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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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Synopsis of Presentation: The panelists will give a short (about 10 minutes each) presentation about where MVGS members can get help in their research and how members can help MVGS (e.g., as a volunteer in the MVGS Research Library, ...
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June 18
Building a Family Using Census Records
SPEAKER:  Sharon Hodges As researchers we download census records, but do we use them to their full potential? Census records help us locate where a person was at a certain time and this leads us to where we should ...
June 24
Virginia Special Interest Group [SIG]
The next meeting of the Virginia SIG will be on Monday, 24 June 2024 from 1-3pm in the Research Library, room 214 at Hollin Hall Senior Center.  We'll be talking about the Southeast corner of Virginia, i.e., the counties of ...
July 1
PLACEHOLDER Field Trip/Road Trip SIG to the National Labor Union Archives
The Field Trip/Road Trip SIG for a day of research at the National Labor Union Archives at the University of Maryland that was planned for 27 October 2023 has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.  This site will be updated ...