It is official! I am now a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution!
Many of you are aware of my love of early American history, especially around the foundation of America. It is true 1776 is one of my favorite movies. (A musical about the writing/signing of the Declaration of Independence.) It is true before I got married I had an American flag hanging in my living room. AND a copy of the Declaration of Independence, AND a poster of the presidents of the United States. It is true that I have owned not one, but two copies of an interactive presidents quiz game. ( The first one melted on my drive to TX in 2003)
So, you can probably imagine how excited I am to tell you that my great great great great great great great great grandfather (that is 7 greats!) served as a solider in the Continental Army. He was 19.
John See enlisted from Greenbrier County, VA in 1776, served as a Private for one year under Captain Arbuckle, and for three years under Capitains Lapsley and Breckenridge. He was in the battles of Germantown, Monmouth and Stoney Point. On September 29th, 1832 at the age of 73 years old, while residing in Henry County, Indiana, he applied for a pension, which was granted.
The DAR was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. It has had more than 890,000 members join since it was founded. One must be able to prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution to be able to join. She also has to be at least 18 years of age. (There is the Children of the American Revolution for those under 18, and the Sons of the American Revolution for men.)
Also, if you haven’t seen the internet series I Made America you are missing out. This is not very historically accurate, but it is really very funny. It is about 6 founding fathers (Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, Franklin, Washington and Adams) who were time traveled to 2012. They do not react as you might except and end up having to find jobs at coffee shops and as musicians in bars. Also, Franklin discovers pop tarts.