52 x 51 in. worsted wool flag. Thirteen double-appliqued, 8-pointed cotton stars. The flag is all hand sewn, which suggests a pre-Civil war date. Cotton or linen hoist with attached suspension rings. The construction of the flag, including the worsted wool stripes and rings for suspension, suggests that the flag was made to be flown. Top and bottom edges as well as the hoist edge have rope sewn into them.
[With:] Typed paper written on the Begeal Pedigree by Kim Begeal. In it, he states: "The Custers came to America from Germany or Holland and settled in the rich farming region of New York State near the Hudson River. An argument within the family sent part of the Custers westward to seek their fortune. This was the part of the Custer family to which George Armstrong Custer was born on December 5, 1839, in [New Rumley] Ohio. The remainder of the Custers stayed in New York State as modest farmers. In the early 1900s Anson Higbee Custer moved his family to Endicott, New York." This is the branch of the family to which Kim belongs. The ancestor who moved to Ohio was Emanuel Henry Custer (1806-1892). His second wife was Maria Ward Kirkpatrick (1807-1882), George Armstrong's mother. Kim only traces his Custer ancestors to William (1854-1928). George had a nephew named William (through his brother Nevin), but he was born in 1874.
Accompanied by trunk in which the flag was discovered. The trunk contains over 40 newspapers, approximately half date to 1917, as well as 11 Minutes of meetings of the Baptist Association from the first quarter of the 20th century. The trunk also contains a Bible in very rough condition, missing covers and pages in the front and rear (many tucked into the book elsewhere), and personal items.
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