Applying for SAR Membership

The easiest way to apply for membership in the West Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution is to leave a message at our Contact Us page. A member will contact you to assist with the application process.

Qualifications for SAR Membership

Any male shall be eligible for regular membership in this Society who:

  • Being of the age of eighteen years (Junior Membership is available) or over and
  • A citizen of good repute in the community,
  • Is the lineal descendant of an ancestor
    • who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to and rendered active service in, the cause of American independence, either as an:
      •  officer
      •  soldier
      •  seaman
      •  marine
      •  militiaman
      • Minuteman
    • in the armed forces
      • of the Continental Congress
      • of any one of the several Colonies or States
    • A Signer of the Declaration of Independence
    • A member of a Committee of Safety or Correspondence
    • A member of any
      • Continental
      • Provincial
      • Colonial Congress or Legislature
    • or as a recognized patriot who performed actual service by overt acts of resistance to the authority of Great Britain

Family tradition in regard to the services of an ancestor will not be considered as proof.

Acceptable Service by a Patriot Ancestor

Participation in one or more of the following types of service is required of an ancestor if a descendent it to be admitted into the Sons of the American Revolution.

  • Signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • Member of any of the Continental Congresses
  • Rendering material aid, such as:
    • Furnishing supplies with or without remuneration
    • Lending money to the Colonies, munitions makers, and gunsmiths
    • Any other material aid which furthered the Cause
  • Military of naval service:
    • Service at the Battle of Point Pleasant, October 10, 1774
    • Service from April 19, 1775 to November 26, 1783
    • Furnishing a substitute for military service
  • Members of the
    • Boston Tea Party
    • Kaskaskia Campaign
    • Galvez Expedition
    • Cherokee Expedetion
    • Edenton Tea Party
  • Defenders of forts and frontiers; rangers.
  • Prisoners of war, including those on the British ship “Old Jersey,” and other prison ships.
  • Physician, surgeon, nurse, or others rendering aid to the wounded.
  • Civil service under the Colonies from April 19, 1775, to November 26, 1783, inclusive
  • Member of committees made necessary by the war, such as
    • Committee of Correspondence
    • Committee of Inspection and Safety
    • Committee to care for soldiers’ families
    • or any other Committees which furthered the cause of the Colonies of Fidelity and Support:
      • Oath of Allegiance
      • Articles of Association
      • Association Test
    • Signers of
      • The Mecklenburg Declaration, 1775
      • The Albemarle, Virginia, Declaration
      • The Cumberland Compact
      • and similar declarations
    • Signers of petitions addressed to and recognizing the authority of the provisional and new state governments
    • Persons accepting obligations or acting under direction of the provisional and new state governments, such as persons directed to hold elections, to oversee road construction, to collect provisions, etc.
    • Ministers known to be in sympathy with the Colonies, either by sermon, speech, or action.