Long time Pine Bluff resident, MarJo Thornton Dill, was recently elected as the Simon Bradford Chapter, United States Daughters of 1812 (U.S.D. 1812), Honorary Chapter President for Life.

“This honor is rare and is given in recognition of valuable service.,” according to a news release.

“Dill joined U.S.D. 1812 in 1997, under her ancestor Elijah Cantrell, and has served the society at both the state and chapter level for 21 years. She was first elected as chapter president in 2001-2009, then again in 2015-2018, serving in that capacity for a total of 11 years,” according to the release.

Also, Dill served as state president from 2003-2006.

“An avid genealogist, Dill is a member of many lineage societies and has held national, state and chapter office or chairmanships in most,” according to the release. “The societies, to name a few, include Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames 17th Century, Daughters of the American Colonists, Daughters of Indian Wars, Daughters of Colonial Wars, Arkansas Pioneers, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Colonial Dames of America, New England Women, Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, Order of Descendants of Colonial Physicians and Chirurgiens 1607-1783, and Descendants of Sheriffs & Constables of Colonial & Antebellum America.”

Simon Bradford Chapter U.S.D. 1812 membership is available to women 18 years old and older who can offer satisfactory proof that they are lineal descendants of an ancestor who, during the period of 1784-1815 inclusive, rendered civil, military, or naval service to the nation. Details: Kay Tatum, 501-529-3802.