Some of you may know that I am an active member of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR). To be a member you must be able to prove direct descent from an individual that either fought for or in some other manner supported the American cause in the Revolutionary War. I became an approved member on April 12, 2008. The patriot that I used to join with is Joseph Towler. Joseph served in the Virginia Army, and also donated materials in support of the cause.
Once a member of the NSSAR, you can document other patriots by submitting so called "Supplemental Applications". These are not required, instead, they just provide a means to verify and document other patriots in your familytree. Before today I had 4 approved Supplemental Applications, Adam Spach, Sr., Johann Gotlieb Spach, Valentine Cox and John Tinsley. Today I just received word that I have had two additional patriots approved! The two additional include my first female patriot and John Tinsley's Father. The approved are:
- Mrs. Judith Cox (Redford) Material Support (15 Bushels Corn, 300 bundles fodder), Chesterfield County Virginia
- Edward Tinsley Supplied Provisions, (24.5 bushels Wheat, 610 Pounds Beef, 2.5 Bushels Rye) Amherst County Virginia.
These are great examples of individuals that did not fight in the war, but donated in support of the cause, and thus someone is eligible to join the NSSAR (and likely the NSDAR as well) using these individuals as patriots.
I am particularly proud of the fact that I have a female patriot, as they are hard to document.