Constant Crocker might be a DAR/SAR eligible patriot – but how do you know for sure?
Crocker’s descendant had noticed that Constant was of age during the American Revolution (40-53) and living in New London, Connecticut. He was more than likely a DAR or SAR qualified “patriot.” Since the descendant had already built out and documented most of the tree, it would be an easy lineage society application for the descendant to complete – if service could be confirmed.
The easiest Revolutionary War service to document is national military service, so establishing an eligible patriot generally starts there. Pension files for Constant were a dead-end, as were compiled military service records. So what’s next?
It’s time to look for civil service. Town meeting records might list Crocker’s name. But don’t. Unknown to the descendant, Crocker had quite a reputation and probably wasn’t considered up to civil government positions. So it’s off to one last option…
Patriotic service: the Connecticut Archives collection lists patriotic service (donations in support of the military cause) and some local militia records. And that’s where Constant finally appears! He served a half day in the militia in 1775 – officially qualifying him as a Revolutionary War patriot.
With an established tree, a completed application shouldn’t be far behind!