Karen Bauer-Reelitz, Ferne Ridenour, Carol Hyatt and Lola DeGroff (top photo) attended the General Society of the War of 1812 banquet in Springfield, Illinois on September 17, 2016. Bottom photo shows Ferne, Lola and Carol with President General Thomas Jacks.
The Illinois Society of the War of 1812 provided color guard for a grave marking hosted by the Kaskaskia Chapter United States Daughters of 1812 on September 11, 2016, at the Godfrey Cemetery in Godfrey, Illinois. The ceremony honored War of 1812 veteran Seaman Benjamin Godfrey. Other groups participating in this ceremony were Ninian Edwards Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail Committee, and the Village of Godfrey.
Members of the Kaskaskia Chapter along with the Illinois Society of the War of 1812 commemorated the 201st
anniversary of the attack on Hill's Fort.
Members of the Kaskaskia Chapter and Sangamon River Chapter attended a grave marking ceremony honoring War of 1812 soldier Captain Jacob Short. The ceremony was held at the Old Concord Cemetery near Petersburg on July 18, 2015. Captain Short commanded a company of mounted riflemen called into service to protect settlers in Illinois Territory.
Members of the Kaskaskia Chapter met at the Mt. Vernon airport on March 7, 2015 to elect and install officers and to listen to a program on the Battle of New Orleans commemoration presented by Karen Bauer-Reelitz.
The Kaskaskia Chapter USD1812 dedicated this plaque during a ceremony held at Hill's Fort in Greenville, Ill. on September 14, 2014. The event was part of a three day commemoration of the attack on Hill's Fort. Several descendants of those brave men and women who were at the fort that day attended. Click on the picture to see a larger view.
Chapter registrar/state president Lola DeGroff (right) with President National Apyer during the National Society of the War of 1812 held its Triennial in Baltimore, Maryland in September 2014. The President National dedicated the cannon (below) which was purchased by the USD1812 for Fort McHenry.
Flag Day, June 14, 2014, the Kaskaskia Chapter marked the grave of "Real Daughter" Charlotte Maletha Balch Sapp. Mrs. Sapp was the daughter of Amos Prido Balch. She is buried in the Union Grove Cemetery, LaGrange Township, Bond County, Illinois. The day was made even more special as Charlotte's great granddaughter read a tribute Charlotte had written to her father. Pictured are descendants and Eric Reelitz and Grant Thole from the Illinois Society of the War of 1812.
Cadet Taylor Rigdon received the USD1812 JROTC Bronze Medal from SMSgt (Ret) Kenneth Monroe
during awards ceremony at Mascoutah High School on May 8, 2014.
Kaskaskia Chapter Registrar Lola DeGroff presents the JROTC Bronze Medal to Cadet Nathan Beckstrom. The award was presented during the JROTC Awards Program dinner at Alton High School on May 3, 2014. The USD1812 Bronze Medal is presented to a junior or senior in a JROTC program in a high school 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.
Kaskaskia members were attending a conference so James DeGroff presented the USD1812 ROTC Gold Medal to Cadet Michael Hoxsie of Brighton. The award was made during an award ceremony at SIU-E on April 24, 2014. The award is given annual to a junior or senior in an ROTC program in a university or college 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.
Grave marking for Real Daughter Mary Burgess Johnson, daughter of Private William Burgess,
was marked at the Burgess Cemetery on October 12, 2013.
Honorary State President/chapter member Karen Bauer-Reelitz portrayed Mary Burgess Johnson
during the grave marking ceremony.
Chapter member Lola DeGroff led the Dedication Ritual and Junior Member Sage Thole
sang the National Anthem
Descendants of War of 1812 soldier Samuel A. Whiteside whose grave was marked in a ceremony at Hunter Cemetery,
Christian County, Illinois, on October 5, 2013. The Kaskaskia Chapter sponsored the event along with the Society of the War of 1812 in Illinois, the Sangamon River Chapter, USD1812, and the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.
The Kaskaskia Chapter marked the grave of Real Daughter Elizabeth Lindley Harbour during ceremonies held at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Chatham, Illinois, on October 5, 2013. Elizabeth was the daughter of Samuel Lindley, Sr., a War of 1812 soldier.
Chapter member Lola DeGroff (second from left) and prospective member Carol Hyatt (right) attended the General Society War of 1812 conference in Nashville, TN August 22-24, 2013. They are shown with President National Virginia Apyar (third from left) and Jane Hopson, associate member of the Illinois Society's John Kinzie Chapter.
Kaskaskia Chapter co-sponsored along with the David Farragut Chapter, the grave marking of War of 1812 soldier David Austin. The marking took place at the Mud Run Cemetery, Cowden, Illinois, on August 2, 2013.
Chapter members enjoyed a tour of the Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House following the chapter meeting on June 22, 2013.
Benjamin Stephenson was one of the founding fathers of both the city of Edwardsville and the State of Illinois. With his good friend and political ally Ninian Edwards, the third Governor of the State of Illinois and namesake for the city of Edwardsville, Stephenson was instrumental in bringing law and order to the developing Illinois Territory. Stephenson was a merchant, sheriff, bank president, Colonel in the Illinois militia, road commissioner, Indian agent, and member of the Edwardsville Board of Trustees. He was also one of 33 men who helped design the Illinois Constitution. Of those 33, his is the only home still in existence.
On Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 2013, the Kaskaskia Chapter marked the grave of Aaron Rule. He was born in Virginia March 1794. His parents were Henry Rule, Jr., and Lucy LeRoy. He served from September 1814 to April 1815 as a private under Captain George Sarver in Colonel Alexander Loury's Second Regiment, West Tennessee Militia. He married Elizabeth McAdams in Sumner County, Tennessee on February 10, 1816. They had 10 children. Aaron Rule died on March 29, 1873.
Cadet Kaitlyn Sanchez,Mascoutah High School JROTC program, received the USD1812 medal and certificate from the Kaskaskia Chapter during ceremonies held at the school on April 25, 2013.
Congratulations to Cadet Daniel L. Huge from SIU-Edwardsville who received the USD 1812 medal on April 25, 2013. He is congratulated by Jim DeGroff, State President Illinois Society of the War of 1812.
Congratulations to Cadet Rea Gilbert from East Richland High School in Olney, Illinois on receiving the United States Daughters of 1812 medal and certificate during awards ceremony in April 2013. The award was presented by Major Roy R. Waldhoff, senior Army instructor.
Congratulations to Cadet Brandy Wallace who was presented the USD1812 award at ceremonies at Alton High School
on April 20, 2013 by Kaskaskia Chapter member Lola DeGroff
Kaskaskia Chapter member and State Vice President Karen Bauer-Reelitz (r) gives her report at the state council in
Bloomington on March 2, 2013 as State President Lola DeGroff looks on.
The Kaskaskia Chapter nominated Charles B. Schweizer for the Spirit of 1812 Award which was presented to him at the state council meeting on March 2, 2013. Charles received a standing ovation from those attending.
On September 23, 2012, the Kaskaskia Chapter marked the graves of War of 1812 soldiers Captain Samuel Judy, his son-in-law Private Ambrose Nix, and Ambrose's brother David Nix. All are buried in the historic Nix-Judy Pioneer Cemetery in Glen Carbon, Illinois.
The Kaskaskia Chapter participated in the Kaskaskia College Alumni & Friends "Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812" event at Kaskaskia College, Centralia, Illinois, on September 22, 2012. Members wore period clothing and talked to people about what was happening in Illinois Territory during the 1812-1815 time period. Above Jessie Maas, Lola DeGroff, and prospective member Ferne Ridenour pose in f ront of the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial float.
The Kaskaskia Chapter marked the grave of Private John Correll who served in the North Carolina Militia during the War of 1812. Shown are family and chapter members who participated in the ceremony at the Newlin Cemetery, Trimble, Illinois on Aukgust 12, 2012.
Kaskaskia Chapter members at the grave marking ceremonly honoring Joseph Thomas, private in the Indiana Militia, on July 15, 2012 at Little Flock Cemetery, Shelby County, Illinois. GPS Coordinates: Latitude 39.5578165 39° 33' 28.1" N
Longitude -88.9228550 88° 55' 22.3" W
Descendants of Morris May gathered at Kirkland Cemetery in Sorento, Illinois, to honor May who served in Captain Willis Hargrave's Company of Mounted Volunteers as part of the Illinois Militia during the War of 1812. Morris May was born July 22, 1791 in Georgia and died in 1854. His wife, Martha (Patsy) is buried next to him. Shown with the descendants are members of the Headquarters Rangers.
Cemetery Coordinates: N39.02169; W089.59077
June 5, 2012
Julie Worthen (President, Kaskaskia Chapter, US Daughters of 1812), Charles Schweizer (VPG, Illinois Society of the War of 1812), Edwardsville, Illinois Mayor Gary D. Niebur, and Jim DeGroff (President, Illinois Society of the War of 1812) posed for a photo after the mayor signed a proclamation proclaiming June 18, 2012 as War of 1812 Remembrance Day.
On May 21, 2012, Vandalia Mayor Ricky J. Gottman (center) presents a proclamation recognizing June 18, 2012 as "The War of 1812 Remembrance Day." From left, Jerry Maas, Illinois Society of the War of 1812 Registrar, Jim DeGroff, Illinois Society of the War of 1812 President, the mayor, Jessie Maas, Chaplain of the Kaskaskia Chapter, US Daughters of 1812, and Lola DeGroff, State President of the Illinois Society USD1812.
On May 9, 2012, chapter president Julie Worthen (third from right) listens as Alton, Illinois Mayor Tom Hoechst reads Proclamation declaring June 18, 2012 as War of 1812 Remembrance Day. Also shown are Lola DeGroff, Jim DeGroff, Illinois Society of the War of 1812 president, and Julie's son.
Chapter member Scarlett Williamson (right) watches as Mayor Pat Schofield of Palestine, Illinois, signs a proclamation proclaiming June 18, 2012 as “The War of 1812 Remembrance Day.” The mayor then read the proclamation to those gathered at Ft. Lamotte Days on April 29, 2012.
Karen Bauer-Reelitz, Jessie Maas, Julie Worthen, Kathleen Sommerfeldt, and Lola DeGroff from the Kaskaskia Chapter attended the state meeting of the USD1812 in Springfield on March 10, 2012.
Officers of the Kaskaskia Chapter United States Daughter of 1812 were installed on February 19, 2012. They are: (L-R), Grace Haines, Treasurer; Lola DeGroff, Vice President; Carol Wood, Secretary; Norma Belt, Registrar; Jessie Maas, Chaplain; and Julie Worthen, President. Marla Snow, Historian, was not present.
Members of the Kaskaskia Chapter and descendants of Isham Reavis are shown at the gravemarking ceremony held on September 11, 2011 at Old Edwards Cemetery,
Fayette County, Illinois. Isham Reavis was born in Surry Co., N.C. in 1779. He died in Bond Co., IL on September 24, 1844. Reavis, the son of Henry Reavis and Poly Bickerstaff, married first Mary Reavis and second Nancy Rhodes.
His children: Cynthia A., Elizabeth, Priscilla, Elisabeth Delilah, Amanda Melvina Fitzallen, Zachary Taylor, Ewing H., Hiram Wilbulrton, Isham Terrill, Mathilda, and Jonas Rhodes Reavis.
The Kaskaskia Chapter and the Illinois Society War of 1812
held a flag day program in front of the Bond County Court House
on Flag Day, June 14, 2011
Kaskaskia Chapter members Lola DeGroff and Jessie Maas
attended the gravemarking for Bailey Gough at the Hardin Cemetery
in Greene County on April 30, 2011
May 2010 Gravemarking Ceremony for brothers
Thomas, Samuel & Joseph Hunter
January 2010 Meeting in Mount Vernon with head of Illinois War of
1812 Bicentennial Commission