The Life From The Roots blog topics have changed several times since I began this blog. In 2009, with my first posts, I wrote only about the family history I had been working on for 20 years. Many ancestors lived in New England so it was easy to visit gravesites and towns where they lived. I shared many photo. Years later, I was into visiting gardens, historical homes, churches, libraries that had genealogical collections, historical societies, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history. I enjoy posting autographs and photos of famous people I met or saw.

My New England roots are in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire). Other areas include New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada.

Please check out the labels on the right side for topics. Below the labels and pageviews is a listing of my top nine posts, according to Google. Four of them pertain to Lowell, MA, three are memorials, one about a surname and one about a discovery I made. These posts change often because they are based on what people are reading.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A DAR Chapter named after my Ancestor

When I worked at the DAR, I had access to many books, including one which was kept in the Human Resources room, for applicants to look at.  After I began doing my research, I decided to look at the book, and saw an article about the Hannah Woodruff DAR Chapter in Southington, Connecticut.  During that time, I was working on research on her line,  oh what joy.  Fortunately, I thought to make copies of a few pages from the book, so now, fast forward to a few weeks ago.  While surfing around, I found the book online, digitized by our friend, Google!

The Hannah Woodruff Chapter was organized June 25, 1897 and the Charter was dated November 30, 1897.  From the Chapter Site is the following statement:
"It was the unanimous decision of the organizing committee to name the chapter for Hannah Woodruff, a granddaughter of Samuel Woodruff, the first white settler of Southington. Hannah Woodruff married Asahel Newell, by whom she had eight children.  Shortly after her husband's death she married Daniel Sloper, a widower with five children, and they soon had a son. This was Hannah's family when her husband, Captain Daniel Sloper, led the Southington company to the Revolutionary War accompanied by her three sons, Solomon, Asahel, and Mark Newell, and two of her husband's sons, Daniel and Ezekiel Sloper.  Thus, Hannah Woodruff saw six men of her family go off to serve in the Revolutionary Army, leaving her to care for the remaining nine children of their combined families. She certainly was a true patriot and heroine of the American Revolution."
Hannah was my 5th great-grandmother.
On Tuesday, March 2, 2010 I will be posting her tombstone photos for Tombstone Tuesday; however I'm showing the plaque at the back of her stone (see 1st picture).  Unfortunately, her stone is completely washed out and almost unreadable, fortunately the 1901 book mentioned herein, showed the tombstone and transcription.
Chapter sketches, Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution By Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution  1901, 531 pages.  Pg. 305-314  (great index, and search box to check out  Connecticut names).