Baggett Inducted Into Daughters Of The American Revolution
March 25, 2012
The culmination of about 15 years of research was finalized recently for Vicki Gandy Baggett of Bratt as she was inducted into the Three Rivers Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Baggett’s eligibility for membership was certified by the National Society in Washington, D.C. She was able to prove lineal descent from an ancestor who gave aid to American colonists during the American Revolution. Baggett’s Patriot is Reuben Powell, who served in Georgia. He is on her mother’s side.
“I started researching this about 15 or 16 years ago,” said Baggett. “I had always been told that several of my father’s upline had fought to help found this country during the Revolution. I even had a cousin who had joined under the same lineage; however, when I submitted my paperwork, the national organization halted membership under that particular Patriot because they said he was just too young to serve during the war. I found in so many documents, though, that this Gandy Patriot had falsified his age in order to serve, perhaps in the place of his brother who already had children. I also had such a hard time finding which Gandy I belonged to, because so many of them had the same first name. Many men would name their sons after their brothers and uncles out of respect, especially if the elder were deceased. This was so hard for me to follow. Remember there weren’t any birth certificates back then.”
Baggett added that she decided to try on her mother’s side. “Because my upline on my mother’s side had such unusual first names, tracing the lineage was much easier.” Her American Patriot is seven generations up and served with the Committee on Safety in 1775.
Baggett added that Ms. Rosa Seymour, the Chapter Regent of the Three Rivers DAR Chapter of Milton was instrumental in assisting her in proving lineage. The Three Rivers Chapter was organized in Milton on October 6, 2007, with 82 members, but now has 153 members.
Baggett is an English teacher at Northview High School and attends Poplar Dell Baptist Church. She is also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Lodge #188 of Century. She and her husband, Garry, have two children, Corry and Lexxi.
Anyone who is interested in proving their American Revolutionary membership can contact Seymour at (850) 477-2019.