Friday, August 27, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy – the DAR Database

The last time I visited the DAR database was years ago.  Tonight, as part of the 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy challenge, I took another look at it, and I’m really glad I did.
I thought I had no direct line ancestor with any military service during the Revolutionary War.  I knew some of my Lair ancestors had brothers who served, but when I discovered that my immigrant ancestor, Matthias Lehrer/Lair, played a part during the war, I was thrilled.   At this time, I don’t know how significant his role was, only that he was paid for the loss of a gun. 
Also, more significantly, I discovered that another direct-line ancestor, Issacher Nicke(r)son, apparently had some service, under Capt. David Waterbury.  I will need to find more information on this, and joining the DAR based on this ancestor’s service will be difficult.  His son, Aaron, is said to be the father of my ancestor Joseph Nickeson, and even working with the Nickerson Family Association, I have not been able to find proof of that relationship.  But there’s hope!


  1. Matthias Lehrer/Lair ?? Wife of Catharina Margaretha Moyer?? Born ca 1714 Germany, died ca 1792 Rockingham County Virginia.

    If so, he is my 6th great grandfather, I have a bit of notes on him, be happy to share. Email me, lashbrooke5 AT yahoo DOT com.

  2. Carol, I thought we had a connection with the Stevens in Bremer county, Iowa, but looks like we're cousins now! lol Will email you with the details of my connection.