The SAR Magazine

Fall 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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School in Watertown, N.Y., and her students on a project to recognize local Revolutionary War soldiers. The students researched soldiers using census records, pension rolls, regiment records, battle records, family records and much more. They also created a tree for each Patriot on to aid others searching for information. During the June 11 meeting of the Jefferson County New York Genealogical Society, Fillhart's class presented the results of their research to a large audience of JCNYGS members and families of the students. Following the presentations, Coyne presented each student with an SAR certificate in recognition. This meeting was also honored with the presence of Empire State Society President Jim Eagan, who congratulated the students and spoke about several SAR awards programs available to them. Eagan encouraged the students to prepare submissions for the Knight Essay Contest as well as other programs. He also encouraged the students to join the C.A.R. NORTH CAROLINA SOCIETY Halifax Resolves Chapter Gammon Addresses Halifax County Genealogical Society NC SAR Genealogist and Halifax Resolves Chapter President David B. Gammon spoke to the Halifax Genealogical Society during its September meeting. His presentation was entitled "Testing Genealogy Theories." To begin his presentation, Gammon gave all the participants a copy of a typical 19th-century will of a woman who left property to both children and grandchildren. Based on the will, he asked them to come up with series of theories about relationships within the family. From there, he produced further records, including marriage records, wills, death certificates and guardian records for the same family. By comparing the original will to the subsequent records, he asked the participants to test their theories to see if they held up, discarding the original theories or adjusting them. He concluded by reminding the audience that when they approach a primary source document, they should put forth theories about family relationships, but they also should continue to test these theories by further research to see if they hold true. New Bern Chapter On May 23, more than 140 grandparents, parents, children, Scout leaders and Boy Scouts of Troop 13 attended the Eagle Scout Court of Honor at Centenary Methodist Church in New Bern. Rear Admiral Jay DeLoach, vice president of the New Bern Chapter, presented Eagle Scout recognition certificates to the six new Eagle Scouts. Troop 13 is led by Scoutmaster Tim Mitchell, who has an impressive track record in developing Eagle Scouts—our next generation of young leaders. Salisbury Chapter At its August meeting, the Salisbury Chapter recognized two public servants. Battalion Chief Reid Overcash of Rowan Emergency Medical Services was presented the Emergency Medical Services Commendation Medal for accomplishments and/or outstanding contribution in an area of emergency medical services. Chief Overcash is a 32-year veteran of emergency services, beginning his career with the Salisbury Fire Department in 1986. He joined Rowan County EMS in 1988. He holds paramedic credentials with North Carolina, South Carolina and the National Registry. School Resource Officer Tommie Cato was presented the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal. Cato is the school resource officer at East Rowan High School. He is a retired North Carolina state trooper who subsequently joined the Rowan County Sheriff's Office as a school resource officer. He was selected Rowan County's Officer of the Year in both 1996 and 2016 and was awarded the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine by then-Gov. Pat McCrory. Pictured from left: John Peterson, Nate Shorter, Ian Hunter, Rear Admiral DeLoach, Jarrett Hall, Britton Creel and Hunter Saunders Halifax Genealogical Society President Ray Sasser and NC SAR Genealogist David B. Gammon 32 SAR MAGAZINE Salisbury President Franklin Merrell presents the Law Enforcement Medal to SRO Tommie Cato.

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