Our Patriot Ancestors

american revolutionary war patriotsOur common bond is the heritage we share to patriots of the American Revolutionary War.  To become a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, a woman 18 years or older must prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence.  The National Society accepts service, with some exceptions, for the period between April 19, 1775 (Battle of Lexington) and November 26, 1783 (withdrawal of British Troops from New York) as follows:

  • Signers of the Declaration of Independence
  • Military Service, such as participation in: Army and Navy of the Continental Establishment, State Navy, State and Local Militia, Privateers, and Military or Naval Service performed by French nationals in the American theater of war
  • Civil Service, under authority of Provisional or new State Governments: State Officials, and County and Town Officials (Town Clerk, Selectman, Juror, Town Treasurer, Judge, Sheriff, Constable, Jailer, Surveyor of Highways, Justice of the Peace, etc.)
  • Patriotic Service, which includes: Members of the Continental Congress, State Conventions, and Assemblies, Membership in committees made necessary by the War (including service on committees which furthered the cause of the Colonies from April 1774, such as Committees of Correspondence, Inspection, and Safety, committees to care for soldier's families, etc.), signer of Oath of Fidelity and Support, Oath of Allegiance, etc., members of the Boston Tea Party, defenders of Forts and Frontiers, and Signers of petitions addressed to and recognizing the authority of the Provisional and new State Governments, Doctors, nurses, and others rendering aid to the wounded (other than their immediate families), ministers who gave patriotic sermons and encouraged patriotic activity, Furnishing a substitute for military service, Prisoners of war or refugees from occupying forces, Prisoners on the British ship Old Jersey or other prison ships, and those who rendered material aid such as furnishing supplies with or without remuneration, lending money to the Colonies, munitions makers, gunsmiths, etc.

More information about acceptable service is available on the NSDAR website.

The list below contains the names, service type, and service state for the ancestors of the El Paso de Robles Chapter NSDAR.

CPL=Corporal, CPT=Captain, CS=Civil Service, ENS=Ensign, LT=Lieutenant, PS=Patriotic Service, PVT=Private

Albright, Jacob | PVT, PA

Anderson, Thomas | CS, VA

Anderson, David | PS, VA

Bolick, Casper | PVT, VA

Bost, William | PS, NC

Bradford, Samuel | PS, MD

Brass, Garrit | PVT, MA

Breeden, Richard | PVT, VA

Brizendine, Leroy | PVT, VA

Campbell, Samuel | PVT, NH

Carriel, Nathaniel | PS, MA

Couch, James | CS, VA

Crosby, Seth | PS, CT

Cox, Thomas | PS, NC

Downing, Daniel | ENS, CT

Durham, Samuel | PVT/PS, VA

Earle, Bayliss | PS, SC

Eddy, David | CAPT, RI

Failing, John Jacob | PVT, NY

Finley, David | PVT, VA

Flansburgh, William | 2nd LT, NY

Foster, John | PS, VA


Garlough, Johann Heinrich | PS, MD

Haile, Nicholas | PS, MD

Hatch, Simeon | PVT, MA

Heaton, Ebenezer | PS, PA/VA

Hood, John | PVT, PA

Hoyt, John | PVT, NH

Jump, Allenby | PS/CAPT, MD

Kagey, Henry | PVT, VA

Keck, Michael | PVT, PA

King, Charles | CS/PS, SC

Kirby, Seth | CPL, CT 

Loose, Jacob | PVT, PA

Maxwell, Robert | PVT, PA

Merriman, Benjamin | PS/CAPT, MD  

Miller Joseph | PVT, VA

Murphy, John | PS, VA

Patterson, Thomas | PS, VA

Prince, John | PS, SC

Proctor, Benjamin | PVT, VA

Rice, Charles | PVT MD

Rigg, Charles | CPL, MD

Rose, Jacobus | PVT, NY

Sayre, David | PVT, NJ

Shaw, Knowles | PVT, CT

Sherwood, Daniel | PVT, MD

Shuey, John Martin | PVT, PA

Simms, Robert | PVT, NC

Smith, Thomas Dodd | PVT, VA

Smith, Zephaniah | PVT, MA

Stapp, Joseph | PS, VA

Stapp, Thomas | PS, VA

Smyers, John | CS, NC

Stockton, David | CAPT, PA

Stockton, Thomas | PS, PA

Taylor, James | PS, VA

Tillinghast, Pardon | PS, RI

Thurston, Joel | PVT, NY

White, Cornelius Sr. | CAPT, MA

Wright, Wingfield | PS, VA