Membership




A Lineage Society 


The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) is a male "lineage" society. This means that each member has traced and documented their family tree back to a point of having an ancestor who supported the cause of American independence, generally Service between April 19, 1775 and November 26, 1783.  

To be eligible for SAR membership, a male applicant must be a citizen of good repute in the community and the lineal descendant of an ancestor who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to the cause of American independence. The patriot ancestor must have rendered acceptable service by overt acts of resistance to the authority of Great Britain. The patriot’s service and line of descent must be documented through acceptable references.

Acceptable Service Examples 

  • Signer of Declaration of Independence.
  • Military Service in the army, navy, or marines from April 19, 1775, to November 26, 1783, inclusive, in addition to: battle of Point Pleasant – October 10, 1774; Ft. William and Mary, December 14-15, 1774; and civil service under the Colonies from April 19, 1775, to November 26, 1783, inclusive. 
  • Patriotic Service by men or women during the Revolutionary period, or any pledge to support the cause of the colonies, including: furnishing a substitute for military service; physician, surgeon, nurse, or others rendering aid to the wounded; and ministers known to be in sympathy with the Colonies, either by sermon, speech, or action. 
  • Defenders of forts, frontiers and rangers. 
  • Prisoners of war, including those on the British ship, “Old Jersey,” and other prison ships. 
  • Rendering material aid, such as, furnishing supplies, with or without remuneration; lending money to the Colonies; munitions makers; gunsmiths; or any act that furthered the cause. 
  • Members of: the Boston Tea Party; Kaskaskia Campaign; Galvez Expedition; the Cherokee Expedition or Edenton Tea Party. 
  • Member of the Continental Congresses and its committees made necessary by the war, which could be as early as April 1774, such as: Committee of Correspondence; Inspection and Safety Committee to care for soldiers’ families; and other Committees that furthered the cause of the Colonies.
  • Provincial, state or local service including: holding any position elected or appointed by a provincial or state executive or legislature; membership in a county, township, city or town governing body; and positions elected or appointed by a local government’s executive or governing body, or elected by the people.  
  • 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.  
  •  Oaths, such as: Oaths of Fidelity and Support; Oath of Allegiance; Articles of Association; test  Declarations, such as: Mecklenburg Declaration; Albemarle Declaration and similar declarations.

For membership information or assistance in applying for membership in the
General Richard Montgomery Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution,
contact us at  - grm.sar@gmail.com