Showing posts with label Genealogy Societies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Genealogy Societies. Show all posts

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Citizens of the Republic of Texas

One of the more astounding facts about my family history is the number of ancestors who were citizens of the Republic of Texas: 23 proven, 2 present before independence, and 2 unproven. For a country that only existed for 10 years, 27 seems like quite a large number! This is all the more surprising when it all comes from only one side of my family tree.

The flag shown was the first official flag of the Republic of Texas before the current flag was adopted in 1839.

For the 25 proven ancestors, I have submitted supplemental applications to the Sons of the Republic of Texas all of which have been approved. The SRT supplemental membership certificates can be viewed here.

Here is a full accounting...

Ancestors with proven lineage and citizenship:
James Anders, Sr. (Anders line)
James A. Anders, Jr. (Anders line)
Jane (Baldwin) (Baldwin line)
Precilla Boatwright (Anders line)
Tabitha Ford (Baldwin line)
Martha Formby (Anders line)
Daniel Gilleland, Sr. (Anders line)
Nancy Gilleland (Anders line)
Nancy Johnson (Anders line)
Catherine Landrum (Baldwin line)
Sarah Landrum (Anders line)
Robert Rankin (Anders line)
Sarah A. Rankin (Anders line)
Amy Rushing (Anders line)
Letitia Tine (Anders and Baldwin lines)
Emily Frances Womack (Baldwin line)
John N. Womack, Jr. (Baldwin line)
Israel Worsham (Baldwin line)
Jeremiah Worsham (Baldwin line)

Ancestors who died before independence:
Zachariah Landrum (Anders and Baldwin lines)

Others who may have been citizens (lineage unproven):
William D. Baldwin (Baldwin line): presumed husband of Jane (Baldwin)
James Ford (Baldwin line): presumed father of Tabitha Ford

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Society of the Cincinnati

The Society of the Cincinnati is the oldest hereditary society and patriotic organization in the United States. The Society was founded in 1783 at the close of the Revolutionary War by the officers in the Continental Army who sought to provide a means of ongoing fellowship for the officers and to develop charitable funds to assist the families of original members. The Society also acted on behalf of the Army's officers in an effort to secure military pensions for surviving Revolutionary War veterans. Once these goals had been achieved, the Society evolved into a nonprofit educational organization devoted to the principles and ideals of its founders. The Society currently supports scholarship, publications, historic preservation efforts and other programs to promote increased knowledge and appreciation of the achievements of American independence.

The Society of the Cincinnati consists of thirteen individual State societies (one for each of the original thirteen states) as well as a French society. Membership is hereditary and is generally passed to the eldest son according to the rule of primogeniture. When such an individual is lacking, a collateral male descendant may be eligible for membership, if properly qualified and approved by the Society of the Cincinnati. Only one male descendant may represent an eligible officer at any time.

Membership in the Society of the Cincinnati is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious and sought-after accomplishments in the hereditary society community. As I learned more about the Society of the Cincinnati in 2005 or 2006, I discovered that one of our ancestors was eligible to be an original member of the Society. My 5th great-grandfather Robert Rankin (Anders line) served for almost the entire War ending with a rank of Lieutenant. He has only been represented twice in the Society, from 1944-45 and from 1945-71. In Sep 2006, my application for membership was approved and on 21 Oct 2006 I was officially elected to the Society. It is my honor and privilege to be the person to once again represent Robert Rankin in the Society of the Cincinnati.

Society of the Cincinnati membership certificate