When the National Society United States Daughters of 1812 (U.S.D. 1812) was established in 1892, many initial members were called “Real Daughters” due to being daughters of a patriot of the War of 1812. U.S.D. 1812 developed a grave marker that identified the daughters of these patriots, according to a news release.


One of the Real Daughter markers was recently found and turned over to the Arkansas U.S.D. 1812 State President Kay Tatum.


“Yesterday, I was given a ‘Real Daughter 1812’ marker that apparently has been misplaced from a Kansas cemetery,” Tatum said. “The Ancestor is Lt. John Tucker. I don’t know why the marker would have been removed, or how it made its way to Arkansas. The story I received was that someone found this in their attic and inquired of a friend of mine as to what to do with it. My friend called me to see if she could give it to me, and possibly return it to the grave of Mrs. (Susana Tucker) Shanstrom. It could have been removed by family, or by the cemetery.”


Sheila Beatty-Krout, Arkansas U.S.D. State Markers Chairwoman, investigated the issue and discovered that Shanstrom’s grave was located in Hamilton County, Kan. Susana Tucker was born in 1850 and died in 1939.


“Susana Tucker was the child of Lt. John and Mary Jane McBride Tucker. She married John A. Shanstrom in 1871 at Gilpin, Colo. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Coolidge, Kan. John and Sue had the following eight children: Elmer, Florence, J.F. Edith, Harvey, Ruth E., Jessie May and Raymond T,” according to the release.


“The marker will be returned to its rightful place identifying Susana Tucker Shanstrom as a Real Daughter of War of 1812 Veteran Lt. John Tucker,” according to the release.


Membership in U.S.D. 1812 is open to any woman who can prove lineage to an ancestor who gave civil or military service to the United States from 1784 to 1815.


For details on the activities and projects of U.S.D. 1812, contact Kay Tatum at kay.tatum@yahoo.com.