Thursday, April 19, 2012

My DAR Application is Accepted!

A journey I began two years ago is finally complete!  I received word this morning that my DAR application has been accepted!

After several starts and stops over the past two years I finally submitted my application (with lots of help from the local DAR Regent) about one month ago.  I needed to prove my lineage all the way back to my Revolutionary War ancestor (I couldn't just "tie in" to another application already approved) and while you would think the difficult part would be my early ancestors, that did not turn out to be the case.

My DAR brick wall happened to be my Great Grandfather, Pearl Stephens.

His parents did not marry until Pearl was about 19 years old.  Until then Pearl went by his mother's maiden name of Botkin.  There is no birth record for Pearl that may have listed his father.  In the census records he was listed as Pearl Botkin (not Stephens) and the obituary for his father did not list children. The only thing I did manage to locate was a small newspaper article stating that Pearl was in town for the funeral.  But even that didn't state he was the son.

There should be a record of Pearl's mother filing "Bastardly" charges against his father but locating those early records have been a challenge.

In the end the historical society in the town had a piece of paper stating that Pearl's father died Intestate and the heirs were his wife and his son Pearl Stephens.  That is the evidence I submitted to the DAR and thankfully it was accepted.

I'm grateful and so excited to cross this off my bucket list.  But I must admit.......I'd still love to locate those charges......I'm not ready to give up yet!

19 comments:

  1. Congratulations Lisa! DAR is lucky to have you as a member. Only wish it were my chapter you were joining!

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    1. Thanks, Sheri!

      I wish I was joining your chapter too! Sunny California sounds good on this gloomy Indiana day!

      Lisa

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  2. Congrats -- I need to get serious on my application too.

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    1. Thank you, Wendy!

      I was a big job but I'm so glad I went through the process!

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  3. Lisa, Congratulations to you. I know how thrilled you are, and to think you proved a new Patriot, that's always extra special. I love hearing this kind of news from new members.

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    1. Thank you!

      I couldn't have done it without the help of my local chapter! I'm so happy to be joining a group of awesome women!

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  4. Congratulations! I need to seriously get going on mine. It's a bit intimidating.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle!

      It was intimidating but contact your local DAR chapter. Mine was so willing to help!

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  5. Great, I would not qualify but my daughter would. I am seeking the 6th great grandfather of my husband. I know what it is like not finding what you believe and instinctively know is the fact.

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    1. 6 generations back is a challenge but it can be done! Proving my Great Grandfather was difficult but I did enjoy the journey!

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  6. Congratulations!! I know how difficult this was for you, and to prove your entire lineage is quite a feat. I need to get my act together, find a chapter and pay my dues that have lapsed. Oh, and I need to order a pin :)

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    1. What about my chapter? Haha! And, I will admit, I want that pin myself!

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  7. Congratulations! I joined the DAR a couple of years ago. I was able to use records from an old family Bible. See my blog post: Gorin Family Bible where I transcribed some of the unique family records.

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  8. Thank you Elizabeth!

    How wonderful to have the family bible with so much information!

    I do have an old family bible but not from this side. It is currently being restored. It's costly and will take 6 months but the bible is priceless to me. As I'm sure you'll agree!

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  9. I'm so pleased for you, Lisa! Persistence pays off.

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    1. Thanks Susan! I was well worth the effort!

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  10. Congratulations!!! Perhaps in 4-5 years I can get mine sorted out. Just not enough time right now. AND too much missing info. Again, congratulations.

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