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2015-12-17

Medina residents installed in Daughters

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Bandera County District Clerk Tammy Seale Kneuper, along with her cousin, Helen Moore Hicks, and sister Fayrene Seale Craddock, all residents of Medina, were among those installed in the Joshua D. Brown Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT). The installation took place on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Riverhills Country Club in Kerrville.
Their membership was certified by the DRT Registrar General by verification of proven lineal descent from an ancestor who served the Republic of Texas. Thomas Elijah Keese is their ancestor who proudly served the Republic.
Applicants to the Daughters must furnish acceptable proof of their lineal descent from a man or woman who served in any of the following capacities:
• As a colonist with Austin's Old 300, or any colonies authorized under the Spanish or Mexican governments before the Texas Revolution or those authorized by the Congress of the Republic of Texas.
• As an officer or private in the service of the Colonies or of the Republic of Texas.
• As a loyal resident, male or female, regardless of age, who established residence in Texas prior to Feb. 19, 1846.
• As a recipient of a land grant authorized by the Provisional Government of the Republic of Texas. Those grants include "Toby Scrips;" head rights - first, second, third and fourth class; preemption grants; land scrips; colony contracts; bounty certificates; and donation certificates.
"Because another cousin was already a member of the Daughters, it did not take that long to get my paperwork together," Kneuper said. In fact, after attending a regional meeting in May, it took seven months for her installation.
"In July, I turned over the paperwork to the local chapter registrar and in September I signed the paperwork that was sent to the Daughters Registrar in Austin," Kneuper said. "We have another cousin whom we hope becomes a member a little later. Being installed in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas was a very proud moment for me."
To commemorate the prestigious occasion, Kneuper, Hicks and Craddock were presented with symbols that have become recognized worldwide and are synonymous with the State of Texas - the Texas Flag with its Lone Star that once flew over the Republic, and the state flower, the Bluebonnet, which blankets the state with azure beauty each spring.
The oldest patriotic women's organization in Texas and one of the oldest in the nation, The Daughters of the Republic of Texas perpetuates the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved and maintained the independence of Texas. The organization encourages research and preservation of the state's rich history - especially during the period of the Republic.
The chapter's namesake, Joshua D. Brown, 1816-1876, was a Texas pioneer who became the first settler of Kerrville. He donated the original four-acre townsite, and the community was named after his friend and fellow Kentucky native, James Kerr, 1790-1850. Brown made his living by making shingles harvested from cypress trees growing along the Guadalupe River.
After founding the Daughters of the Republic of Texas 124 years ago, Betty Ballinger and Hally Bryan Perry charged members with carrying on the organization's patriotic, historical and educational responsibilities.