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NATIONAL SOCIETY OF THE SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. We seek to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, patriotism and respect for our national symbols, including but not limited to promoting pride in being American citizens and the unifying force of e pluribus unum. In 1876, there were many celebrations to commemorate the centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. As part of this patriotic fervor, a group of men in the San Francisco, California, area who were descendants of patriots involved in the American Revolution, formed an organization called the Sons of Revolutionary Sires. Their objective was to have a fraternal and civic society to salute those men and women who pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the battle for independence from Great Britain. The Sons of Revolutionary Sires desired to keep alive their ancestors’ story of patriotism and courage in the belief that it is a universal one of man’s struggle against tyranny – a story which would inspire and sustain succeeding generations when they would have to defend and extend our freedoms.

Out of the Sons of Revolutionary Sires grew the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, which was organized on April 30, 1889, the one hundredth anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington as our nation’s first president. We have used the acronym SAR to identify ourselves for over one hundred years. The SAR was conceived as a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of the patriots who wintered at Valley Forge, signed the Declaration of Independence, fought in the battles of the American Revolution, served in the Continental Congress, or otherwise supported the cause of American Independence. The National Society was chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 9, 1906. The charter was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, who was also a member of the Empire State Society, SAR. The charter authorizes the granting of charters to societies of the various states and territories and authorizes the state-level societies to charter chapters within their borders. United States Code TITLE 36 USC​​ then established a federal charter for the National Society, SAR.

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and teaching American history to future generations. National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR or SAR) was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. SAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer men’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and promoting education to our future generations. SAR members volunteer untold hours of service each year in their local communities. SAR is very active in supporting active duty military personnel and assisting veterans as well. We proudly assist classrooms with living history interpreters, lesson planning materials and reenactment events for school aged youth to attend.

As the largest male genealogical society in the country, SAR boasts tens of thousands of active members in over550 chapters across the United States and internationally. Any man 18 years or older-regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background-who can prove blood lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership. We are on the razor’s edge of allowing DNA proof to be used to prove descent for those with unclear roots. SAR National Headquarters houses one of the nation’s premier genealogical libraries which is fully staffed with graduate level professionally trained genealogical librarians. NSSAR is exempt from Federal income taxes under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and receives no government funding, despite being a Congressionally Chartered Organization. (1)

On July 6, 1893 nine gentlemen met in the Horticulture Room of Iowa’s state capitol in Des Moines to discuss organizing the Iowa Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (IASSAR). The result was the creation of a temporary society. Subcommittees were created including one to examine credentials of prospective members and another to draft a constitution and by-laws. On September 5, 1893 a Charter was granted by the National Society. (2)

Among the members of the Society have been the following:

BERGEN, Reverend John Tallmadge, D.D., Dubuque, Chaplain Iowa Society (1912), elected to the SAR 1911. Great-great-grandson of Private John Brower. Served seven years in the Schuyler Regiment, Lansing Troop, and for this service received a pension in his old age. His father, Cornelius Brower, was a freeholder of Dutchess County, New York, and one of the signers of the Freemen’s Pledge.

BINGHAM, William Putnam, Dubuque, elected to the SAR 1894 Great-great-grandson of Brigadier-General Rufus Putnam, Massachusetts Continental Line, 1775-1783

Lester C. BISSELL Dubuque, elected to the SAR 1897 Great-great-great- grandson of Jacob Wicker, Private in the Company of Captain Josiah White, Colonel Job Cushing's Regiment Massachusetts Militia, raised for three months to reinforce the Northern Army under General Gates; enlisted September 5th, 1777; discharged November 22d, 1777.

BREADY, John Ely, M.D., Dubuque, elected to the SAR 1890. Great-grandson of Private John Ely, Colonel Parson’s 6th Connecticut Rifles. Also, great-grandson of Captain Ezra Lee, in action at the battles of Monmouth, Trenton, and Brandywine.

CADY, Monroe|Monroe CADY]] Dubuque, elected to the SAR 1895. Great-grandson of Corporal Noah Parsons, private in Captain John Allen’s Company, in General Pomeroy’s Regiment, Massachusetts Militia, “Lexington Alarm,” also Private in Capatin Jonathan Allen’s Company, Colonel John Fellow’s Regiment in 1775, also private in Jonathan Storm’s Company, Colonel Dickinson’s Regiment, in 1777 at Ticonderoga Alarm, Corporal in Captain Oliver Lyman’s Company, East Hoosac Alarm, 1777.

Judson Keith DEMING, Dubuque, elected to the SAR 1893, insignia #1275. Great-grandson of Captain David Judson, Continental Army. Second Lieutenant, 1777; First Lieutenant, 1778; Captain, 1781. Served throughout the War of the Revolution. Also, great-great-grandson of Private Asahel Jerome, in Captain Robert Durkee’s Company, Connecticut Troops, from Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania; served at Brandywine and Germantown; died in the service, 1777. Also, great-great-grandson of Private John Goodsell, in Captain Thomas Nash’s company, 4th Regiment Connecticut Militia, Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Dimon commanding; at Fishkill, 1777; killed at Fairfield, July 7th, 1779. Also, great-great-grandson of Second Lieutenant Oliver Atherton; Sergeant Lexington Alarm; Second Sergeant, May, 1775; Sergeant, October, 1775; and in 1777; Second Lieutenant 10th Company, 5th Hampshire County Regiment Massachusetts Militia, 1780. Also, great-great-grandson of Private Ebenezer Drury, in Captain Artemus Ward’s Regiment, “Lexington Alarm,” 1775, and in Captain Nye’s Company, Colonel Sparhawk’s Regiment, 1778. Also, great-great-great-grandson of Private Zerubabel Jerone, Private in Captain Hooker’s Company Connecticut Troops, 1776.

HAM, Charles Markle, Dubuque, elected to SAR 1896. Great-great-grandson of Private Samuel Ham, New Hampshire Volunteers, Canadian Expedition, 1776; and Light Horse Volunteers, Rhode Island Campaign, 1778.

HAM, Clifford Dudley, Dubuque, elected to SAR 1894. Great-great-grandson of Private Samuel Ham, New Hampshire Volunteers, Canadian Expedition, 1776; and Light Horse Volunteers, Rhode Island Campaign, 1778.

HATCH, George Parcher, Dubuque, elected to the SAR 1898 Great-grandson of Corporal David Allen; served as Private in Captain Isaiah Stetson's Company, 12th Massachusetts Regiment, commanded by Colonel Gamaliel Bradford; enlisted January 3, 1777, for three years; appointed Corporal, June, 1779; discharged January 3, 1780.

James Walter HEUSTIS, M.D., Dubuque, elected to the SAR 1893, Insignia #1502. Great-grandson of Private Noah Herod, Captain Jonathan Sibley’s Company, Colonel Luke Drury’s Regiment Massachusetts Levies, 1781.

Randolph W. LYON Elected to SAR in 2020 as the fifth, great-grandson of Archelaus Fuller

PARKER, Alonzo Jeffrey, Dubuque, elected to SAR 1894. Insignia #1762. Great-grandson of Captain Nicholas N. Anthony, 3rd Regiment New York City Militia, Colonel Abraham P. Lott, 1775.

PARKER, Thomas William, Dubuque, elected to SAR 1894. Insignia #1670. Great-grandson of Captain Nicholas N. Anthony, 3rd Regiment New York City Militia, Colonel Abraham P. Lott, 1775.

PETERSON, Charles Joseph, Dubuque, elected to SAR 1894. Great-grandson of Private Jabez Rockwell, Connecticut Troops, 1777. Also, great-great-grandson of Robert Buchanon who served five years in a New York Regiment.

ROBISON, Charles Seymour, Dubuque, elected to SAR 1895. Great-grandson of Captain John Marshall, Ensign Second Battalion of Miles' Pennsylvania Rifle Regiment, 1776; Second Lieutenant 3rd Pennsylvania, 1776; First Lieutenant, 1777; Captain-Lieutenant, 1779; Captain, 1779-1783. Also, great-grandson of Captain John McConnell, lieutenant 5th Battalion Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Associators, 1776; Captain 8th Company, 6th Battalion, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, Militia, 1777-78.

SMITH, Dwight Thomas, Dubuque, elected to SAR 1897. Great-grandson of Ensign Jonas Walker; served in Captain Jason Duncan's Company, Colonel John Sargeant's Regiment Vermont Militia.

STAPLES, George Allen, M.D., Dubuque, elected to SAR 1895. Great-grandson of Ichabod Phillips, Private in Captain John Williams' Company, Colonel Vose's Regiment Massachusetts troops; enlisted, 1780; served three years and was present at surrender of Cornwallis.

TORBERT, Horace Gates, Dubuque, elected to SAR 1895. Great-great-great-grandson of Captain Adam Martin, Colonel Bigelow's Regiment Massachusetts Troops, 1775; Rhode Island in 1779-1780, on the Coast Defense.

Williard H. TORBERT, Dubuque, elected to SAR 1899. Great-grandson of Ensign Joshus Ransom, Ensign 8th Company, 6th Battalion Wadsworth's Brigade, Colonel John Chester, Captain John Isham, Jr., Connecticut Line, 1776. At battle of Long Island, 27th August, 1776, and at White Plains, 28th October, 1776.

Alfred TREDWAY, Dubuque, elected to SAR 1895. Great-great-great-grandson of Lieutenant Elijah Worthington, in Captain Amos Jones' Company Connecticut State Troops, Lexington Alarm, 1775. Also, great-grandson of Private Elijah Tredway, in Captain Amos Jones' Company Connecticut State Troops, Lexington Alarm, 1775.

WALLER, John Albert Robert, Dubuque, elected to SAR 1910. Great-great-grandson of Private Henry Cooper. Private in Captain William Laird’s Company, Ninth Battalion, Lancaster County Militia, Pennsylvania, 1781.

WEBSTER, Parker Stewart, Dubuque, elected to SAR 1894. Great-grandson of Captain Daniel Stewart, 2nd Regiment Connecticut Line, 1779; engaged in Tyron's Invasion of Connecticut, July, 1779. (3,4,5)

By 1897 an annual banquet of the Society was given on Washington's birthday. (6)

When COLUMBIA ACADEMY had a Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) an annual review in honor of the president and faculty of the school was held followed by competitive drills for the two Telegraph-Herald silver cup trophies for the winning company and platoon. Among the other honors presented was the Sons of the American Revolution medal to the junior rated highest in citizenship. (7)

In 1910 Memorial Day was celebrated in many places in Dubuque. A union service of the patriotic societies was held at ST. LUKE'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH on Sunday evening. On Monday morning, a program was held on the EAGLE POINT HIGH BRIDGE in memory of departed sailors. The Memorial Day program under the direction of the GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC (G. A. R.) was held Monday afternoon at JACKSON PARK. The parade began on Locust Street. In the First Division were the DUBUQUE MILITARY BAND, GOVERNOR'S GREYS, NATHANIEL GREEN CADETS, and Hyde Clark Post No. 78. The Second Division contained St. Mary's Drum Corps, Lookout Post No. 70, G.A.R.. Fitz Hugh Lee Camp No. 3 SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR Veterans, and the D. B. Henderson Camp No. 18 Sons of Vets. In carriages were the president of the day, orator, and chaplain; officers of the ladies patriotic societies, Sons of the American Revolution; mayor and council; and disabled veterans. The Third Division was composed of the fire department. (8)

At the first meeting of the Iowa division of the National Council of Defense on May 11, 1917 a motion was made by Senator Fred Larrabee of Fort Dodge that authorization should be given to the state DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION and the Sons of the American Revolution to produce an official state flag for Iowa. (9)

Graduates of eighth grade at St. Raphael's school attended ceremonies in 1924 in which the Sons of the American Revolution medal was awarded. As reported in the Telegraph-Herald those "merited" included Anna Whelan and Emmett Kelly whose name was drawn as the winner. (10)

In 1925 George C. White, past president of the Iowa Society, Sons of the American Revolution delivered the commencement address of the Dubuque County schools. Mr. White also made the presentations of patriotism medals at the program. Medals were awarded to the boy or girl in the eighth grade school who displayed the best principals of good citizenship. Among the recipients were Lavon Sunless of JEFFERSON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, Dolly Lynch WASHINGTON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, George Martin (St. Raphael's School), Marjorie Heinz (St. Mary's Orphanage), and Calista Gassman (St. Joseoh's Academy). (11)

In 2002 members of the Iowa Society of the Sons of the American Revolution unveiled a monument to Iowa Revolutionary War veterans in Des Moines on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol. The central monument is inscribed with the names of 39 veterans who are buried in the state. The central monument is surrounded by thirteen granite pillars with patriotic quotations dedicated to the original colonies. Maple trees from Mt. Vernon, the home of George Washington, were planted on each side of the monument. Additional landscaping was added in the spring by the Iowa Daughters of the American Revolution. Veterans of the Revolutionary War includ8ng officers, enlisted and draftees are buried in twenty-one Iowa counties. (12)



1. SAR-Sons of the American Revolution, website: https://www.sar.org/sar-missions-and-goals/

2. Iowa Society, Sons of the American Revolution, website: http://iassar.org/page/26/

3. Register of the Society of Sons of the revolution in the state of Iowa, 1897

4. Register of the Society of Sons of the revolution in the state of Iowa, 1900

5. Register of the Society of Sons of the Revolution in the State of Iowa, 1912 ~Transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall for Dubuque County IAGenWeb

6. ROTC Review Slated Friday," Telegraph-Herald, May 20, 1937, p. 39

7. "Social Events," The Dubuque Herald, February 14 1897, p. 2

8. "Soldier Dead to be Honored Here," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, May 29, 1910, p. 7

9. "Iowa's Division Defense Council Holds Session," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, May 11, 1917, p. 21

10. "School Promotion Exercises," Telegraph-Herald, June 12, 1924, p. 15

11. "George White to Give Talk," Telegraph Herald, June 7, 1925, p. 2

12. "Monument Honors Revolutionary War Veterans," Telegraph Herald, November 12, 2002, p. 10