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).
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.
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.
* 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.