From Mother to Daughter; D.A.R. Regent honors family legacy
Phyllis Jones' mother always told her that she was descended from patriots who fought in the American Revolution. And her mother had the proof: the family Bible, with the family line going back to Simeon Walton of Virginia and his mother, Mary Sims Walton, a midwife who doctored the troops.
Jones' mother, Ida Mae Vaughan, lived in Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, and was proud of her heritage, but never joined the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Last week, Jones was installed as regent (president) of Abendschone Chapter of D.A.R. at the chapter's Flag Day luncheon at Inn of the Ozarks. In addition to wearing the name medallions of her Revolutionary War ancestors, Jones wore a locket containing a photograph of her mother, who passed away in 1999.
"I told her I'd take her to the meeting today," Jones said "Mom is here."
One goal of the D.A.R. is to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American independence. Jones' mother, Ida Mae Vaughn, was born in 1910, and remembers her grandmother telling her that there were Revolutionary War ancestors in the family. Applying for D.A.R. membership, Jones learned that the Walton Family Bible is considered a documented source by the D.A.R., which helped prove her lineage.
"Simeon Walton was my third great-grandfather," Jones said.
Simeon, who fought in the war, and his brother were Baptist, When they were told they could not start a new church in Virginia, they decided to move to Kentucky, Jones said. They crossed the Ohio River and settled in Bracken County. As part of her genealogy quest, Jones went to the Braken County Courthouse and found out where Simeon was buried near Maysville.
"I actually found his grave, which was in the middle of a farmer's cornfield," she said. "The gravestone was broken in half."
Jones was installed as chapter regent by Kathy Clark, past director of the Osage District, Arkansas Society of D.A.R. Other newly-elected officers are Sue Eddy, treasurer; Fayette Schmutzler, vice-regent; Sherry Kerr, chaplain, and Rosalie Myers, corresponding secretary.
Dale Strasburg, Dick Rassfeld and Don Nass of American Legion Post 36, Holiday Island, served as color guard for the flag ceremony. Guests included Ginny Miller's daughter Elizabeth Lilly and granddaughter Bethany Lilly, both of Tucson, Ariz.
The Abendschone Chapter was founded in Eureka Springs in 1951 and is named in honor of Reinhold Abendschone of Berks County, Penn., an ancestor of May Fuller, a founding member. The next meeting is Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. Cornerstone Bank, Holiday Island. Prospective members are welcome. For more information, contact Fayette Schmutzler, firstname.lastname@example.org.