One of my earliest documents that inspired my genealogy obsession is my grandmother’s DAR paperwork. This paperwork, I was told, could qualify me to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. It sounded like a big deal. Recently I inquired and found out that I’d have to reprove the lineage. The requirements today are not the same as in 1921.
The challenge of proving the connection to a Revolutionary War ancestor is more important to me than simply being able to join the club. I set out to try to find a real daughter of the revolution who happens to me a many times great grandmother. Finding a woman patriot grandmother would be the absolute best. A young girl who lived through the revolution as a daughter of a patriot also fills the bill. She would truly be #realdaughteroftherevolution.
This morning in an email form Ancestry.com I got a hint. Jacob Clifford with a DAR symbol.
Who is he? I looked in my genealogy program and found that he was my 4th great grandfather. His daughter Tabitha Clifford Heath was my 3rd great grandmother. This is worth pursuing even though she was born in 1785, two years after the American Revolution. Maybe her mother Abigail has an interesting story. I don’t know anything about her except her first name.
Well look at this! I took a little break and searched on the DAR website. I found Abigail’s last name was Tandy.
More stories for me to find. I hope you will follow along on this adventure.