The Making of the Cincinnati Chapter, Ohio Society, Sons of the American Revolution

On Saturday evening, February 22, 1930 members of the Ohio Society, Sons of the Revolution (founded in 1883) and the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution held a joint dinner meeting at the University Club in Cincinnati, Ohio. There were twelve members of the Cincinnati Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution present, sixty-eight members of the Sons of the Revolution, and six guests. At this meeting the two united as the Ohio Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The President elected that night was Harry Walter Hutchins, who had been President of the Sons of the Revolution in 1929. The speaker of the evening, Rev. Walter A. Hopkins, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Covington, Kentucky, who delivered a inspiring address “The Spirit of America.” The union of these two societies gave this area a much more influential organization and a much stronger and better coordinated program.

-Compatriot George H. Stewart, Chapter Historian


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Flag Certificate to the Shiloh United Methodist Church

Flag Cert01.JPGThe Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution presented a Flag Certificate to the Shiloh United Methodist Church in Delhi Township, Hamilton County, Ohio for the manner by which they fly the 50 Star Flag of the United States of America. Pictured here is the flag as it located next to their chapel and complex on 5261 Foley Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45238.

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Their all weather flag uses Proper flag flying etiquette for the United States includes flying in approved lighting and at the specified height.
The church colors are presented below the National colors and lighted from two beacons from both the east and west sides as shown here in the photo.

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Compatriot Michael Gunn presented the certificate as pictured here to the Church office in late September after contacting them by telephone, but the office was unoccupied at his arrival due to a church event.


Article by
Michael B. Gunn, Ph.D.,
Past President, Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution

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2017 Day with the Genealogical Experts

On October 7th, Cincinnati SAR Registrar Franz Ott II and Historian George Stewart participated in the “Day with the Genealogical Experts” at the Cincinnati Public Library.



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October 6th 2017 Naturalization Ceremony

Cincinnati SAR President Bredenfoerder and Past President Gunn welcomed 65 new citizens at a naturalization ceremony held on October 6th at the Potter Stewart US District Courthouse. The Honorable Stephanie K. Bowman officiated. This was an extra special naturalization for President Bredenfoerder because he was able to witness his neighbors Gautam and Ulka Sardar take the Oath of Citizenship. The Sardar’s received an extra special surprise on their front porch when they returned home – a new US flag set. We’re sure they will fly it proudly!

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October 4th BOM Highlights

Compatriot Graydon Gorby received a supplemental for his paternal line patriot Joseph Gorby at the Cincinnati SAR October 4th Board of Management Meeting. Congratulations Graydon!

Compatriot Brad Jarard posted the Colors.

(Photos by Compatriot Michael Gunn)

Jack Bredenfoerder
CCSAR President

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CCSAR attended Revolutionary War patriot grave marking in Verona, Ky.

Everyone was all smiles during the George Vest Celebration October 1 at Verona Vineyards, which is situated on the once-larger Vest farm. SAR President General Larry Guzy, Secretary General Warren Alter, Ohio Society President Donald McGraw and SAR Color Guard Commander Mark C Anthony joined Cincinnati Chapter Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR) President Jack Bredenfoerder with four of his members (Paul Wilke, Ken Carpenter, Bradley Jarard,  Lee Wilkerson and Michael Gunn) and a dozen more Kentucky SAR members at Verona Vineyards.

Patriot George Vest was born about 1760 in Virginia. He served as a Private with the Virginia Militia began his military career as a youngster during Lord Dumore’s War, serving under Capt. Thomas Dillard and Col. Andrew Lewis in a militia from Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He was in Middlesex on the Pasquotank River when Dunmore was driven away. In 1776, he marched with William Christian against the Cherokee Indians in Tennessee, serving nearly eight months. He returned to Tennessee in 1777 as a private commanded by Capt. James Dickson and Col. Evan Shelby for treaty talks with the Cherokee on the Holston River. In 1778 he served again under Capt. Dillard, guarding “the frontier,” but this time with General George Rogers Clark.

For his service, Vest received a land grant in Shelby County, Kentucky. He eventually settled near Verona in Boone County Kentucky and sired four sons. Many descendant members of his family joined other well wishers including CCSAR in the crowd of about 200 at the ceremony last Sunday.

Indeed, a spectacle of historical patriotism not often witnessed.

Article by
Michael B. Gunn, Ph.D.,
Past President, Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution

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Help is Needed to Preserve National Rev. War Site

By James D. Schaffer, National Trustee SAR

The Trustees of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution announced their support of the efforts of the Princeton Battlefield Society and the Civil War Trust battlefield preservation group in the purchase of 15 acres of a part of the Revolutionary War Princeton Battlefield from the Institute for Advancing Study in New Jersey. The land will increase the size of the Princeton Battlefield State Park by 16 percent.

The Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR) supports this initiative to add this area of the battlefield site into the New Jersey Park system’s trust to protect this important legacy for America.

The Institute and the Civil War Trust have reached an agreement for the sale of this land in order to preserve the site of George Washington’s famous counterattack, but monetary support is urgently needed.

The Civil War Trust is accepting donations.



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