Here is my dilemma:
For Moses Jackman, he appears in several published works (some sourced but none of them with sources on Moses' service) and he appears in DAR's Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots. I've even seen a recent picture of his grave and there is, what looks like, a DAR decoration near the headstone. Moses isn't in the Patriot index on DAR's website so that is no help. There are several service records for a Moses Jackman and none overlap which makes me think they are for the same person, these service records also match up with what was written about him in those unsourced published works. But none of this is proof of his service. All any of it is is a collection of service records which might be connected, a bunch of unsourced books and an index of graves that DAR admits isn't reliable. But there is one other thing, Moses signed a document throwing his support behind the Patriots. I know it is him, he was the only one of his name in that place at that time, but is that enough to connect this proof of service to Moses? I highly doubt it. And, if he applied for a pension he didn't get it because I've never been able to find one.
Next up it is Anne Coles Mott. Her service during the war is mentioned in every biography of hers (and there are a lot of them) and it is legendary in my family. She is even rumored to have received a quilt from the grateful Patriots she nursed (though I've never seen it). Since she didn't serve in a military capacity, I don't even know where to begin looking for her proof of service. In affidavits or letters written but soldiers treated by her? But where would you find any of those...
Oh, and to make matters even more fun, neither of these two are already in DAR's listings of approved Patriots. Sheesh, I hate it when people won't cooperate with me- especially when they've been dead two hundred years.
If anyone has any experience with DAR or ideas on where to look for proof of service for these two problem