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Letters 07/14/2017

posted Jul 19, 2017, 10:09 AM by Pam Ellingson
PECIAL EVENT~ Pre-Con Dutch Cousins 2017
We have a new cousin who will help you find that Revolutionary Patriot in your family.  Such a brave person!


Charlotte Legg Olson from Oswego, Illinois, will be attending her FIRST Dutch Cousins event this year, and she volunteered to be the DAR representative. She will have an information display set up and she will be there at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort to answer questions Thursday, September 7 from 4 pm to 6:30 and all day on Friday.

Some of the most remarkable men and women you will ever hope to meet are members of DAR and SAR. (Daughters and Sons, descendants, of  American Revolutionary Patriots.)  Most of our Low Dutch of Kentucky ancestors fought and left us a legacy to honor.

 Over two hundred years ago, American Patriots fought and sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today. As a member of DAR, through participation in the Society’s various programs and activities, you can continue this legacy by actively supporting historic preservation, promotion of education, and patriotic endeavors.

We know that some of our people are interested in learning more about and applying for Sons of American Revolution or Daughters of American Revolution, Daughters of the War of 1812,  Order of Indian Wars of the US … groups that many of us belong to and many others of our Dutch cousins are eligible for.

Charlotte wants to help make your dreams come true! TO START looking on your own before you go, just click here and enter the name of your ancestor:



Hello Cousins. I’m Charlotte Legg Olson, yes, three generations removed from our Dutch surnames!

Our family tree includes the Banta, Conover, Terhune, Van Nuys, Voorhees and Capt. James Stagg and his wife Leah Brouwer. My husband Dave, and our next two branches, live between Chicago and the Mississippi River, in a small town called Oswego IL. I have the distinction of being the first in our family that was not born in Mercer County, KY  for 150 years.

We are looking forward to attending our first Dutch Cousins gathering this year. I “volunteered” to be the DAR/SAR chairperson and will have information about our Dutch families that served in the American Revolution. As the DAR members remember at each meeting, they are the “American patriots who sacrificed their lives and fortunes.” I joined the Daughters of the American Revolution through the service of Capt James Stagg.

We are also pretty good at SAR applications, too... but have completed other family members that are not of our Dutch line: Thomas Lucas or Orange Co VA and Scott Co KY(included in his line is Mary Virginia Terhune dau of James).

My husband Dave and I would be glad to assist cousins interested in DAR or SAR. If anyone is interested they could contact us early and we could do some checking. DAR's website has a fill in the blanks application and instructions that is a good place to start. Dianna Rose, Registrar at Jane McFee DAR Chapter in Harrodsburg has also agreed to help.

We will also have resources to assist other Cousins establish the ARW service and lineage of their individual family member.  But we won’t leave you out on a limb or stuck behind some brick wall, I am offering assistance in the research. I will even help you follow your way through “The Application!”  or find someone local who can. And yes, we will bring forms, charts, terminology, standards, resource links and more paper and web addresses. Well, you know what I mean.

DAR and Sons of the American Revolution are the primary organizations established to preserve and document the military service and family lineage of the ARW Patriots. Our Dutch families did their part to insure the freedoms that we enjoy today.
Looking forward to meeting you at the Gathering!
Charlotte

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