July 18, 2009
I got my DAR membership certificate in the mail! I’m excited, definitely excited.
Darlene suggested I try to find perhaps civil service on Abraham Riggs, but I’m having trouble even finding books on the history of Accomack County, Virginia, much less the equivalent of The Annals of Southwest Virginia for it! If anyone knows books I can look in, or borrow from the libary, or anything, I would certainly be appreciative!
July 10, 2009
The General Israel Putnam Chapter of DAR will have our (yay, I get to say our!) New Member welcome Tea on September 13th. Unfortunately, that’s my weekend to work, but I’ll see if I can switch with someone that day to work one of their weekend days in exchange, so I can free up that day.
We’re also having another genealogy workshop sometime in October I believe, and there’s talk about doing an outing to one of the local graveyards. Yay! Excitement! I may go back later and transcribe it, if the cemetery isn’t too big.
July 8, 2009
So, from my last post, yes, Thursday can’t come fast enough. But then yesterday I get a call from our registrar saying that the meeting actually wasn’t tomorrow. It was Monday!
And I’m in! Yay! *does a happy dance* All my hard work finally paid off. I just hope Uncle Jimmy still has Granny’s DAR certificate. I would love to put mine and hers on the wall together. I mentioned to him that he could join SAR now if he wanted to. He said he would think about it.
I think I’m going to fill out his application, and copy all of his proofs, just in case he wants them. Yep, I’ll start that now!
July 5, 2009
Being very close to being the newest member of DAR (Thursday can’t come fast enough!), the 4th of July has meant alot to me this year. What did my ancestors do to celebate? Were they even celebrating, or still hard at fighting? How was the fighting changing ther lives? Were they scared? Was Ann Sharp Laughlin scared to lose her husband and the father of her children? Or was she proud of him and the rest of her family for fighting for what they believed in?
As I was talking yesterday to our registrar, I mentioned to her that I may pay someoen to go check the Southern Cal. Historical Society for the Thomas Price and Susan Sharp book to see if there is any hard proof of Ann’s parentage, as I do believe that Ann and Susan were sisters. She told me not to spend the money, that there may be other DAR members in that area that would be willing to help me for free. That would be nice!
I can’t wait to get my membership number and welcome packet! I am so excited as the days wind down.
June 19, 2009
I just got word that DAR has approved me. They’ll formally approve me on July 9th, and give me my membership number.
I’m so excited. Now to work on my mother’s side.
June 18, 2009
So I still haven’t received a letter from DAR regarding my application. However, I did change the ancestor to Generation 7…Alexander and Ann Sharp Laughlin.
We do have the Laughlin Bible pages, which proves them and their relationship to John Laughlin who married Phebe Newton. However the biggest question is this: Is the Alexander Laughlin I’m related to the one that was the road surveyor as put forth in History of Southwest Virginia by Lewis Preston Summers, p 808, 809 and 813. Is he also the same Alexander Laughlin put forth in the Annals of Southwest Virginia by Lewis Preston Summers, p 972, 1007 and 1354?
God I hope so! But now, its still up for debate till Washington decides to approve me in 2 weeks. 2 weeks from tomorrow. 15 more days.
June 15, 2009
The generation DAR is questioning is the patriot’s daughter,a previously unproven daughter of John Sharp Sr, Ann Sharp, who married Alexander Laughlin.
So I rushed to fax them a letter asking to change the patriot I was applying under, to the generation after, Alexander Laughlin. Thankfully, my application is back “in review”. Phew!
June 14, 2009
I get a call yesterday amidst all the calls I’ve had to make and recieve yesterday. It was the registrar of the local DAR chapter. Apparently questions are coming up on my application and they are sending me a letter.
GAH! What did I not prove properly? What generation was lacking? What do I have to prove? Even Darlene doesn’t know. She said she’ll call Washington tomorrow AM and see if she can glean any information before we get the letters, so we can start ahead of time on getting the proofs needed.
Ugh! I wonder if it is something with my grandmother’s application that is being questioned? Or what generation did not have enough proofs?
*gnaw gnaw gnaw* I want to know now!
May 18, 2009
Putting aside my own family trees and all their knots aside for the moment, I want to focus on another prospective member of DAR who has been trying to find information on her tree for two years now and is ready to throw in the towel. Her patriot ancestor is Amasa Townsend, born in 1730 in Hebron, C T. The 1790 census has him in New York. He isn’t the problem.
He had numerous children: Anna, Amasa (his oldest son), Phoebe, Warring, Huldah, Samuel and Calvin. Only Calvin is a proven child of Amasa for DAR. Amasa Jr still needs to be proven, as possibly, his son, Rufus.
I’ve seen books with Amasa and Amasa, and Amasa and Rufus, so I know the relationships. However, its so tenuously put forward, that it certainly wouldn’t be accepted by DAR as enough proof. Heck, I even know what cemeteries they were all buried in…Townsend Cemetery in South Hartford, NY, Douglas Cemetery in Altona, NY, and Hillside Rest Cemetery in Bombay, NY.
Hmmmm….I wonder if there are burial records available that would establish parentage…..
May 16, 2009
From Born Fighting: How the Scots Irish Shaped America by James H Webb:
Who are we? We are the molten core at the very center of the unbridled, raw, rebellious spirit of America. We helped build this nation, from the bottom up. We face the world on our feet and not on our knees. We were born fighting. And if the cause is right, we will never reteat.
It seems almost every generation of the Laughlins and Sharps were in a war for our county. John Sharp Sr came over from Scotland, in about 1740, made his way to Washington County, Virginia where he and his wife, Jane Hamilton Sharp settled down. John fought in the Revolutionary War at King’s Mountain.
His son in law, Alexander Laughlin, could have been, perhaps was, a surveyor. There’s still question about that because the dates the DAR have for Alex are different han the ones I’ve been able to pull from my research. However, I’ve only found one Alexander Laughlin in Washington County, VA at the time of the Revolution. Personally, I think this was the only one, and they are one in the same. As soon as I’m a member, I’ll have their dates perhaps changed. Let’s also not forget how many Sharps, Laughlins and Berrys were taken as prisoners of war during the Revolutionary War.
Alexander’s son, John would have been old enough to fight in the War of 1812. However, if my theory about Phebe’s death in or near childbirth is correct, who would have taken care of his children? His oldest one, a daughter, Adalaid or Sophia, I don’t have my notes in front of me, would have been about 17, so she could have. But I have yet to find any records for his service.
John’s son, Granville was luckily spared a generation of fighting….of sorts. Unfortunately, he was old enough and still alive to watch the land he bought and toiled on be taken by the Northern forces after the Civil War. Granville’s son, William, died April 8, 1864, at the Battle of Mansfield, Louisiana. For some reason, it grieves me to know that one of my ancestors, a young man of 22, died in the Civil War. I know, its war, and its to be expected, but it really doesn’t make it any easier.
Granville’s son Francis (William’s younger brother) was too old for any of the World Wars, but perhaps his sons, my grand uncles, would have been old enough to fight in one of them, either one.
The next generation is my father’s generation, and god knows how many wars have been fought during that generation….Vietnam, our own war for integration when the military was called in to “keep the peace”.
And then my generation….Desert Storm, Operation Freedom, Afghanistan, etc etc etc. I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of it for my generation. My cousins can fight the wars this generation, I wouldn’t do that unless my family were threatened.