About 50 descendants and DAR members commemorated the occasion with a ceremony of remembrance honoring Laban Haislip. The highlights of the event were an address given by Mrs. Dee Smothers, State Historian for the Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolution, and a biographical sketch of Laban Haislip and his family delivered by descendant Mrs. Renee Haislip Black, who is a member of the French Lick DAR Chapter in Nashville.
French Lick Chapter Regent Mrs. Janet M. Tidwell presided and was assisted by French Lick members Ms. Patsy T. Swindle, Mrs. Shirley Smith, Mrs. Ellen Davis and Mrs. Jane Dugger. Miss Taylor Kile, Recording Secretary of the Good Ship Adventure Society of the Children of the American Revolution, also participated.
DAR members from Lewisburg attended, including the regent of the Robert Lewis DAR Chapter, Ms. Bonnie Scheuchenzuber.
Laban Haislip was a Revolutionary War soldier and Lincoln County, TN pioneer. He was born in about 1754 in Charles County, Port Tobacco, Maryland. Laban's military service began in Maryland as a Private in the Continental Army under Lt. Colonel William Washington. His regiment was marched south and ordered to go in front of the main army before the battle of Eutaw Springs, SC. Laban served as a Corporal under Captain Richard B. Mitchell in 1776 and was discharged at the end of the war. He took the Patriot's Oath in Charles County, Maryland in 1778. Laban's first marriage was to Ellenor Williams in Granville County, North Carolina on February 21, 1779. Their daughter, Ellenor Haislip, was born approximately 1780. Laban's second marriage was to Rebecca Welch on November 8, 1785 in Granville County, NC. Rebecca was born approximately 1769 in Halifax District, NC. Laban, Rebecca and children made their home in Granville County, NC for seven years, and then moved to Johnson County, NC until 1806. The family then moved to Bedford County, TN and from there to Lincoln County, TN. The first record we have of Laban in Lincoln County is an 1810 land purchase from Daniel McKinley of 300 acres on Bradshaw's Creek. Laban died December 14, 1816 in Lincoln County, TN and is buried in the New Hope Cemetery near Cornersville, TN. Rebecca remained in Lincoln County, TN until the 1830's. She moved to Madison County, TN and died there some time after 1839. Rebecca filed a request for Widow's Pension in 1839 and claimed to have borne fifteen children to Laban. There were eight children who were living at the time Laban died.
Women not less than 18 years of age who are descended from a Revolutionary War soldier or patriot are eligible for membership in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).
The objectives of the NSDAR are:
1. To perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American independence, by the acquisition and protection of historical spots and erection of monuments; by the encouragement of historical research in relation to the Revolution and the publication of its results; by the preservation of documents and relics, and of the records of the individual services of Revolutionary soldiers and patriots; and by the promotion of celebrations of all patriotic anniversaries;
2. To carry the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people, "to promote, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge," thus developing an enlightened public opinion, and affording to the young and old such advantages as shall develop in them the largest capacity for performing the duties of American citizens;
3. To cherish, maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom; to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty.
Anyone interested in obtaining more information should contact Jane Dugger at email@example.com, a member of French Lick DAR Chapter or any DAR chapter. The National Society DAR website is www.dar.org