The De Anza Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution installed Kathryn Laipply as its newest member at the January luncheon meeting held at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. Kathryn is a third year law student at Santa Clara University and daughter of Laurel Laipply, a resident of Carlsbad and member of De Anza DAR since 2008.
Kathryn’s mother, Laurel, proved her lineal, bloodline descent from Captain Richard Shreve of the New Jersey Light Horse Brigade and to Captain Shreve’s father, Colonel William Shreve of the First New Jersey Regiment, with documentation of births, marriages, and deaths for each generation over more than 200 years. Captain Richard Shreve is Laurel’s third great grandfather, and William her fourth great grandfather. They served together in the First Regiment New Jersey State Militia.
Along with researching needed documentation, family stories emerged showing that William and his two brothers, Israel and Samuel, all Quakers, enlisted as officers in the New Jersey militia after news came of the battles at Lexington and Concord where the “shot heard round the world” was fired. William Shreve’s regiment fought at the battles of Yorktown and Brandywine and camped the brutal winter at Valley Forge with General Washington. Israel’s son joined his father’s regiment to fight at age 13, becoming a teenage lieutenant, and William’s son, Richard served as captain in the Light Horse Brigade of his father’s regiment.
The homes of William and Israel were burned by the British. Shreveport, Louisiana, is named after another of Israel’s sons who supplied munitions to Andrew Jackson at the pivotal Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812.
While establishing lineage spanning centuries can be daunting, increasing resources are available to track patriot ancestry. Laurel completed her research and documentation through eight generations to establish lineage to Captain Richard Shreve and then to Colonel William Shreve. Kathryn, on the other hand, had only to show her descent from her mother to become a member of DAR . In many instances, establishing lineage can be shortcut with ancestor documentation already entered in the national DAR database. Sixty-five DAR women have documented their lineage to Colonel William Shreve.
Online websites offer a wealth of information, including copies of original vital statistics. San Diego is fortunate to have both a Family History Library in Mission Valley and a Genealogy Library in Carlsbad. The DAR national library offers online Genealogical Research at www.dar.org. The De Anza Chapter lineage committee assists prospective members with documentation research and application.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. For more information, call Laurel Lemarié, 858-756-2835 or visit www.deanzadar.org.