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REPORTING FROM LOUISIANA

Bonnie Pepper Clark describing the wonderful Powerpoint Presentation she has been doing for U.S. Daughters of 1812 Chapters. Click Here.

I began giving this presentation at the Maine Society, DAR, Fall Meeting in September, 2013have given two presentations in Texas - one to the Thomas Bay Chapter, USD 1812 in conroe, TX and one to the Heritage Trails Chapter, DAR,in Spring, TX as well as being one of the two Keynote Speakers at the Michigan State DAR State Conference in Lansing where they celebrated the War of 1812.  I also traveled to Birmingham, AL to give a presentation to three chapters, The Alabama Charter Chapter, the Rachel Jackson Chapter and I will check the name of the third chapter whose members were in attendance.  I will give a presentation in Mobile, Al in May for May Collins' chapter.

REPORT GIVEN TO ALABAMA CHARTER CHAPTER
ALABAMA

The Alabama Charter Chapter was fortunate to have as our guest and speaker, Bonnie Pepper Cook, Chairman National of the Special Committee for Chalmette Battlefield. 
Ms. Cook arrived in Birmingham on Wednesday, January 15 and was the guest overnight of Mrs. Connie Grund.  On Thursday, Ms. Cook attended the chapter meeting at the Birmingham Country Club and was introduced to the 45 ladies and gentleman who attended. 
Ms. Cook gave a very entertaining program telling us how she joined The United Daughters of 1812 when she was a young mother and explained how she became so involved in the preservation of the Chalmette Battlefield which lies in the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park in Chalmette, Louisiana.   She introduced an excellent book which she used to prove her descent from a participant in the Battle of New Orleans.  The title of that book is:  American Forces at Chalmette:  Veterans and Descendants of Battle of New Orleans, 1814-1815  by Marie Cruzat de Verges, 1966.  She explained how the battlefield was located in the 1930's and the wonderful dedication of those early members who were able to convince the Kaiser Corporation to donate the land for the purpose of preserving our heritage and the history of the Battle of New Orleans.  The audience was asked who had ancestors who fought in that important battle and there were many who stood in recognition. 
Ms. Cook explained the importance of the battle even though the Treaty of Ghent had been signed,  and how the victory was vital to the ratification process.  It is thought that if that battle had not been won by the american fighters, the war might not have ended when it did.  She told us of the annual commemoration of the event , which is held every year in January, and how the Battlefield has been saved by those who care for the site.  She also explained that the land is being reclaimed by the Mississippi River.
Because Bonnie Pepper Cook is a descendant of the First Families of New Orleans she was able to relate many stories regarding the history of the Battle of New Orleans and the people who were involved in the fighting. (contributed by Judith Arthur, Alabama Charter Chapter) 

 

REPORTING FROM MARYLAND

Maryland’s smallest but most active chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812, the Ella Virginia Houck Holloway Chapter, is comprised of just 21 members scattered throughout Prince George’s, Charles, Montgomery, Anne Arundel, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties.

Women age 18 and older who can prove they are lineal descendents of someone who provided civil, military or naval service to our country or who rendered material aid to the U.S. Army or Navy between 1784 and 1815, or who participated in the Lewis and Clark Expedition, are eligible to join, once they have been voted in by two current members who know them personally. There are more than 5,365 Daughters of 1812, in 162 chapters and 42 state societies.

“I was in the Daughters of the American Revolution. Once you get in one society, they invite you to others,” said Maryland Honorary State President Carol Whitsell, a Virginia native who now lives in Hughesville, Md. “I was retired eight months, and you’ve gotta do something. On jury duty I met a person in the DAR who was from Virginia, too. It turned out we were related.”

Whitsell joined the DAR in 2002. Memberships in the Colonial Dames, the Daughters of 1812 and other organizations soon followed.

EVHH Chapter President Connie Uy discovered her eligibility to pursue membership int eh DAR and the Daughters of 1812 just five years ago, when curiosity led her to genealogical research website Ancestry.com.

“One day, you’re 40 years old and wonder, ‘Who were my grandparents? How did they live?’ I logged on and was bitten by the genealogical bug. It was like an addiction,” Uy said.

Months later, a client at her beauty salon suggested she join the DAR.

“It took me maybe three or four months to attend my first meeting, and was a member within the year,” Uy said. “I wanted it so badly, my husband thought I was losing it.”

Whitsell’s eligibility was a challenge to prove because most of her family historical records were destroyed by a fire in Orange County, Va. A DAR member offered to help her with her research, and found her 1812 connections, as well.

Uy credits divine intervention with helping her discover most of her War of 1812 ancestors.

“I was doing my DAR research as my dad was battling terminal cancer. My mom couldn’t care less, but he was interested,” Uy said. “He passed away after I signed (the paperwork to become a DAR member) but after he died I found information on 2 more relatives. He went to heaven and found those ancestors and they sent the information.”

When those ancestors are confirmed, Uy will have a dozen official lineal relatives who contributed to the War of 1812. The research is never really finished, Whitsell and Uy agree, in part because of the continued discovery of new information about the individuals in the family line.

“A family tree is like housework with house cats,” said Uy. “It’s never complete.”

The Daughters work to promote and preserve the history of the War of 1812, and to correct common misconceptions about the conflict.

“It’s a forgotten war, and sometimes seen as a sequel to the American Revolution,” said Uy. “We have a big goal of changing that historical mindset. If you talk to the Brits, they think they won!”

A 2011 PBS documentary focused, Uy said, “all about Canada, but in the Chesapeake Bay it went on for two years.” Much of that conflict was centered throughout Prince George’s County.

Those educational efforts include visits to schools, support for local JROTC and scholarship programs and attending naturalization ceremonies and other community events. Next year, as part of the continued commemoration of the War of 1812, the EVHH Daughters will participate in a Prince George’s County War of 1812 parade through Bladensburg, site of important events during the war. The group, which meets at a member’s home in Hughesville, Md., also marks the homes and graves of patriots involved in the War of 1812.

On Oct. 15, the EVHH chapter joined national Daughters of 1812 leadership and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III (D) to unveil a marker at the grave of Dr. William Beanes in Upper Marlboro, Md. Beanes was captured by the British on charges of betraying the British, and asked Francis Scott Key for aid to arrange his release. The night after Key met with Beanes in British captivity, he stayed at Fort McHenry and witnessed the events which inspired him to write “The Star-Spangled Banner” the next morning. Ella Virginia Houck Holloway, for whom the EVHH Chapter is named, petitioned to have “The Star-Spangled Banner” become the national anthem.

“History never said it was due to Mrs. Holloway’s efforts, and that’s a shame,” said Uy.

The chapter is working to to refurbish and preserve a Benedict, Md.-area home which had a role in the War of 1812. Maxwell Hall, built in 1768, was occupied by approximately 3,500 British troops on their way to attack Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. in 1814.

The home fell into disrepair until it was purchased in 1980 by Edwin and Marion Swann, who restored and lived in the home until 2007, when Charles County acquired the property as part of Maryland’s Program Open Space.

“We have a partnership with the community regarding Maxwell Hall,” said Whitsell. The EVHH Chapter has raised funds to improve lighting and parking and to provide a wheelchair ramp and public restrooms to enable better access for the public. In 2012, the chapter sponsored a memorial program at the river’s edge near the home, where the British invasion landed.

“There’s something about being there that’s really special,” said Whitsell, who said that recent tours attracted approximately 600 visitors to the historic home. “It’s not even on local school curricula, and this upsets us.”

Though the Daughters of the War of 1812 were founded “by wealthy, at home women,” said Whitsell, the old guard is being replaced by women from a broader background than ever before.

“They let me in with dyed hair and tattoos,” said Uy. “Thirty years ago I could have been blackballed because of the way I look. The DAR is going through that, too: Change or die.”

For information, visit www.usdaughters1812.org.

NORTH CAROLINA

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Local JROTC Cadets Recognized By Pvt. Vincent Key Chapter
Each year, the National Society United States Daughters of 1812 supports JROTC programs at local high schools by recognizing a junior or senior cadet who has demonstrated qualities of academic excellence, leadership, military discipline, dependability, patriotism and upright character in speech and habits, which exemplify the ideals upon which our nation was founded.  Debbie Young, Chapter President, attended the majority of the award ceremonies. 
The US Daughters of 1812 local chapter, Private Vincent Key, awarded the following JROTC program cadets this year:
Cadet Private 1st Class Holly Hensley Charles D. Owens High School
Cadet Medi Mansek Central Cabarrus High School
Cadet Senior Airman Kayla Schmidt NW Cabarrus High School
Cadet Airman 1st Class Austin Hartsoe Bunker Hill High School
Cadet Airman 1st Class Megan E. Lickfelt Maiden High School
Cadet Ensign Eulalia Rangel Saint Stephens High School
Cadet Petty Officer 1st Class Charlotte Kemp Newton-Conover High School
Cadet Major Shariyah N. Rivers Burns High School
Cadet 1st Lt. Christina M. Hodges Ashbrook High School
Cadet Donovan Ackley East Gaston High School
Cadet LT (JG) Brandon Teague South Point High School
Cadet Staff SGT Brooke Smith East Henderson High School
Cadet First Sergeant Michelle Martinez Hickory High School
Cadet James Lemke Statesville High School
Cadet Katelyn Dalton West Iredell High School
Cadet C/MSgt Debrada Burns Lincolnton High School
Cadet 1st Lieutenant Yolanda Davila Military and Global Leadership Academy
Cadet SSG Lesia Skorupa Olympic High School
 Cadet 2nd Lt Alin Ruiz West Mecklenburg High School
 Cadet 1st. Lt. Mallaysia Bradley ZB Vance High School
Cadet Pvt 1st Class Jordan Honeycutt West Rowan High School

Cadet Colonel Arlicia Y. Zimmerman Swain County High School


    STATE REPORT NEW YORK 2013

    Ceremony honors veteran of War of 1812


    Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 12:30 am
    By Virginia Kropf news@batavianews.com 

    The grave of Moses Bacon in Union Cemtery, Albion, was decorated in ceremonies Saturday by the Niagara Chapter of the Daughters of the War of 1812. Speaking are Jeanette Brooks, left front, president of the Chapter. At right are town of Gaines historian Dee Robinson, Orleans County historian Bill Lattin and State of New York president of the Daughters of the War of 1812, Jan Johnpier. Also shown are members of the 2nd squadron 101st Cavalry of the National Guard from Niagara Falls Air Force Base, who provided an honor guard. (Virginia Kropf/Daily News)

     

     

     

    STATE REPORTS NEW YORK 2013

    Major George Armistead Chapter attends General Dodge Day which was held today (21 September 2013) at Colonial Cemetery, Green St, Johnstown, NY. Several of his General Dodge's descendants were in attendance along with the (SSWGBSNY) General Society of War of 1812, John E Wool Chapter, DAR and Sons of the American Revolution.

    Click Here Photos Nations in Harmony Concert, Lewiston, NY Tri-Nation Choir

     

    honored for ‘spirit of 1812’

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013

    Timothy J. Abel, archaeologist, was recently awarded the ‘Spirit of 1812’ medal by the United States Daughters of 1812, General Jacob Brown Chapter. Mr. Abel is a noted speaker on the history of the War of 1812 in New York state. He recently was honored at a brunch at the Sackets Harbor American Legion. From left, Anne Davis, Gen. Jacob Brown chapter vice president, Mr. Abel and Beverly Sterling-Affinati, Gen. Jacob Brown chapter president. See many more photos of organizations and clubs from all over Northern New York on the Times website, www.wdt.net by scrolling down to NNY Scrapbook feature.

     

     


 

 

 

 

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