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Thursday, October 16, 2014

National Defense Luncheon sponsored by The Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter NSDAR

The Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter NSDAR Invites you to our National Defense Luncheon.
Saturday November 1, 2014
Cape Fear Country Club, Wilmington, NC
Time 12:00 , Lunch Served at 12:30

Guest Speaker: Marine Sergeant Major Robin Fortner who will speak about women in today's Marine Corps.

Lunch: Free range Grilled Chicken Breast served with Sautéed Greens, Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes, and Basil-spiked Tomato Relish, served with a House, Warm Bread, Tea and Coffee, Cake for Dessert

Rsvp with your check for $22 per person by October 22nd: 
Payable to: Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter
  PO Box 347
                Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter also invites you to help the 3/6 H&S Company at Camp Lejeune.  The Company is preparing to deploy and the Marines will be in need of a few items.
  You can bring any of the following items to the luncheon:
    Razors, Shaving cream, toothpaste, body wash, hand sanitizer,  DVD's, magazines, books, air fresheners, treats, letters and notes of encouragement!

We look forward to seeing you there!
Jo Campbell - Regent

Monday, October 13, 2014

Remember Christopher Columbus

The Things That Haven't Been Done Before                       
     by Edward Guest
The things that haven't been done before, 
Those are the things to try.
Columbus dreamed of an unknown shore
At the rim of the far-flung sky;
And his heart was bold and his faith was strong
As he ventured in dangers new,
And he paid no heed to the jeering throng
Or the fears of the doubting crew. 
The many will follow the beaten track 
With guideposts on the way; They live, and have lived for ages back,
With a chart for every day.
Some one has told them it's safe to go
the road he has traveled o'er;
And all that they ever strive to know
Are the things that were known before. 
A few strike out, without map or chart, 
Where never a man has been;
From the beaten paths they draw apart
To see what no man has seen.
There are deeds they hunger alone to do;
Though battered and bruised and sore,
They blaze the path for the many, who
Do nothing not done before. 
The things that haven't been done before 
Are the tasks worth while to-day;
you one of the flock that follows, or
Are you one that shall lead the way?
Are you one of the timid souls that quail
At the jeers of a doubting crew?
Or dare you, whether you win or fail,
Strike out for a goal that's new? 

Contributed by James Thomas

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Constitution Week 2014

Martha Koletar, Celebrate America chair and Sandi Winstead, Constitution Week Chair in period dress visited ten elementary schools in Brunswick Town, 

The Brunswick Town Chapter presented a special program to fourth and fifth graders at elementary schools throughout Brunswick County, NC. Constitution Week Chairman, Sandra Winstead presented a program addressing the political, economic and social aspects of colonial life in the thirteen colonies and summarized the contributions of the "Founding Fathers" to the development of our country. Member, Martha Koletar, dressed as Betsy Ross, gave a slide presentation, " The Life of a Child During Colonial Times" comparing today's children and children of colonial times. The presentation compared life in such areas such as schools, foods, clothes, toys, music and other social aspects and how the children played an important role in helping the family and even going into battle during the Revolutionary War. There was a display of replicated Colonial toys, a half-penny and a quill that the children were able to examine. Bookmarks were given to each student.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Two American Gold Star Mothers Were Guest Speakers at the October 8th DAR Meeting in Southport, NC

The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution were happy to have two special ladies as guest speakers at their October 8th DAR meeting which was held at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport, NC.  Norma Luther, National President, American Gold Star Mothers, Inc who is a Proud American Gold Star Mother of Capt. Glen P. Adams, Jr. 1960-1988, West Point USMA Class of '84. Vivian Scharver, Past National Officer of the American Gold Star Mothers. Both ladies are from the Azalea Chapter. Vivian is the Proud American Gold Star Mother of Lt. Jeffrey R. Scharver 1958-1983 USMC "Remember Grenade."

Norma Luther, National President AGSM, Inc. Vivian Scharver, Past National Officer of American Gold Star Mothers.

Please continue to donate books for this cause. 
Joan Hall, Genealogy Preservation chair, holds a photo album she made after attending the Naturalization Ceremony, at the Battleship NC on September 17th sponsored by the Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter. A special thank you goes to The Joseph Montford Chapter, Battle of Rockfish Chapter, The Otway Burns Chapter and The Brunswick Town DAR Chapter for their help with the program.

Brunswick Town DAR Chapter plans to donate additional historical children's books to the 10 elementary schools in Brunswick County. This time famous women such as, Abigail Adams, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt and Harriet Tubman will be some of the chosen books.

Vice-Regent Betsy Pessetto, Chapter Historian, Norma Eckard and Regent Jackie Craft displaying the Commemorative Events Presentation Folder.

Registrar Cindy Sellers has new member sign papers to become a member of othe Brunswick Town DAR Chapter.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

DAR Meeting on October 8th

The next meeting of the Brunswick Town Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will be held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at the Trinity Methodist Church in Southport, NC at 10 AM. The program will be on the American Gold Star Mother, Inc. given by Norma Luther and Vivan Sharver. For more information contact regent, Jackie Craft  at (910-755-7563) or registrar, Cindy Sellers  at (910-457-6988.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Grave Marking

Machpelah Presbyterian Church, Iron Station, Lincoln County, North Carolina
The North Carolina Society
 Sons of the American Revolution
The Mecklenburg & Catawba Valley Chapters
of the North Carolina Society, SAR
invite you to attend a Patriot Grave Marking Ceremony honoring
General Joseph Graham
and Captain Alexander Brevard
Historic Machpelah Presbyterian Church
Iron Station, Lincoln County, North Carolina
The church's address is:
Joseph Graham enlisted as a Private in the 4th Regt. NC, Continental Line. While at Bladensburg, Maryland, and hearing of the Battle of Monmouth on June 11, the 4th NC was sent south in late 1778 to meet the British threat in Georgia and South Carolina. He later served as Adjutant, Captain, and then Major in command of the Mecklenburg Country Dragoons from 1779-1781. Graham and his men fought in 15 engagements across North Carolina and in South Carolina during the American Revolution. He served as a Brigadier General with the North Carolina militia in General Andrew Jackson's "Creek Indian Campaign" during the War of 1812. Afterward, he was Major General of the 5th Division, North Carolina Militia. Graham Street, a major thoroughfare in Charlotte, is named in his honor. He is an ancestor of the Rev. Billy Graham.
Alexander Brevard served as Ensign in the 4th North Carolina, and later First Lieutenant in the 1st North Carolina, Continental Line, from 1776-1778, until ill health while at Valley Forge forced him to return to North Carolina. He served as Captain of the 1st North Carolina and Quartermaster to Gen. Gates, participating in the battles of Camden and Eutaw Springs, where he was cited for gallantry. Brevard had a total of 84 months of Continental service, and was an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati.
Both men were leaders of iron manufacturing in Lincoln County after the Revolution, partnering with their father in law, Major John Davidson, a signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.  
Grave Marking and
Highway Marker Dedication
Patriot Jacob Plonk II
Sponsored by:
Mecklenburg Chapter, NCSSAR, and
Lincoln County Historical Association

 Plonk Family Cemetery
1550 Old Lincolnton Crouse Rd.
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Sunday, September 14, 2014


“I______do acknowledge the United States of America to be Free, Independent and Sovereign States, and declare that the people thereof owe no allegiance  or obedience to George the Third, King of Great Britain; and I renounce, refute and abjure any allegiance or obedience to him; and I do swear that I will to the upmost of my power support, maintain and defend, the said United States, against the said King George the Third, his heirs and successors, and his and their abettors, assistants and adherents; and will serve the said United States in the office of ____”

Those words were sworn to on May 30 1778 at Valley Forge by officers and soldiers in the Continental Army.  The oath was deemed a necessity to ensure that only those loyal to the cause of creating a new country were serving in the army.  Following the Battles of Lexington and Concord some states began forming state militias requiring all able-bodied men, usually beginning at age 16-21, and to drill on a regular basis. 

Earlier the Minute Men had sworn this oath:
“We trust in God that should the state of our affairs require it, we shall be ready to sacrifice our estates and everything we hold dear in life, yea, and life itself, in support of the common cause.”

Most states began requiring their own oaths in 1777.  They required everyone to take an oath of allegiance promising to defend the revolutionary cause with arms. Refusal often met with fines, prison sentences and confiscation of property.  Loyalists fled back to England or into Canada rather than take the oaths and members of pacifist religions struggled to hold onto their property.
Records of those who took the oath survive in many states and some court records show suits brought after the war to regain confiscated property.
Taking the oath of allegiance can be used as proof of a patriot for DAR.

Posted by Diane Price