My Journey to Sons of the American Revolution Membership

My wife and I at the District of Columbia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Awards Banquet where I received my membership certificate.
At the banquet from left to right: Author, SAR member and founder of the Society of the First African Families of English America, Rick Murphy; my wife; me; SAR member Charles Holman.
My swearing into membership with fellow inductees.
At the banquet with Bill Ritche who was elected as DC SAR’s first African American president in its 132-year history. Bill’s vest and tie were custom made in Cameroon, the place to which he traces much of his African ancestry
With Paul Hays, DC SAR secretary who provided guidance and support throughout the process to ensure my application advanced to approval.
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina 1867 Marriage record for my third great grandfather Henry Johnston which lists his parents as John and Milly Smorrow (Smyre).
Here is Jacob Shuford’s 1843 will passing my fourth great grandmother Milly to the Smyres. See paragraph three: “I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth [Shuford] Smyre for life a Negro woman named Milly and her increases and also Negro boy named Perry now in possession of my son in law John Smyre.”
State of North Carolina Morgan District pay voucher to my fifth great grandfather “John Smyers” for 136 pounds sixteen shllings in March 1784, proving that he provided material aid to the Revolution.



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Andre Kearns

Andre Kearns

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