The Mecklenburg Chapter was chartered on April 27, 1928 as a chapter in the State of North Carolina Society of the sons of the American Revolution.
Charlotte is a Hornet's nest of rebellion.
- British General Cornwallis after he was driven out of the city by hostile residents.
The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was signed on May 20, 1775, making Mecklenburg County the first part of the Thirteen Colonies to declare independence from Great Britain.
November 15, 2013 - Member Tony Zeiss Awarded Gold Medal
We are excited to announce that our own chapter member and author, Tony Zeiss, has earned a most-prestigious honor for his book, Backcountry Fury. Tony was awarded the Gold Medal by the Military Writer's Society of America. Tony's historical fiction novel won the top national award in the "Young Adult" category.
His book features a sixteen-year-old South Carolina patriot who fought at Kings Mountain, Musgrove's Mill, the Cowpens, and in several other battles in the Carolinas in 1780-81. Vowing revenge after his brother is killed by Bloody Bill Cunningham and his marauding Tories, 16-year-old Thomas Young joins the Little River Regiment of Mounted Militia in 1780. This book chronicles 18 months in Thomas' life as he fights in the South Carolina back country during the Revolutionary War.
"We are so proud of the work that Tony has done, not only with his book, Backcountry Fury, but with his work around Charlotte on honoring and preserving the history from the Revolutionary War," said Mecklenburg chapter and NCSSAR president Jim Wood. "So many of us have had the honor of seeing Tony portray the title character in his book at local, state and national SAR meetings. He does a fantastic job and we are honored that Tony is a member of our chapter."
November 11, 2013 - Honorable U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony
The Mecklenburg chapter and the Mint Hill VFW co-sponsored an Old Flag Retirement Program today. More than 100 people attended and we had over 1,000 old flags to retire. The Marine Corp VFW gave us a Rifle Salute and a bugle call, then all the flags were brought forward honorably by the scouts. Mecklenburg chapter member Ray Maxson served as the burn master. In the photo below, a scout renders honors to the Flags about to be retired.
November 9, 2013 - The Charlotte Veteran's Day Parade
Members of our Mecklenburg chapter, along with members from the SCSSAR, joined us to lead the annual Veteran's Day Parade down Tryon Street in Charlotte today.
Several thousand people lined the streets on a cool, beautiful morning to watch the ROTC units, the Charlotte Fire Department, USAir floats and several bands to honor our veterans.
(In the photo above, Mecklenburg chapter members David Alls, on left, and Ken Luckey, on right, prepare to lead the Charlotte Veteran's Day Parade.)
Members of our chapter participating in the parade include Jim Wood, Neil Hohmann, Tim Berly, Tom Phlegar, Ken Luckey, David Alls and Jay Joyce.
October 7, 2013 - Welcome, the Battle of Kings Mountain Chapter!
Our Mecklenburg chapter, led by president Jim Wood, assisted in the official formation and chartering ceremony of our State's 26th chapter, the Battle of Kings Mountain chapter. "The charter officers and members of the Battle of Kings Mountain chapter have worked so hard this year and launched their new chapter with 51 confirmed charter members," said Jim Wood during the ceremony. "We want to present the Battle of Kings Mountain chapter's story to SAR National as a textbook process of how the charter members came together, researched applicants, and pulled together a fantastic launch for their new chapter."
The new chapter president of the Battle of Kings Mountain chapter is Mecklenburg chapter member Doyle Campbell and their new chapter vice president is David Allen. Doyle and David worked closely with Jim Wood to organize genealogy meetings, SAR application research and strong follow-through to help the new chapter launch with 51 members. (In the photo below, Doyle Campbell, at left, receives the chapter's official charter from Jim Wood, president, NCSSAR, on right.)
NSSAR President General Joseph Dooley, NSSAR Registrar General Michael Tomme, Vice President General, South Atlantic District, Rev. Dr. Randy D. Moody attended the chartering following the annual commemoration at Kings Mountain Battlefield.
The first chapter meeting for the Battle of Kings Mountain chapter will be held on November 12, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, 600 Crescent Circle in Kings Mountain, NC. This will be a dinner meeting and Tom Phlegar, past president of the Mecklenburg chapter and a popular American Revolution history docent, will present the program on the Revolutionary battles within 100 miles of Charlotte. Cost for the dinner will be published soon. For more information, or to RSVP, please email Doyle Campbell at email@example.com.
September 19, 2013 - Three Generations Join Mecklenburg
Three generations of Killians joined our Mecklenburg chapter during our September membership meeting and dinner! In the photo below (from left to right), Ray Killian, Jr., Ray Killian, Sr., and Ray Killian, III, take their SAR membership oath from chapter president Jim Wood (in photo at right) as past president Tim Berly assists. "We have several sets of family members who have joined the SAR over the past year," said chapter president Jim Wood. "It is always exciting and heart warming to see multiple generations of the same family joining together to honor their family ancestry and legacy."
Our special guest speaker for the evening was Joe Epley, renown television journalist and historical novelist. Mr. Epley's presentation was a fact-driven and exciting discussion on the Kings Mountain Campaign and its impact on the occupation of Charlotte Town.
Several awards were presented, including the SAR Bronze Good Citizenship Medal to incoming chapter genealogist and registrar Pete Hubicki (in photo above). Pete has chaired our chapter SAR Flag Certificate program for the past two years. Also, chapter president Jim Wood awarded the SAR Medal of Appreciation to DAR member Coco Killian for her effort in recruiting three new members.
September 15, 2013 - SAR Honors Five Patriots in SC
Members of the Mecklenburg chapter, NCSSAR, participated with the Daniel Morgan chapter, SCSSAR, and the SCSSAR to mark five (5) Patriot graves at Padgett's Creek Baptist Church in Cross Keys, SC. The five Patriots honored were Captain John Alexander, Solomon Bobo Sr., Mark Murphy, Ambrose Ray, and John Sparks. All five Patriot graves had granite SAR markers installed. The Minister, Rev. Carrol Cadwell, stated that most of the congregation of the Baptist Church attended and there were 174 in the church for the service. Mecklenburg chapter members Jim Wood, Ken Luckey and Ray Maxson participated.
In the photo above, NCSSAR state president Jim Wood and Mecklenburg chapter member Ken Luckey, at right, participate in the program with many members of the Church and visitors.
August 17, 2013 - DAR and SAR Combined Patriot Grave Marking
The Mecklenburg Chapter, DAR, and our Mecklenburg chapter presented a grave marking ceremony to honor Patriot Daniel McAulay, an orderly sergeant who served in the Continental Army in Col. Moses Hazen's Pennsylvania Regiment on missions in Northeast America. The ceremony was held at the Gilead Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church in Huntersville, NC. (In the photo below, Sarah McAulay of the Mecklenburg Chapter DAR, unveils the DAR marker on Patriot Daniel McAulay's grave marker.)
"Working with the Mecklenburg Chapter of the DAR is a privilege for our SAR chapter," said Mecklenburg chapter and NCSSAR state president Jim Wood. "The ceremony was beautifully planned by the DAR leadership and all of the presentations were executed flawlessly. All of this made for a fantastic grave marking ceremony." (In the photo below, Mecklenburg chapter member Ken Luckey renders honors as he unveils the SAR grave marker on Patriot Daniel McAulay's grave site."
Our Mecklenburg chapter provided the Color Guard and unveiled the SAR marker on Patriot McAulay's grave. Chapter members David Alls, Ken Luckey, Ray Maxson, Neil Hohmann, Jim Wood, Tim Berly and Jay Joyce attended the ceremony. (In the photo below, NCSSAR president Jim Wood, on left, takes a photo with Rev. COL William A. McAulay, Jr., (USA, retired) on right, before the ceremony.)
August 10, 2013 - Patriot Honored in Salisbury, NC Cemetery
The Mecklenburg and Salisbury chapters co-sponsored a grave marking ceremony today for Patriot Capt. Thomas C. Cowan in the historic Thyatira Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Salisbury, NC. Capt. Cowan, who fought at Cowan's Ford, is the Patriot ancestor of new Mecklenburg chapter member Jim Thompson. (In the photo below, Jim Thompson renders honors to his Patriot ancestor during the grave marking ceremony, as Chuck Yard, on left, and Guy Higgins, on right, render honors as members of the NCSSAR Color Guard.)
"Chapter member Jim Thompson did all of the research on Capt. Cowan's burial here at Thyatira Cemetery and even purchased and installed the SAR grave marker," said Jay Joyce, Mecklenburg chapter vice president. "Jim is a new member with our chapter and we are all very proud of the fantastic job that he did with honoring his Patriot ancestor." (In the photo below, members of the NCSSAR and the NCSSAR Color Guard pose for a photo during the grave marking ceremony.)
August 3, 2013 - Six Patriot Grave Markings in One Day!
The Mecklenburg chapter sponsored six Patriot grave markings in Waxhaw and Wesley Chapel, NC, at two separate cemeteries. The first five Patriot grave markings were held at historic Tirzah Presbyterian Church in Waxhaw, NC. Five Patriot’s graves were marked while each Patriot’s contributions to the Revolutionary War were delivered by 5th and 6th great grandson Jim Mobley (in the photo below), member of the George Washington Chapter in Arlington, Virginia.
“We were honored to assist Compatriot Mobley from Virginia to honor and mark his five Patriots here in North Carolina,” said NCSSAR state president and Mecklenburg chapter president Jim Wood. “It is amazing how many thousands of Patriots are buried across the Carolinas.” In the photo below, NCSSAR President and Mecklenburg chapter president Jim Wood, at right, stands with event coordinator Ray Maxson, at left, as the ceremony begins.
The five Patriots honored included Hugh McCain, who served with George Washington at Braddock’s defeat during the French and Indian War; William McCain, who served as a private in the Salisbury District, NC, Militia; John McCain, who served as a private from North Carolina under Captains Huggins and Rogers; Hugh McCain, Jr., who served as a private in Captain Samuel Martin’s North Carolina Light Dragoons; and, John Nisbet (Nesbitt), who served as a private from South Carolina under Lt. Col. Tumble.
The sixth Patriot grave marking was held later in the day at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Wesley Chapel, NC. His 4th great grandson, and member of the Mecklenburg SAR chapter, E. Phifer Helms (in yellow shirt in photo below), honored Patriot Captain William Houston of the Mecklenburg Militia. “William Houston was a captain in the American Revolutionary War and a pioneer in establishing Union County, NC,” said Compatriot E. Phifer Helms as he addressed the gathering.
“Captain Houston placed his life and property in considerable danger as his home was very close to the path taken by General Cornwallis and the British army as it traveled from the Battle of Camden (16 August 1780) to the Battle of the Waxhaws (20 September 1780) to the Battle of Charlotte (26 September 1780.” After the Revolutionary War, William Houston spent his time with is family, farming and contributing to the expanding Union County, NC. He died in 1825 at 75 years of age and was buried in Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Wesley Chapel, NC.
Mecklenburg chapter members Jim Wood, Paul Callanan, Tim Berly, Ray Maxson, Ken Luckey, Jay Joyce, David Alls, Phifer Helms and Tom Phlegar.
July 20, 2013 - Colson's Mill Annual Commemoration
Five members of our Mecklenburg chapter participated in the annual commemoration of the Battle of Colson's Mill in Norwood, NC today. Jim Wood, Tim Berly, Gus Succop, Ken Luckey and Jay Joyce represented our chapter and participated in the combined Color Guard. (In the photo below, chapter president and NCSSAR State president Jim Wood delivers an address to the audience.)
Following a "home cooked" meal, Chris Stonestreet, teacher and historic author, spoke about the "rest of the story" about the Battle of Cowan's Ford.
July 17, 2013 - Chapter Members Socialize Over Lunch
Fifteen Mecklenburg chapter members met for a "purely social" lunch today as part of our summer lunch series. "These social lunches are a great opportunity for chapter members, wives and guests to get together, share stories, talk about any topic and enjoy each other's company," said chapter president Jim Wood.
Our next chapter social lunch is August 14 beginning at 11:30am at Carolina Prime Steakhouse, located at 225 E Woodlawn Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217. You can RSVP for the August 14 lunch via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 13, 2013 - The Battle of Huck's Defeat
Huck's Defeat, or the Battle of Williamson's Plantation, was an engagement in the Revolutionary War that occurred in present York County, South Carolina, on July 12, 1780, and was one of the first battles of the Southern Campaign to be won by Patriot militia.
Mecklenburg chapter member Ken Luckey, pictured to the far left side, represented our chapter in the SAR Color Guard. Historians have called Huck's Defeat "a major turning point in the American Revolution in South Carolina." It was the first of more than thirty-five important battles in South Carolina in late 1780 and early 1781, all but five of which were partisan victories. This chain of successes was essential to the major Patriot victories at Kings Mountain and Cowpens.
July 4, 2013 - George Washington to Visit Charlotte in 2014!
The Mecklenburg chapter is excited to announce that our nation's first President of the United States, George Washington, will be visiting Charlotte on February 20, 2014. "President Washington will be visiting Charlotte to participate in our chapter's annual President's Day Community Dinner," said Tom Phlegar, chapter treasurer and event coordinator. "This past year we had President Thomas Jefferson visit us and we had a crowd of 170 people. We are thinking that Mr. Washington's visit will bring a capacity crowd of around 350."
The president's visit will be held at the Hilton Executive Park Hotel in Charlotte beginning at 6:00pm on February 20, 2014. "We are anticipating that tickets will cost $26 and seating will be limited to the first 350 people," added Phlegar. "We will begin accepting reservations after October of this year."
The night's festivities will include a fully-catered dinner, a formal presentation by President Washington, and an opportunity for guests to ask him questions and pose for photos following the night's events. The event is open to the public and everybody will be invited to attend. President Washington's visit is presented by the Mecklenburg chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
June 22, 2013 - Ramsour's Mill & Patriots Honored
The Catawba Valley Chapter sponsored the 233rd Annual Commemoration of the Battle of Ramsour's Mill in Lincolnton, NC. Approximately 100 compatriots and guests attended the ceremonies. Members from our Mecklenburg Chapter included Jim Wood, Ken Luckey, Ray Maxson, Tim Berly, Paul Callanan, David Alls and Jay Joyce. (In the photo below, the Ramsour's Mill commemoration in Lincolnton, NC.)
Later in the afternoon, SAR Compatriots traveled northwest to Conover, NC, to honor four Patriots buried in the cemetery at St John's Lutheran Church in Conover, NC. The four Patriots were ancestors of John Echerd, a member of the Catawba Valley chapter. (In the photo below, the SAR compatriots pose for a photo in Conover, NC. Photo by Bob Yankle.)
June 1, 2013 - Americanism Poster Winner Selected!
The winning poster for both the Mecklenburg chapter and NCSSAR Americanism Poster Contest has been selected. This year's winning poster was illustrated by 5th grade student Micah Klima from Polo Ridge Elementary School in Charlotte. The poster is also the winning entry for the Mecklenburg Chapter's Americanism Poster contest. This year's design theme was the Declaration of Independence.
In the photo below, from left to right, Jannelle Grey (Americanism Poster sponsoring teacher), Jim Wood (NCSSAR and Mecklenburg chapter president), Micah Klima (poster winner) and Nizy John (school principal). Jim Wood presented the 5th grader with his winning check from both our chapter and the state.
May 25, 2013 - Mecklenburg Chapter Members at Buford's Massacre
Mecklenburg chapter members Jim Wood (also NCSSAR State President), Tim Berly (NCSSAR State Secretary), Ken Luckey, David Alls, Tom Phlegar and Jay Joyce attended the 233rd Anniversary of Buford's Massacre in Lancaster, SC. Approximately 75 people were in attendance on a sunny, cool Memorial Day weekend. In the photo below, the Mecklenburg chapter members pose for a group photo.
May 20, 2013 - Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence
The Mecklenburg chapter again this year served as the official Color Guard for the annual commemoration of the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence in Uptown Charlotte. Despite the rain, the commemoration was held including the march to the cemetery. In this photo below, members of the Mecklenburg chapter are joined by members of South Carolina in the Color Guard presentation. Our chapter was represented by Jim Prosser, Doyle Campbell, Tony Zeiss, David Allen, Jay Joyce, Jim Wood, Tim Berly, Ken Luckey, David Alls and Mike Cathey.
May 16, 2013 - Mecklenburg Chapter Members Enjoy History
The Mecklenburg Chapter May membership meeting was an enjoyable social event as we welcomed new members and prospective members and learned more about the Revolutionary War history around our area of Charlotte and North Carolina.
Approximately 55 members and guests enjoyed a roasted pork tenderloin dinner with all of the trimmings! The socializing and networking was a great deal of fun as old members and new members mingled, laughed and exchanged stories.
The evening's presentation was from chapter member and area historian and museum docent Tom Phlegar (above in photo). Tom's presentation highlighted all of the local and regional Revolutionary War battles, leaders and stories behind the scenes that surrounded Charlotte and North Carolina. Tom's humor and little-known facts weaved together an exciting and informative show that all enjoyed.
We also welcomed two new members during the evening, Mike McDonald, at right in photo above, and local historian Bill Anderson, at left in photo above. NCSSAR and chapter president Jim Wood officially welcomed these two gentlemen into our chapter.
May 4, 2013 - Abraham & Hezekiah Alexander Grave Markings
The Mecklenburg Chapter sponsored a dual Patriot grave marking to honor the graves of Patriots Abraham Alexander and Hezekiah Alexander with a SAR marker at the historic Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church cemetery in Charlotte today. In the photo below, new Mecklenburg chapter member David Alls (in front) carries the SAR flag as member Tom Phlegar (at left) marches the Color Guard in playing his drum.
Abraham moved from Maryland to North Carolina in 1746 seeking a better life. “He was one of the original signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence,” said Jim Wood, NCSSAR state president and event organizer. “His real estate ventures helped him acquire a nice fortune, plus he was related to many prominent and wealthy citizens in Mecklenburg County.”
Sometime after 1754, Hezekiah immigrated to North Carolina as a blacksmith; it was as a farmer that he made his fortune. On April 1, 1767 he purchased land from his brother John, containing over three hundred acres located on a branch of Sugar Creek. In 1774 he built a stone house to accommodate his wife, Mary Sample, and their growing family. The house still stands in Mecklenburg County and is often open for tours by the historical association.
In the photo above, Mecklenburg chapter member Ken Luckey, a descendant of Hezekiah Alexander, unveils each of the SAR grave markers during the ceremony.
April 26, 2013 - Mecklenburg Digital Scrapbook Wins Award
Our 2012 Mecklenburg chapter Digital Scrapbook won 1st place in the electronic scrapbook category at the NCSSAR annual state conference in Asheville April 26-27. "This is the third year that we have entered a digital scrapbook in the new electronic scrapbook category," said Jay Joyce, chapter vice president. "North Carolina was the first state to introduce the electronic scrapbook category to encourage chapters to develop digital scrapbooks."
Traditional paper scrapbooks still dominate the number of entries in the total scrapbook category each year, but the electronic digital scrapbooks are gaining popularity. "I think the real advantage to the digital scrapbook is the obvious ability for more people to view the activities from the past year as it is posted on the web," adds Joyce. "We used pure digital photography when we produced our chapter's digital scrapbook so the images are crisper, brighter and download quickly."
Our Mecklenburg chapter has earned a 1st place award each of the past three years that the electronic scrapbook category has been open. Visit the 2012 Mecklenburg Chapter Digital Scrapbook here.
March 24, 2013 - Mecklenburg Member Receives Top Award
Mecklenburg chapter member Robin Spencer Lattimore (on left in the photo below), of Rutherfordton, was presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine on behalf of North Carolina Governor Patrick L. McCrory on Sunday, March 24.
The ceremony was held at St. John’s Church in Rutherfordton, and was hosted by the Rutherford County Historical Society. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is among the highest civilian honors that can be presented by the Governor of North Carolina to a citizen of the state. Notable recipients include Billy Graham, Andy Griffith, Charles Kuralt, Richard Petty, Bob Timberlake and Michael Jordan.
Former Rutherford County Sheriff C. Philip Byers nominated Lattimore for the honor in recognition of his work as a historian, educator and author. Lattimore’s portfolio of published works includes more than 20 books that celebrate the history and heritage of Rutherford County and other communities in western North Carolina.
Feb. 23, 2013 - 237th Anniversary of Moores Creek Bridge
The 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge was held today at Moores Creek National Battleground. In the photo below, members of the NCSSAR Color Guard gather to honor the historical site where Patriots withheld a Loyalist attack, securing North Carolina’s fate in their push for Independence. The actual Moores Creek Bridge and earthworks are reconstructed, but their locations are precise. Mecklenburg chapter members Jim Wood and Ken Luckey represented our chapter at the event.
Feb. 21, 2013 - President Thomas Jefferson Visits Charlotte
Our Mecklenburg chapter sponsored a community dinner with special guest President Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by historical actor and producer Bill Barker. There were 170 people in attendance, with approximately 140 guests from the general public. During the evening, President Jefferson spoke on the founding principles of liberty and freedom, his most-admired person, George Washington, his loving wife Martha Jefferson, his beloved home in Virgina, Monticello, and fielded many questions from the audience.
(In the photo above, President Thomas Jefferson addresses the Mecklenburg chapter
President's Day community dinner as NSSAR Registrar and National Color Guard
Commander Mike Tomme looks on.)
Our Mecklenburg chapter also inducted four new members and presented our annual SAR Eagle Scout Scholarship Award to William Cato of Charlotte. "Our plans are to invite either George Washington or Benjamin Franklin to Charlotte next February during President's Week," said Tom Phlegar, program and event chairman of the Mecklenburg SAR chapter.
(In the photo above, NCSSAR president Glenn Sappie, at left, poses with Mecklenburg SAR Eagle Scout Scholarship recipient William Cato and NCSSAR Eagle Scout Program Chairman Tim Berly on February 21, 2013 in Charlotte.)
Jan. 28, 2013 - Mecklenburg Chapter Awards CMPD Detective
The Mecklenburg chapter awarded the SAR Law Enforcement Commendation Medal to CMPD Detective Sergeant Darrell Price today. "Sergeant Price has faithfully served the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for 30 years, serving as an incredibly experienced and well-respected detective, finishing his career as the supervisor of the Sexual Assault Unit," said Jay Joyce, vice president of the Mecklenburg chapter. "Sergeant Price pioneered the implementation of a Cold Case Unit that examines cases of sexual assault using DNA and other methods to bring these suspects to justice." Pictured below are Sergeant Darrell Price, CMPD. on left, and Jay Joyce, on right.
Jan. 19, 2013 - Mecklenburg Attends Battle of Cowpens
Mecklenburg chapter members attended the 232nd Anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens. Members in attendance included Ray Maxson, Ken Luckey, Paul Callanan, and Jim Wood. In the photo below, Mecklenburg chapter president Jim Wood presents honors and a wreath at the Cowpens National Monument.