Silas McDowell Chapter



Tom Long, President
260 Telfair Ridge
Aquone, NC 28781
(828) 321-3522
Email: tomeaglenc@aol.com

 

Don Connelly, Vice President
228 Utopia Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723
(828) 293-5571
Email: dconnellysar@frontier.com

 

Kenton David, Treasurer

3648 Cashier Road
PO Box 2409

Highlands, NC  28741-2409

(828) 526-3374
Email: kentonw@hcgexpress.net

 

John L. Ruble, Secretary
594 Dogwood Ridge Rd.
Murphy, NC 28906
(828) 837-1853
Email: Jruble1940@frontier.com

 

Dave Jellison, Chaplain

25 Clearview Lane

Highlands, NC 28741-7520

(828) 526-5595

Email: DNJ112438@aol.com

John L. Ruble, Genealogist
594 Dogwood Ridge Rd.
Murphy, NC 28906
(828) 837-1853
Email: Jruble1940@frontier.com


Members of the Chapter

Michael David Carpenter Donald William Connelly
Kenton Wiley David Mark William Davidson
Francis Houston (Judge) Donald Kevin Ives
David Niel Jellison Thomas Gregory Jessup
Thomas Telfair Long Brian Duane McCall
COL David Ewing McCracken, USA, Retired The Honorable Mark Randall Meadows, United States Representative
John Leslie Ruble Thomas Egdar Sterrett
Robert Gordon Yates  

 

Download Our Chapter's History & Profile on How We Began!


Chapter Meetings

Our meetings are held on the third Monday of March, April, June, August & October
beginning at 5:00pm for "eating and greeting."
Formal meeting begins at 6:00pm
at the Boiler Room Steak House, 1024 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

We welcome summer visitors from other states and chapters.
Make our Chapter your "home away from home".

We also encourage those who think they may have
a Revolutionary period ancestor,
to call (828) 526-3374 and let us assist you in finding your link to the past.

View the Minutes from the Chapter Meeting held on March 17, 2014

View the Minutes from the Chapter Meeting held on October 21, 2013.

View the Minutes from the Chapter meeting held on August 19, 2013.

View the Minutes from the Chapter meeting held on June 17, 2013.

View the Minutes from the Chapter meeting held on April 15, 2013.

View the Minutes from the Chapter meeting held on March 18, 2013.


Silas McDowell Chapter: A Review of 2012 Chapter Activities

Last year our chapter moved our dinner meeting to a very nice private dining room with a substantially improved menu at the The Boiler Room Restaurant off 441 S. in Franklin.

We had many very interesting and informative programs from History Professors, Historical Society Officers, and in November we hosted the Education Committee from the Joseph Habersham Chapter in North Georgia demonstrating their Grade School "Traveling Trunk" program.

And, we added four new members with two more applications pending!

Our chapter has undertaken two National/State SAR programs: (1) Recognition and Awards to Area Eagle Scouts, and, (2) Awards to the Outstanding Jr. ROTC graduate at Swain High School. We will participate in Revolutionary Uniform, in an Eagle Scout Court of Honor in Robbinsville in May, 2013 and also at the Jr. ROTC Annual Awards Banquet when scheduled in the spring.

In addition, we are currently working four projects which will not only provide a service to our community but increase our exposure for recruiting new members.

Our "Service to Veterans" project to provide clothing to the homeless veterans in the Asheville Veterans Restoration Quarters is highly successful and very fulfilling.

The identification and marking of Revolution Patriots graves in the area is under way. We have identified eleven graves in the immediate area that we will work to clean up and plan to conduct the first SAR Grave Marking Ceremony in April 2013.

We are progressing toward a Uniformed Color Guard and now have four members with uniforms and anticipate that two more will join us. And lastly, we are working to provide media coverage of our meetings and community service at every possible opportunity.

Chapter News

October 30, 2013: Read the story in The Franklin Press about our chapter holding a Patriot Grave Search and Headstone Cleaning in Franklin, NC. Download a .pdf of the story here.

October 2, 2013: Members of the Silas McDowell chapter held a Patriot Grave Search/Headstone Cleaning event in Franklin, NC today. Compatriots Tom Long and John Ruble worked at two cemeteries in Franklin, NC searching for, finding, and then cleaning the headstones of six Revolutionary War veterans. Three veterans were found in the cemetery of the 1st United Methodist Church, and the other three were at the Sugar Fork Baptist Church. Next step is to contact the two church’s to determine if they will allow the SAR to hold a SAR ceremony and place a marker at the grave site of the Patriot, then contact descendants of the Patriots and see if they would allow a grave marking ceremony, and then schedule the activity with the churches, descendants, other organizations (DAR, American Legion), and publish the schedule in local newspapers. In the photos below, chapter president Tom Long, at left, and chapter genealogist John Ruble, at right, work on the headstones.

Silas McDowell chapter president Tom Long cleans Patriot headstones on October 2 2013 in Franklin, NC. Silas McDowell chapter genealogist John Ruble cleans a Patriot headstone on October 2 2013 in Franklin, NC.

September 28, 2013: Our Silas McDowell chapter completed our 2013 recruiting campaign with an appearance at the Mountain Heritage Fair in Cullowhee, NC. We had over 120 people stop (men, women, and children) to ask about who we are, what activities are we involved in, and interest in SAR, DAR, and Genealogy. Of these we had 14 individuals sign our guest book indicating that they would like to obtain additional information on how to join and/or be on our mailing list of activities/meetings. In the photo below, chapter president Tom Long, on left, and chapter genealogist John Ruble, on right, work the booth.

Tom Long and John Ruble work the genealogy booth for the Silas McDowell chapter on September 28 2013.

September 14, 2013: The Silas McDowell chapter hosted a genealogy workshop for the community and interested membership prospects for joining the SAR. The interested prospects had visited one of our “demonstration” tents at area festivals this summer. We did have approximately 10 people attend the session of which three were ladies. We had four members from the chapter present, President Tom Long (Continental Officer Uniform), VP Don Connlie, Genealogist John Ruble, and visiting NJ chapter past president Bob Haff. Our next “demonstration” tent event will be held at the Mountain Heritage Festival on Sept. 28th at the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. What we had done in these “demonstration” events was to talk to men and women about what the SAR is about, what our chapter has been doing, answering questions about the Revolutionary War, giving out copies of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and seeking family members of known Patriots that are buried in the area. (In the photo below, chapter president Tom Long addresses the prospective SAR members.)

Silas McDowell chapter president Tom Long addresses a genealogy workshop for SAR new member prospects on September 14, 2013.

June 30, 2013: The Silas McDowell Chapter, serving the western mountain region of North Carolina, hosted its first Patriot grave dedication and marking ceremony today in Sylva, NC, for Revolutionary War Patriot Samuel Monteith. (In the photos below, the SAR grave marker is installed at the grave of Patriot Samuel Monteith. And in the photo at right, Silas McDowell Chapter genealogist John Ruble, at left, and chapter president Tom Long, at right, pose with a participant at the ceremony.)

Silas McDowell Chapter, NCSSAR, honors Patriot Samuel Monteith in Sylva, NC, on June 30, 2013 with a grave marking ceremony. On June 30, 2013 the Silas McDowell Chapter, NCSSAR, sponsored a grave marking ceremony for Patriot Samuel Monteith in Sylva, NC.

Nearly 75 people attended the ceremony to honor Patriot Samuel Monteith (1756-1840), who served under General Griffith Rutherford in this area and who is buried in Sylva. In addition to the members of the Sons of the American Revolution, the color guard of American Legion Post 104 from Sylva participated in the ceremony. Samuel Monteith was a Scotsman and Jean Hayes of Franklin played the bagpipes to open and close the ceremony.

Members of the Silas McDowell SAR Chapter participate in the Mountain Heritage Fair.
(In the photo above, Silas McDowell chapter members Don Connelly, at left, and Tom Long,
at right, work the chapter booth at the annual Mountain Heritage Fair in Franklin, NC.)

Members of the Silas McDowell SAR Chapter participate in the Mountain Heritage Fair.
(Above, John Ruble in the chapter booth at the Mountain Heritage Fair.)

Members of the Silas McDowell chapter participate with the DAR in the grave marking of Patriot Corporal White.
(Above, members of the chapter participate with the DAR in the grave marking of Patriot Corporal White.)

Members of the Silas McDowell chapter Color Guard participate in the dedication of the Veteran's Memorial in Franklin, NC.
(Above, left to right, chapter members Don Pelton's son, Don Pelton, Ed Privette, and State Senator
Bob Carpenter participate in the dedication of the Veteran's Memorial in Franklin, NC.)

Members of the Silas McDowell chapter at the Homeless Vet Shelter where we collected clothing and items for the 250 vets who live there.
(Above, left to right, chapter member Kenton David, Michael Reid, Director of the Veteran's
Restoration Quarters in Asheville, chapter members John Ruble and Tom Long pose for a
photo inside the VRQ after our community project of collecting donated new and nearly
new clothing and toiletries for the 250 homeless veterans who pass through this program.)


Silas McDowell Chapter History

Chartered: August 24, 1996

Organized by: Lawrence Woods, C.D. Williams

Charter members:
Lawrence Woods, President
Bobby Hamilton, Vice President
Walter L. Hall, Secretary/Treasurer
Samuel Eb. Ramsey, Registrar

History: This chapter was named for an early Macon County resident whose relatives included two
Revolutionary Ware soldiers. This chapter was reorganized in October 26, 1996, and then again
on November 23, 2002, with C.D. Williams, John Higdon, and Rick Walker present.

Officer History:

2009-2010 John Ruble, President
  Robert C. Carpenter, Vice President
  Tom Sterrett, Secretary
  William "Bill" Davidson, Treasurer
  Don Ives, Chaplain
  Ed Privette, Genealogist
2008-2009 Ed Privette, President
  John Ruble, Vice President
  Robert C. Carpenter, Secretary
  William "Bill" Davidson, Treasurer
  Don Ives, Chaplain
  Ed Privette, Genealogist
2007-2008 Ed Privette, President
  Don Ives, Vice President
  Robert C. Carpenter, Secretary
  William "Bill" Davidson, Treasurer
  Ed Privette, Genealogist
2006-2007 Don Ives, President
  Ed Privette, Vice President
  Tom Sterrett, Secretary
  William "Bill" Davidson, Treasurer
2005-2006 Robert C. Carpenter, President
  Ed Privette, Vice President
  Tom Sterrett, Secretary
  William "Bill" Davidson, Treasurer
2004-2005 Robert Cabe, Sr., President
  Denton Higdon, Vice President
  Ed Privette, Secretary
  William "Bill" Davidson, Treasurer
  Charles C. Griggs, Registrar
2003-2004 Ed Privette, President
  Denton Higdon, Vice President
  Robert Cabe, Sr., Secretary/Acting Chaplain
  Jason Arnold, Treasurer
  Samuel E (Eb) Ramsey, Registrar
  William Jay Jennings, Historian
2002-2003 Denton Higdon, President
  Ed Privette, Vice President
  Robert Cabe, Sr., Secretary
  William "Bill" Davidson, Treasurer

Newspaper Articles on the Chapter:

 

Updated April 21, 2014.