Delores M. Mustaine’s Book: The Descendants of Thomas Mustain of Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Delores M Mustaine's Book

To open the digital file, see the line in red.

I know now of three very detailed sources of Mustain and related familes research.

The first is Delores M. Mustaine’s book, which has been scanned and is online at this link.

There is a post on this blog for Carolyn McKenzie’s compilations. Here’s a link to the article with a few notes about using.

George Mustain, who knew both Delores and Carolyn as fellow researchers, has recently retired from further family research. You may view his great volume of data at this link.

More About Using and Printing Delores’ Book

To print pages from Delores’ book, just select the pages and use your browser’s Print button. The front of Delores’ book gives names and pages in a Table of Contents to find main segments.

Advantage of Viewing Online Is Search Capability

One note: I’ve found the top menu bar with a search box does not show up in Google Chrome browser, but it WILL be visible in Internet Explorer 9. In response to details shared by Glen W. Mustian, I recently searched all 451 pages for the name Mustian and found one entry.

While the image above lists surnames of: Mustain, Shelton, Keesee, Moor, Greene, Dalton and Dove, there are actually many more in the book. At several places, Delores gave an alphabetical list of names. This is another way that search is helpful.

For birth, death and marriage dates and locations, I often compare Delores’ book and Carolyn’s research. They usually agree, but they don’t always have the same details. A few places I’ve found that Carolyn will have a fact in one of her three research formats that is not included in another. When we look at how complex the task must have been, we can understand!

If you have research links, photos or details to share with others in our extended family, please comment on this post.

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Anita Kooker Musteen: Kooker, Cummings and Knight Research, Links and Photos

Mildred Cummings Kooker

Mildred Cummings Kooker

The Kooker family was linked to the Musteen family, when Dwight and Mildred Kooker’s only daughter, Anita, married Joe Brown Musteen on November 11, 1950 (Veterans Day). Joe was was in Army boot camp before being sent to Korea. He rushed home to Rogers, AR for the wedding and took Anita back to Fort Carson. (Joe was a descendant of Thomas Mustain’s son Avery.)

This page will give you links to extensive family research and 500 of Mildred Cummings Kooker’s photos (photo link coming soon).

Many thanks to Mildred’s youngest son, Stephen Kooker, for converting the 500+ page manually-typed Knight Family History binders to PDF files, plus scanning and indexing his mother’s photos.

Chery Kooker Brainerd, granddaughter of Mildred Cummings Kooker, meticulously compiled research for Henry Kooker Descendants. See her March 21, 2007 note on page 1 of the main file. Chery also gave us two condensed views to find details quickly. Download here.

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Thomas Mustain Descendants: Eligible for Daughters of the American Revolution

Dear family, one of the most common questions from those who find this blog is about Thomas Mustain descendants and DAR. Are ALL descendants of Thomas eligible to apply for and be granted membership in Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)?* According to the detailed research done by Delores M. Mustaine, the answer is YES.

Delores’ book is now photo archived and available online (400+ pages). Here is how you can see her research and details in answer to that question.

Click on the link below. When the screen opens, you’ll see a line in the upper half of the screen that says, “To view a digital version of this item, click here.” You can view or print any page(s).

https://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=761561&disp=The+descendants+of+Thomas+Mustain+of+Pit

If you look at the top half of the page numbered 3 (numbers are in the upper right corner) of Delores’ book, you’ll see the brief text I’ve pasted below:

Thomas Mustain was too old for military service in the Revolutionary War but proof of his civil service to the cause, acceptable for D.A.R. membership is as follows: March 18, 1782 Pittsylvania County, Virginia Court of Claims, page 39

Thomas Musteen for 1 smooth Bore Gun impressed for the use of the Militia on their march to join General Green. 1 pound, 12 shillings, 6 pence
November 10, 1783, Thomas Mustain furnished one gun for the Southward Expedition.

Thomas also signed the Oath of Allegiance in 1777.

Now, let’s look at some records that are in the  DAR Descendants Database.

Thomas is ancestor number A083627, and there are several applications based on his record. Please note that the link for Thomas’ ancestor number and the link below will take you to different sections of the DAR database. Also, the source to justify Thomas’ eligibility is listed differently in the DAR database than in Delores’ book.

http://services.dar.org/public/dar_research/search_descendants/?action=list&MyPrimary_Seqn=506836&MyLineageCount=1&Control_Min_Seqn=506836

If you’ve had any experience wtih the DAR application process, please see the comment icon at the top of this article and share details that might help others.

Thomas Mustain & DAR

Here is Thomas Mustain’s record of acceptable contribution and his “ancestor number” in the DAR database.

* There is at least one note in Delores’ book about a male descendant joining
Sons of the American Revolution.
I have not researched their database entries.

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Carolyn Mckenzie’s Outstanding Family Research Includes Mustain, Mustaine and Musteen

I own a copy of my mother’s family research. It’s 500+ pages that my grandmother’s aunt typed in the 1960’s. She was nearly finished when a chance reply to one letter opened information to nine more generations.

Mustain, Mustaine & Musteen

A huge “thank you!” to Carolyn Mckenzie for detailed research of Mustain, Mustaine & Musteen family history.

I find online research very time consuming. It’s hard to imagine only letters, long-distance telephone calls and printed materials as resources!

The following,  outstanding collection was compiled by Carolyn Mckenzie, and presents information in three different views as described below.*  She included Mustain, Mustaine and Musteen.
We’re thankful for the MANY hours devoted to Mustain family research!

 

Click “Next Page” in the top menu to see each new page.
http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/m/c/k/Carolyn–Mckenzie/GENE1-0001.html

Here is a nine-generation list.

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/m/c/k/Carolyn–Mckenzie/ODT2-0001.html

Here is a tree format.**

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/m/c/k/Carolyn–Mckenzie/tree1.html

*What a treasure we have in both Delores M Mustaine’s and Carolyn Mckenzie’s research! I have noticed a few places where Carolyn might have slightly different details from one version of her research to another…for example from the descending generation view to the tree-format view…perhaps a death year one place and not another. I can just imagine how difficult and time-consuming it was for her to enter and format all that information! I mention this only to say that as you use her research, you may want to check between the different formats.

** When you use the “tree” view of Carolyn’s research, click inside the tree box after it loads the information (you’ll see a bar inside the top of the box as all the information is added), then type F to see an alphabetical list of names. Other directions are on the page, but the need to click inside the box before typing F to get the full, alphabet-order list is not clear.

Carolyn has researched my own branch of the family from Thomas’ son, Avery, down through my grandfather, Nathaniel Baxter Musteen, plus some of his children and grandchildren. You can see some online history links to each generation of my branch in the page titled “Note to Family.”

I have not found a photo or any other information about Carolyn McKenzie. If you have anything I’d love to know. Please comment, share this blog with your branch of our family and add details and/or links for research you may have found.

If you have written or oral history, or photos, of your branch; I’ll be glad to add one or more posts to this blog for you. I know we’re unlikely to find many photos before the later 1800s. I have only a handful of older photos from my grandparents.

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