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"There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double the reward on my head!" -- John Hancock after signing his name in large letters on the Declaration of Independence


"The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New Englanders are no more. I am not a Virginian, but an American!" -- Patrick Henry in 1774 after the Boston Tea Party


"Our properties within our own territories [should not] be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1774


"One of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of one's house. A man's house is his castle." -- James Otis, Massachusetts lawyer, 1761


"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." -- Thomas Paine, 1777


"The American war is over; but this far from being the case with the American revolution. On the contrary, nothing but the first act of the drama is closed. It remains yet to establish and perfect our new forms of government, and to prepare the principles, morals, and manners of our citizens for these forms of government after they are established and brought to perfection." -- Benjamin Rush, Founding Father, in his Address to the People of the United States, May 25, 1786


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But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations...This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution." -- John Adams, 1818


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The worst tyrants are those which establish themselves in our own breasts." -- William Ellery (1727-1820)


"I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer." -- Benjamin Franklin, November 1766


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All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree." -- James Madison, July 11, 1787


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Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust be men of unexceptionable characters. The public cannot be too curious concerning the character of public men." -- Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, November 1775

Captain Gilbreth Falls-Absolom Hooper Chapter

Our Patriot Ancestors

As part of our commitment to historic preservation and patriotism, we are proud to honor our ancestors. Our chapter members are descendants of these patriots who rendered civil, patriotic, and/or military service in the American war for independence. Many of them sacrificed their lives and fortunes for our freedom.

A Acker, Peter    SC
Alden, Prince CT
Andrews, Daniel NC
Anthony, John NC
Arnold, Jabez    RI
Arnold, Zibey    NJ
Aspley, John NC
Atkins, Lewis    VA
Avery, Gardiner MA
Axtell, Thomas    PA
Aycock, Richard    GA
B Badgett, James NC
Baker, Thomas VA
Banner, Joseph  NC
Barnes, John  NC
Barrett, Jonathan Jr. CT
Barrett, Jonathan Sr. CT
Barron, John  GA
Barron, William  GA
Barrows, William    MA
Barry, Andrew SC
Barry, Richard  SC
Beckwith, Silas  CT & NY
Bell, James Sr. NC
Benoit, Jean Charles  LA
Bernard, Michel  LA
Berry, John VA
Bethea, John SC
Beville, John    VA
Bloomfield, Jeremiah PA
Bloss, Valentine  VA
Bond, John NC
Booth, Charles  PA
Botkin, Charles VA
Boxley, Benjamin    VA
Boyd, James NH
Brewer, Peter  MD
Brisbane, Adam Fowler  GA & SC
Broadwell, David    NC
Brubeck, John VA
Bruce, Charles  NC
Bryant, David NJ
Bullen, Michael    NC
Burford, Philip Terrell Jr. NC
C Cantrell, Joseph NC
Carr, Andrew  PA
Chapman, John    VA
Chitwood, James  SC
Clark, John VA
Clark, Joshua    RI
Clark, Richard Langhorn MD
Clarke, Christopher VA
Clarke, Micajah VA
Clay, Mitchel  VA
Clement, Simon  NC
Clement, Zephaniah    SC
Cloyd, Joseph    VA
Collins, Elisha VA
Coon, John SC
Cooper, Frederick PA & NC
Cowing, Gathelus MA
Cracraft, Samuel  VA
Crane, John NC
Curtis, Giles CT
D Danner, George NC
Daugherty, Jarvis  VA
Dew, Arthur  NC
Dixon, Joseph    NC
Dodson, Thomas Jr. VA
Donaldson, William   VA
Duncan, William    NC
Durant, Henry    SC
Duval, Cornelius    MD & VA
E Easterling, Thomas NC
Elliott, Robert VA
F Fain, Nicholas    NC
Falls, Gilbraith NC
Farmer, Isaac  NC
Farquhar, James    NC
Ferguson, Samuel  VA
Ferry, Frederick NJ
Fisher, Conrad PA
Fleetwood, Isaac  VA
Forrest, Robert NH
Francis, Henry VA
Freeman, Samuel NC
G Garland, William SC
Garrard, John  GA
Garrell, John Stephen PA
Garth, John  VA
Garth, Thomas  VA
Gates, William  NC
Gay, Allen    NC
Gay, Richard NC
Gentry, James VA
  Getchell, David PA
Gibbs, Julius VA
Givens, Daniel VA
Goodknight, Michael    NC
Goodwin, Uriah    MA
Grant, Daniel VA
Greider, Martin NC
Guthrie, Levi NC
H Hallmark, George    VA
Hand, Elizabeth Anderson  VA
Hand, Henry  VA
Hanks, Moses    VA
Harding, Benjamin Sr. NC
Harlan, Aaron Jr  NC
Harlan, Aaron Sr  NC
Harney, Jonathan DE
Haskins, James    NC
Hawkins, John    NC
Haynes, Henry    VA
Haynes, John, Jr  VA
Haynes, John, Sr  VA
Haynie, William VA
Hazen, Andrew CT
Hedgpeth, John NC
Henry, Malcolm    SC
Hicks, George   SC
Higginbotham, Burroughs    GA
Hinman, Asabel    NJ
  Hobson, Charles NC
Hoffpauir, Thomas LA
Holley, James Sr VA
Hooper, Absolom SC & GA
Houser, Ulrich PA
Howard, Hiram NC
Hoyle, John  NC
Hubbell, Comfort CT
Huddleston, Seth    MA
Hunt, John    NC
Hurst, Henry    VA
I Inabinet, Margaret Negly    SC
J Jackson, Isaac SC
Jefferson, Thomas    VA
Jessop, Thomas NC
Job, Samuel NC
Jones, Thomas   GA
Jordan, Henry VA
Josselyn, Abraham MD
Justice, John Jr SC
K Kershner, John MD
Key, Martin VA
Key, William Bibb VA
Kimmel, Philip  PA
Kincaid, David DE
Kirtley, Francis VA
Kirtley, Thomas VA
Kline, Jonas NY
Kolb, Benjamin SC
Kyle, William VA
L Lacey, Edward    SC
Land, John    NC
Lander, Charles VA
Larid, Robert SC
Lewis, Ephraim    SC
Ligon, Blackman    VA
Litsey, Anthony VA
Lockwood, Jeremiah    CT
Long Mary  X VA
Long, John  VA
Love, Alexander  SC
Love, Andrew  SC
Love, Robert    VA
  Lowrey, John NC
Lyon, Ephraim CT
M McAnally, Charles  NC
McCutcheon, Samuel VA
McMurray, William  VA
Medearis, John NC
Merritt, James NC
Mileham, Bartlett  VA
Mileham, John Sr VA
Miner, Absolom CT
  Moody, Samuel MA
Moore, Charles  SC
Moore, David PA
Moore, Samuel VA
Morgan, Jacob PA
Morgan, James    NC
Morton, Joseph    VA
Mosely, Robert NC
Motley, David    VA
Motley, Joseph  VA
Muchmore, William    NJ
Murdock, Thomas    VT
Myers, Abraham SC
N Neely, Samuel    SC
Nelson, John  VA
Nelson, Thomas  VA
Nesbet, William SC
Nicholas, Jeremiah  NC
Niswonger, John MD
Null, Philip   PA
P Palmer, Martin VA
Parish, William  VA
Parr, Arthur  Jr  SC
Pedigo, Edward VA
Peebles, Jehu    VA
Peebles, John SC
Peebles, Lewis  SC
Pendleton, Philip  VA
Peyton, Ephraim VA
Pickens, William SC
  Picket, Micajah SC
Pope, Jesse NC
Posey, Micajah    PA
Prather, James MD
Pressley, David    SC
Puckett, Richard VA
Putname, Timothy NH
Q Quarles, John  VA
Quarles, Samuel  SC
R Rabalais, Jean Baptiste    LA
Reinhardt, Jacob    NC
Rentz, Catherine Majer SC
Reynolds, Elisha    NC
Rhodes, John  VA
Richardson, Luther NH
Ring, Eleazar MD
Robert, Peter SC
Robertson, John VA
Rogers, William NC
Rose, John NC
Ryckman, Mark    NC
S Samson, Francois LA
  Schidtler, George PA
Scott, James    VA
Seamster, John VA
Sexton, Elijah    CT
Shackelford, John    VA
Sharp, William MD
Shearer, Frederick    NC
Sherman, Prince    MA
Simms, Robert  NC
Skillern, William    VA
Skinner, Richard VA
Smith, Charles  VA
Smithson, Micajah VA
Snyder, Johannis    NY
Spears, John VA
Spooner, Daniel    VT
Starr, Comfort VT
Steen I, William SC
Stevens, Lewis    VA
Swing, Samuel NJ
T Tatum, Edward  NC
Taylor, Thomas NH
Thomas, John VA
Thornton, Samuel    MA
Trego, William PA
Tyson, Moses NC
U Uzzelle, Elisha    NC
V Van Auken, Daniel    NY
Van Gieson, John    NJ
Van Houten, Helmagh NJ
Venable, Samuel Woodson    VA
W Waller, Nathaniel  NC
Walters, Conrad    VA
Watkins, Francis  VA
Watkins, Thomas  VA
Watson, Samuel  SC
Watts, John  A NC
Weaver, Michael    PA
Webster, Thomas GA
Weels, Richard Sr VA-PA
Wells, Joseph PA
Whaley, James Jr VA
Whiston, Joseph CT
Wickersham, Peter   PA
Wiggins, William    NC
Wilkes, Samuel VA
Williams, David  NC
Williamson, Joseph    NC
Wilson, William SC
Woodruff, John    CT