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Ask a Genealogist: A question about the book Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots

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Question:

I have noticed several instances when a person listed in the "Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots" database died many years before the Revolutionary War. Why are persons who died many years before the Revolutionary War listed in "Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots"? Should I assume it is a different person altogether?

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Reply from Lindsay Fulton, NEHGS Genealogist                                                           
Patricia Law Hatcher’s, Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots is a compilation of graves located during the years 1900 to 1974 by members of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. The information included in this work was submitted by DAR members and varied for each entry, some including exact citations from the tombstones, while others included information that was obtained in their own research. Therefore, the author warns that, “the validity of the information can not be assumed and should be checked… all information should be independently verified and proved before being submitted to any patriotic or hereditary society for application or other purpose.” As a result, it is possible that some of the abstracts included in Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots were incorrectly identified.

I would also like to add that the abstracts included in Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots were arranged by reporting year. For example, “45" indicates that the grave was located between April 1, 1944 and April 1, 1945 by a DAR member. Therefore, the number included after the cemetery name does not refer to the date in which the Revolutionary War Patriot died, rather the number refers to the date in which the cemetery marker was reported.


Posted by David Lambert at 04/14/2014 05:06:16 PM | 


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