|Rev. Dee Graham, DAR Regent Cindy Weatherby|
and Austin Graham celebrate her DAR acceptance.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Meeting the exacting criteria for new ancestors meriting patriot status in the Daughters of the American Revolution, Francisco Xavier Sanchez's fifth great granddaughter, Austin Graham, received acceptance into the Princess Hirrihigua Chapter of the DAR.
Thanks to the detailed work of Cynthia Weatherby, Chapter Regent, who worked with information supplied by Austin's mother, the Rev.Dee Graham, and extensive genealogy documented by her grandmother, Edith Jones Graham, the rigid qualifications of DAR were met and approved. Now, women who can provide proof of being direct descendants of FX Sanchez are also eligible to join the national organization under one of the first Spanish patriots qualified.
He qualified for his patriotic service to the American Revolution by "rendering aid to the Spanish and American prisoners of war" who were held in the Castillo de San Marcos, Saint Augustine's historic fort. Documentation of this service during the era of British occupation of Florida was found in WEBER, "JOSEPH SMITH'S DIARY" SC HIST & GEN MAG, VOL 34, #1, PP 31-32; TANNER, ZESPEDES IN EAST FL, P 44.
This acceptance makes Austin a fourth generation DAR member, although her mother, grandmother and great grandmother Edith Day Jones qualified under the Day lineage.
FX Sanchez's entry on the national DAR website reads:
To look up this information for yourself: (Francisco Xavier Sanchez, DAR Patriot)
For more information about becoming a DAR member through Spanish Florida heritage, this posting introduces the process: