27 July 2015

Military Monday: US Daughters of 1812

The other day I visited the Octorara Presbyterian Church down along Route 372/Valley Road between Quarryville and Christiana, Lancaster County. I saw a grave marker I had not seen before. There was an outer circle reading “In honor of service.” Inside the circle is a star reading “N.S. U.S.D. 1812.” Unfortunately the stone had worn and was not readable.  

N.S.U.S.D. stands for National Society of United States Daughters of 1812. The organization was founded 8 January 1892 by Mrs. Flora Adams Darling for the descendents of those who fought for America in the War of 1812. 

Think you might have an ancestor who served in the War of 1812? The NSUSD offers a database of member ancestors. Some entries are more detailed than others.  

Francis Harbison (member # 14849) was born in 1758 in PA. He served PA as a Private in the Chester County Militia. His entry also reveals his wife was Katherine Hart. They had a daughter, Jane, who married James Ewing. Francis died in PA in 1823. 

John Kennedy (member #3442) served Pennsylvania as a Private in the Chester County Dragoons. Others served in a non military fashion. Comstock Passmore (member # 13971) served PA by building a frontier fort! 

Today the organization continues to dedicate itself to patriotism and the preservation of documents and relics. PA has three chapters: Erie, Lancaster and Pittsburgh. The Lancaster Chapter is called the Robert Fulton Chapter. 


Military Monday is a genealogical prompt of GeneaBloggers. 
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

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