Silas McDowell Chapter



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

 

Vice President

(Position Open)

 

John L. Ruble, Secretary & Treasurer
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, SMSGT USAF Ret.
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 Denton Eugene Higdon
Robert Haff (Dual Member) Wellington G. Coffeen III (Dual Member)
James J. Keeble  

 

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 August 18, 2014

View the Minutes from the Chapter Meeting held on June 16, 2014

View the Minutes from the Chapter Meeting held on April 21, 2014

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

August 18, 2014: During our chapter membership meeting, president Tom Long made several SAR award presentations to community groups and individuals who offer volunteer service to our community. We also enjoyed a lively presentation on "Life in Colonial America" from David Cook, president of the Blue Ridge chapter, GASSAR. See the photos and captions below.

Silas McDowell president Tom Long presents Ms. Mary Jellison a certificate of appreciation for the Highlands Woman's Club and their contribution to the Silas McDowell Chapter on August 18 2014.
(In the photo above, chapter president Tom Long presents Mrs. Mary Jellison with a SAR Certificate of Appreciation
for the Highlands Woman’s Club for their contribution to the Silas McDowell Chapter.)

Silas McDowell chapter president Tom Long presents a SAR Flag Certificate to Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Henry, Deacon of the Sugarfork Baptist Church on August 18 2014.
(In the photo above, chapter president Tom Long presents a SAR Flag Certificate
to Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Henry, Deacon of Sugarfork Baptist Church.)

Silas McDowell president Tom Long presents a SAR Certificate of Appreciation to Neal Riendeau as the VFW/American Legion combined commander on August 18 2014.
(In the photo above, chapter president Tom Long presents a SAR Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Neal Riendeau
for his volunteer service as the VFW/American Legion Combined Color Guard Commander
and a second SAR Certificate of Appreciation for the VFW/American Legion Combined Firing Detail.)

David Cook, president of the Blue Ridge Mountains chapter, GASSAR, gives a presentation on Life in Colonial America during the Silas McDowell chapter meeting on August 18 2014.
(In the photo above, our guest speaker, David Cook, president of the Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter, GASSAR,
brought his chapter's "traveling trunk" to give a talk on the "Life in Colonial America." He discussed the various types of clothing worn,
utensils used for both eating and hygiene, games played, weapons used, and different types of money used,
including wampum that colonial families used. At the conclusion of president Cook’s presentation,
president Long presented him with an engraved Powder Horn.)

August 16, 2014: Compatriots Long and Ruble worked to make final headstone cleaning and installation of Patriot markers at Patriot Daniel Bryson and Patriot James Holmes Bryson graves for the upcoming October 4, 2014 grave marking ceremony. See the photos below.

Silas McDowell president Tom Long cleans the grave stone of Patriot Daniel Bryson on August 16 2014
(In the photo above, Silas McDowell chapter president Tom Long cleans the
grave stone of Patriot James Holmes Bryson.)

Silas McDowell member John Ruble cleans the grave stone of Patriot James Holmes Bryson on August 16 2014.
(In the photo above, Silas McDowell chapter member John Ruble cleans the
grave stone of Patriot James Holmes Bryson.)

July 29, 2014: Silas McDowell chapter president Tom Long attended the Highlands Rotary Club to make a presentation on who the SAR are (national), what we do (state initiatives), and what our chapter has done in the region we serve over the last two years ..... From VRQ support to Patriot Grave ceremonies. In the photo below, chapter president Tom Long, on left, poses for a photo with chapter members Kenton David, in center, and Dave Jellison, on right.

Silas McDowell chapter president Tom Long presented the history of the SAR to the Rotary Club in Highlands, NC on July 29 2014.

July 26, 2014: The Silas McDowell chapter sponsored our second Patriot Grave Marking Ceremony this year. Patriot Lt. William Addington was honored with a grave marking ceremony held at the 1st United Methodist Church in Franklin, NC. We had thirty DAR (four chapters) and SAR (seven chapters) members present along with approximately 15 or 20 Addington Family members. We had an excellent program, and people came up afterwards commenting on how they enjoyed the program and that it uplifted them. Read an article about the ceremony published in the Macon County News. Photos from the ceremony are below.

The Silas McDowell chapter sponsored a grave marking for Patriot William Addington in Franklin, NC on July 26 2014.

Patriot Lt. William Addington was honored with a grave marking ceremony sponsored by the Silas McDowell chapter NCSSAR held in Franklin, NC on July 26, 2014.

The grave of Patriot Lt. William Addington is marked by the Silas McDowell chapter NCSSAR in Franklin, NC on July 26 2014.

June 21, 2014: The Silas McDowell Chapter participated in the 234th Anniversary Memorial Service for the Battle of Ramsour's Mill held on Jun 21, 2014. Compatriot Long was part of the Color Guard carrying the Betsy Ross flag, and Compatriot Ruble was part of the Color Guard carrying the Chapter's flag. Both Compatriot Long (on the right) and Compatriot Ruble (on the left) are standing on each side of the Chapter's wreath.

The Silas McDowell Chapter participated in the 234th Anniversary Memorial Service for the Battle of Ramsour's Mill held on Jun 21, 2014.

June 16, 2014: The Silas McDowell chapter held our June meeting today and installed two new chapter members and presented an 8th supplemental membership to an existing member! In the top photo, chapter president Tom Long, on right, presents member and chapter secretary/treasurer/genealogist John Ruble with his 8th supplemental certificate. And the bottom photo is chapter president Tom Long shaking hands with new member Compatriot Coffeen III after his induction. Also in the bottom photo with Compatriot Coffeen, the person on the left of this picture is Compatriot Keeble, who was also inducted, and the person on the right is their sponsor, Compatriot Fulton Williams, from the Richard Henry Lee Chapter in Auburn, Alabama.

Silas McDowell chapter president Tom Long, on right, presents member and chapter secretary/treasurer/genealogist John Ruble with his 8th supplemental certificate on June 16, 2014 at our chapter meeting.

The Silas McDowell chapter installs two new members during the chapter's meeting on June 16 2014.

June 14, 2014: The Silas McDowell chapter participated with the Blue Ridge Mountain Chapter of GASSAR Color Guard in a joint Flag Burning Ceremony between the SAR/Boy Scouts at the United Methodist Church in Blairsville, GA. Present were members of the American Legion, Veterans, DAR, SAR, Scouting program (cub, webelos, and scout), and Blue Ridge Fire Department. The Blue Ridge Mountain Chapter also provided a 3 Volley Musket Salute, and TAPS. (In the photos below, Silas McDowell members participate in the Color Guard as the U.S. Flags are presented, honored and retired.)

The Silas McDowell chapter, NCSSAR, participates in a U.S. Flag burning ceremony in Blairsville, GA on June 14, 2014.

NCSSAR Silas McDowell chapter members participated in a Flag burning ceremony with the Blue Ridge Mountain Chapter of GASSAR in Blairsville, GA on June 14, 2014.

May 29, 2014: Several of our chapter's Memorial Day events were covered in the local newspapers, The Macon County News and The North Georgia News.

The Silas McDowell chapter Memorial Day event is covered in the press on May 29 2014.

The Silas McDowell chapter, NCSSAR, is featured in The North Georgia News from our 2014 Memorial Day event.

May 26, 2014: The Silas McDowell chapter was represented at a second Memorial Day Celebration as our own chapter member Compatriot Col. David McCracken, USA (Retired) was the guest speaker at the Waynesville, NC, Memorial Day Celebration. See Col. McCracken in the photo below.

The Silas McDowell chapter was represented at a second Memorial Day Celebration as our own chapter member Compatriot Col. David McCracken, USA (Retired) was the guest speaker at the Waynesville, NC

May 26, 2014: The Silas McDowell chapter participated in the Memorial Day Celebration held in Franklin Veterans Memorial Park in Franklin, NC. We provided the Revolutionary War Color Guard of which Tom Long (at left in photo below), chapter president, was the Betsy Ross flag bearer, and John Ruble (in photo below next to Tom Long at left), chapter secretary/genealogist, was the chapter flag bearer.

The Silas McDowell chapter participated in the Memorial Day celebration held in Franklin Veterans Memorial Park in Franklin, NC, on May 26 2014.

May 24, 2014: The Silas McDowell chapter participated in the Blairsville, GA, Memorial Day parade with the Blue Ridge Mountain GASSAR. In the photo below, Silas McDowell chapter secretary and genealogist John Ruble poses for a photo following the parade holding their chapter flag.

The Silas McDowell chapter participated in the Blairsville, GA, Memorial Day parade with the Blue Ridge Mountain GASSAR

May 20, 2014: The Silas McDowell chapter participated in the re-dedication grave marking ceremony for Patriot Cpl. White, killed in the Battle of Sugartown. The Compatriots who participated in the program (on the back row, left to right in the photo below) are Robert Haff, John Ruble, Robert Yates and Tom Long.

May 18, 2014: The Silas McDowell chapter hosted a Patriot grave marking ceremony for two brothers who served in the Revolutionary War today at the Sugarfork Baptist Church cemetery in Franklin, NC. Patriots David and Jesse Fulton served in the Fourth South Carolina Regiment and are buried beside each other. Members of the Silas McDowell Chapter were joined by members of the Battle of Sugartown Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for the service. Six other SAR and DAR chapters from Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina joined in the ceremony. Members of the Franklin American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars presented the colors.

The Silas McDowell chapter participated in the re-dedication grave marking ceremony for Patriot Cpl. White, killed in the Battle of Sugartown.

The Silas McDowell chapter grave marking held on May 18 2014 headlines the newspaper.

March 8, 2014: Silas McDowell members Tom Long and John Ruble attended a grave ceremony for Patriot William Moore in Candler, NC, where they placed a wreath at the grave site. We also visited the Moore homestead where several log homes still are standing. This event was sponsored by the Felix Walker and Western Waters chapters. After lunch and a short business meeting, the group drove to the VA hospital in Asheville (see story below). We participated in an awards ceremony for a Bataan Death March survivor and hero of WWII, Wayne Carringer of Robbinsville, who is 93 years old. See the photos below.

Silas McDowell members Tom Long and John Ruble attended the grave marking service for Patriot William Moore in Candler, NC on March 8 2014.

Silas McDowell members Tom Long and John Ruble visit the Moore homestead in Candler, NC on March 8 2014.

March 8, 2014: The Silas McDowell chapter and the Western Waters chapter joined together for a presentation to the veterans at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC. See the photos below.

Silas McDowell and Western Waters chapters gave a presentation at the VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC on March 8 2014

Silas McDowell and Western Waters chapters at the VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC on March 8 2014.

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 churches 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 Connelly, 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:

2012-2013 Tom Long, President
  Donald Connelly, Vice President
  Thomas Jessup, Secretary
  Kenton David, Treasurer
  David Jellison, Chaplain
  John Ruble, Genealogist
2011-2012 Kenton David, President
  Tom Long, Vice President
  Tom Sterrett, Secretary
  Kenton David, Treasurer
  Don Ives, Chaplain
  Open, Genealogist
2010-2011 John Ruble, President
  Robert C. Carpenter, Vice President
  Tom Sterrett, Secretary
  William "Bill" Davidson, Treasurer
  Don Ives, Chaplain
  Open, Genealogist
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 August 27, 2014.