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ELIGIBILITY FOR MEMBERSHIP

U.S. Daughters of 1812

 

Admission to membership in the National Society is by invitation after an affirmative vote by the chapter or state society. Applicants shall have the endorsement of two members in good standing to whom the applicant is personally known. Membership is available to women age eighteen and over who can offer satisfactory proof that they are lineal descendants of an ancestor who, during the period of 1784-1815 inclusive, rendered civil, military, or naval service to our country, rendered material aid to the U.S. Army or Navy, or who participated in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Junior membership is available to girls and boys from birth through age 21. Young women between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five are known as Flora Adams Darling Daughters in honor of the Society's first president.

Ancestor Service, Eligibility for Membership (as stated in the National Bylaws)

Civil Services

a. Signer of the Oath of Allegiance or the Loyalty Test.

b. All state, county, and town officials and also jurors.

c. Members of the Continental or Federal Congress or a member of a State Assembly or Legislature of one of the first eighteen states.

d. Delegates to the convention that framed the Constitution of the United States.

e. Members of a State Convention which ratified the constitution fo the United States.

f. Electors of one of the first four Presidents of the United States.

g. Legislative, Executive or Judicial officers of the United States government, including such appointive officers as Treaty Commissioners, Territorial Officers, etc.

Military or Naval Services.

1. Wyoming Valley War, Pennsylvania 1784-1787. (A local disturbance between settlers from Pennsylvania and Connecticut in said valley.)

2. Shay's Rebellion, Massachusetts, December 1785 to January 1787. (Local, grew out of burdensome taxation. Confined to and suppressed by militia of the State of Massachusetts.)

3. Whiskey Insurrection, Pennsylvania, August to November 1794. (Local, arose in consequence of certain taxes on domestic spirits. Was suppressed by the authority of the United States.)

4. Wars with Indians, 1784-1815.

5. War with France (undeclared), July 9, 1798 to September 30, 1800. (Naval, Carried on by the United States through its Navy and privateers.)

6. Sabine Expedition, Louisiana 1806.

7. Chesapeake War, Naval, July 9, 1807 to August 5, 1807. (Disturbance growing out of attack of the British Frigate Leopord on the American Frigate Chesapeake, as the result of the British claim to the right of search. The attack occurred at sea off Hampton Roads, Virginia. The militia was called out by the authority of the President.)

8. Embargo Dispute, Lake Champlain, 1808.

9. Commodore Patterson's Expedition against Lafitte's Pirates, 1814. (Local, but conducted by the authority of the United States

10. War with the Barbary Powers; Naval, March 3, 1815 to August 15, 1815. (Conducted by the authority of the United States, through its Navy on the northern coast of Africa.)

11. War of 1812, with Great Britain, June 18, 1812 to February 17, 1815. (General, covering nearly the entire territory of the United States, especially the seaboard.)

12. Creek Indian War, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, July 27, 1813 to August 9, 1814. (Local, but conducted by the authority of the United States.)

13. Lafitte's aides to General Andrew Jackson, Battle of New Orleans.

14. Naval Engagement, 1811. (A Naval engagement between the British sloop of war, Little Belt, and the American ship, President, on the Atlantic, off the southern coast of the United States, resulting from the British claim of right of search.)

15. Service in the Army or Navy, as an officer or private or giving material aid to the military forces, 1784-1815.

16. Lewis and Clark Expedition, members 1804-6. (Military exploring expedition to find land route to the Pacific Ocean.)

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