Acceptable Service by a Patriot Ancestor

Participation in one or more of the following types of service is required of an ancestor if a descendent is to be admitted into the Sons of the American Revolution.

 

  • Signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • Member of any of the Continental Congresses
  • Rendering material aid, such as:
    • Furnishing supplies with or without remuneration
    • Lending money to the Colonies, munitions makers, and gunsmiths
    • Any other material aid which furthered the Cause
  • Military or naval service:
    • Service at the Battle of Point Pleasant, October 10, 1774
    • Service from April 19, 1775 to November 26, 1783
    • Furnishing a substitute for military service
  • Members of the
    • Boston Tea Party
    • Kaskaskia Campaign
    • Galvez Expedition
    • Cherokee Expedition
    • Edenton Tea Party
  • Defenders of forts and frontiers; rangers.
  • Prisoners of war, including those on the British ship "Old Jersey," and other prison ships.
  • Physician, surgeon, nurse, or others rendering aid to the wounded.
  • Civil service under the Colonies from April 19, 1775, to November 26, 1783, inclusive
  • Member of committees made necessary by the war, such as
    • Committee of Correspondence
    • Committee of Inspection and Safety
    • Committee to care for soldiers' families
    • or any other Committees which furthered the cause of the Colonies from six months before the Battle of Point Pleasant.
  • Any pledge to support the cause of the Colonies, such as signing the Oath of Fidelity and Support:
    • Oath of Allegiance
    • Articles of Association
    • Association Test
  • Signers of
    • The Mecklenburg Declaration, 1775
    • The Albemarle, Virginia, Declaration
    • The Cumberland Compact
    • and similar declarations.
  • Signers of petitions addressed to and recognizing the authority of the provisional and new state governments.
  • Persons accepting obligations or acting under direction of the provisional and new state governments, such as persons directed to hold elections, to oversee road construction, to collect provisions, etc.
  • Ministers known to be in sympathy with the Colonies, either by sermon, speech, or action.