Who are the Daughters of the American Revolution? DAR for short, is a non-profit organization of woman volunteers who are interested in promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and helping to provide an education for our children to make a more secure America.
These women are direct descendents of men and women who helped to fight for the freedom of America during the Revolutionary War against Britain. DAR gives over $150,000 annually in scholarships to students and underprivileged children. They give financial aid exceeding a million dollars a year to schools who are in need.
DAR has a genealogical society that boasts 165,000 members and has over 3,000 chapters not only in the United States but in other countries as well. There are chapters in Bermuda, Spain, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom, just to name a few.
More than 850,000 women have joined the DAR since it was founded in 1890. No one is excluded because of race, religion or ethnic background. To be eligible for membership you need to be over 18 and proof that you are a direct descendent of a patriot of the American Revolution.
I am against war personally unless there is a real threat to our country and our people. I definitely believe that that was true during the Revolutionary War. I have been to DAR meetings and think that it is a worthy cause. I know that we would not be living in America and be Americans if we did not fight for our freedom. I should say if our ancestors didn’t fight for our freedom.
I am proud that I have a great great great grandfather who fought in the Revolutionary War for our freedom. I find history fascinating. When you think of the bravery and the strength of our forefathers who lived in times where there was sickness, poverty, starvation and more violence in some ways than we even see today it is a miracle there are any people left on the planet.
My ancestor was Balser Hess. His father was also Balser. The original Balser came from Germany and was indentured. Reading the history was fascinating. He was given a set of clothing and tools for his trade. He was 6 foot 4 inches, olive skinned and green-eyed. I am amazed because I am not even 5 foot. He died when his son Balser was only 10 years old.
Balser Jr. married Mary Eve Hensel after serving in the Revolutionary War for 7 years. He was a prisoner of war at the Sugar House escaping with only about 100 other men. Most of the prisoners of war died of starvation and disease. It is in the history that I read that he carried a gold coin and was able to get personal favors from some of the guards.
Balsar Hess is a hero to our family and our country. He is buried in Ohio with the Daughters of the Revolutionary War emblem on his very impressive monument.
Reading the book written about my Revolutionary War hero I found out that I also have another ancestor on the Cryder side that was instrumental in the Revolutionary War, even though he was not in the military. If you have an ancestor that helped in anyway, you are eligible to become a Daughter or Son of the Revolutionary War.
There is much to learn and the history of our country and ancestors is full of adventure, gallantry, romance and unfortuanately a lot of horror and pain. If you are interested in your family history you may find that you also have ancestors that fought in the Revolutionary War.