February 17, 2018



Flora Adams Darling


Flora Adams Darling



All young women eighteen through thirty-five years of age who are members of the National Society United Daughters of 1812 are known as Flora Adams Darling Daughters; lovingly known as FADD’s (Flora Adams Darling was the founder of our Society).

These young women are the lifeblood of our organization, and the future of our Society depends on them.  Their participation in all phases of N.S.U.S.D. OF 1812 work, and to act as Pages at State and Associate Councils.


Flora Adams Darling (July 25, 1840 – Jan. 6, 1910) was born in Lancaster, New Hampshire to Harvey Adams, a member of the Adams political family, and Nancy Dustin Adams, née Rowell. Flora had a brother, John Quincy Adams, and a sister. After an education at Lancaster and Sanbornton, she was married to Edward Irwin Darling in 1859, a man 22 years older than her.  The couple had an only son, Edward Irvin Darling.  Her husband was killed December 2, 1863 from wounds received on November 29 at the first Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, where she claims that Edward was serving as a brigadier-general in the Confederate Army.

Flora then attempted to travel north to her home and son under a flag of truce, but was taken as a prisoner of war. Later, following an appeal lasting 30 years, she won a case against the government for false imprisonment and theft of her possessions, and was awarded $5,683.

Despite growing increasingly deaf following the war, Flora became a prolific writer who was published in magazines and journals, and wrote a number of novels and short stories. In 1886, based on the merits of her writing, she earned an honorary A. M. from Western Maryland College. She was also awarded an honorary degree from the Kentucky Military Institute.

She lived in Washington, D. C. for forty years, where she was socially active and founded the United States Daughters of 1812 on January 8, 1892.

In 1910, while visiting her brother in New York, she died of apoplexy.  Members of the National Society, United States Daughters of 1812, between the age of 18 to 35, are termed “Flora Adams Darling Daughters” in her memory.