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!