Paul E. Palmer in Lowell, Indiana, has always been active in his community. As a small business owner and long-time member and president of the Lowell Lions Club, it’s not uncommon to see his name featured in the local news.
Recently, however, Palmer has been seeing his name appear elsewhere too. Yesterday, he was featured at LowellCommunity.net as one of the newest members of the Duneland Chapter of the Indiana Sons of the American Revolution.
Palmer was initially accepted a year ago, after he successfully traced his ancestral lineage and found a direct connection to the American Revolution. He traced it to Elisha Towle, who served under Captain Henry Elkins in a company of men who were charged with the defense of Piscataqua Harbour (Pierce Island) before joining the Continental Army at Medford on their march to Charlestown in 1775.
This company eventually joined the regiment lead by Col. Joshua Wingate. Towle was Palmer’s fifth great-grandfather.
While Palmer has discovered one ancestor who served, he likely has others. His eighth great-grandfather, William Palmer, landed on the shores of the New Hampshire colony almost one hundred years before.
A brief introduction to the Sons of the American Revolution.
Evidence of lineage is the first criteria to join to Sons of the American Revolution. As a “lineage” society, it asks prospective members to trace their family trees and show evidence that their ancestors supported the cause of American independence between 1774 and 1783.
Once accepted, members work together to provide memorials, preserve records, and support research, all related to the American Revolution. They sponsor various poster, essay, and oratory contests to encourage children and others to take an interest in national history. They also distribute curriculum and inform communities about the philosophical basis for the American Revolution and U.S. Constitution.
Originally, the National Society of the American Revolution was organized in 1889 on the 100th anniversary of George Washington’s inauguration as president. However, the society can also trace its roots to the Sons of Revolutionary Sires, which was founded by the descendants of patriots in San Francisco in 1876, which coincided with the centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Since, its members have included 16 presidents of the United States; several brigadiers, lieutenants, and five-star generals; presidents of colleges and universities; ambassadors; and members of the Supreme Court, U.S. Senate, and U.S. Congress. Today, there are more than 28,000 members in 500 chapters located all over the world.
The National Society was chartered by an act of the United States Congress on June 9, 1906. The charter was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, who was a member of the SAR.