In lieu of admitting their rookie mistakes, the DAR put out the following PACIFIER in futile attempt to defuse the situation.
Insulting Honor - everybody paid their taxes or lost their farm.Below, see the insulting honor paid my ancestor, Rev. War Soldier Reuben Bates, SR (1731-1800)
DAR LETTER TO THE BATES APPLICANT FOLLOWS
> Subject: Supplemental Application for Reuben Bates > Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2011 03:58:13 -0400 > From: firstname.lastname@example.org > To: REDACTED > > > Dear Mrs. REDACTED, > > I am so pleased to hear from you. Although the staff and I have reviewed this supplemental many times in hopes of finding documentation whereby we could verify Military Service for Reuben Bates, we have been totally unable to do so. But as you may know, Military Service is not the only way of establishing service for an individual. There are also the options of Civil and Patriotic Service by which many supplementals have been approved. Accordingly, following the big push to verify as many applications as possible for Continental Congress, I asked the staff to do some research into these options in hopes of finding an alternate means for approving this supplemental. > > As part of the staff’s research they looked into the personal tax lists from the Revolutionary War period. This was due to the fact that in the past two years we were able to expand Patriotic Service to VA taxpayers from that era since it was established that a portion of their tax payments went to support the War effort. > > I am very pleased to report that as the result of examining the 1783 personal property tax list in Louisa County, VA, we have established Patriotic Service for Reuben Bates. This means that your supplemental will be verified this week. Your Chapter Registrar will have access to the electronic copy in the Emembership database and can provide a copy for you. > > We are pleased that the DAR staff was able to assist in brining this matter to a positive conclusion. > > > Sincerely, > > Terry Ward > Director, Office of the Registrar General > Head Genealogist, NSDAR > >