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Maas plans U.S. Daughters ceremony

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By The Staff

Extreme heat would not have deterred Joseph Thomas from his duties in the militia during the War of 1812.  Neither did it deter descendants and members of the United States Daughters of 1812 and Illinois Society of the War of 1812 from commemorating his service.
Jessie Maas, a member of the Kaskaskia Chapter USD1812, from Vandalia, planned the ceremony held at the Little Flock Cemetery in Flat Branch Township, Shelby County.
Other family members attending were Jessie’s husband, Jerry; Dr. Dwight Thomas and his wife Diana; Dr. Marian Thomas; Mary Ann Thomas; and Charles and Randi Maas and their son, Jeremiah, and daughter, Aubree.
Joseph married Polly Mary Chambers on July 10, 1810, in Knox County, Ky. Like her husband, she was of Welch descent. Joseph enlisted in 1813, at Newport, Ky., as a private in the Kentucky Mounted Volunteer Militia.   
Family lore says he fought alongside Gen. Benjamin Harrison at the Battle of Tippecanoe.
Joseph and Polly were the parents of seven boys and six girls: Irena, Mariah, Mary Ann, Polly, Amanda, John, Calvin, Melissa, Irwin, William, Alexander, Joseph and James.
The family was well known for its kindness and hospitality. The family moved from Kentucky to Sullivan, Ind., and following Polly’s death, Joseph migrated to Illinois, living first in Macoupin County and then in Shelby County, where he spent his final years in the home of his son, James.  Joseph died on Dec. 1, 1875, and is buried in Little Flock Cemetery, located six miles east of Assumption.
There are many War of 1812 heroes buried in Illinois.  Descendants of those soldiers are eligible to join the USD1812. More information is available on the chapter website: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilkc1812/.