Daughters of the Revolutionary War
When I started researching my genealogy, my Aunt Annette told me that we qualified to be included in the DAR. At the time I did not know what all it meant. Below is from the DAR website (2014):
The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C.,
is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization
dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history,
and securing America’s future through better education for children.
Wow, that is an ambitious objective. But, how can I not want to be included. I am fortunate enough that I can qualify for membership on both sides of my family.
From my maternal side, my fifth great-grandfather, Benjamin Sublett fought in the war. He enlisted 6 December 1776, he was 43 years old.
According to a document online about Revolutionary War soldiers:
Benjamin Sublett was initially a Private and then Corporal in Captain James Gray’s Company, 15th Virginia Regiment of Foot (later the 11th Regiment of Foot); Corporal in Major Stephenson’s Company of the 5th and 11 Virginia Regiment of Foot). It appears that his regiment was at Valley Forge during the Revolutionary war.
On June 20, 1783, Benjamin was given 200 Acres of Land from a Revolutionary War Warrant. He served three years as a Sergeant in the Virginia Continental Line (Kentucky Secretary of State Land Office). After receiving the acreage, Benjamin and his family moved west to Kentucky. Benjamin died in Warren Kentucky in 1816 near Bowling Green.
On my paternal side, it was Charles O’Kelley, my fourth great-grandfather that fought in the Revolutionary War. He was a member of the 8th Virginia Regiment. Charles was born in 1756 in Virginia to Thomas and Elizabeth Dean O’Kelley. He served under Colonel Peter Muhlenberg. Charles was also at Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War. If you want to read more about the history of the 8th Virginia Regiment you can read about it here: http://www.8thvirginia.org/history.html
Several years after the war Charles moved south to Georgia. In 1805 he joined his brother Francis in Oglethorpe County. It is there he bought land on Cloud’s Creek. He subsequently died five years later in 1810. His daughter, Polly Crowder O’Kelly was only 13 years old. Polly married Joel Whitehead in 1816. Charles brother Francis received land as a result of his participation in the Revolutionary War in Oglethorpe County. It is unknown if Charles was given land, as I have not found documents to support it.
As we continue to explore backwards, I am amazed by twists and turns I have discovered. It is still a great adventure for me.