his achievements were part of the history of this section of the State. Van Campen was born Jan. 21, 1757, and died Oct. 15, 1849.

The first officers elected by this chapter were: Mrs. Clarence G. Crispin, regent: Mrs. C. E. Ferris, recording secretary; Miss Sarah M. Hagenbuch, corresponding secretary; Miss Harriet J. Alexander, registrar; Mrs. A. C. Jackson, historian; Miss Doretta Distelhurst, treasurer; Mrs. E. A. Loux, chaplain.

The charter members of the chapter were: Harriet Jenkins Alexander, Bessie Belle Bishop, Elma Caroline Bishop, Mae L. Crispin, Louise W. Crisman, Grace E. Distelhurst, Doretta Chandlee Distelhurst, Gertrude May Follmer, Carrie K. Ferris, Harriet Arabella Ferris, Adelaide Lepha Ferris, Martha Jeane Freas, Sarah -Margaret Hagenbuch, Edna K. Jackson, Anna C. Loux, Caroline H. Sponsler, Helen Emily Trescott, Martha W. Williams."

In Honor Home

“His Christianity was pure,
his views of religion sound
and scriptural, and his fidelity
and integrity of character
were like his own well aimed rifle,
true to the mark.”


– Rev. Thomas Aitken

Obituary of Moses Van Campen

"I was nurtured in the school of the rifle and the tomahawk."


- Moses Van Campen

“The notes of war are hushed,
The rage of battle o’er,
The warrior is at rest,
He hears our praise no more.
The soldier nobly fought
For all we dearly love,
He fought to gain a heavenly crown,
And now he reigns above.”


- Rev. Thomas Aitken
Inscription, Moses Van Campen's Headstone