November 15, 2012
By JEFF MEYERS Press-Republican
PLATTSBURGH — A new chapter of the U.S. Daughters of 1812 is attempting to organize in upstate New York.
The State of New York Society of U.S. Daughters of 1812 is holding an organizational meeting from 7 to 8 tonight at the Battle of Plattsburgh Museum to determine whether there is enough regional interest to form an official chapter here.
“We did have a chapter in Plattsburgh prior to 1934,” said Sharon Bell, who hopes to organize the new edition.
“With the bicentennial (of the War of 1812) and the upcoming bicentennial anniversary of the Battle of Plattsburgh (Sept. 11, 2014), we thought this was a good time to try to reinvigorate a chapter locally and to start fresh.”
The former chapter was called the Major General Benjamin Mooers Chapter, Bell noted.
The Society of the U.S. Daughters of 1812, founded in 1892, is made up of women who can trace their descent from an ancestor who served in the War of 1812.
Members share a common interest in history, fellowship, genealogy and patriotism, said Bell, who is on the Board of Directors for the Battle of Plattsburgh Association and the Kent-Delord House and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
“Anyone who wants help tracing their ancestry back to the War of 1812 is welcome to come,” she said. “Before we can start a new chapter, we have to gauge how much interest this is from the area.”
She will have several documents available to help people initiate a search for ancestors who served during the War of 1812.
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Bell’s connection to the war traces back to William Cushman, who served in the 8th New York Regiment in 1813 and the 9th New York Regiment in 1814 and was called to Plattsburgh in defense of the approaching British before the Sept. 11, 1814, Battle of Plattsburgh.
She said she was surprised to find that she had relatives who once lived in the North Country.
“William’s father (Daniel Cushman) was a veteran of the Revolutionary War who had been living in Connecticut but received a land grant for 150 acres in the Town of Schroon.”
By 1840, William Cushman was living in Illinois, suggesting that the 150 acres his father owned might not have been an attractive piece of land, Bell mused.
The Daughters of the War of 1812 is similar to the Daughters of the American Revolution in that its goals are to preserve documents and artifacts, mark historic spots and promote family history, she added.
So far, Bell knows of three women interested in creating a local chapter; a minimum of six are needed.
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