In honor of Memorial Day today, I want to take a moment to remember my ancestors that served in the military.
1. World War II and Korean War:
*Herbert Hoover Dugger (1927 – 2003, my grandfather)
2. World War I:
*George M. Rogers (1882 – 1956, my great-grandfather). George is one of my biggest brick walls. He served in the Army before the start of World War I, and when American entered World War I, he became an Army officer. My dad and aunt remember seeing his military medals and remember being told that he was an Army officer. However,I haven’t been able to find him in World War I (I have his military records of him prior to World War I). I also have not yet been able to find his burial-place, which I believe is somewhere in Washington State.
3. Civil War
*Benjamin Smith Dugger (1835-1885) Benjamin is not my biological ancestor, but he was married to my great-great-grandmother, Charlotte Asher prior to the Civil War. He originally enlisted with the Confederate side, but then switched to the Union side. As far as I can tell, he never returned home to Charlotte in Tennessee, but instead started a whole new family in West Virginia. His wife Charlotte had him declared dead. Charlotte was incredibly poor and had four children after her Benjamin was declared dead. It is generally unclear who the father of these children, including my great-grandfather, Monroe Dugger, was. I have a guess who some of the fathers could be, but only a DNA test will give me an answer. Perhaps one day a DNA test will fall from the sky so I can finally afford it.
*James L. Clawson, Sr. (1837 – about 1910, my great-great-great-grandfather) served for the Union in Company E, Regiment 13, Tennessee Cavalry.
*William Wilbourne Vines (1835 – 1864, my great-great-great-grandfather) served for the Union in the 13th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry. He died in the General Hospital of Nashville, Tennessee on February 19, 1864 of Rubella.
4. Revolutionary War:
* Zacheus Downer (1756-1851) of Coventry, Connecticut; Sharon, Vermont; Springfield, New York; and New Lisbon, New York
I am grateful for the sacrifice my military ancestors and their families made, and it makes me very proud to be their descendants. I continue to be thankful to the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice made by our men and women in uniform and their families. I pray for wisdom in the leaders of the world and for peace between all of the nations.
Happy Memorial Day!
Hope you have a wonderful three-day weekend full of good food and fabulous company!