Shout Out!

Shout out to Veronica Taylor and her helpers & students doing family tree research projects!

We received an email from Veronica back in January – I need to check up on the email more often.  She writes:

As a peer mentor, I just wanted to say thanks for making your genealogy page –

With the middle of the school year upon us (can you believe it’s practically February?!), the kids have had some fun mid-term projects to do. A few of them are working on a family tree project. We’ve been looking for resources to cite and include, and your page has been a big help! Thanks again for making it!

We also wanted to pass along another page. It was actually the kids who found it!:
‘History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy’

It’s a fantastic reference guide. I’m sure you and your visitors would find it useful. Can you include it on your page? Let me know – I’d love to show my helpers! Encouragement goes such a long way with kids! I’ll actually be meeting with them tonight :)

Have a great weekend!

Thank you, Veronica!  Glad your students are finding some our information and links useful.  Sorry for not getting this posted sooner.


Isaac Carl

On July 5th, Members, David Lamb, Mike Rowley, Ron Rittel and Jim Braden of the GSW 1812 in the State of Iowa attended a ceremony at Red Oak Grove Presbyterian Church and Cemetery near Tipton, Iowa.  They made special recognition to Isaac Carl a War of 1812 veteran buried there.  Family members of Pvt Carl included 2 g-g-g-g-grand-daughters.

Photo below taken by Dana Lamb.

Isaac Carl

Left to right, Col Hapgood of the Iowa National Guard, David Lamb, Mike Rowley, Ron Rittel, Carl family member, Jim Braden, Carl family member, Frank Hannah and Richard Grim.

Link to Isaac Carl on Find A Grave

2014-2016 Iowa Society President Elected

Congratulations to Mike Rowley and Tim Rowley!

Mike was elected President of the Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa at the Fall Meeting held in Des Moines this past weekend.  In addition, Tim was elected Vice-President. They shall serve the 2014-2016 term.

Other officers remained the same:

  • Secretary/Treasurer – Mike Rowley
  • Registrar – Mike Rowley
  • Historian – Ron Rittel
  • Chaplain – Ron Sharp
  • Chancellor – Lance Ehmcke

Fall Meeting Information

The Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa will be having a joint meeting with the Iowa Society of the Sons of the American Revolution on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Bennigan’s Restaurant
Holiday Inn and Suites
4800 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, Iowa

The meeting will begin with lunch at 11:30 am.

Lunch will be ordered off the menu. In order to prepare for enough seating, please R.S.V.P. Volney Smith by Wednesday, October 15th, if possible. See contact information in the letter below (click letter for larger image).

SAR and GSW 1812 Iowa Fall meeting


Notice of Upcoming Joint Meeting

The Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa will be having a joint meeting with the Iowa Society of the Sons of the American Revolution on Saturday, October 18, 2014. More details to follow.

At that time the Society will be having an election for officers.

Welcome New Member

The webmaster joins the Society in welcoming new member Kelly Fitzpatrick of Cedar Rapids to the General Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa.

Welcome, Kelly!

Newsletter – Volume 1, Issue 5

The latest issue of The Federalist has been posted.

Volume 1, Issue 5

In Issue 5 you will find information about events of 1814; a political cartoon of the time; a .64 caliber flintlock pistol; an ancestor profile of Johnn Martin Granger; and other items of interest.

I should also point out that Issue 4 is also available, though I missed getting a note about it on the home page.

Volume 1, Issue 4

Issue 4 has information about actor Chris O’Donnell’s appearance on the television show “Who Do You Think You Are?”; a breastplate from the Glengarry Light Infantry; “The Soldier’s Life” from the Legion Magazine; and the 42nd documented Revolutionary War soldier to be buried in Iowa – Matrom Mathew Elmore

1812 Bicentennial Yearbook

Order your Bicentennial Yearbook from the General Society of the War of 1812 today!

Yearbook Information

The Yearbook includes: General Society 1812 history, purpose, organizational information, officer contact information, timeline of the War of 1812, constitution and by-laws, policies, procedures, insignia usage rules and customos, and a Member Roster divided by state of membership.

The cost of the yearbook is $10.00, which includes shipping.

Orders for BICENTENNIAL YEARBOOKS will be filled by Treasurer General Thomas E. Jacks, 327 Devon Drive, Mandeville, LA 70448-3316.

2013 Annual Meeting (Iowa)

The GS of the War of 1812 in Iowa will be having our Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Iowa Sons of the American Revolution once again.

Date: Saturday June 15, 2013
Time: 1:30-3:00
Where: Urbandale Public Library (Meeting Room B)

Urbandale Public Library
3520 86th St.
Urbandale, Iowa 50322