This weeks prompt is “Independence”
Sons of the American Revolution
“The SAR is a patriotic, historical, and educational non-profit corporation, United States 501(c)3, that seeks to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom,
an appreciation for true patriotism, a respect for our national symbols,
the value of American citizenship, and the unifying force of e pluribus unum.”
On December 4, 2015 I became a member.
I traced my direct lineage back to Stephen Beckham (1740-1820) my 4th great-grandfather on my mothers side. He is credited with patriotic service in aiding in the revolution.
I have since found 3 other possible ancestors that served in the American Revolution but have not yet applied for supplementals.
Jacob Lawson (1761-1833) 4th great-grandfather militia. I am almost finished with this application.
Simon Reuben Finnell (1729-1812) 4th great-grandfather
Lewis Hutchins (1743-1805) 5th great-grandfather militia
Lewis is proving to be more difficult for me and the one I would like most to prove since it is a direct surname patriot. Most patriots have already been proven through either The Daughters of the American Revolution or Sons of the American Revolution and all you need to do is prove direct lineage, not necessarily and easy task itself, they are sticklers for details. But Lewis is not yet in the DAR or SAR databases and all I have on him is this document indicating that he was drafted into service and has the last name as Hutchings, not uncommon but another obstacle to overcome it also brought his birth date into question. I previously believed it to be 1736 but this record would make it 1743. He is listed in the book “William Hutchins of Carolina” by Jack Randolph Hutchins as being the same person and 1743 but that alone is not proof and there are no sources cited in the book.
52 Ancestors in 52 weeks “Is a series of weekly prompts to get you to think about an ancestor and share something about them. The guesswork of “who should I write about” is taken care of.