52 Weeks to Better Genealogy-Challenge 35-DAR

Challenge 35 I took up 36 hours late, but boy! am I glad I did.  Look into the database of the Daughters of the American Revolution–just try it, even if you don’t think you have anybody on that tree of yours with Revolutionary War service experience.

Now, I have been able to track some of the Revolutionary War contributions of a couple of ancestors, but did not know about the Daughters of the American Revolution database.  Rather I didn’t think it was free, open to the public, or readily accessible–all perceptions based upon childhood memories of an elitist organization.  Put those preconceptions aside, and give me that data!!

I found three ancestors who served as privates in their respective state regiments:

William Rowlett served in Chesterfield County, VA under Captains Benjamin Ward and David Patterson, and Colonel Robert Goode.  (He has an 1831 pension application one can access through footnote.com) He married Rebecca Short in 1825, and as an old man fathered Sarah Jane Rowlett, who married James Henry Dodson.  My great grandmother Lilly (Rebecca Eulelia Dodson) was one of their daughters.

Israel Sayles served in the Rhode Island regiments under Captains Kimball and Hoppin.  He and wife Mercy Whipple had Christopher, who married Martha Brown.  They were grandparents to Ira Sayles of New York who married Serena White, had Clifton Duvall, and made a post-Civil War move south to Mecklenburg County, VA, where Clifton eventually married Miss Lilly Dodson.

On my maternal side, Samuel Miner served in New Jersey regiments under Lt. Joseph Schenck and Colonel Jacob Kyser.  He was father to Abia Minor who moved to Pennsylvania later to join his uncle, Captain John Miner, who served both with Colonel Zackariah Morgan and as a Justice of the Peace.  Samuel was grandfather to John Pierson Minor accumulator of large tracts of land in Greene County, Iowa; and Greene County, Pennsylvania on which Francis then Robert then Donald Minor raised families.

Besides adding revolutionary war service information to my family history the DAR database also has provided illusive dates of birth, marriage and death for many of these men, and their wives.

I urge everyone to give this challenge a try!



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