Henry Laurens Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution

Henry Laurens Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution The purpose of the Sons of the American Revolution are patriotic, historical and educational. Inspiring the community with a reverence for the principles of government founded by our forefathers.

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06/06/2021

Marinus Willett, a Sons of Liberty ruffian with a small group, stopped the British soldiers from taking five wagon loads of arms when they were evacuating New York on June 6, 1775. He and the Sons of Liberty later helped to take the British storehouse at Turtle Bay. Then he joined the Army!

Willett was good at that, as he was presented a sword from Congress for his daring action during the Battle of Oriskany where he got 21 wagons of British baggage and supplies. Following is the story and his biography.

Herkimer had informed Gansevoort, by the messenger, that he intended, on hearing the signals, to cut his way to the fort through the circumvallating camp of the enemy, and requested him to make a sortie at the same time. This was done as soon as the arrangement could be made, and a detachment of two hundred men, consisting of portions of Gansevoort's and Wesson's regiments, was detailed for the purpose, who took with them an iron three pounder. Fifty men were also added, to protect the cannon, and to act otherwise as circumstances might require. The enterprise was intrusted to Colonel Marinus Willett, who, by quick and judicious movements and daring courage, with his small force, accomplished wonders in a few hours. Rain was falling copiously while preparations for the sortie were in progress, but the moment it ceased Willett sallied out and fell furiously upon that portion of the camp occupied by Sir John Johnson and his Royal Greens, a detachment of whom, as we have seen, had been sent to oppose the approach of Herkimer. The advanced guard, unable to withstand the impetuosity of the attack, were driven in; and so suddenly was Sir John's camp assailed, that he was not allowed time to put on his coat. He endeavored to bring his troops into order, but they fled in dismay. The Indian encampment was then assaulted, and in a few moments the savages, too, were scattered. Sir John and his troops fled across the river, to the temporary camp of St. Leger, and the Indians buried themselves in the deep forest near. No less than twenty-one wagon-loads of spoil, consisting of clothing, blankets, stores, camp equipage, five British standards, the baggage of Sir John, with all his papers, and those of other officers, containing every kind of information necessary to the garrison, were captured. Having secured their prize, Willett and his party returned to the fort without the loss of a man. The five British colors were raised in full view of the enemy, upon the flag-staff, beneath the uncouth American standard, and the whole garrison, mounting the parapets, made the forest ring with three loud cheers. This chivalrous exploit was duly noticed by Congress, and an elegant sword was presented to Colonel Willett in the name of the United States.

Marinus Willett was born at Jamaica, Long Island, July 31st (O.S.), 1740. He was the youngest of six sons of Edward Willett, a Queen's county farmer. He was early imbued with a military spirit, and joined the army, under Abercrombie, as a lieutenant in Colonel Delancy's regiment, in 1758. He was in the disastrous battle at Ticonderoga, and accompanied Bradstreet in his expedition against Fort Frontenac. Exposure in the wilderness injured his health, and he was confined by sickness in the newly-erected Fort Stanwix until the end of the campaign. Willett early espoused the republican cause when British aggression aroused resistance here. When the British troops in the New York garrison were ordered to Boston, after the skirmish at Lexington, they attempted, in addition to their own, to carry off a large quantify of spare arms. Willett resolved to prevent it, and, though opposed by the mayor and other Whigs, he captured the baggage-wagons containing them, and took them back to the city. These arms were afterward used by the first regiment raised by the state of New York. He was appointed second captain of a company in Colonel M'Dougal's regiment, and accompanied Montgomery in his northern expedition. He was placed in command of St. John's, and held that post until January, 1776. He was that year appointed lieutenant colonel, and, at the opening of the campaign of 1777, placed in command of Fort Constitution, on the Hudson. In May he was ordered to Fort Stanwix, or Schuyler, where he performed signal services, as noticed in the text. He was left in command of the fort, and remained there until the summer of 1778, when he joined the army under Washington, and was at the battle of Monmonth. He accompanied Sullivan in his campaign against the Indians in 1779, and was actively engaged in the Mohawk Valley in 1780, 1781, and 1782. In 1792 he was sent by Washington to treat with the Creek Indians at the south; and the same year he was appointed a brigadier general in the army intended to act against the Northwestern Indians. He declined the appointment, for he was opposed to the expedition. He was for some time sheriff of New York, and was elected mayor of the city in 1807. He was chosen elector of President and Vice-president in 1824, and was made president of the Electoral College. He died in New York, August 23d, 1830, in the 91st year of his age.

Pictorial Field Book of the Revolution, Vol. 1, by B. J. Lossing, 1851.

Photo: Marinus Willett by Ralph Earl, c. 1791.

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Kings Mountain Awesome National Park
06/05/2021

Kings Mountain Awesome National Park

Did you know that many of the men fighting at Kings Mountain did so on an empty stomach?

#FirstPersonFriday brings us the recollections of Benjamin Sharp, who remembers finding a large sweet potato patch on a deserted plantation the day after the battle. He remembers, “This was most fortunate, for not one if fifty of us had tasted food for the last two days and two nights, since we left Cowpens [the day before the battle]….During the whole of this expedition, except a few days at the outset, I neither tasted bread nor salt, and this was the case with nearly every man; we could get meat, which was but seldom, we had to roast and eat it without either: sometimes we got a few potatoes, but out standing principal rations were ears of corn, scorched in the fire or eaten raw. Such was the price paid by the men of the Revolution for our independence.”

Image: An Overmountain Man , as shown in the Kings Mountain NMP Museum. Credit: NPS.

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Mobile Uploads
06/04/2021

Mobile Uploads

Photos from Pete Widell's post
06/02/2021

Photos from Pete Widell's post

Photos from Pete Widell's post
05/30/2021

Photos from Pete Widell's post

Belinda thanks for the photos.
05/29/2021

Belinda thanks for the photos.

Aiken Memorial day Parade Henry Laurens Chapter Aiken SCSSAR Awesome day 29 May 2021.
05/29/2021

Aiken Memorial day Parade Henry Laurens Chapter Aiken SCSSAR Awesome day 29 May 2021.

Aiken Memorial day Parade Henry Laurens Chapter Aiken SCSSAR Awesome day 29 May 2021.

Photos from Henry Laurens Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution's post
05/29/2021

Photos from Henry Laurens Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution's post

The Aiken SC Memorial day Parade was a total success.  Special thanks to all who came down to participate everyone looke...
05/29/2021

The Aiken SC Memorial day Parade was a total success. Special thanks to all who came down to participate everyone looked awesome. Thanks to Neel Flannagan for driving and keeping us safe. I believe that this year's parade had about 4000 plus spectators. Awesome event. See you next year! !!!!!!!!

Awesome Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!
05/28/2021

Awesome Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

Getting ready for the Aiken Memorial day Parade 29 May 2021 line up Orangeburg street A 9am. Start 10 pm see you soon. I...
05/26/2021

Getting ready for the Aiken Memorial day Parade 29 May 2021 line up Orangeburg street A 9am. Start 10 pm see you soon. If you need more information call me Ted Walker at 8035991654

Getting ready for the Aiken Memorial day Parade 29 May 2021 line up Orangeburg street A 9am. Start 10 pm see you soon. If you need more information call me Ted Walker at 8035991654

Timeline Photos
05/25/2021

Timeline Photos

Sonny Pittman, Pete Widell, Ted Walker, and Neel Flannagan representing Henry Laurens Chapter At the SC State SSAR Conference in Columbia SC

Sonny Pittman, Pete Widell, Ted Walker, and Neel Flannagan representing Henry Laurens Chapter At the SC State SSAR Confe...
05/25/2021

Sonny Pittman, Pete Widell, Ted Walker, and Neel Flannagan representing Henry Laurens Chapter At the SC State SSAR Conference in Columbia SC

Sonny Pittman, Pete Widell, Ted Walker, and Neel Flannagan representing Henry Laurens Chapter At the SC State SSAR Conference in Columbia SC

05/24/2021
Photos from Henry Laurens Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution's post
05/23/2021

Photos from Henry Laurens Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution's post

SCSSAR annual conference
05/22/2021

SCSSAR annual conference

SCSSAR annual Business and Award meeting in Columbia, SC

SCSSAR annual Business and Award meeting in Columbia, SC
05/22/2021

SCSSAR annual Business and Award meeting in Columbia, SC

05/16/2021

Well Done Neel Flannagan and thanks for a great job!!!!!!!!!

Well Done Neel Flannagan and thanks for a great job!!!!!!!!!
05/16/2021

Well Done Neel Flannagan and thanks for a great job!!!!!!!!!

Well Done Neel Flannagan and thanks for a great job!!!!!!!!!

Pine Tree festival in Swainsboro GA on 8 May 2021. Had a wonderful time.
05/15/2021

Pine Tree festival in Swainsboro GA on 8 May 2021. Had a wonderful time.

05/12/2021

The Aiken Memorial Day Parade will be held in Downtown Aiken SC 29 May 2021 line up 9AM. Our Henry Laurens Chapter will have a large parade float. If anyone in the SC State SAR Society wants to dress up and participate they can join us for a great time. Aiken always has a big turnout I hope we will get lots of folks from our SC Society to join in the festivities for more information please call Ted Walker at (803) 599-1654.
Respectfully,
Ted Walker President
Henry Laurens Chapter, Aiken SCSSAR

Aiken Memorial Day Parade Aiken SC
Date: 29 May 2021
Time: Line up 9AM - Start 10AM
Place: Downtown Aiken, SC - Street will be assigned
Dress: Continental Uniform / Militia / Civilian Dress
For More information call Ted Walker (803)599-1654

The Aiken Memorial Day Parade will be held in Downtown Aiken SC 29 May 2021 line up 9AM. Our Henry Laurens Chapter will ...
05/12/2021

The Aiken Memorial Day Parade will be held in Downtown Aiken SC 29 May 2021 line up 9AM. Our Henry Laurens Chapter will have a large parade float. If anyone in the SC State SAR Society wants to dress up and participate they can join us for a great time. Aiken always has a big turnout I hope we will get lots of folks from our SC Society to join in the festivities for more information please call Ted Walker at (803) 599-1654.
Respectfully,
Ted Walker President
Henry Laurens Chapter, Aiken SCSSAR

Aiken Memorial Day Parade Aiken SC
Date: 29 May 2021
Time: Line up 9AM - Start 10AM
Place: Downtown Aiken, SC - Street will be assigned
Dress: Continental Uniform / Militia / Civilian Dress
For More information call Ted Walker (803)599-1654

The Aiken Memorial Day Parade will be held in Downtown Aiken SC 29 May 2021 line up 9AM. Our Henry Laurens Chapter will have a large parade float. If anyone in the SC State SAR Society wants to dress up and participate they can join us for a great time. Aiken always has a big turnout I hope we will get lots of folks from our SC Society to join in the festivities for more information please call Ted Walker at (803) 599-1654.
Respectfully,
Ted Walker President
Henry Laurens Chapter, Aiken SCSSAR

Aiken Memorial Day Parade Aiken SC
Date: 29 May 2021
Time: Line up 9AM - Start 10AM
Place: Downtown Aiken, SC - Street will be assigned
Dress: Continental Uniform / Militia / Civilian Dress
For More information call Ted Walker (803)599-1654

Had a wonderful day with all my Brothers of the Sons of the American Revolution in Swainsboro, GA at the Pine Tree Festi...
05/08/2021

Had a wonderful day with all my Brothers of the Sons of the American Revolution in Swainsboro, GA at the Pine Tree Festival. Thanks to all who made this event so much fun. It was a honor to participate and fire our muskets for all who attended. Job well Done!!!!!!!!!!

Fall Line Region Continentals Sons of the American Revolution.

Fall Line Region Continentals Sons of the American Revolution.
05/08/2021

Fall Line Region Continentals Sons of the American Revolution.

05/02/2021

On this day in 1775, Patrick Henry prepares to face off against Virginia’s Royal Governor. The Gunpowder Incident was afoot! Naturally, the conflict was created by guns, ammunition . . . and a British attempt to confiscate them.

How unsurprising that our ancestors wrote the 2nd Amendment, with incidents such as these inspiring them. :)

King George III had been limiting the inflow of guns and ammunition into the American colonies for months. His Governors were to “take the most Effectual Measures for Arresting, detaining and securing any Gunpowder or any sort of Arms or Ammunition,” unless a royal license could be produced.

It was basically an 18th-century version of gun control, wasn’t it? The American colonists were furious!

You already know that the shots at Lexington and Concord were sparked by British General Thomas Gage’s attempt to seize ammunition stores. But you may not know what was happening in Williamsburg that same week. Colonists there were patrolling their own town. They’d heard a rumor that the Royal Governor, Lord Dunmore, was preparing to seize their gunpowder.

The rumor was true! Patrick Henry had just delivered his “Liberty or Death” speech, and Dunmore was worried. “[T]heir having come to a resolution,” he would write, “of raising a body of armed men . . . made me think it prudent to remove some gunpowder which was in a magazine . . . .”

Dunmore secretly brought in 20 marines and sailors under the command of Lt. Henry Collins. When the citizens of Williamsburg began to relax their patrols, Collins would take advantage of the opportunity.

He didn’t have to wait long. On the night of April 20-21, the guards who were watching the magazine left early. At about 3 a.m., Collins and his men quietly seized about 15 half-barrels of gunpowder, while Williamsburg was fast asleep. An alarm was raised, but it was too late.

The colonists were livid! The magazine had been “erected at the public expence . . . for the protection and security of the country . . . in cases of invasions and insurrections.” Lord Dunmore had no right to seize the public’s gunpowder.

Indeed, a mob might have assaulted Dunmore but for the intervention of Peyton Randolph, the speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses. Randolph convinced the townspeople to seek a peaceful resolution.

Dunmore was wily, though. He tried to use the people’s fears against them, making the (untruthful) argument that he’d seized the ammunition because he was worried about a slave uprising! He argued the gunpowder was more “secure” with him, but he promised to return it, if needed.

Randolph was inclined to believe this falsehood. Patrick Henry was not.

By May 3, Henry was outside Williamsburg and in command of a detachment of men from his home county of Hanover. He demanded the stolen gunpowder—or restitution for it.

In the meantime, Williamsburg had finally learned of the “shot heard ‘round the world” at Lexington Green. Perhaps some people were getting worried?

The next day, the colony’s receiver general gave Henry 330 pounds. Henry called off his men, but he was only temporarily appeased. He would soon leave to attend the Second Continental Congress.

Dunmore hated being outdone by Henry. On May 6, he issued a proclamation denouncing “a certain Patrick Henry” and his “deluded Followers,” for unlawfully taking up arms and exciting rebellion.

Don’t you bet they wore that proclamation like a badge of pride? ;)

P.S. The painting is of Lord Dunmore escaping to HMS Fowey. He was forced to flee Virginia after these events.
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Photos from Fall-Line Region Continentals's post
04/19/2021

Photos from Fall-Line Region Continentals's post

Henry Laurens Chapter Aiken SCSSAR Meeting 8 Apr 2021
04/11/2021

Henry Laurens Chapter Aiken SCSSAR Meeting 8 Apr 2021

Business meeting, Lunch and Program Henry Laurens Chapter Aiken SC Society Sons of the American Revolution

Business meeting, Lunch and Program Henry Laurens Chapter Aiken SC Society Sons of the American Revolution
04/11/2021

Business meeting, Lunch and Program Henry Laurens Chapter Aiken SC Society Sons of the American Revolution

04/06/2021

The Georgia and South Carolina Societies
Sons of the American Revolution

Invite you to attend the
240th Anniversary Commemoration of the Second Siege of Augusta

Saturday, 11:00 AM, June 12, 2021
Salvation Army Kroc Community Center Auditorium
1384 Greene Street
Augusta, GA 30901

We will commemorate the 240th Anniversary of the Second Siege of Augusta (also known as the Battle for Fort Cornwallis) on Saturday, June 12, 2021.
For your comfort and convenience, the majority of the commemoration activities will take place in the 400-seat Kroc Center Auditorium beginning at 11:00 AM.
The event will include a ceremonial program; patriot grave marker dedication; Dutch lunch; battle seminar; and a battle reenactment to take place on the battlefield behind the center.
If placing a wreath and/or participating in the Color Guard, please arrive no later than 10:30 AM to register your wreath.
To assure your organization’s recognition and to receive a flag streamer, please complete the following by June 1, 2021 and forward to:
Sonny Pittman, Event Coordinator
2202 Holly Haven Court, Augusta, GA 30907
(706) 860-1050; [email protected]

Society Name:
Chapter or Organization Name:
Will present a Wreath:
Presenter(s) Name(s):
Will Participate in the Color Guard:
Will Participate in the Militia, firing a flintlock:
Will Participate in the Artillery Section Cannon Salute:
Will be in Uniform/Militia or Colonial Attire:
Number of attendees in your party:

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What is the SAR? The official statement of the Sons of the American Revolution is: "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. "The Sons of the American Revolution is a patriotic organization. Its members are male descendants of people who served in the Revolutionary War, or who contributed to establishing the independence of the United States. The society is dedicated to perpetuating American ideals and traditions, and to protecting the Constitution. Constitution Day, Flag Day, and Bill of Rights Day were established through its efforts. The society was founded on April 30, 1889. Its official name is the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. It has members in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Its national headquarters are in Louisville, Kentucky. ("Sons of the American Revolution." World Book Online Reference Center. World Book, 2013.) Symbolism of the SAR insignia... The SAR insignia consists of a Maltese cross surrounded by a garland, with a relief of George Washington in a center circle. Surrounding the relief of Washington in the center are the words "LIBERTAS ET PATRIA," a reminder of the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. ("Suggested Induction Ceremony for New Members No. Two" (PDF). The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Official Handbook Volume II: History, Organization and Protocol. The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.) The cross's vertical bar represents the commandment "You Shall Love Your God"; the horizontal bar represents the commandment "You Shall Love Your Neighbor as Yourself." The four limbs are a reminder of the four cardinal virtues; its eight points represent eight spiritual injunctions: • To have spiritual contentment • To live without malice • To weep over your sins • To humble yourself at insults • To love justice • To be merciful • To be sincere and open-hearted • To suffer persecution Who Can Join... Membership in the society is open to any male of "good repute" who can prove lineal bloodline descent from an ancestor who actively supported the American Revolution. Acceptable ancestors include: • military veterans of the American Revolutionary War, including those who served in the Continental Army, Continental Navy, and state militias and navies; • signers of the Declaration of Independence; • members of the Continental Congress; • civilians who provided arms or supplies to the American cause; • people who served on political bodies supporting the Revolution, signed oaths of allegiance, or those who gave similar support to the Patriot cause; • soldiers and sailors from allied nations such as France and Spain who fought in support of American independence. No state society or chapter may discriminate against an applicant on the basis of race or creed. The SAR claims a membership...representing all 50 states in the United States, as well as societies in Canada, Mexico, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. (The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Official Handbook (PDF). September 2012. p. 1.)

What is the SAR?The official statement of the Sons of the American Revolution is: "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."The Sons of the American Revolution is a patriotic organization. Its members are male descendants of people who served in the Revolutionary War, or who contributed to establishing the independence of the United States. The society is dedicated to perpetuating American ideals and traditions, and to protecting the Constitution. Constitution Day, Flag Day, and Bill of Rights Day were established through its efforts. The society was founded on April 30, 1889. Its official name is the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. It has members in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Its national headquarters are in Louisville, Kentucky. ("Sons of the American Revolution." World Book Online Reference Center. World Book, 2013.)Symbolism of the SAR insignia...The SAR insignia consists of a Maltese cross surrounded by a garland, with a relief of George Washington in a center circle.Surrounding the relief of Washington in the center are the words "LIBERTAS ET PATRIA," a reminder of the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. ("Suggested Induction Ceremony for New Members No. Two" (PDF). The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Official Handbook Volume II: History, Organization and Protocol. The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.)The cross's vertical bar represents the commandment "You Shall Love Your God"; the horizontal bar represents the commandment "You Shall Love Your Neighbor as Yourself." The four limbs are a reminder of the four cardinal virtues; its eight points represent eight spiritual injunctions:To have spiritual contentmentTo live without maliceTo weep over your sinsTo humble yourself at insultsTo love justiceTo be mercifulTo be sincere and open-heartedTo suffer persecutionWho Can Join...Membership in the society is open to any male of "good repute" who can prove lineal bloodline descent from an ancestor who actively supported the American Revolution. Acceptable ancestors include:military veterans of the American Revolutionary War, including those who served in the Continental Army, Continental Navy, and state militias and navies;signers of the Declaration of Independence;members of the Continental Congress;civilians who provided arms or supplies to the American cause;people who served on political bodies supporting the Revolution, signed oaths of allegiance, or those who gave similar support to the Patriot cause;soldiers and sailors from allied nations such as France and Spain who fought in support of American independence.No state society or chapter may discriminate against an applicant on the basis of race or creed. The SAR claims a membership...representing all 50 states in the United States, as well as societies in Canada, Mexico, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. (The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Official Handbook (PDF). September 2012. p. 1.) state society or chapter may discriminate against an applicant on the basis of race or creed. The SAR claims a membership...representing all 50 states in the United States, as well as societies in Canada, Mexico, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. (The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Official Handbook (PDF). September 2012. p. 1.)

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We pass this DAR marker dedicated to George Washington's stay in Johnston, SC in 1786. My son Carl and I spent the morning making it respectable.
More video of Mt. Harmon. Turn the volume down as it was set to modern music
Drone footage from Mt. Harmon, road to Brandywine :
The Robertson family I married into, goes back to 1618 Jamestown Area. There is one John Robertson who applied for the Revolutionary war pension. All the women including my daughters would be Daughter's of the Revolution and Confederacy.All Robertson men naturally would be son's.
We still need Patriot biographies turned in so we can update the Patriot Research System.
Nice to see this new page!