Caution is needed any time the records aren't primary documents, and
I've seen some doozies from the DAR files. My personal favorite is a
notarized statement from a woman in Georgia that she had personally
seen the tombstones of Joseph Dukes and Margaret Hazelwood Dukes in
Sunnyside Cemetery in Orangeburg. She was claiming descent from
Joseph Dukes as a Revolutionary War soldier. What is wrong with this
1) Sunnyside wasn't established until considerably more than a
century after the death of both these individuals.
2) There is no grave for either of these individuals there, and there
is not reason to suppose that there ever has been.
3) Margaret Hazelwood was actually Margaret Eisenhut; if there were a
marker for her, the name might be some spelling variant like
Yssenhut, but not Hazelwood.
4) Joseph Dukes of Orangeburgh died before 1768, as documents
associated with one of his land grants demonstrates. Thus his
participation in the Revolution is exceedingly unlikely. The patriots
were anxious to recruit soldiers, but not dead ones.
5) The Joseph Dukes whose stub indent for Rev. War pay survives shows
that it was picked up by the brother-in-law of the Joseph Dukes of
Clarendon County, not Orangeburg.
In short, people have resorted to lies under legal oath to get into
the DAR. Be careful.
On Jan 12, 2010, at 9:27 PM, Larry Stoudenmire wrote:
I'm curious if the Daughters of the American Revolution records area
reliable source of information.
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