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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March 4
Entering Information onto Find A Grave
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan   The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to add information onto the Find A Grave website.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.   In order to enter information onto Find A Grave, you will ...
March 19
Untold Stories of the American Revolution
Instructor: Dr. Richard Bell of the University of Maryland Most people know something about the American Revolution and about the Founding Fathers. But the full story of the Revolution requires us to look beyond their lives and expand its ...
April 1
Entering Information onto Find A Grave
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan   The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to add information onto the Find A Grave website.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.   In order to enter information onto Find A Grave, you will ...
April 16
Tracking Our Ancestor's Footprints Through Federal Land Records: And An Interactive Escape Room
Instructor:  Sharon Cook MacInnes, Ph.D. - Professional Genealogist I’ll present a PowerPoint overview of federal land grants: the different types, what you can find online, and examples of the stories you can learn by getting the proof file from ...
May 6
Using FamilySearch.org
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan   The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to  use the Familysearch.org website more effectively.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.   Please remember to create a free account, if you don't already have one, ...