33 Patriots Monument Campaign with
Centre Presbyterian Church in
Mooresville, NC

33 Patriots monument funding drive with Mecklenburg SAR and the Centre Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, NC.

What is 33 Patriots?

Our 242 year journey as the United States of America brings us to an unprecedented time to honor 33 Revolutionary War Patriots in their final resting place at historic Centre Presbyterian Church, 129 Centre Church Rd., Mooresville, NC 28117.

The 33 Patriots program is a unique partnership with the congregation to raise $8,900 to build a monument that honors the 33 Patriots buried at the church as well as the history of the church.

Centre Presbyterian Church is one of the "Seven Sisters" Presbyterian churches organized in and around Charlotte, NC, between 1756 and 1770. Centre Presbyterian Church has a long history of service in the Mooresville area and played an integral part in the founding of Davidson College.

One of the Church's greatest contributions, however, came during the Revolutionary War. General William Davidson, hero of the Battle of Cowan's Ford and the man from whom both Davidson College and Davidson, NC, get their names, was a member of the Centre Church congregation.

Within the Centre Church Cemetery, there are represented thirty-three men who left the comfort of their homes in order to secure the blessings of freedom that we enjoy today, a remarkable number for a small congregation in the Carolina backcountry.

The Mecklenburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution along with the congregation of Centre Presbyterian Church wish to honor the sacrifices of these brave patriots. To do so, we will need your help.

Plans call for a large granite monument bearing the names of these honored dead to be placed within the cemetery so that future generations may be reminded of these otherwise ordinary men who made this nation possible.

The dedication ceremony is tentatively scheduled for November 3, 2018. In order to meet this goal, we will need to raise $8,900 by the end of July 2018. A contribution of any amount will be greatly appreciated. You may donate securely by credit card using the button below or you may send a check payable to "SAR Mecklenburg Chapter" to 33 Patriots, c/o David Alls, 2936 S Legacy Park Blvd, Fort Mill, SC 29707. Thank you!

Visit the Centre Presbyterian Church Website

View the Patriots Buried in the Church Cemetery

Historic Centre Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, NC.

Raising Funds for the Monument

Our fundraising goal is $8,900 to purchase, craft and install the monument. Any level of giving that you share is deeply appreciated. It's easy and secure to donate to help raise the funds for the 33 Patriots monument at Centre Presbyterian Church. Just click the button below and you will be taken to the secure PayPal Giving Fund website to make your donation. Thank you so much for your support!

There are three (3) ways that you can help us with donations for the 33 Patriots Monument.

Donation Way #1:

Write a check in any amount payable to Mecklenburg SAR and mail it to:

Mecklenburg SAR
c/o Dave Alls
2936 S Legacy Park Blvd
Fort Mill, SC 29707

Donation Way #2:

You can pay using your Visa, MasterCard or American Express by clicking the button below safely through PayPal:

Donation Way #3:

If you have a PayPal account, you can donate through the PayPal Giving Fund and 100% of your donation goes directly to our 33 Patriots Memorial Fund. There are no processing fees charged with this donation way!

Donate to the Mecklenburg SAR and Centre Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, NC to raise funds for a Revolutionary War monument.

The photos below will give you an idea of what the monument will look like when completed and installed at Centre Presbyterian Church (photos depict both sides).

33 Patriots Revolutionary War momument fund drive with the Mecklenburg SAR and Centre Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, NC.

Revolutionary War Patriot monument fund raising for Centre Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, NC with the Mecklenburg SAR.

While doing further research on the 33 Patriots Project, members of Centre Presbyterian Church uncovered evidence of two additional veterans who had been buried in the Centre Church Cemetery.

Due to the ongoing nature of historical research, this was not totally unexpected and additional veterans may be discovered as time goes on. We are proud to be able to recognize the patriotic service of these two veterans – Andrew Carr (Kerr) and Gilbraith Neill.

We are particularly happy to be able to honor militia officer Lt Gilbraith Neill. There is no record of Lt Neill being used as an ancestor in either the SAR or the DAR and his service had become lost to his home church. His name, along with the names of many other men who took up arms in the Revolution, was lost to history.

The record of his service lay waiting in the National Archives and only came to light when Revolutionary War pension records became readily available on the Internet. And now, due to diligent researchers, Lt Neill's nearly forgotten contribution to our Nation's founding will be recognized.