I vaguely remember Grandma Kradel and Aunt Sarah telling me when I was a teenager that if I wanted, they could help me do the paperwork to become a member of the DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution. It wasn’t something I wanted to do, as I saw the group as being too conservative and back then I wasn’t a “joiner”, so it never went beyond that initial conversation and I forgot about it, until I started working on the family tree.
Applying for membership in the DAR is a process. There is paperwork and proof involved.
The National Society reserves the right to determine the acceptability of all service and proof thereof. The National Society accepts service, with some exceptions, for the period between 19 April 1775 (Battle of Lexington) and 26 November 1783 (withdrawal of British Troops from New York) — DAR
But, if you are interested in applying, or giving the option to your daughters to apply, here is what I’ve found so far.
How we are connected to the American Revolution:
Through the Oesterling -> Dunbar line:
John Dunbar (1755 – 1803) my 6th great-grandfather was included in the Muster Rolls of Allegheny County 1791 – it would take some research to see if he is included in any prior to 1783.
William Sellen Tyson (1723 – 1810) my 7th great-grandfather is listed in the DAR database with Ancestor #A117797. He is listed for Patriotic Service for paying the supply tax in Philadelphia County.
Through the Keck line:
There are a number of Kecks listed in the DAR database, but I have not as yet linked any of them to our Keck lines in the family tree.
Through the Kradel -> McClung line:
Matthew McClung (1730 – 1802) my 6th great-grandfather is listed in the DAR database with Ancestor #A075193. He held the rank of Private under Captain James Mercer’s Company of Flying Camp and Colonel James Crawford’s 5th Battalion, Militia.
His son, Charles McClung (about 1757 – 1783) my 5th great-grandfather, was also a revolutionary, but his records and his proof are sketchy because his birth year can not be pinned down. The DAR database does have all of his other information listed correctly and he is listed in the Sons of the American Revolution database with the 1757/58 birthday.
John Larimore (1742 – 1818) my 5th great-grandfather is listed in the DAR database with Ancestor #A066760. He held the rank of Private as a member of The Frontier Rangers of the Westmoreland County Militia.
Through the Kradel -> McClung -> Ralston line:
William Ralston (1755 – 1802) my 5th great-grandfather is registered in the DAR database as Ancestor #A093695. He served in the militia of Westmoreland County as a Ranger on the Frontier and he was an Ensign under the command of Capt. Jeremiah Lochry.
James Sharp (1753 – 1812) my 5th great-grandfather is listed in the DAR database as Ancestor #A102948 He was a Private in the militia of Captain Patrick Jacks.