59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

A Finding Aid to the Susan Jernegan Chase Essays, circa 1900-circa 1916

Descriptive Summary

RepositoryMartha's Vineyard Museum, Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
Call NumberRU 443
Creator Chase, Susan Jernegan, 1863-1930
TitleSusan Jernegan Chase essays
Datecirca 1900-circa 1916
Extent1 box (0.504 cubic feet)
LanguageThe materials are in English.
AbstractThe collection contains essays from the first quarter of the 20th century, authored or transcribed by Susan Jernegan Chase of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. The essays focus on historical subjects, current events, prominent individuals and national organizations.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

Martha's Vineyard Museum, RU 443, Susan Jernegan Chase Essays.

Acquisition Information

The immediate source of acquisition and date of accession are unknown.

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Insley Julier April 2013. Machine-encoded by Nathaniel Janick April 2014.

 Creation of this finding aid was sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Related Materials

Related Materials

See also, RU 350, Daughters of the American Revolution Collection.

Index Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • Daughters of the American Revolution. Sea Coast Defense Chapter


  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Speeches

Geographic Name(s)

  • Martha's Vineyard (Mass.)--History
  • United States--Description and travel
  • United States--History


  • Clubs--Massachusetts--Martha's Vineyard
  • Women--Massachusetts

Biography/Historical Note

Susan Jernegan Chase was born on September 31, 1863 to Alexander Jernegan, 1828-1894, and Sarah C. Stewart, 1830-1896. She had three brothers, Franklin Mayhew, William F. and Edward Walter. In 1884, Susan (Susie) Jernegan married Frank W. Chase, 1863-1931. Frank Chase was a dairy farmer, and he owned and managed Woodsedge Farm in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. They had one son, Harold Weston, who was born in 1887. Both Susan and Frank Chase were active in town government. Frank Chase served variously as Fence Viewer, Forest Warden and Inspector of Animals for the Town of Oak Bluffs, while Susan Chase was a member of the Finance Committee from circa 1921-1927. Susan Chase was also active in several social clubs and organizations on the island, including the Triad Club and the Vineyard Haven-based, Sea Coast Defense Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, (D.A.R.). Chase served as Vice Regent for the D.A.R. from 1916-1918 and Historian, and also represented the organization as a delegate to its national, annual meeting; the Daughters of the American Revolution Continental Congress of 1901, held in Washington, (D.C.). Susan Jernegan Chase died on November 30, 1930.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of largely undated essays authored by, or possibly transcribed by, Susan Jernegan Chase from the first quarter of the 20th century. These papers focus on historical subjects, current events, prominent individuals, national organizations and other topics of interest to the creator. Only four of the documents bear dates or are signed: A 1901 draft report on the Daughters of the American Revolution Continental Congress of 1901; an essay, "The Earlier Industries of Martha's Vineyard," signed Susan Jernegan Chase, June 21, 1904; an essay, "Irrigation in the United States," which is marked: H. Weston Chase, Graduation, 1905; and, an essay, "Present Day Patriotism," signed: Susie J. Chase, Oak Bluffs, Mass., July 18, 1916, with a pencil annotation; Sea Coast Defense Chapter. Apart from the exceptions listed above, the bulk of the essays are unsigned and undated. The authorship of these papers was determined by a previous staff member, who labeled the original envelopes containing the materials: Susan Jernegan Chase papers, 1900-1920.

These essays, covering a wide array of topics, may have been drafted for presentation at Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) meetings. It is also possible that Chase transcribed the addresses of other authors when she held the position of Sea Coast Defense Chapter, D.A.R. Historian or Vice Regent. Half of the essays are titled and have been arranged alphabetically according to their original title, while other untitled materials have been filed by topic.


The collection is arranged alphabetically.

Collection Contents


Abraham Lincoln's Ancestors, undated 


American Eagle, undated 


American Expansionism, undated 


Atlantis, undated 


Barton, Clara, undated 


Churches, undated 


Colonial Houses, undated 


Continental Congress, D.A.R., Washington, D.C., 1901 


The Earlier Industries of Martha's Vineyard, 1904 June 21 


Florida, undated 


Houses - East and West, undated 


Immigration, undated 


Instrumental Music, undated 


Ireland, undated 


Irrigation in the United States, undated 


Men and Women of the Hour (Red Cross), 1905 


The Modern Development of Country Life, undated 


National Flag, undated 


Ocean Messager [sic.], undated 


Our Forests, undated 


Our Island its Soil and Formation, undated 


Present Day Patriotism, 1916 July 18 


Revolutionary War Treaties, undated 


Short Biographical Sketches, undated 


Siam, undated 


The Stories Grandmother Told…, undated 


Whittier, John Greenleaf, undated 


Women in the Workplace, undated 


The Women of Revolutionary Days, undated 


Young Men's Christian Association and the Knights of Columbus, undated 


Unidentified or Incomplete Manuscripts, undated