Sons of the American Revolution make major donation to Delaware Public Archives

Delaware Society of the Sons of the American Revolution members join Delaware Public Archives Director Stephen M. Marz for the donation of the DESSAR membership applications. Shown (l-r) are Troy Foxwell, first vice president; George Contant, member; Michael Keen, historian; Marz; George Jones, president; George Locke, secretary; and Jack Lewis, past president. SOURCE SUBMITTED
August 20, 2013

On Aug. 7, the Delaware Society of the Sons of the American Revolution donated to the Delaware Public Archives seven hundred completed applications for membership to their organization which preserve records related to the events leading up to and during the American Revolution.

Delaware Public Archives Director Stephen M. Marz said, “This will be a heavily used collection because it contains so much information on Delaware families. The DESSAR deserves a tremendous amount of credit for donating these records to the Archives because the documents trace back to the beginnings of the organization. To have this collection at the Delaware Public Archives is truly an honor.”

Since 1891, many Delaware men have honored their patriotic ancestors by joining the DESSAR. Each applicant is required to research and prove through documented evidence that an ancestor provided assistance during the American Revolutionary War period. These findings are submitted on the DESSAR membership application.

Dating from 1891 to 1976, these original documents are a wealth of family history information and will be instrumental in helping the genealogy community make connections to their Revolutionary War roots as well as historians as they capture Delaware’s personal connections to this historical time.

After the applications have been processed by the Archives staff, the full collection will be available for research by the public in fall 2013.

To learn more about the Delaware Society of the Sons of the American Revolution contact George Jones, DESSAR president, at For more information about the Delaware Public Archives, go to Become a follower of the Delaware Public Archives Facebook page, and read the Archives blog to learn more about events and other items of interest.

The Delaware Public Archives is at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North in Dover. The Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Room is open to the public 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday to Friday. On the second Saturday of every month, the research room is open from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

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