Duart One-Name-Study adds DNA

My Duart One-Name-Study will begin to add a DNA component.  In the next couple of weeks I will work on the website where you can log on and obtain the DNA kit for reduced price, from FamilyTreeDNA.  http://www.familytreedna.com/  My goal is to prove Scottish descent.

I have traced John Duart b. 1784 in N. Ireland, but have not been very successful in getting back beyond his parents, who I am pretty sure are Thomas and Margaret (Ferguson) Duart.  Although the One-Name-Study is not necessarily to research specific family lines, I had hoped to find further information about mine.

I have also had difficulty with the ONS website and putting a spread sheet on line.  If anyone is tech savvy and thinks they know how to do this, I would be open to your assistance.

 

 

Winding Down My Term and Moving On

Well, the three years as South Central District Director for the Pennsylvania State Society, DAR is winding down.  I’ve had a busy 3 years, but very rewarding.  I have visited each of the DAR Chapters in the South Central and joined in on many other celebrations.  It is so much fun and you get to meet the most interesting people.

I will now be concentrating more on Lineage Society applications.  I’m taking on the Sons of the American Colonists.  I guess I should try doing my papers for Daughters of the American Colonists.  It is one more way to document my ancestors and their struggles to start in a new world.  I also will be working on those few elusive ancestors who moved from the New England states to Pennsylvania.  Joel Packard where are your parents?

I’ve submitted another ancestor for Daughters of the Union Veterans of  Civil War.  Great grandfather, Joseph S. Shoemaker, certainly lead an interesting life.  He and great grandfather John Wesley Duart fought in the same 7th PA Cavalry.  As I’m learning more about both of them, I hope to write an article to let others know just how brave they were to go to war.

Duarts One and All

I am looking for Duarts who are male descendants from John Duart b. 1784, d. 1829, Ontario Canada, to take a DNA test.  This would help in determining the family line and whether we are actually part of the MacLean’s of Duart.  If you would contact me through this website, I will give you further information.  If you have already done a DNA test and would be willing to share the results, it would be greatly appreciated.

I am trying to add another dimension to the Duart One-Name-Study with DNA test results and on-line database.

Shoemaker and Packard History: A Letter from James Doty to Arthur Shoemaker

Hot off the presses Shoemaker and Packard History: A Letter from James Doty to Arthur Shoemaker A book I compiled from a letter James Doty wrote to Arthur “Clell” Shoemaker in 1965. I have documented much of the family history that was written in James’ letter. The book started out to be 36 pages, but with adding documentation, obituaries and an all name index, it is now 117 pages. There is still so much more that I could have put into the book, but I had reached a point that I just needed to complete it and get on to the next project. If anyone has any additions, feel free to email me and I will include them in a supplement.

This was not actually writing a book, however it still takes a lot of work to do the research on all of the family history. In the meantime I proved 4 to 6 family lines for NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution). That research itself can take months or years. As in a previous blog you can read the story about finally getting information to prove my ancestor, Suzanne Shafer Shoemaker Ayers’ parents are Adam and Elizabeth (Swartout) Shafer. Adam is a revolutionary soldier that has long been proven, however all of the children had not.

I’m also still trying to work on the Duart One-Name-Study. This is a challenge because I am computer challenged. I have tons of information, but can’t figure out how to get it up on my ONS website. http://www.one-name.org/profiles/duart.html If you have any information that you could share on the Duart’s or how I can put it on line, I would be glad to hear from you.

John Wesley Duart Article

Just an update on my progress with the article on Gr. Gr. Grandfather, John Wesley – I’m still hoping to hear from the Duart relatives with anything they might have on John Wesley. I’ve located a couple of books on his 7th Cavalry to give some background and continue to do research on their participation in the battles around Shelbyville,TN.

I’m also looking into adding a DNA study to my Duart One-Name-Study. Only through DNA can we probably make the connection to the MacLean’s of Duart and Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull, Scotland.

I’m continuing to gather Duart information, but am finding it difficult to add the information to my DUART ONS website. If anyone has a suggestion, I’m open to anything. It appears that the Guild websites are not conducive to data sets, but you need to link it somewhere else. I’ll continue to log all the information I receive and will work out a way for others to look at it.

Private Joseph S. Shoemaker, Civil War

I joined the Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865, this year, under Great, Great Grandfather John Wesley Duart.  I didn’t know too much about him or his regiment, so I’ve endeavored to write an article about him.  It also spurred me on to look for other ancestors who fought in the Civil War and I found Great, Great Grandfather, Joseph S. Shoemaker.

I started by requesting Joseph’s pension file from NARA, I already had John Wesley’s.  Well, 200 pages later I have finally waded through his file.  Most of it was repeated applications for an  increase in his pension,  however it was interesting reading.  Private Shoemaker was in Company C, 7th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry.  He enlisted May 9, 1863 and was discharged August, 23, 1865 in Harrisburg, PA.  He was in the battle at Shelbyville, Tennessee (later listed as Alabama) where he was thrown from his horse in a cavalry charge.  His horse fell on him, injuring his right arm.  He also contracted “malarial poisoning”, both which plagued him the remainder of his life.

Many of my other relatives wrote affidavits testifying that Joseph was totally disabled.  This included:  John Wesley Duart, Winfield Packard, S.B. Morse and second wife of Joseph, Sarah Shoemaker.

I’ll keep you posted on my research into this company and the battle at Shelbyville.

 

 

Clan Maclean Gathering

Today I received my invitation to the Friends of the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust reception.  If you are going to the Clan Gathering, this is not to be missed.  It will be at Gruiline House, Isle of Mull.  Last time we went to the Clan gathering, we were invited to attend the reception at Torloisk House.  Richard and Lucinda Compton Maclean of Torloisk hosted the reception and what a lovely time.  Their home is one of the Maclean estates and we had the run of the place.

The reception in 2007 followed the unveiling of a Cairn to General Allan Maclean at Kilninian Church.  The unveiling started with the different sects of the Clan, all dressed in their particular tartan, piped to the cairn.  It was very colorful and rather impressive to see all those who had gathered, being lead to the church.

For anyone who is interested in joining the Friends of the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust, you can email William Douglas, Secretary at [email protected]  Also, you can see more about this at maclean.org.

John Wesley Duart, Civil War Soldier

I recently joined the Daughters of the Union Veterans, Civil War 1861-1865 under my gr. gr. grandfather, John Wesley Duart.  It got me thinking that I know a fair amount about him, but not his Civil War experience.  I decided that if I was going to find out, I might as well set a goal of writing an article for someone, about JW.

I started by writing to all my cousins that I know are descendants of John, to see if anyone has more information about him.  I have had a copy of his pension file for many years, but reread it and refreshed my memory about his unit.  I also know that cousin, Don Duart has gr. gr. grandfather’s Civil War sword.  I got a picture of it long ago also.  Don called and said he has an article about JW that he will copy for me.  It is so exciting to know that the sword has been kept in the family and will be passed on to Don’s son, John.   And I’m on my way.

The Duart’s have named every other generation with a John Wesley or David Henry.  It dawned on me not too long ago that maybe there was a reason for John Wesley, since many of the Duart’s have been Methodist’s.  The naming started just about the same time that THE John Wesley began the church.  Go figure.

I’m hoping to hear from other cousins and to find someone has old letters or other articles about John Wesley Duart.  I’ll be adding all my information into the Duart One-Name-Study files as I receive items.

 

Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War – 1861-1865

I am a member of the Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War- 1861-18654 by vertue of my Great-Great grandfather, John Wesley Duart.  Today I attended my first meeting and was astounded that although I had researched my family for some 40 years, I never really looked that deeply into John Wesley’s Civil War history, other than to prove his lineage.

My quest now is to change that and find out as much as possible about his 7th Regiment Company C of the Pennsylvania Cavalry.

Bob Watson, friend and re-enactor spoke at this DUVCW meeting about the common soldier of the Civil War.  Whoa! What a statement, “common soldier” when they all showed such uncommon valor for gr. gr. grandfather, John, to march from Tennessee to Alabama without proper food and water, let alone any other “creature comforts” we now have grown to expect.

Stay tuned to this quest and I’ll let you know what I find.

Duart Name Official

I’m working with the Duart family again and taking a course in One-Name study to improve my website  http://www.one-name.org/profiles/duart.html to help the Duarts around the world locate others researching the same name.

The one big thing that my research and website have done so far, is to get Duart included in the Septs of the Clan Maclean.  When we went to the Clan Maclean gathering on the Isle of Mull in 2007, I inquired with the researchers of the Clan about proving all of this.  Their response was that it would be hard to prove otherwise, so go with it.  That doesn’t deter me from trying.  I might even prove them wrong and find some information that explains the Duart Sept.  A little help from my friends would be appreciated.