The officers and all compatriots of the South Carolina Society Sons of the American Revolution take pride in honoring the S. C. patriots, and all other patriots who gave and did so much to found this great NATION.
We wish to honor those compatriots of our society who have passed on, and those who are living who have continued an appreciation and interest in the society; and what the earlier patriots did for us.
It is hoped that this compilation will be an instrument whereby active compatriots will be able to seek out and reinstate into the S. C. Society many inactive members. We trust that it will be a live source for many eligible potential compatriots.
We wish to express our deepest appreciation to our wives, Mary E. Grantham Wood and Anne Hendricks May, for their assistance and patience.
Our special thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Warren Woodward of the National Society, his staff and the "little girl" for furnishing copies of compatriot application papers that were missing from our files.
We wish to also thank Mrs. Kay Westmoreland Elder who has been the sole responsible person that has compiled these records in a superior manner.
As our last official act as your State officers, we are happy and proud to present this to you. 1st 19 names were Charter Members.
Yours for the cause,
Carl H. May, State Secretary-Treasurer
Samuel S. Wood, State President
THE NATIONAL SOCIETY of the SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
The objects of this Society, as stated in Article II of the Constitution, are: ''patriotic, historical, and educational, and shall include those intended or designed to perpetuate the memory of those who, by their services or sacrifices during the war of the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American people; to unite and promote fellowship among their descendants; to inspire them and the community at large with a more profound reverence for the principles of the government founded by our forefathers; to encourage historical research in relation to the American Revolution; to acquire and preserve the records of the individual services of the patriots of the war, as well as documents, relics, and landmarks; to mark the scenes of the Revolution by appropriate memorials; to celebrate the anniversaries of the prominent events of the war and of the Revolutionary period; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and to carry out the purposes expressed in the preamble of the Constitution of our country and the injunctions of Washington in his farewell address to the American people."
Rules of eligibility for membership, as stated in Article III of the Constitution are: "Any man shall be eligible to membership in this Society who, being of the age of eighteen years or over, and a citizen of good repute in the community, is the lineal descendant of an ancestor who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to, and rendered active service in, the cause of American Independence, either as an officer, soldier, seaman, marine, militiaman, or minute man, in the armed forces of the Continental Congress, or of any one of the several Colonies or States: or as a signer of the Declaration of Independence; or as a member of a Committee of Safety or Correspondence; or as a member of any Continental, Provincial or Colonial Congress or Legislature; or as a recognized patriot who performed actual service by overt acts of resistance to the authority of Great Britain; provided, however, that no person advocating the overthrow of the Government of the United States by use of force or violence shall be eligible for membership in the Society".
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