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Ancestors

All of us dream that our ancestor served with Washington, came over on the Mayflower, lived on a southern plantation, was a famous explorer, an inventor, a polititcian. But most of us discover that we come from a long line of farmers, ranchers, miners, school teachers and preachers.

Still every family has stories, anectdotes, legends. Each month we would like to share a story or poem, or recipe from one of the people who made us who we are. When we can, we will attach a picture.

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GEORGE WASHINGTON'S DRUMMER BOY

Revolutionary War soldiers were not all grown men. Some like seventeen year-old Private John George from New Jersey were barely out of the schoolhouse. He was a drummer boy in the famous Maxwell Brigade and served under the personal command of General George Washington, so he was George Washington’s drummer boy!

After serving his three-year enlistment, George reenlisted as a sergeant and continued to serve at Valley Forge and Yorktown. At his discharge he was decorated by Washington with the badge of Military Merit for more than six years of faithful service. He used his 100 acre veteran’s land grant on a farm in Kentucky, married and raised a large family. After his wife’s death George moved to Indiana where he lived with his daughter and family. His grave is in Round Hill Cemetery in Perry Township, marked with a simple government stone.

Kathy Edgington, one of our members, is one of his descendants.

Source: Sketchbook of Indiana History by Arville L. Funk copyright 1969 - pg. 17/18

GEORGE W. FRANKLIN WAGON MASTER

Son of Ebenezer Franklin - War 1812 (Illinois Bounty Land Soldier) Grandson of Stephen Franklin Revoluntionary War

Attracted by the excitement of the "Wild West", in 1852, at the age of 16, George W. Franklin left his home in Illinois and after joining Charlie Kitchen in Kansas took his first wagon train over the Santa Fe Trail . That was the start of his own freight business which expanded to 60 wagons. For many years, he drove his wagon trains all the way from Westport Landing to Santa Fe, NM. He was friends with many prominent figures of the day. Among his associates on the Santa Fe Trail were Becknell and Wetmore, Buffalo Bill and Alexander Majors. He knew Geronimo and had even been to Santa Ana's hide-out. Life as a wagon master was exciting, often difficult, and frequently dangerous because of bandit robberies and Indian skirmishes. Franklin was a true "man of the West" and tended to think he knew more about the West than anyone coming from back East. Once when the U.S. Calvary pulled Franklin's wagon train in a circle to protect the travelers, Franklin had the audacity to command the goverment to halt. He told them, "while I have every respect for the government order, I think I will go on" and on he went.

Lynn Loss, one of our members, is one of his descendents.

Source: Our Heritage The West (1973) by Elizabeth Franklin Davis

Patriotic Ancestors

The DAR has a working ancestor database created and maintained by the staff of the DAR Registrar General’s offices. It is not a comprehensive database of all Revolutionary War patiots but is compiled from DAR memberships. Go ahead--take a look and see if your ancestor is already included in the database. If so, it will make it easier for you to join the DAR. If not, our members will be glad to help you prove eligibility. You may even succeed in getting a new patriot added to the database, as several of our members have!

The DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS)