The next meeting of the Bethabara Chapter of
Winston-Salem will take place on
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7 pm.
Social gathering begins at 6:30 (or earlier).
Wives and guests are always welcome.
Sixty Six Pizzeria Grill and Bar
3440 Frontis St.
During our April chapter meeting we raised a toast to the patriots who fought in the first battle of the Revolutionary War 243 years ago at the Battle of Concord.
Ed Hosmer, seen here holding volume 1 of a 2 volume set of Hosmer Family genealogy Ed and his father published. Ed shared the account of Ephraim Hosmer’s service during the battle:
“Ephraim Hosmer was an Acton Massachusetts Minuteman at the Battle of Concord at the Old North Bridge on April 19, 1775. He was a farmer born in Concord, Massachusetts, on November 22, 1722. Ephraim was the fourth generation of Hosmer lineage living in Concord at the time of his birth. His great-grandfather, James Hosmer, emigrated from Hawkhurst, in the County of Kent, England, and settled in Concord in 1635.
Ephraim married Sarah Jones of Acton, Massachusetts, on April 28, 1753. Sarah and Ephraim lived in Acton, and had 10 children from 1754 to 1773, all of whom were born in Acton, Massachusetts. Exactly when Ephraim made the move from Concord to Acton is unknown. Certainly his marriage
in 1753 to Sarah Jones made the move permanent.
Smallpox spread through Acton in the fall of 1774, and Ephraim and Sarah sadly watched both daughters (ages 19 and 16) and five of their eight boys (ages 11, 8, 7, 2, and 10 months) die from the disease in three weeks from October 15, 1774 to November 8, 1774. Ephraim and Sarah, and three boys, Ephraim (age 18), Samuel (age 13), and Joel (age 4) survived the 1774 Smallpox outbreak.
Patriot service for Ephraim Hosmer was as a private under the command of Captain Isaac Davis. In November of 1774, Acton formed a company of Minutemen, and Davis was elected captain. Captain Davis was determined that his company be as well-equipped as the British soldiers. His high standards in terms of equipment and training made the Acton company one of the best prepared in Massachusetts. On the morning of April 19, 1775, Ephraim was part of the Acton company of Minutemen that lead the Provincials attack on the British Regulars at the Old North Bridge. The Provincials thought the British were burning down the town of Concord, and Acton Minutemen were asked to lead the attack against the British because they were the best trained, and every man was equipped with a bayonet on his musket.
Ephraim Hosmer was 52 years old at the Battle of Concord. It is very likely that Ephraim’s oldest son, Ephraim, born on June 22/23, 1756, was also present (with his father) at the Old North Bridge as an Acton Minuteman. He would have been 18 years old at the time of the battle, and undoubtedly would have had exposure to Captain Isaac Davis’ gunsmithing and training of the Acton Minutemen (that included the use of military grade muskets with bayonets which Davis made as a gunsmith) as he grew up in Acton. Ephraim’s 20 year old nephew, Private Abner Hosmer, was killed at the Old North Bridge at the Battle of Concord along with Captain Isaac Davis. The two are honored at the site on the west side of the Concord Bridge, and are interred together at the Acton Monument on the Acton Town Common.
Ephraim died in Acton on March 16, 1811 at age 89. Sarah died in Acton on October 2, 1823 at age 90. They are buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Acton, Massachusetts. Ephraim’s grave site includes a Sons of the American Revolution grave marker.”
Submitted by Edward J. Hosmer, SAR No. 192593
Every year at end of April & early May the Bethabara Chapter presents ROTC & JROTC Medals & Certificates to the top cadets in our area. The SAR began to award the ROTC Medal in 1965 to foster the principle of the “citizen-soldier,” exemplified by the Minutemen of Revolutionary War days. Each award costs about $18 each and are paid for from income generated from North Carolina State SAR Society’s George Washington Endowment Fund. Locally, compatriots from Winston Salem’s Bethabara Chapter will present 13 of these awards this year to ROTC or JROTC cadets who are selected by their squadron commander for having a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing, and general excellence, one for each program in our immediate area.
- Silver ROTC Medal and Certificate is presented only to students in a college or university ROTC program. The Bethabara Chapter awards only one Silver ROTC Medal annually to a member of the No Fear Battalion, which is the combined ROTC program from Wake Forest, Winston Salem State and Salem College; and
- Bronze JROTC Medal and Certificate is presented only to high school students in a JROTC program. The Bethabara Chapter awards 12 Bronze JROTC Medals, one for each of the 10 public high schools in Forsyth County and two from northern Davidson County.
Captain Alden Partridge is considered the founder of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program in the United States. Partridge founded the ROTC because his father, Samuel Partridge, a soldier of the Revolution, had concern for the newly founded United States and its lacking a development resource for qualified military officers. The SAR supports all programs that encourage historical research, foster true patriotism, and maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom. It strongly supports the United States ROTC and JROTC as exemplary programs of these ideals.
The Shallow Ford
The Shallow Ford in western Forsyth County on the Yadkin River has played a pivotal role in the history and development of the area. It was one of the few spots where horses, cattle and wagons could safely cross the river. The Bethabara Chapter of SAR became interested in preserving the property because of its proximity to the Revolutionary War Battle of the Shallow Ford. The colonists won the skirmish providing a major psychological lift after the Battle of Kings Mountain. It is considered one of the most important Revolutionary War battles in North Carolina. Unfortunately very few Forsyth County and North Carolina residents are aware of the battle or the fact that the Shallow Ford was part of the Great Wagon Trail.
Chapter members are working with the Forsyth County Manager to secure the property as a county park to be used for education, tourism and recreation. If you would like to learn more click here to read Michael Hill’s article about the History of the Shallow Ford.
North Carolina Society Children of the American Revolution
The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution, founded in 1895, is the oldest patriotic organization for young people in the United States. Members gain invaluable leadership experience in conducting meetings, following parliamentary procedures and standard protocol, serving as delegates and speaking before groups at local, state and national conferences. The responsibility and privilege of selecting officers helps members gain an understanding of the democratic process.
“The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution trains good citizens, develops leaders and promotes love of the United States of America and its heritage among young people.”
To Learn More about joining CAR click here
Hoist One in George Washington’s Honor
The Bethabara Chapter will once again gather at The Tavern in Old Salem to commemorate George Washington visit to Salem in 1791. It is an afternoon of fun and fellowship with a solemn moment to raise our glasses to salute our first president. Wives and guest are welcome.
Join us May 30 at 1:30 to salute George.
To learn more about Washington’s visit click here.
- April 6-7 NC SAR Annual Convention, Hickory NC
- April 19 Winston Salem Bethabara Chapter Monthly Meeting Social gathering begins at 6:30 (or earlier). Wives and guests are always welcome. Sixty Six Pizzeria Grill and Bar 3440 Frontis St. Winston-Salem, NC
- May 10 Annual Forsyth County JR ROTC Brigade Review
- May 19 Annual Commemoration of Battle of Alamance
- May 24 North Davidson HS JR ROTC Awards Ceremony
- May 30 Bethabara Chapter toast to George Washington @ Salem Tavern in Old Salem
This volunteer opportunity is a great way to identify and recruit potential SAR members!
Members from the Bethabara SAR Chapter are needed to help library patrons research their ancestors at the North Carolina Room at the newly renovated downtown Winston-Salem Public Library, 660 West Fifth Street. The Public Library employs a part time genealogist who only works every Saturday and two days during the week.
Community volunteers are needed to fill-in when the staff genealogist is not available. Bill Ewalt, Vice-President of the Forsyth County Genealogical Society and Secretary of the Bethabara Chapter, will organize individuals from both organizations to provide two-hour shifts each month. Your service would help raise the community awareness of the Bethabara SAR Chapter. Four Members from the Bethabara Chapter are needed to fill a two-hour shift once a month. If you are interested, please contact Chapter Secretary Bill Ewalt at email@example.com. Your volunteer time earns credit towards the Chapter’s Annual Americanism Award.