What can you learn from a DAR application?

Yesterday I wrote about the DAR application that I ordered for William Brookshire.  I already knew a good bit about William, including the details of his military service (I have a copy of his pension application).  I ordered the DAR application because I was looking for a source document for the names of his children.  I had eleven children in my database, but I only had sources for two of those names.  While I felt confident that all the names were accurate, I had no evidence to back up my feeling.

If you’ve never seen a DAR application, it includes the following sections:

  • Descendant list that shows each generation in a straight line from the applicant to the patriot and includes names of the parents, as well as birth, marriage, and death dates and places.
  • References for the lineage:  this is just a list of references for each generation as opposed to full-out source citations.  There can be really excellent clues to other source documents, though.
  • Spouse(s) and children of the Revolutionary Ancestor and the type of proof submitted.
  • Ancestor’s Services: a brief summary of his/her services during the Revolutionary War, with references to the documentation.

So, what I did I learn from this DAR application?

  • From the descendant list, I found a few discrepancies in dates compared to my information and since I had no documentation for the dates that I had, I changed them.  I also got some dates and more complete names on descendants that are not from my direct line.  I also added two new generations of descendants, including dates and spouses.
  • Spouse and children:  It lists thirteen children belonging to William Brookshire and Mary Ann Marlow, including birth dates and spouses.  So, not only, did I get documentation connecting the eleven children I had to William and Mary Ann, but also, I found out about two additional children.  Moreover, the proof offered in the application was a copy of the family bible page, AND, it says a copy is in the data.  Now, as I said in yesterday’s post, the supporting documentation is not part of the application, but I (think) I can order it from the DAR library.
  • References for the lineage:  this included a great piece of information.  Apparently there is a book called Genealogy: De[s]cendants of Joel & Nancy Brookshire, Western North Carolina, which was compiled by William F. Brookshire in 1969 and which includes a copy of the aforementioned Bible page.  How awesome is that?  I had never heard of this book, so I looked it up on WorldCat, which only shows two locations – the Library of Congress and a library in Kansas.  That’s not going to help me, so I will probably order the supporting documentation from the DAR Library.

All in all, I’m thrilled with what I learned from this DAR application.

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  1. says

    Twitter: Familycurator
    Thanks for sharing this information; it’s a great help to see what info awaits in the application files. Great to meet you at Jamboree, too!

  2. says

    A copy of the family Bible page! Fantastic!! This post is a good reminder for me to get back to examining those DAR apps. I ordered a couple a few years back but need to get a hold of more. I did not know you could order the supporting documentation from the DAR library either. I will be re-examining those applications I have to see if I need to try and get a hold of some of those documents. Thank you for the tip.

    • Tonia Kendrick says

      I know! I haven’t ordered the supporting docs yet. DearMYRTLE had a post on this a couple of weeks ago (I think). I need to go back and read her tips, then get this thing ordered.


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