Membership Eligibility


Membership in The Colonial Dames of America is by invitation only. The Society of Colonial Dames of America shall be composed entirely of women who are descended from some ancestor of worthy life who within the period beginning with the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia, May 13, 1607, and extending to, but not including, the Battle of Lexington April 19, 1775, served one or more of the thirteen original Colonies:

  • By holding public office in the government thereof;
  • By holding a commission in the armed forces thereof; or,
  • By otherwise serving one or more of said Colonies in the capacities specified in the Eligibility List

A candidate must be judged worthy of becoming a member and be deemed acceptable by the Board of Managers. View the Ancestor Service Eligibility list by colony [PDF] or the list of Colonial Women of Distinction. Other society documents are available on the members’ pages [log-in required].

For more information on becoming a member, please email [email protected] or call (212) 838-5489.

130th Video Graphic

ORG_IMG_sullyThis Thomas Sully portrait depicts the Alexander family, ancestors of Dames from Chapter X-Rome and Chapter I-Baltimore. Commissioned by Mark Alexander, this work was painted by one of America’s finest portrait painters, Thomas Sully (1783-1872). It depicts four generations of the Coleman/Alexander family: Mark Alexander and his wife Anne Gordon Coleman Alexander; John Coleman and Pricilla Sims Clark, Anne Gordon Coleman Alexander’s father and grandmother, and Elizabeth Clark Alexander, daughter of the Alexanders. (At one point the portrait of Pricilla Sims Clark was painted out and was later uncovered). The portrait was completed in 1851. The Colonial Dames of America is grateful to Ambassador J. William Middendorf for the use of this spectacular piece of American heritage. The ambassador is the father of Frances Middendorf, member of Chapter X-Rome, and the great-great-grandson of Elizabeth Clark Alexander. Click image for closer view of portrait.