Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

Mahoning Valley SAR Holiday Luncheon – Youngstown, OH

Members of the Mahoning Valley Chapter Sons of the American Revolution gathered on December 9th for their Holiday Luncheon at the Youngstown Country Club.  Joining the Chapter for this special event were representatives of the Ohio Society SAR (OHSSAR).  State Genealogist Timothy Ward and Eastern District Chairman Larry Perkins were given a warm welcome by Chapter President Phil Bracy. 

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LtoR: Chapter President Phil Bracy; State Genealogist Timothy Ward – Photo by Diane Bracy

The keynote speaker for the program was Douglas P. Angeloni, retired teacher, historian, amateur archaeologist and Trustee with the “Friends of Fort Lauren’s Foundation”.  Mr. Angeloni presented the story of Fort Lauren’s, the only Revolutionary War Fort in Ohio.


LtoR: Chapter President Phil Bracy; Mr. Douglas Angeloni – Photo By Diane Bracy

LtoR: Chapter Secretary Scott Davis; Mr. William Motsinger – Photo By Adam Davis


Chapter Secretary Scott Davis was invited to the podium to make the presentation of a Flag Award to the Youngstown Country Club, which was accepted by Mr. William Motsinger, President of the Club. 

In support of the OHSSAR, the Mahoning Valley Chapter purchased ten state society challenge coins; six of the coins will be offered for sale to the membership and four were used as award presentations.

Mahoning Valley Chapter President Phil Bracy administered the SAR Oath to the chapter’s newest member, J.D. Williams, and recognized transfer-member, Dr. Clark White Jr. 




Ohio Society SAR Fundraising Programs

Happy Holidays, Compatriots!

As 2017 comes to a close, please consider a donation to one of the Ohio Society SAR Fundraising Programs.

Ft. Laurens Regiment Endowment Program

Your donation to the Ft. Lauren’s Regiment Endowment Program will help secure the future success of many of the Ohio Society SAR programs. You decide which endowments will benefit from your donation. For more information, download the donation form:  http://ohssar.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/FT-Laurens-Flier-2Aug17.pdf

There is still time in 2017 to become an officer in the Fort Laurens Regiment or advance your rank!


Legacy Donations – 1st Place Youth Award Naming 

Would you like to leave a living legacy?  You can now endow a first place youth award for perpetuity by making one of the legacy donations listed below. Your name or your chapter’s name will forever be added to the endowed award. Here is the donation schedule for endowing and naming the 1st Place Youth Awards:

The Rumbaugh – High Oration  ________________ 1st Place Award 

$20,000 donation – endows an annual $1000 award.

The Eagle Scout ________________ 1st Place Award 

$16,000 donation – endows an annual $800 award.

The ROTC/JROTC ________________ 1st Place Award

$16,000 donation – endows an annual $800 award.

The George & Stella Knight Essay Contest _________________ 1st Place Award

$10, 000 donation – endows an annual $500 award.

The Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest ________________ 1st Place Award 

$5,000 donation – endows an annual $250 award.

The Americanism Middle School Brochure Contest ________________ 1st Place Award 

$5,000 donation – endows an annual $250 award.

Contact Compatriot Jack Bredenfoerder, Ohio Society SAR Fundraising Chairman for further details about how you can become a legacy donor: jack.b@fuse.net


Ohio Society Challenge Coins

The beautiful Ohio Society Challenge Coins designed by President General Joe Dooley make great gifts! They feature the Fort Laurens site – Ohio’s only Revolutionary War battle site. The proceeds of the challenge coins will benefit the OHSSAR general fund. Add this coin to your collection or they will make a fine gift to honor a special event or person! Download the order form from this link:

Ohio Society SAR Challenge Coins Order Form


Mahoning Valley Chapter SAR Salutes Veterans at Luncheon – Austintown, OH

LtoR: Mahoning Valley Chapter President, Phil Bracy administers oath to new members Adam and Jonathan Davis (father Scott Davis ceremoniously standing in for Jonathan).

The Mahoning Valley Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution gathered at the Manor restaurant in Austintown Ohio to recognize the sacrifice of Veterans on Saturday November 11th. Joining the Chapter for the meeting was Ohio Society SAR 1st Vice President, Shawn Cox, who help welcome two new members, Adam Scott Davis and Jonathan Morgan Davis.

Following the swearing in by Chapter President Phil Bracy, awards were presented. Bracy decided that awards would be in the form of the Ohio Society SAR challenge coins to support the OHSSAR. Recognized for helping organize and support the Chapter in time, talent and treasure were Chapter Vice President John Opre and  Chaplain Jim Alexander. Compatriot Scott Davis was also recognized for setting up the Chapter’s facebook page; a dedicated e-mail account;  Mail Chimp and for his efforts with the youth programs.

LtoR: OHSSAR 1st Vice President, Shawn Cox presents Adam Davis his membership certificate while Dad (Scott) looks on.

LtoR: Mahoning Valley Chapter President Phil Bracy; Ohio Society SAR 1st Vice President Shawn Cox; Scott Davis; and Adam Davis.

Speakers for the meeting were Lieutenant Jeremiah Greenman (Bob Hurd) who served in the Revolutionary War and his wife, Mary Eddy Greenman (Dorothy Hurd). They highlighted events of the Revolutionary War and the career of Jeremiah Greenman who was born in 1758 in Newport Rhode Island and enlisted in the Continental Army in May 1775, served all 8 years and rose to the rank of Lieutenant by war’s end. In 1784 he married Mary Eddy. He kept meticulous journal notes from his campaigns from Quebec to Philadelphia and ended up sharing them in his book “Diary of a Common Soldier in the Revolutionary War”. He died in 1828 and is buried on the family farm in Waterford , Washington County, Ohio. Mary then shared her story. She was born in 1759 , they had one son.  When Jeremiah died she moved around and in 1839 she passed away. Her grave is in McLean, Illinois. Mr. amd Mrs. Hurd are part of the Living History Program.

LtoR: Lieutenant Jeremiah Greenman (Bob Hurd) and his wife Mary Eddy Greenman (Dorothy Hurd)

Photos courtesy of Donna Alexander.

Ohio Society Marietta Chapter SAR Recognizes Boy Scout Troop 549 for Assistance – West Milford, WV

Compatriot Larry Butcher (Back Row Left) with the Scouts of Troop 549

On October 9, 2017, Sons of the American Revolution Marietta Chapter Secretary Larry Butcher presented the members of Boy Scouts of America Troop 549 with patches and certificates in appreciation of their assistance in the SAR grave marking of Revolutionary War Patriot Paulser Butcher.  Troop 549 is based at the West Milford Methodist Church in West Milford, West Virginia, which is where the presentation occurred.

Private Butcher is buried in the Butcher Cemetery in Butcherville, West Virginia. During the grave marking ceremony, the scouts cleaned the grave marker, necessary due to rain before the event; distributed programs; served in the Color Guard, and cleaned the cemetery after the service.

Scouts in attendance were: Jake Shuttleworth, Matthew Shuttleworth , Ethan Tyler, Derek Gifford, Andy Reed, Tyler Reed, Seth Audia, Mitchell Hawkins, Nicholas Talerico, and Scout Master Joe Shuttleworth.

New Connecticut Chapter DAR 120th Birthday Celebration – Mentor, OH

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, the Color Guard of the Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution presented the colors for the 120th Birthday Luncheon Celebration of the New Connecticut Chapter of the Ohio Society DAR at the Holiday Inn in Mentor, Ohio. Guardsmen from the Northeastern Ohio Chapter, Samuel Huntington Chapter and Western Reserve Society participated.  The New Connecticut Chapter DAR was incorporated by an Act of Congress November 4, 1897.

L to R: Debby Kocsis; Steve Hinson

Ohio Society SAR 2nd Vice President Steve Hinson presented a certificate of congratulations to New Connecticut Chapter DAR Regent, Debby Kocsis.

DAR and SAR members who enjoyed a wonderful 120th celebration.

L to R: Troy Bailey (NEO), Lee MacBride (WRS), Steve Hinson (NEO), Nancy Schirm Wright (Ohio Society DAR, State Regent), Debby Kocsis (New Connecticut DAR, Chapter Regent), John Franklin (WRS), James Gilbert (NEO), Robert Parvin (SHC), Larry Koval (NEO), and Donald Lewis (SHC)

This year, the guardsmen will be rejoining the ladies for their Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Evergreen Cemetery in Painesville in December.

Ohio Society SAR Holds Fall Board of Management Meeting – Toledo, OH

From October 27-28th, the Ohio Society convened its Fall 2017 Board Meeting at the beautiful Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo.  The event was held at the Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center which overlooks Lake Erie and the Maumee Bay.

After a social gathering on Friday evening, attendees gathered at the lodge restaurant for an excellent dinner.  The Executive Committee was well attended by 17 compatriots representing 11 state chapters, and concluded the activities for the evening.

Saturday morning began with Ohio State SAR President Col. (Ret) Donald C. McGraw calling the Board of Management Meeting to order.  The meeting was held in a conference room with a full view of the bay and lake.  In attendance were 22 compatriots representing 15 state chapters.  As the compatriots met, the Ohio Society SAR Ladies Auxiliary met for breakfast in the restaurant.

At the Board meeting, Ohio SAR Secretary Turner Lee Wilkerson III was presented with a General’s Commission in the Fort Lauren’s Regiment by President McGraw.    The commission came about with a contribution of $1,000 to one or more of the Ohio Society SAR Endowment Funds: the Ohio Society Youth Programs Fund, the Ohio Society D.G. High Oration Fund, or the  Ohio Society Permanent Fund.  More information on the Fort Lauren’s Regiment can be found on the Ohio Society SAR website at http://ohssar.org/ohio-sar-organization/ft-laurens-regiment/.

L to R: Col. (Ret) Donald C. McGraw; Secretary Turner Lee Wilkerson III

Compatriot John H. Franklin, Jr. made a proposal that the Ohio Society SAR financially support plans to place an Ohio History Connection historical marker at the entrance to Fort Laurens in Bolivar, Ohio.  The marker would be funded by the Ohio SAR, the Ohio DAR, and the Friends of Fort Laurens Foundation.  The proposal was unanimously adopted.

Compatriot John H. Franklin, Jr.

The event was both enjoyable and productive in spite of the winter-like weather.


SAR Battle of Point Pleasant Memorial Service – Point Pleasant, WV

On Sunday, October 8, 2017, the Point Pleasant Chapter of the West Virginia Society SAR hosted the Battle of Point Pleasant Memorial Service on the site of the battle that occurred October 10, 1774 between the Virginia Militia and the Indians from the Shawnee and Mingo tribes. This year the program for the Memorial Service was changed because of rainy weather.  There was a tent for the speakers, presenters of wreaths, and guests. There were also tents for members of the color guard and for the wreaths.

NSSAR President General Larry Guzy at podium.

The President General of the NSSAR, Larry Guzy brought greetings and reminded everyone to “never forget.”

Members of the Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution, Children of the American Revolution, Boy Scouts of America, city officials, and others annually gather at the Tu-Endie-Wie State Park, the location of the battlefield, to pay tribute to the 81 militiamen who were killed during the one-day battle that occurred 242 years ago.   The wreath presenters stood undercover to remember those who served and died at Pt. Pleasant.

The inclement weather did not stop the musket salute by members of the Color Guard.

Members of the Ohio Society Present L to R: Lee MacBride (Western Reserve Society), Jack Coles (dual member with Ohio Society & WV Society), Shawn Cox (2nd VP OHSSAR and Arthur St. Clair Chapter), Jack Bredenfoerder (Treasurer OHSSAR and President Cincinnati Chapter), Michael Gunn (Cincinnati Chapter) and John Franklin (Western Reserve Society)

L to R: Lee Wilkerson and Shaun Smith of the Cincinnati Chapter Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard

SAR Participates in Battle Days Parade – Point Pleasant, WV

On Saturday, October 7th, 2017, the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard once again led the Battle Days Parade in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.   Battle Days is an annual commemorative event of the Battle of Point Pleasant which occurred October 10, 1774 at the “point” where the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers meet.  This year, SAR compatriots from West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Virginia participated in the parade through the heart of this Ohio River community of 4,500 residents.  The newest NSSAR Minutemen from the Central District were recognized in the parade.

L to R: NSSAR Minutemen Finlay “Jack” Coles (West Virginia Society), Lance Carter (Kentucky Society) and John Franklin (Ohio Society)

The parade concluded  at the Tu-Endie-Wie State Park where members gathered for a group photo in front of the Point Pleasant Battlefield Monument.  NSSAR President General Larry Guzy (center below in a blue and white uniform) proudly served as “Battle Days Colonial Governor.”

New member, Doug Anthony Wiant of the West Virginia Society, was sworn in by NSSAR President General Larry Guzy.

Center: PG Larry Guzzy and new member Doug Anthony Wiant with drum.

WRS Compatriot Recognized for Exceptional Service to the SAR – Cleveland, OH

L to R: Lee MacBride; William Shanklin


On October 3, 2017 at the board meeting of the Western Reserve Society Sons of the American Revolution, President William Shanklin awarded long time Compatriot and Color Guard member Lee MacBride with the Bronze Good Citizenship Certificate and Medal, and the Meritorious Service Certificate and Medal.

Compatriot MacBride, in a moving acceptance, pointed out that any hardship endured as being a member of the Color Guard was nothing compared to that endured by our Compatriot ancestors.  Lee and his wife Marcia will be moving to Savannah, Georgia.  They will be missed!

Friends of Fort Laurens Moccasin Roast – Bolivar, OH

L to R: Patrick Henry Jolly; Tim Ward

On Saturday evening  September 30, 2017, members from the Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution returning from the NSSAR Fall Leadership meeting in Louisville KY, had a delicious dinner at the Annual Friends of Fort Laurens Foundation Moccasin Roast. This annual event helps support the FFLF effort to rebuild the fort and help to support the Museum.  The speaker was Patrick Henry Jolly who is a descendent of Patrick Henry, who gave his famous speech “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death.”  Patrick Henry Jolly is a member of the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the Ohio Society.

SAR members and guests of the Ohio Society SAR that attended the dinner were John and Betty Franklin of the Western Reserve Society; and Troy and Christine Bailey, Bobby and Sarah VanSickle, Steve and Venie Hinson, Tim and Beth Ward, and Patrick Henry Jolly, all of the Northeastern Ohio Chapter.

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