Maybe Letha Gandy Lincecum Wasn’t a Daughter of the American Revolution?

Letha Elizabeth Gandy was born 25 September 1873 in Lavaca County, Texas to Barnabas Pipkin “Tip” Gandy (1831-1914) and Mary Elizabeth Allen. Letha was my 3rd cousin by her 1897 marriage to Addison Lysander Lincecum (1874-1965). I know Letha wanted to join Daughters of the American Revolution because she wrote as much in a letter to the Commissioner of Pensions in Washington, DC dated 30 June 1928:

[Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files via Fold3]

El Campo, Tex
June 30 – 28
Commissioner of Pensions
Washington D.C.

Dear Sir: – Please help me find the Rev. war record of Edward Fitz Patrick or Edward Patrick, the Fitz was dropped from the name but we do not know when but after coming from Scotland. He served in the Rev war in the State of N. Carolina and his wife and widow Mary (McCord) Patrick drew a pension from the U.S. Gov. while living in the State of Tenn – after her removal to that State after her husbands death —

Please help me get this war record so can join the D.A.R.
Most sincerely
Mrs. A. L. Lincecum
El Campo

Letha received a reply dated 11 July 1928.

…[I]t appears that Edward F. Patrick, or Fitzpatrick, while a resident of Rowan County, North Carolina, enlisted in the winter of 1780 and served three months as a private in Captain Abel Armstrong’s Company, Colonel Francis Lock’s Locke North Carolina Regiment.

He enlisted in the fall of 1781 and served three months as a private in Captain George Gordon’s Company under Major William Lewis in the North Carolina Troops.

He moved from Rowan County, North Carolina, to Tennessee, thence to McLean County, Illinois, where he was allowed pension on his application executed June 3, 1833. He died November 24, 1834 in McLean County, Illinois.

Soldier married February 13, 1798, in Iredell County, North Carolina, Polly McCord.

She was allowed pension on her application executed October 20, 1849, in Woodford County, Illinois, at which time she was aged seventy-eight years and a resident of Tasewell County, Illinois…

In addition to the above, Clarence Wharton notes the following in Texas Under Many Flags (American Historical Society, Chicago, 1930):

…[Miss Letha Gandy’s] great-grandfather, John Gandy, of North Carolina, was a soldier in the American Revolution. Her parents were Barnabas P. and Mary (Allen) Gandy, her father a native of Alabama and her mother of Mississippi…

Yet with all this (albeit anecdotal) information, it doesn’t appear Letha joined DAR. I was unable to locate her in the Genealogical Research System. In fact, I could not find either of her patriot ancestors, either.

Letha Elizabeth Gandy Lincecum died 27 December 1959 at El Campo, Wharton County, Texas and was buried in the family cemetery at Gandy Bend in Lavaca County. While there is no DAR membership marker nearby, her gravestone bears the symbol for the Order of the Eastern Star.

Visit Letha Elizabeth Gandy Lincecum’s page in the Lincecum Lineage database.

[Example of Order of Eastern Star Symbol]