Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

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Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Patrick’s Eventful Life
By George McKittrick

2023 Writing Contest Winner
Patrick Hasson, a first cousin four times removed1, led an eventful life.   Born in a rural townland near Draperstown in County Derry, Ireland on December 23, 1834, he came to the US in 1850 with his father.  The bark2 Douglas which brought the rest of his family to Philadelphia on June 19, 1854 also carried a young lady named Rose Devlin.  Though born in Ireland in 1836, Rose grew up in Scotland.   
Patrick worked for a time for a harness maker in Philadelphia.   On January 12, 1856 he enlisted in the 4th US Infantry and served an eventful five years in the Pacific Northwest3.  In early 1861 he was discharged with the rank of sergeant and came back east.  Unable to secure an officer’s commission when the Civil War started, Patrick attended a commercial college and joined a Fenian Brotherhood circle in Philadelphia.  He worked as a saddler4 for the Artillery Reserve of the Army of the Potomac from mid-1863 to the end of 1864.  Rose Devlin, meanwhile, left her position as a domestic servant in the home of Samuel R. Phillips, a saddle and harness maker.


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Virginia SIG Meeting
The topic for the April meeting of the Virginia SIG will be the Scots-Irish in Virginia.   If you have any questions or need information, send an email to Amy at   WE WILL BE MEETING IN PERSON.   ...
April 24
Finding and Using Unusual Records
INSTRUCTOR:  Sharon Hodges   The records are elusive, so how do you find them?  Learn where to find resources and how to use them.   To register for the class, please send an email with your name and phone number ...
May 6
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May 6
Harnessing the Power of Social Media in Research Collaboration
INSTRUCTOR:  Carol K. Petranek   The days of the "Lone Ranger Researcher" have long passed!  Learn how to use an ever-increasing array of technological advances to extend your research networks, solve research problems, connect with DNA cousins and collaborate with ...
June 1
PLACEHOLDER Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Property Records: A Metes and Bounds Hands-On Workshop
INSTRUCTOR:  Stephanie Campbell    THIS CLASS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED for 17 October 2023 was postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.  The 1 June 2024 date above is just a placeholder.  This site will be updated once a new date has been determined.   ...