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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Grave Marking

Machpelah Presbyterian Church, Iron Station, Lincoln County, North Carolina
The North Carolina Society
 Sons of the American Revolution
The Mecklenburg & Catawba Valley Chapters
of the North Carolina Society, SAR
invite you to attend a Patriot Grave Marking Ceremony honoring
General Joseph Graham
and Captain Alexander Brevard
Historic Machpelah Presbyterian Church
Iron Station, Lincoln County, North Carolina
The church's address is:
Joseph Graham enlisted as a Private in the 4th Regt. NC, Continental Line. While at Bladensburg, Maryland, and hearing of the Battle of Monmouth on June 11, the 4th NC was sent south in late 1778 to meet the British threat in Georgia and South Carolina. He later served as Adjutant, Captain, and then Major in command of the Mecklenburg Country Dragoons from 1779-1781. Graham and his men fought in 15 engagements across North Carolina and in South Carolina during the American Revolution. He served as a Brigadier General with the North Carolina militia in General Andrew Jackson's "Creek Indian Campaign" during the War of 1812. Afterward, he was Major General of the 5th Division, North Carolina Militia. Graham Street, a major thoroughfare in Charlotte, is named in his honor. He is an ancestor of the Rev. Billy Graham.
Alexander Brevard served as Ensign in the 4th North Carolina, and later First Lieutenant in the 1st North Carolina, Continental Line, from 1776-1778, until ill health while at Valley Forge forced him to return to North Carolina. He served as Captain of the 1st North Carolina and Quartermaster to Gen. Gates, participating in the battles of Camden and Eutaw Springs, where he was cited for gallantry. Brevard had a total of 84 months of Continental service, and was an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati.
Both men were leaders of iron manufacturing in Lincoln County after the Revolution, partnering with their father in law, Major John Davidson, a signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.  
Grave Marking and
Highway Marker Dedication
Patriot Jacob Plonk II
Sponsored by:
Mecklenburg Chapter, NCSSAR, and
Lincoln County Historical Association

 Plonk Family Cemetery
1550 Old Lincolnton Crouse Rd.
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Lincoln County Historical Association
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Sunday, September 14, 2014


“I______do acknowledge the United States of America to be Free, Independent and Sovereign States, and declare that the people thereof owe no allegiance  or obedience to George the Third, King of Great Britain; and I renounce, refute and abjure any allegiance or obedience to him; and I do swear that I will to the upmost of my power support, maintain and defend, the said United States, against the said King George the Third, his heirs and successors, and his and their abettors, assistants and adherents; and will serve the said United States in the office of ____”

Those words were sworn to on May 30 1778 at Valley Forge by officers and soldiers in the Continental Army.  The oath was deemed a necessity to ensure that only those loyal to the cause of creating a new country were serving in the army.  Following the Battles of Lexington and Concord some states began forming state militias requiring all able-bodied men, usually beginning at age 16-21, and to drill on a regular basis. 

Earlier the Minute Men had sworn this oath:
“We trust in God that should the state of our affairs require it, we shall be ready to sacrifice our estates and everything we hold dear in life, yea, and life itself, in support of the common cause.”

Most states began requiring their own oaths in 1777.  They required everyone to take an oath of allegiance promising to defend the revolutionary cause with arms. Refusal often met with fines, prison sentences and confiscation of property.  Loyalists fled back to England or into Canada rather than take the oaths and members of pacifist religions struggled to hold onto their property.
Records of those who took the oath survive in many states and some court records show suits brought after the war to regain confiscated property.
Taking the oath of allegiance can be used as proof of a patriot for DAR.

Posted by Diane Price

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Star-Spangled Banner 200th Birthday Commemoration in Southport, NC

Cindy Sellers,  Coordinator for The Star-Spangled Banner 200th Birthday Commemoration at Fort Johnston Garrison in Southport, North Carolina on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 program also directs the Sea Notes Choral Society's 40th Anniversary Chorus. They represent "The Living Flag" as they sang The Star Spangled Banner.
Go to the 1812 blog to see more photographs.    

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Brunswick Town DAR Chapter September Meeting 2014

The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held their meeting on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at the Trinity Methodist Church in Southport, NC at 10 AM.  The program was “Miracle of Philadelphia: Making of the Constitution” by Richard Powell in keeping with our celebration of Constitution Week this September. 

Dick Powell and Diane Conaty, Commemorative Events Chair  pose for a photo at the September meeting.

Regent Jackie Craft

Betsy Pessetto, First Vice-Regent
Gwen Causey  National Defense Chair

Dianna Conaty Commemorative Events Chair

Nora Hickam, Americanism Chair 
The DAR Americanism Committee presented Nora HIckam NC State Chairman for Outstanding Service 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

September 11th 9:00 AM "We Must Never Forget"

9/11 Memorial
September 11
Join The Richard H. Stewart, Jr. American Legion Post 543 and the SJ Fire Department on Thursday (9/11) as they pay tribute to those who died in the line of duty on September 11, 2001, in New York City and Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon. The memorial event will be held at the St. James Community Center, with attendees arriving at 9:00 AM. The program begins at 9:30 AM and will last approximately 30 minutes.  The entire community is invited to attend.  Firefighters, emergency medical staff and law enforcement - active and retired - are encouraged to attend.   Almost everyone knew of someone who perished that day, so it is important that we never forget. 
Submitted by John Muuss, Historian/PR

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Celebrate Constitution Week

The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedoms and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American. The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution.  In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week.  The resolution was later adopted by the US Congress and signed into public law on August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The airs of the celebration are to:
Emphasize citizen’s responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution.Inform people that the Constitution is the basis for American’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life.
Encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

Constitution Week is a great time to learn more about this important document and celebrate the freedoms it gave us.  Get involved by encouraging young people to sign the Constitution Week Proclamation Pledge and ask your local community officials to issue a proclamation about Constitution Week.

The Brunswick Town Chapter will be presenting a 20 minute slide presentation to local 5th graders.  Each year the Chapter is involved locally in schools to promote, educate and commemorate Constitution Week.  For more information on NSDAR Jackie Craft, Regent of the Brunswick Town DAR Chapter in Southport, NC

posted by Sandra Winstead

Constitution Week Chair 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DAR Members Invited to 200th Birthday of the Star Spangled Banner on September 9th at 11:00

A Commemoration of the 200th Birthday of the Star Spangled Banner will be held on Tuesday, Sept 9, at 11am on the Garrison Lawn at Fort Johnston on the river, downtown Southport, and all NC Society Daughters are invited to attend.   Commissioner Charles Gause Chapter President Betsy Hamer will give a welcome and make introductions.  Southport Mayor Robert Howard will bring greetings.  The Proclamation from Governor McCrory will be read.   Jim McKee, Historic Interpreter at Brunswick Town State Historic Site, will be the keynote speaker.   The cannon Thor belonging to the Southport Historical Society will fire, and the Sea Notes Choral Society will form a Living Flag.  All verses of the National Anthem will be both read and sung.   Event is rain or shine, so bring an umbrella if weather looks threatening and hope for clear skies.  Bring a lawn chair if you wish.  Carpooling is encouraged.  Program should not last more than 45 minutes. 

The  anniversary of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner is the morning of Sunday, Sept 14th.   We have chosen to host our celebration at Fort Johnston because it was an active fort during the War of 1812.  Online exhibition
Star-Spangled Banner Website (  Copy and paste into your browser.

Betsy Hamer, President
Cindy Sellers, Event Chairman
Comm. Charles Gause Chapter, US Daughters of 1812