Posey honored with DAR marker
Published 7:28 pm Tuesday, July 16, 2019
In honor of her service to the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Stella Wedgeworth’s daughter, Caroline Wedgeworth Posey, placed a DAR marker on her mother’s gravesite following her death in 1998.
Now, after the death of Posey, who died in 2013, Vicksburg’s Ashmead Chapter of the DAR will follow suit and place a marker on Posey’s grave Saturday at 10 a.m. at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
The DAR marker honors the deceased member’s dedication to the historic, educational and patriotic objectives of the DAR. It is a tangible tribute to the member’s service and pursuit of excellence in all endeavors.
“The DAR meant so much to Caroline,” said Caroline Posey’s husband, Mark Posey.
Both mother and daughter became members of the Ashmead Chapter on Oct. 11, 1997, after Mark Posey’s mother, Betty Drake — who was serving as the state DAR genealogist at the time — researched the family tree to determine her daughter-in-law’s family’s eligibility.
Any woman 18 years or older who can document lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR.
Lauren, Caroline Posey’s daughter, who was 12 years old at the time, did all the computer work to submit her mother’s and grandmother’s applications to the DAR headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 1997.
After becoming members, both Wedgeworth and Posey went on to serve as officers of the local chapter.
Caroline Posey, who was the administrative assistant to the commander for the 412th Theatre Engineer Command, served as National Defense chairperson for the Ashmead Chapter, while her mother was the chapter scrapbook chairman.
“Caroline was an active member of our chapter who made contributions in so many ways. It is with great reverence that we place this marker on Caroline’s grave and we do so in loving memory of a valuable, special DAR member,” Ashmead Chapter, NSDAR Regent, Bobbie Beyers Edwards said.
Mark Posey, whose mother is still a DAR member, was also happy to see his wife’s memory honored.
“I am proud for my family — my wife and her mother were DAR members. Caroline would be honored to have this marker placed in her memory, just as her mother was honored in the same way,” Mark Posey said.
The Vicksburg Ashmead Chapter was founded on Dec. 16, 1931.
The chapter’s namesake is Samuel Ashmead, who served as a soldier in the 3rd Pennsylvania Continental lines during the American Revolution and died in 1778 from wounds received in active service.