When I was a very small child my mama would tell me about Titus Travis. He was a soldier, she would say, and he fought in the revolutionary war. "We are Daughters of the American Revolution," she always added proudly. She never had the time, the energy, nor the resources available to pursue a membership in the woman's group, but it was always apparent to me that she would have under the right circumstances.
About 10 years ago I decided to find out more about this man and his wife, Elizabeth, of whom I am an 8th generation descendant. (My brother Mike also got the genealogy bug and he continues to follow leads on so many of our long gone relatives.)
This past year I brought my information to the Columbia River Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) which culminated in my membership being confirmed just a few weeks ago.
DAR is a non-profit women's service organization and "an inclusive geological society." I don't know how much time I will have to devote, but I am excited to make some new friends and acquaintances. I am also thankful for the opportunity to honor my mama, and to honor this great grandfather's service to our country.
Titus Travis was born in 1739 and died in 1815. His name appears on the "Muster Roll of New York Provincial Troops." Two of his sons served in the same militia with him during the Revolutionary War. Tales that have come down through the family include a story that he was captured and escaped.
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Many of my relatives are veterans. Most of them came home from the wars during which they served. I am aware of four who did not.
My maternal great grandfather did not come home from the Civil War.
My daddy's brother never saw battle in World War I. He died from pneumonia; complications of the flu.
My husband has a cousin interned in The Arizona at Pearl Harbor,
and another cousin who was recalled for duty during the Korean Conflict. At the Battle of Chosin Reservoir Bob was captured and executed.
Thank you isn't enough -- but it is given with reverence and honor on this day of remembrance.