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 XX Mountains were in flames. May came to Somerset from the Northkill, where he served in the Berks County Militia and may have participated in the Battle of Brandywine. He achieved the rank of captain in the 3rd and 4th Battalions of the Berks County Militia. He married Catherine Wagner (1760- 1830) in about 1784. The stone beside May's is believed to be that of Catherine. They came to the area shortly after the war, since he is listed in the Septennial Census of Providence Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania in 1786. He died in Somerset on Dec. 26, 1827. Webster was born March 4, 1753 in Yorkshire, England. He originally settled near Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. He first married Eleanor Graham (1768-1815). John and Eleanor came to Somerset shortly after the end of the Revolutionary War. He was a tavern keeper and a leading citizen of the town. He also was an appointed excise tax collector and served for many years as postmaster. He was a member of the Episcopal Church. After Eleanor's death, he married her sister, Agnes Graham (1750-1832). She is also buried beside John. He served as captain and lieutenant of the Pennsylvania Artillery in 1777. He also served as quartermaster of the 4th Artillery Regiment of the Pennsylvania Line under Col. Thomas Proctor. He was commissioned as a captain on Oct. 12, 1781. He served from November 1773 until November 1783. He died on March 9, 1834. Webster was a member of the Society of Cincinnati. His membership certificate, which was signed by George Washington, his sword, family Bible and snuffbox were all left to his youngest daughter, Lucretia Webster Neff, who gave them to her grandson, Ferguson Graham Parker, who lived in Johnstown. With the exception of the snuffbox, all were lost during the 1889 Johnstown Flood. The Society of the Cincinnati was founded in 1783 by Gens. Henry Knox and George Washington after the end of the war. Its members were former officers of the American army during the war. The society is named for Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus, who was a Roman patrician, statesman and military leader of the early Republic and who later became a legendary figure of Roman virtues. The basis for the creation of the society was to provide ongoing fellowship for the officers of the Continental Army and to develop charitable funds to assist the families of original members. This society also acted on behalf of the army's officers to help secure military pensions for surviving Revolutionary War veterans. It is the nation's oldest Patriot hereditary organization. Today, the society is a nonprofit educational organization devoted to the principles and ideals of its founders. Members can trace their ancestry to one of the officers of the American Revolution. WPA burial records indicate that at least four War of 1812 veterans are also buried in the historic Ankeny Square Cemetery: James Akins, Jacob Finecy, Jacob Cook and Jacob Quig. The SAR also acknowledged their service. Washington Crossing Chapter The Washington Crossing Chapter was honored to march in the oldest continually running Memorial Day parade in the U.S.A.—celebrating its sesquicentennial. For 150 straight years, Doylestown Borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania has remembered the soldiers, sailors and marines who have given their lives in defense of our nation and liberties. Participating in this historic event for the first time this year, the SAR was represented by Chapter President Ray Minich as well as Richard Shindell, Neil Samuels and Clint Gardner. The event included more than 2,000 participants and was viewed by 15,000 spectators along the mile-long parade route. PPP The Margaret Gale Thornton Chapter DAR and the Washington Crossing Chapter SAR held their annual DAR- SAR National Defense Dinner on March 14. Lt. Col. William Tucker, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), spoke on his experiences in Vietnam. A quartet of singers from the Bucks County Gilbert and Sullivan Society sang patriotic songs to begin the evening. Compatriot Timothy Ghebeles played Taps on his trumpet to end the evening. An SAR member, family members and guests who served in the military were honored. Special awards and recognition were given by the DAR and SAR. Michelle Lewicki of the DAR awarded Tucker with a Certificate of Appreciation for his meritorious service. Compatriot Bill Hampton awarded Compatriot Joseph Celano with the SAR Military Service Medal for 30 years of honorable service in the U.S. Navy. Ghebeles was awarded the SAR Service to Veterans Medal for his many years of voluntary work as a bugler with Buglers Across America and the Guardians of National Cemetery. It was a patriotic evening as all veterans in attendance were honored for their service. Our next joint DAR-SAR event will be a picnic at the Historic Moland House after the Flag Day celebration on June 10. SOUTH CAROLINA SOCIETY The South Carolina Society met for the 129th annual meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Greenville, April 20-21. The event began with the Rumbaugh Oration Contest, with four contestants from Waccamaw High School on Pawleys Island. The president's reception and dinner followed, with Dan McMichael portraying Gen. Nathanael Greene. SUMMER 2018 47 The Washington Crossing Chapter Memorial Day parade

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