Whether you have or are interested in joining a lineage society or not, it is often quite exciting to learn that one or more of your ancestors either served in the military or supported the cause. To join either Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), or Sons of the American Revolution you must prove your lineage to someone who meets the above definition.
Supporting the cause could be as simple as taking an Oath of Allegiance which every state had a version but not every copy still exists. One way to prove allegiance even without the oath or proof of military service is through the state financial records where our ancestors may have sold beef or other items from a farm to support the troops. They may have loaned money, given refuge, or supported through many other means and many of these records do exist if done at the state level.
I know that some of you, like my girlfriend, where it looks like ALL branches immigrated after the Revolution and that is great. Their ancestor knew that things would be better in America than in their homeland.
This process will take time and cause us to use all of our skills to locate. However, for some, it may mean only proving back to a specific descendant of the patriot. For example, my 3rd great-grandfather was Lewis Thomas (1789 – 1860) [i] who married Elizabeth Mixon (1794 – 1863) [ii]in 1810. [iii] We know her father was Redden Mixon because her sister, Mary Mixon, married Lewis’ brother, Banner Thomas. Both Banner and Redden co-signed the marriage bond with Banner on the 4th of July 1808. [iv]
Redden Mixon is already an accepted descendant of Redden’s father, Jesse Mixon (circa 1744 – 1832) within the DAR list of accepted patriots. [v] If you click the link, you will see a red note saying that problems have been found with at least one previous paper. After checking with a DAR registrar, there is a question of lineage but not concerning Redden. So all I, or any of my Thomas cousins who descend from either the Lewis and Banner listed above, need to prove is our lineage to Redden.
Do you see how easy that is? However, if you are dealing with a person with a common name or where there were multiple people in the same area or state with the same name, that could require a bit more work. Additionally, some names in the DAR and SAR databases are red-lined for future applicants and may require more genealogical research to prove the lineage.
For me, I find it exciting that I have numerous ancestors who either we know, or are still trying to prove, served on the side of Liberty for all Americans. While that freedom did not come for many people for another 80+ years, the pathway was laid out by our ancestors. You might want to research to see if you can trace any of your lineages to Patriots.
[i] 1860 U. S. Census, Pierce County, Georgia, Mortality Schedule, p. 1, line 16, Lewis Thomas, image, Ancestry.com, (www.Ancestry.com: accessed 3 July 2022), citing NARA Publication T 655, roll 8.
[ii] Find a grave, database and images (www.Findagrave.com: accessed 3 July 2022), memorial # 14914364, Elizabeth (Mixon) Thomas, birth 1795, death 1860.
[iii] Liberty County, Georgia, Marriage Bond, Lewis Thomas and Elizabeth Mixon (18 July 1808), Libery County Probate Court, Hinesville, Liberty County, Georgia, image, FamilySearch.org, (www.FamilySearch.org: accessed 3 July 2022).
[iv] Liberty County, Georgia, Marriage Bond, Banner Thomas and Mary Mixon (4 June 1809), Libery County Probate Court, Hinesville, Liberty County, Georgia, image, FamilySearch.org, (www.FamilySearch.org: accessed 3 July 2022).