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War of 1812 Quilt Contributor Marge Martin

Marge Martin Genea-Quilter

Marge Martin joined the Genea-Quilters group on Facebook since she is a quilter interested in her own genealogy. Marge was bitten by the genealogy bug in 1995 when she inherited her father’s genealogy research files. She is also interested in the history of quilts and their makers. Marge decided to contribute to the 1812 Quilt not only because she had the talent to do so, but also to honor two of her ancestors that fought in the War of 1812.

Aaron Read, Marge’s 4th great-grandfather, served as a captain with the 72nd Regiment (Hicks) New York Militia. He fought in the Battle of Sacket’s Harbor. Aaron Read was born 15 May 1780 in Cheshire, Berkshire County, Massachusetts to Daniel Read (1754-1838) and Susannah Richardson (1755-1839). Before serving in the War of 1812, Aaron Read was a school teacher in Deerfield, Oneida County, New York. Aaron Read was married to Cynthia Bowen in North Gage, Oneida County, New York, where they raised their family. Aaron Read passed away 20 Nov 1840 at the age of 60 in Deerfield, Oneida County, New York. He was buried in the North Gage Cemetery in Deerfield, Oneida County, New York. Hanging in the North Gage Presbyterian Church, located next to the cemetery, is a banner honoring Aaron Read as a veteran of the War of 1812.

Elijah Smith, Marge’s 3rd great-grandfather, served in the War of 1812 with Captain Bishop’s Company in the War of 1812. Elijah Smith was born 20 April 1760 in Niantic, East Lyme, New London Connecticut. Elijah Smith was married to Lydia Rogers (1761-1840). Elijah Smith passed away on 20 April 1835 at the age of 75 in Riverbank, East Lyme, New London, Connecticut.  He was buried in the Old Stone Church Burial Grounds located in East Lyme, New London, Connecticut.

Win a One-of-a-Kind War of 1812 Commemorative Quilt!

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Genea-Quilters, founded by Pat Richley-Erickson, Gena Philibert-Ortega and Tami Osmer-Glatz, have created a one of a kind War of 1812 commemorative quilt in support of the Preserve the Pensions project. In order to maintain the old timey feel, the quilt was pieced together using patterns of the time period of 1812-1900, when most of the War of 1812 pensioners’ wives and mothers would have been making quilts.

Genea-Quilters have kindly donated this unique quilt to be given away as the grand prize in our drawing. For every $ 1 donated to Preserve the Pensions an entry is made into the drawing. The winner will be announced at the 2013 FGS Conference being held at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, August 21-24, 2013.

war of 1812 quilt - preserve the pensionsHere’s How To Win!

The Genea-Quilters have out done themselves as you can see from the pictures of this amazing Bi-Centennial Commemorative Quilt! This Carpenter’s Star quilt was created by over a dozen Genea-Quilters to support the fundraising efforts to Preserve the Pensions for the soldiers of the War of 1812. Yes, you have the opportunity to own this quilt – here’s how!

Make a donation to the Preserve the Pensions project by visiting www.preservethepensions.org . Click on the Donate button and make your donation. Be sure to check the box “Please enter this donation into the War of 1812 Quilt Drawing.” Each dollar donated increases your chances of this quilt being awarded to you.

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If you choose to mail your donation to the FGS Business Office at: P.O. Box 200940, Austin, TX 78720-0940, please make your check payable to “Preserve the Pensions” and note on your check “Quilt Drawing.”

About Preserve the Pensions

war of 1812 quilt - preserve the pensions

The Federation of Genealogical Societies in conjunction with the National Archives, fold3, and Ancestry.com are leading the effort to raise $3.7 million dollars to digitize 180K Pensions and Bounty Land files of the War of 1812, including 7.2 million images and making those images available free online.

Each dollar donated to this project preserves two images of a War of 1812 pension or bounty land application. Ancestry.com has generously agreed to match each dollar donated with an equal number of images preserved, so each dollar donated actually preserves four images! Please consider a donation of $25, $45, $100, $250 or $500 today and help preserve a cherished piece of American history!

The digitized images that have already been captured are available for FREE online and will always be free. You may view these free images at http://go.fold3.com/1812pensions/.