12 April 2008


With MUCH help from a local woman, who is a fabulous resource for our community, I have completed the paperwork to see if I would be qualified to be a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. It seems that my great (7 times) grandfather fought in North Carolina as a Patriot earning no further than a private but receiving a pension from the government (which I hear is a big deal). I am excited about tracing our lineage to such an important time in our history.

What was fun for me was that my relative's name was Richard Oliver, and Oliver is my maiden name. My lineage was traced through the male line, all Olivers, which I think was totally cool. If my brother had lived, he would have carried on a name that had lasted for seven generations (well, actually more, but I am not able to find out much prior to Richard Oliver). As it is, we have no male members of our family that will carry on our branch of the Oliver name.

For that reason I do use my maiden name as my middle name. It is on my diplomas and on my checkbook. I am very proud of it!


  1. Isn't it exciting when you can find out about your lineage and how far back you can trace it to? I have a cousin who has been working on our family tree for years and I must ask her next time I see her, how it's going. I love the idea that you use your maiden name as your middle name so that you can carry on the Oliver name. xox

  2. Very cool! My Aunt is working on our family history. It's very time consuming, but she loves it. She's a retired history teacher so that helps too.

    I haven't been by in awhile because of company, working in my yard and trying to recover from all of the above. LOL

    Anyway, it's been fun reading all your posts I've missed.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Terri, believe it or not, my first boyfriend was an Oliver, he was from Davey County North Carolina!
    Isn't family history fun?

  4. That is just awesome! I love history...so much!

    Becky K.

  5. This is so wonderful Terri. My Mom became a DAR member years ago. I want to begin doing some research into more of our family history. I love learning more and more. History itself is so fascinating to me.

    This will be such a sweet journey for you!

    Hey, Terri! I got a comment for you today asking if I lived near St. Louis. I thought you knew I was in Ohio...we did live near St. Louis awhile back. Were stationed near Belleville, Il.
    You said the custard place looked like Ted Drewes. My post was about Ritter's here locally but Kip's first taste of frozen custard actually did come from Ted's. Kipper was only 6 months old and we drove into the city. he was hooked!! : )

    Have a sweet week!


  6. OH how exciting Terri! How I have missed you dear friend! Please stop by whenever you can! Love ya!

  7. My mother and several aunts belonged to the DAR's and I have all my paper work done for me so....all I need to do is pay the fee and I'll be a member, too.
    hugs, bj

  8. Looks like the wedding in the post below was lovely. Am looking forward to hearing more!
    Good luck on the DAR. History is so exciting!

  9. How exciting. My sister in law just got notification that she was eligble for the DAR.
    Hope you aren't dealing with the floods there!
    Have a wonderful week.
    Sandy ;)

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    Becky K.

  11. Congratulations. I have been a member of DAR for about 25 years.

    Good luck with your application.

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  13. Hi Terri,

    I have an ancestor who fought at the battle of Cowpens (NC). Do you know if your relative fought there?

    I've never applied for the D.A.R. I talked to someone about it, though.

    J and I visited the battleground, 3 years ago, on our way back from Charleston SC. It was eery, imagining what happened and thinking of a great grandfather who fought there. His is an interesting story, of how he came to be at Cowpens. His name was Edwards. Long after that battle, his decendents moved to Missouri, during the mid 19th century.

    I'm up early, this morning, preparing for a little drive to the lake. We can hardly wait.


  14. It's always exciting to get a "hit" when doing genealogy and your find is fantastic. Hope that it means that you will be accepted into the D.A.R. Since you're an educator, I know that it would be a thrill in more ways than one.

  15. You know I really need to get busy tracing my family's history...sadly, I do not know as much as I would like...I think my dad is just the 3rd generation from his family...b/c his grandfather came over from Germany...my mom was part Native American Indian with Irish and English...that lineage has been easier to trace.

    I love the Oliver name...you know it would be a great name for Ashley and Eric to use for their first born son...even as a middle name...but I LOVE it as a first name...hmmm...I'm sure you have NEVER thought of that...~wink~

    Thanks for sharing...blessings to all...

  16. I'd be afraid to attempt to trace my family back like that...I suspect they'd be more along the lines of criminals and rascals. lol Just kidding! I do actually have one branch of our family traced back to the 1600's. I know that some of my ancestors came over as indentured servants (from England)and that others came over as a result of the great potato famine in Ireland. I was shocked to discover that, on one side of our family, "Pinkney" was a much used first name for males. Eeeck! Thank goodness THAT died out eventually. lol

    I, also, am proud of my lineage on my father's side. (I mean I'm proud of ALL my lineage, but...you know what I mean, right?)Like you, I use my maiden name as my middle name. It makes me feel like I'm carrying on my roots (a woman shouldn't lose all of that just because she got married!). I also gave my maiden name to my youngest son as his middle name. He loves it. He's the only one he knows whose middle name is "Steed". lol


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