The SAR Magazine

Summer 2018

The SAR MAGAZINE is the official quarterly publication of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution published quarterly.

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SUMMER 2018 13 If you are an American and a direct male descendant of someone who rendered civil or military service in one of the 13 American colonies before July 4, 1776, consider joining the NATIONAL SOCIETY SONS OF THE AMERICAN COLONISTS. For information on its activities and eligibility requirements, contact: Registrar General R.D. Pollock P.O. Box 86 Urbana, OH 43078-0086 Men and women, ages 18 and older, who can prove lineal descent from an ancestor who was a resident on land presently part of the State of Rhode Island and the Providence Plantations prior to January 1, 1647-1648, may be eligible for membership. For more information, please write to the Registrar General: Jean Hacker spoke to someone in the office. "Can I help you?" she asked in her sweet Mississippi accent. "I am looking for the grave of one of our nation's founders, Richard Smith," said Lawrence. "We have a founder buried here?" she asked, puzzled. At that point, Lawrence knew he was in trouble. No one had any idea where Smith was buried. It was also learned that many of the oldest graves at City Cemetery had been moved in the 1820s from a churchyard in the old part of town. After a visit there, Knorr knew no more than when he arrived about the actual location of Richard Smith. A subsequent search of newspaper databases found several ads in the 19th and early 20th centuries seeking information about the grave. Clearly, it has been lost for some time! Anyone with information about the possible location of Richard Smith's grave would be invaluable. It is time we know where he is. After paying homage to Andrew Jackson at the Hermitage, near Nashville, Knorr headed to Louisville to the grave of George Rogers Clark. Cave Hill Cemetery was well maintained, and Clark's grave was well-marked. Also found there were the graves of Muhammad Ali and Colonel Sanders. Imagine the three of them around a table! Clark is honored also by a beautiful memorial at Vincennes, Indiana. The most recent trip, focused on Charleston, began at the tomb of "Light Horse Harry" Lee, the father of Robert E. Lee, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. What a beautiful campus! While Robert is clearly the focus of the chapel tomb, father Harry was found in the basement with many other family members. A splendid little museum on the bottom level recounts much about father and son. The docent and staff were incredibly helpful. The last office of Robert E. Lee was also fascinating. At the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, the graves of two Patriots, John Penn and William Hooper, were easily located. Both had been moved there when the park was established more than 100 years ago. They share an impressive courtyard with a fabulous bronze equestrian statue of Gen. Nathanael Greene that is well worth the visit. It is a splendid example of what can be done to honor our founders whose graves may be in inferior situations. Cornelius Harnett, Continental Congressman, was found in a small cemetery in Wilmington, North Carolina. It could certainly use a little more tender loving care. SUMMER 2018 29 COMPATRIOTS! You MaY Be eligiBle for MeMBership in a VerY select order numerous sar members are already affiliated coMpatriots ! Eligibility founding ancestor prior to 1657 and a revolutionary War patriot in the same male line. Male line may be from: (1) father's father; (2) Mother's father; (3) father's Maternal grandfather; (4) Maternal grandfather of Mother's father; (5) Maternal grandfather of father's father. for information, contact: daniel c. Warren 1512 steuben road gloucester point, Va 23062 or

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