Please don’t use the SEARCH box to learn when I last updated my efforts to secure membership in the prestigious DAR. Suffice it to say, “Time flies when you’re having fun.”
A few weeks ago, the registrar of the Fort Nelson chapter had had enough of Mary Jollette’s and my foot-dragging routine. “Let’s meet,” she said. To sweeten the deal, she suggested we meet at a local coffee and sandwich shop instead of the chilly clubhouse where heat is run only when the old guard is in session.
A few mocha lattes later, we were focused and had a plan.
The PLAN: contact our cousin Glenn’s widow Fran about the Davis family Bible and contact a friend in Rockingham County to do some footwork at the courthouse.
|Davis family Bible|
I had brought my latest discoveries to the meeting. I had managed to spy my patriot Leonard Davis SENIOR living in the household of his daughter-in-law, Frances Davis, in 1840. (It was on that sneaky second page of the census that doesn't come up in a normal name search on Ancestry.) Her name as Head of Household sent the strong message that she was a widow. But there is nothing that says Leonard was her late husband’s father. No problem for the invincible registrar – she’ll write an analysis arguing the point.
However, the problem of PROOF still rests in that 5th generation, the “poison generation,” as the registrar called it. Apparently those are the years when records were oh so ho hum, not kept, not required, or burned in some fire. So even though in census after census my 2X great-grandfather Mitchell Davis was living next door to his mother Frances, it means nothing to the DAR without more reliable proof such as a will, a birth record, a family Bible, a family diary.
It turns out Fran had returned the family Bible to Glenn’s mother who then offered to send it to us. We received it in a couple days, but unfortunately the Bible didn’t contain the really OLD information we were seeking.
Then Serendipity came knocking at the door.
Barry is required by the bank where he works to take off 5 days in a row. (Some federal regulation about having enough time to see if he is up to no good.) He suggested we take those days to visit family in Rockingham County. He even said, “You can do some research at the courthouse.” Who WAS this man and what did he do with my husband??
|1881 Rockingham County, VA|
Davis to Davis Deed Book 20, p. 212
Write that analysis, Madam Registrar. DAR, here we come!
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