- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A group of Minot women are reviving Minot’s chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Peggy Smetana, the regent of the group, said the Plum Valley DAR chapter has been approved, the Minot Daily News (http://bit.ly/1wekaaY ) reported.

To become a member of the DAR, women have to be able to prove descent from someone who fought in the American Revolutionary War or assisted the war effort in some way.

“You have to have documentation,” said Eva Inches, who is descended from a Revolutionary War soldier.

There are various sources that can be used to prove descent, such as a pension record, a land grant, or a certificate of allegiance.

Some people in the organization are descended from people who aided the war effort in some way.

“Your relative could have supplied clothing for Revolutionary soldiers,” said Inches. “Or (the ancestor could have provided) a billet. One lady got in because her relative gave a cow.”

Other helpers provided supplies or ammunition or tended to the wounded.

The prospective DAR member has to be able to prove a relationship with the ancestor using documentation.

Smetana, who is descended from a Revolutionary War soldier called Jacob Kiesling, said military records from the National Archives helped prove her claim. Diary accounts can also be used. She is currently trying to prove descent from another ancestor who also fought in the Revolutionary War.

Inches said that genealogy buffs in the group can help interested members prove descent from a Revolutionary War soldier. A Minot genealogy club meets at 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month at the Minot Public Library.

Minot had a Daughters of the American Revolution chapter about 30 years ago, but the charter lapsed due to members moving away or dying, said Inches and Smetana.

The new Plum Valley Daughters of the American Chapter takes its name from the Arikara name for the Minot region, which was called Plum Valley, said Smetana.

Smetana said the new Daughters of the American Revolution group will likely take part in activities that encourage patriotism and honor veterans. Members are also eligible to belong to the American Legion Auxiliary, which sponsors contests that encourage patriotism in schoolchildren.

Men who are descended from Revolutionary War soldiers are eligible to belong to a national organization called the Sons of the American Revolution, said Smetana

Smetana said 18 women will officially be inducted into the group on Saturday or transfer their membership from another chapter.

Smetana said the organization is important.

“It is important to remember our history,” she said.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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