Alexander Macomb Chapter

Mount Clemens, Michigan

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Real Daughters of the Revolutionary War

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What defines a Real Daughter? The designation of 'Real Daughter' is given to an NSDAR member who was a daughter of a Revolutionary War patriot. Some of the 'Real Daughters' were among the youngest children born to a Revolutionary War solider as a result of a second marriage. It is believed that only 767 woman received the designation of 'Real Daughter'.

Our Real Daughter

Laura Elvira Moore Roberts


An ancestor of a current Alexander Macomb Chapter member.

Laura Elvira Roberts Following is re-printed verbatim from the pamphlet of the dedication ceremony for the grave memorial marker of our 'Real Daughter' August 10, 2013:

"Laura Moore (NSDAR 31139) was born February 24, 1813 in Brattleboro, Vermont to Rufus Moore and Betsy Moore. She was one of eight children.

"Rufus and Betsy were distant cousins related to the ancestor, John Moore who brought his family to America in the mid 1600's. Rufus Moore was the son of Abijah Moore (1724-1792) and Eunice Gibbs (1726-1830). They were both from Sudbury, Massachusetts.

"Abijah (A079223) attained the rank of Captain during the Revolutionary War and fought in the 1st Regiment of Cumberland County Militia. In 1775 he marched to the Lexington Alarm. He and Eunice are buried in the Old North Burying Ground here in Putney, Vermont.

"Rufus Moore (A079872) was born in 1750 in Rutland, Massachusetts. He was a Private in the Revolutionary War and like his father was in the Cumberland County Militia. He also fought in the Battle of Lexington, but arrived to late to take part in the Battle of Bunker Hill. He was appointed one of the Minute Men and was in active service for ten months.

"Betsy was born July 27, 1777 in Bolton, Massachusetts to David Moore and Betty Whitcomb. They were both from Massachusetts. The two were married in April, 1797 in Putney, Vermont. Betsy died young in August, 1814 at the age of 38 and is buried in the Old North Burying Ground.

"Sometime after her death Rufus went to live with his daughter, Bathsheba (Mrs. Nelson Wheeler) in the town of Lydonville which is located in northern Vermont. He died there in March, 1838 and is buried in the Lyndonville Cemetery next to a grandson, Rufus Wheeler.

"Laura married James Hidden Clark Roberts in August 3, 1883 in Putney, Vermont. His father John Roberts, Jr. and mother Rachael Hidden were both from Putney, Vermont. Laura and James son, Charles W. Roberts, fought in the Civil War and James Grandfather, John Roberts of Killingly, Connecticut fought in the Revolutionary War.

"In January of 1900 at the age of 87 Laura joined the Brattleboro Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and became that chapter's first Real Daughter. Due to her advanced age her niece completed the application for her. She was visited shortly after by a small group of ladies including the Vermont State Regent and was interviewed for the American Monthly Magazine. Sadly, she died October 3, 1900 and is buried with her husband."

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