Saturday, November 12, 2011

Society Saturday - Indian Wars

Illinois recently reorganized their chapter of the Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars.  This group had been struggling recently but is now going strong under the able leadership of Shari Worrell.

We have 20 ladies who belong and we had a very nice organizational meeting.  One highlight was the presentation of a flag and gavel to the society from Honorary Governor General Marcia Weber, and a large insignia from Past State Governor Josefa Lee Hammond.  We also had a memorial service where we honored our ancestors.

Eligibility is based on lineal descent from a Native or immigrant American ancestor who participated in any capacity in actual hostilities, one against the other, or in any other activity with each other, during the period May 14, 1607 to 1900.  Basically, anyone who fought in any of the Indian Wars, on either side, or someone engaged in trading or other activity with the Indians.

My ancestor was:
John Hannum, born ca 1637 at Dorchester, MA to William and Honor (Capen) Hannum.  He married (1) Sarah Weller on 20 November 1662 at Northampton, MA.  After Sarah's death in 1673, John married (2)  Esther Langton on 20 April 1675 at Northampton, MA, and died 19 February 1712.
John and Sarah had:
Abigail Hannum
Hannah Hannum
Sarah Hannum
Mindwell Hannum
Experience Hannum
John and Esther had:
John Hannum. born 9 August 1676 at Northampton, MA and married Elizabeth Clesson
Eleazer Hannum
Ruth Hannum
Esther Hannum
Joanna Hannum
William Hannum
Samuel Hannum

John served as a Private in Captain Elisha Hawley's Company during a war with the French and Indians in 1655.

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