Rodney France Speaks At The Williams County Genealogical Society Meeting

The Williams County Genealogical Society members and others  met Saturday, May 8  in the Harmon Room of the West Annex, Bryan Public Library.  Rodney France of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), He is the former president of the local chapter.  Mr. France has proven with documentation that five family members served in the Revolutionary War : Pvt. Peter France from PA who fought at Fort Washington, Pvt. Samuel Jones from Darcut, MA. Sr. Pvt. David Jones from Darcut, MA marched to Lexington on 19 April 1775. Capt. Joseph Sargent, from Lancaster, MA marched to Cambridge on 20 April 1775. Pvt. Calvin Hale from Leminster, MA.

The Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution came into existence nineteen days ahead of the national organization 1889.The local chapter The Northwest Territory Chapter, was formed in 1989 by Woodrow Wilson of Montpelier. The charter was received in 1990. It averages 30 members at any given time.

In 1999, the local chapter celebrated the bicentennial of George Washington’s death with the dedication of the Fairbanks Bronze Bust of Washington the is now displayed in the Williams County Courthouse at the west entrance. In 2016 the chapter presented a George Washington portrait to the new Napoleon Elementary School. The group has also donated two trees to the Courthouse Square. The  Liberty Tree , a silver maple on the southeast corner and the WW II Veterans Honor Tree on the northeast entrance.

The Northwest Territory Chapter gets young men involved via the SAR Essay Contest. Yearly an Admiral Williams Furlong memorial flag is donated. They participate in Wreaths Across America at the Sandusky Veterans’ Home. In addition, the Chapter has marked ten Patriot graves across “Old Williams County, which is made up of the counties of Williams, Defiance, Henry and Fulton.

The SAR , is the largest male lineage organization in the U.S. It consists of 50 societies with more than 500 local chapters, several international societies and over 34,000 members. The headquarters of the SAR is located inLouisville, KY.

Six U.S. Presidents were actual sons of Revolutionary War patriots: John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Franklin Pierce. To date, sixteen U.S. Presidents  have been members of the SAR.

The WCGS Annual  Banquet is June 19 . Cost is $14 must be paid by June 8th.Entertainment will be provided by the Black Swamp Medicine Girls. Join Us for an “Apothecary Adventure”

The purpose of the WCGS is the preservation of county records  and family research. Monthly meetings are held the second Monday of each month, excluding July and August, in the Harmon Room of the West Annex of the Bryan Public Library. For further information concerning WCGS, email Pat Goebel wcgspg01@gmail.com, visit the Website at www.wcgs-orgs.com, or write to WCGS, PO Box 293, Bryan, OH 43506.

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