01 January 2015

Was Great-Great-Grandma In the DAR?

Yesterday's Genealogy Tip of the Day was about membership records of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and was quickly titled "Was Great-Great-Grandma in the DAR?" The discussion of the Tip on Facebook got me to thinking about whether my great-great-grandmothers would have qualified for the DAR. None were actually members.

One of my great-great-grandmothers could have qualified for DAR membership. One may qualify--her lineage hasn't completely been traced to the American Revolution era. The other six have no Colonial American ancestry--either being of Irish, German, or Ostfriesian stock.

My Great-Great-Grandmothers

  • Annie (Murphy) Neill (Ireland-died 1897 St. Albans Township, Hancock County, Illinois). 
    • No to potential DAR membership--descendant of generations of Irish peasants.
  • Nancy Jane (Newman) Rampley (1846 Milroy, Rush County, Indiana-1923 West Point, Hancock County, Illinois). 
    • Yes to potential DAR membership--two of her Amherst County, Virginia, ancestors are qualifying DAR ancestors.
  • Franciska (Bieger) Trautvetter (1851 Warsaw, Hancock County, Illinois-1888 Walker Township, Hancock County, Illinois). 
    • No to potential DAR membership--her parents were both German natives.
  • Florence Ellen (Butler) Sargent (about 1855 [probably Missouri or Iowa--who knows?] - died after 1880)
    • Heaven only knows at this point. One of her early 19th century New York State ancestors may have come from a Revolutionary War family.
  • Noentje Lena (Grass) Ufkes (1848 Backemoor, Ostfriesland, Germany-1902 Bear Creek Township, Hancock County, Illinois). 
    • No to potential DAR membership. Descendant of generations of low-German peasants.
  • Fredericka Marie (Sartorius) Janssen (1865 Adams County, Illinois-1913 Bear Creek Township, Hancock County, Illinois). 
    • No to potential DAR membership. Descendant of generations of low-German peasants (her parents were immigrants).
  • Anke Hinrichs (Fecht) Habben (1860 Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany-1941 Elvaston, Hancock County, Illinois). 
    • No to potential DAR membership. Descendant of generations of low-German peasants.
  • Anna Margaret (Dirks) Goldenstein (1861 Honey Creek Township, Adams County, Illinois-1932 Golden, Adams County, Illinois).
    • No to potential DAR membership. Descendant of generations of low-German peasants (her parents were immigrants).
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