28 Oct 2017 Warrenton, VA
The Annual DAR/SAR Genealogy Workshop, co-hosted by the Fauquier Court House Chapter, DAR, and the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter, SAR, was held on Saturday, October 28th, in the Warrenton Presbyterian Church. Sixty-one people attended and received nine classes on various genealogical topics including DNA, Afro-American Research, Court House Records, Organizing Your Genealogy, Internet Resources and more. The SAR and DAR also conducted classes on the genealogical resources they offer to the public, as well as their membership processes. An "Ask the Genie" table offered free assistance to attendees with genealogical problems. A continental breakfast and a hot lunch were served to all attendees. This was all offered to the public at no charge. Those who registered ahead participated in drawings for door prizes worth several hundred dollars from Ancestry.com, Family Tree DNA, My Heritage, Newspapers.com, and Fold3.
The keynote speaker was Yvonne Liser, Registrar of the District of Columbia DAR. Her very entertaining talk covered many insights from her wealth of experience that would be helpful to any genealogist or family historian.
Each class was offered four times, to allow for small groups and better interaction with the presenters. This workshop is offered normally on the first Saturday of November each year, but this year was moved up a week to avoid a conflict with a SAR/DAR/C.A.R memorial service at Valley Forge the first weekend of November.
Our keynote speaker also asked that her $100 honorarium, funded by both the SAR and DAR, be presented to her designated charity, Direct Relief.
Sponsors and Prize Winners
Author and Colonel William Grayson Chapter member Paul A. Chase provides overview of his book The American Revolution: A Compendium of Terms and Topics
report submitted by Col William Grayson Chapter President Mike Taimi
24 Oct 2017
At a recent Colonel William Grayson Chapter meeting, Paul A. Chase, led a thoughtful, provocative and entertaining discussion of his newly published book, The American Revolution: A Compendium of Terms and Topics. Paul’s book contributes to the understanding of how the American Revolution gave birth to the United States, which has become the symbol of humanity and representative governance throughout the world.
As outlined in his book, Paul described pre-War issues, incidences and British Acts leading to unrest in the Colonies; regional and individual differences and disputes within the Colonies; the organization, tactics and problems of American, British and other nations’ military forces; definitions of terms and other topics pertinent to understanding the War; major battles and campaigns of the Revolution; and much more. He discussed new perspectives such as, how the geology and geography of the Colonies played pivotal roles in the outcome of the War and shared how his book is a first time ever reference source for hundreds of terms used in the literature of the period such as: Mushroom Gentlemen (War Profiteers), Spider Catchers (New Jersey Whaleboat Privateers), White Ash Sail (Oars made of White Ash Wood), Jockeying (Getting rid of Continental Dollars before they depreciated further), Tristimania (Despair over the War) and hundreds more.
A member of the Colonel William Grayson Chapter, Paul began his SAR membership in 2010. He participates as a member of the Chapter, VASSAR and NSSAR Color Guard, and he attends a wide variety of SAR events from Chapter through National level. He is currently Commander of the Colonel William Grayson Chapter Color Guard and chapter Sergeant at Arms and is a member of the chapter’s Speaker’s Bureau. Since publication of his book, Paul has embarked on publicity and speaking book tour both locally and beyond to increase readership and raise the profile of the SAR. Speaking availability and copies of his book may be arranged through your local SAR chapter.
report submitted by Col William Grayson Chapter President Mike Taimi
Jeffery Ball of Prince William County’s Gainesville Middle School has been named the Colonel William Grayson Chapter of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Teacher of the Year winner. Mr. Ball is currently is in his eleventh year at Gainesville Middle School where he has taught American History for the past seven years. The Teacher of the Year Award recognizes outstanding Social Studies Teachers who actively address the history of the American Revolutionary in their classroom settings.
Matthew McDonald of Charles J. Colgan High School in Manassas, Virginia has been named the Colonel William Grayson Chapter of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution American History Teacher of the Year winner. Mr. McDonald is currently is in his second year at Colgan High School where he teaches 11th grade United States and Virginia history and Advanced Placement United States history. The American History Teacher Award recognizes educators who distinguish themselves in the addressing the history of the American Revolution. Mr. McDonald will be the Colonel William Grayson chapter nominee for the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Teacher of the Year
19 Oct 2017 Yorktown, VA
Today we celebrated the 236th anniversary of our ancestors' victory at Yorktown. A strong contingent of Virginia SAR compatriots participated in the celebration, led by President Mike Elston and seven other state officers. with 13 Virginia chapters participating. President Larry Guzy represented the NSSAR.
Festivities began the evening before with a dinner at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The featured speaker was General Lafayette, portrayed by an actor.
This morning began with the presentation of wreaths at the tomb of Thomas Nelson, Jr. Virginia SAR Secretary Wayne Rouse was the master of ceremonies, greetings were brought by President General Larry Guzy, and Virginia SAR President Mike Elston was the keynote speaker.
Following the ceremony at Nelson's tomb, the parade formed and marched down Main Street that was lined with spectators.
report by Barrett Swink
31 Jul 2017 Woodbridge, VA
Leamon D. Duncan Jr. of Dale City is the 200th member of the Colonel William Grayson Chapter, Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution (VASSAR). Mr. Duncan is a descendant of Patriot Gerard Green who served as a Private in the Virginia Militia. Patriot Green served on the Western Frontier protecting the colonists from the British and Indians and was at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown.
Mr. Duncan is a retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant who now works as a Senior Operations Officer at Headquarters Army Staff in the Pentagon. He is married to his high school sweetheart, has three adult children and six grandchildren, four girls and two boys. Mr. Duncan says the highlight of his Army career was serving with his son, Jeremy, in Iraq.
14 Oct 2017 Lynch Station, VA
On Saturday, October 14th, a new highway historical marker was dedicated in Lynch Station for the home of the Leftwich Family of Bedford County, who were prominent in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Several family members are buried in the cemetery near the plantation house. Two Revolutionary War veterans' graves have modern tombstones, Joel and Thomas Leftwich.
The ceremony was conducted by the Leftwich Family Association, and the master of ceremonies was Cham Light, a descendant of Joel Leftwich, and also a member of the SAR. Several members of the Fincastle Resolves and Culpeper Minutemen Chapters attended and participated in the ceremony, primarily as members of the Color Guard..
After the unveiling, the group of about 50 Leftwich descendants toured the family cemetery, near the old plantation house. The cemetery is currently the subject of an archeological study to determine the number and position of the graves. At least four Revolutionary War veterans are thought to be buried there. This cemetery is covered by the Revolutionary War Veterans' Graves Preservation Program administered by the Virginia SAR.
7-8 Oct 2017 Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, WV
On October 10th, 1774, at the the confluence of the Kanawha and Ohio RIves, Shawnee and Mingo Indians under Chief Cornstalk, attacked an advancing column of Virginia Milita under Colonel Andrew Lewis. A fierce battle ensued, ending when Cornstalk withdrew his force, which was soon pursued by the Virginians, now reinforced with troops under the command of the Virginia Royal Governor, Lord Dunmore. Cornstalk was then compelled to agree to terms favorable to the Crown to end hostilities. This agreement ceded to Lord Dunmore the land south of the Ohio River.
1st Vice President Pat Kelly led the Virginia contingent, composed of members of four chapters: Colonel James Wood, II, Cupeper Minutemen, George Mason, and Thomas Jefferson. Pat Kelly was accompanied by his wife, Jennifer, and Bill Schwetke was accompanied by his wife, Cat. The first activity on Saturday was a parade in Point Pleasant. That evening their was a Governor's reception, followed by a Colonial Dance program.
Sunday we woke to rain, which conveniently abated for the outdoor Colonial Church Service in Tu-Endie-Wei State Park. This was followed by a luncheon at a local church. Then the ceremony was conducted under a tent in the State park. President General Larry Guzy was the keynote speaker.
Head table at the Sunday Luncheon. Left to Right: Centeral District Vice President General Robert Fish; the hose, Point Pleasant Chapter Presidnet Ed Crowley (standing), Secretary General Warren Alter, President General Larry GUzy, West Virginia SAR President Bill Lester, local dignitary, Treasurer General Jack Manning.
Book by VASSAR (Col. William Grayson Chapter) Compatriot Paul Chase: "The American Revolution: A Compendium of Terms and Topics"
The book is available from On-Line sources and also available at Author Discount sales. See your Chapter Secretary for Author Discount Sales information. The profit from the sales of Paul's book will be donated proportionally between the NSSAR, Virginia SAR, and the Colonel William Grayson Chapter.
It is not another A-Z account of the Revolution. Paul has taken bits and pieces of information from his personal 200+ book library shown in the Bibliography and stitched together narratives of little published material on such subjects as: Abuse of Alcohol and how it impacted the Revolution; Reasons and Types of Discipline of Soldiers; Venereal Disease and how it was treated; Recruiting; Divisions among the Colonies that should have prevented them from ever binding together against British Rule and many more such subjects. Of particular significance is how he shows that the Geology of the colonies worked to the great disadvantage of American Rebels and how the Geography of the colonies worked to the great disadvantage of the British. He also shows how the British "starved" the Colonies of "specie" and weaponized paper currency by deflating its value so that American soldiers could not be paid, supplied or fed. Finally, the book contains a unique Compendium of hundreds of little known terms used in Revolutionary literature such as: "Spider Catchers" - Whale boat Privateers operating of the NJ Coast; "White Ash Oar" - The term given to oars to row boats; "Mushroom Gentlemen" - The term for War Profiteers; "Barrel Fever" - A soldier or sailor so sick from alcohol as to be unfit for duty and "Hillsborough Treat" - The smearing of excrement on a British or Loyalist official's house to show our displeasure of his support for the Crown and many more. At 441 pages it is a serious work but because it covers so many topics it is remarkably easy to read
report by Lew de Seife
The Colonel George Waller Chapter & the General Joseph Martin Chapter-DAR participated with a living history encampment at the 37th Annual Fall Festival at Historic Callands and the 250th celebration of the anniversary of the founding of Pittsylvania County on October 7. Organizers estimated approximately 10,000 visited the vendors, crafts tents, food sellers, and historic presentations