Patriot James Keaton Grave Marking

A ceremony in honor of Revolutionary war soldier James Keaton was held October 16, 2021. Those attending were descendants Charles Lilly, past president of the Missouri State SAR and former WVSSAR president William H. “Bill” Lester. Also in attendance were the WVSSAR Color Guard led by Edward A. Cromley IV and including Bill Lester, Calvin Hannah, Zach Phillips and others with Charles Lilly was an honorary participant.

Elder Norval Mann gave the invocation. WVSSAR Vice president Rhendal Butler led the introduction with local DAR regents Debra Phillips and Caroline Klezli. Bag Piper, Ms. Maggie Jusiel, performed during the ceremony. Rhendal Butler, Wayne Harvey, Forest Lilly and Mr. Tabscott represented the Greenbrier Valley Chapter. Bill Lester, Calvin Hannah and Bob Tilley represented the Captain Ralph Stewart Chapter.
WVSSAR Historian Wayne Harvey gave the Benediction.
Several descendants and members of the community also participated in the ceremony.

Compatriots Honored by NSSAR

Former WVSSAR state president Steven Hart has won the prestigious Stewart Boone McCarthy award this year. 

This award is in recognition of his hard work in the preservation of United States history and the encouragement of its teaching in our schools.  Compatriot Hart has long been a strong advocate of SAR youth outreach programs and is well deserving of this honor.

Thanks to the hard work of state registrar Louis Ruf, the West Virginia Society has won the Genealogist General’s award for being one of the top three states with the lowest percentage of pended applications.

DAR Finder Form

A member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) may receive the SAR Appreciation Medal for referring at least five new SAR members.  The count will be maintained by use of the DAR Finder Form.  The form is provided here for your use.

WVSSAR chapters are encouraged to submit the DAR Finder Form with SAR applications when DAR members refer candidates for SAR membership.  For additional information, please contact Frank C. “Joe” Khare, WVSSAR DAR Liaison, at or (304) 876-3817.

You can download a copy of the DAR Finder Form from HERE

General Andrew Lewis Chapter Meeting

Well-known Historian Karen Nance will be the featured speaker at the Thursday, May 12 meeting of the General Andrew Lewis Chapter. Nance’s topic will be “Slavery and the Underground Railroad in the Tri-State”.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Enslow Park Presbyterian Church,
1338 Enslow Blvd., Huntington, W.V.

Refreshments will the served and is open to the public.

General Andrew Lewis Chapter Meeting 10 Mar 2016

Marshall University Professor Phillip Rutherford will be the featured speaker at the Thursday, March 10 meeting of the General Andrew Lewis Chapter in Huntington.
His topic will be “Fighting Fare: American Servicemen and the Taste of War, 1941-1945”.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Enslow Park Presbyterian Church, 1338 Enslow Blvd. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited.

Compatriot “Woody” Williams featured in SAR Magazine

Compatriot Hershel Woody “Woody” Williams, who is a member of the Captain James Neal Chapter, West Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution, is featured in an article on page 12 of the February 2016 issue of The SAR Magazine. Compatriot “Woody” Williams was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by US President Harry Truman for his actions as a Marine during the Battle of Iwo Jima during February 1945.

You can read and download the February 2016 issue of The SAR Magazine featuring the article about Compatriot “Woody” Williams from HERE.