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Thomas Sully, "Passage of the Delaware," 1819 (oil on canvas), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Follow the link to reach an article about the painting and Sully in the Wall Street Journal (March, 2011).
One of my ancestors, Irishman John Honeyman, helped make the crossing of the Delaware possible. I joined the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution in 2010, after having formally demonstrated my relationship to John.
Daughters of the American Revolution and a 1925 Family Treasure
My aunt was kind enough to send me my grandmother’s 1925 NSDAR Continental Congress program and Floor Page sash. Included were the following instructions, and postcard images of DAR headquarters in Washington, D.C., where the annual event continues to be held.
"Division - Right Floor Page
You will be off duty Thursday afternoon and evening and Saturday.
Please report on right side of Auditorium first floor directly after rehearsal today to Miss Katharine Buel, Chief Floor Page.”
The Continental Congress - now in its 121st year - is described as follows:
"The Daughters of the American Revolution Continental Congress is a time-honored tradition that has been held in Washington, D.C. as the annual national meeting of the DAR membership since the organization’s founding in 1890. Not to be confused with the United States ‘Congress,’ the DAR national meeting is named after the original Continental Congress which governed the American Colonies during the Revolutionary War."
My grandmother, Mary Carolyn Ten Eyck Appleton, was in her early 20s and living in New York at the time (her family lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico). She was studying at the Art Students’ League.
On a personal note, in 2012, I enjoyed watching portions of the Continental Congress from the comfort of my home office on my laptop. What a delight to have the NSDAR make use of new technologies!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York reopened the newly redesigned American Wing to showcase its stellar collection of American Art. I was delighted to see Emanuel Leutze’s 1851 painting, "Washington Crossing the Delaware" at center stage. Click on the picture to reach the MET’s website.
Thanks to the Daughters of the American Revolution, I was able to identify several Patriot ancestors, including Irishman John Honeyman, who helped make the Crossing of the Delaware possible. Having this knowledge (just over a year now), has truly changed my life. I only wish I had known when I was a youngster!
Please see a prior Tumblr post, "An Ornate Stove … and the Family of a Clever Irish Spy," for more about my family’s history.