NCSSAR makes History in Harlowe County, North Carolina by Chartering a New SAR Chapter

September 5, 2016 MHenderson Blog

Patriot Isaac Carter SAR

The North Carolina Society, Sons of the American Revolution (NCSSAR) made history when the male lineage society chartered its newest chapter, the Patriot Isaac Carter Chapter, in Harlowe township, Craven County, North Carolina on Saturday, September 3, 2016.

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Maria Williams Cole, Member of the National Society Daughter of the American Revolution “Mother of the Patriot Isaac Carter Chapter”. Photo Credit : Debra Newton-Carter

Patriot Isaac Carter is the first SAR Chapter named after an African American patriot who was one of fourteen patriots from the Harlowe communities that served during the American Revolution. Earlier this year, a memorial marker was erected and dedicated to those “forgotten patriots” from Harlowe County at the Havelock-Harlowe Senior Center.  To read more about the Harlowe Patriot (SAR) Historical Memorial Marker Ceremony, see blog post by Debra Newton-Carter titled: double click here: Honoring our Ancestors: Free Black Patriot of the American Revolutionary War 

The four small communities that make up what is now known as the Harlowe area were settled by a group free African-American families who came from Virginia and Maryland well before the American Revolution. This new chapter is dedicated to those fourteen free African-American patriots whose service and contribution was nearly forgotten during the War of Independence. The chapter will serve as a beacon of light on a part of history that was once held in the shadow of the narrative of American Revolutionary war history.

President General SAR

The Honorable J. Michael Tommy, President General National Society Sons of the American Revolution and other distinguished members of the NSSAR and DAR. Photo credit: Mrs. Anita Rochelle Henderson

Many dignitaries were in attendance, including the Honorable J. Michael Tomme, Sr., President General NSSAR, as well as several former NSSAR Presidents General, state officers, and chapter presidents. Representatives from the South Atlantic Region of the NSSAR — which includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida — representative of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), community leaders, and a number of descendants of the fourteen African-American Sons of Harlowe were on hand to witness history in the making.

Compatriot Edward Earl Carter

Compatriot Edward Earl Carter, Chartered President of the Isaac Chapter, North Carolina Society, National Society Sons of the American Revolution

In addition, ten new members were inducted into the chapter: Elwood Becton, Marcus Elwood Becton, Napoleon Carter, Dennis Windell Ellis, Beleather, ”Butch” Fisher, III, Max Allen Fisher, Alan Deline Frazier, Sr., Ricky Darnell Frazier, Tyrone Lamar Frazier, and James Christopher Kelly, Jr.

The event culminated with the presentation of several awards, installation of the new officers of the Patriot Issac Carter Chapter of the North Carolina Society, Sons of the American Revolution, and remarks by the newly installed President Edward Earl Carter.  To summarize Compatriot Edward Earl Carter’s remarks: No longer will these fourteen Free African Americans Sons from Harlowe County be known as forgotten Patriots of the American Revolution.

Their descendants, many of whom are now becoming members of the newly chartered Patriot Isaac Carter Chapter in the NCSSAR, stand as living memorials to their ancestors’ service. They also represent their ancestors’ contributions to this nation’s freedom and liberty secured during the War of Independence.

This was truly a proud moment for my wife Anita and me, as history was made in the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution.

Here are a few photos taken during and after the Chartering Ceremony of the Isaac Carter Chapter.

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NSSAR National Color Guard

National Society Sons of the American Revolution, National Color Guard,

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Master of Ceremony, James H. Wood, Past President NCSSAR

Master of Ceremony, James H. Wood, Past President North Carolina Society SAR

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Induction of New Members of the Patriot Issac Carter Chapter NCSSAR

Induction of New Members of the Patriot Issac Carter Chapter NCSSAR

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Installation of New Officers of the Patriot Isaac Carter Chapter NCSSAR

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Installation of Compatriot Edward Earl Carter, Chartered President Isaac Carter Chapter NCSSAR

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Isaac Carter Chapter Charter

Compatriot Edward Earl Carter, Chartered President Isaac Carter Chapter NCSSAR receives Chapter Charter September 3, 2016.

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President General J Michael Tommy and Marie Williams Cole

NSSAR President General J Michael Tommy congratulates Marie Williams Cole as the DAR Mother of the Patriot Isaac Carter Chapter

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Compatriot Mark Anthony, Michael Nolden Henderson, Allen Greenley

(L-R) Compatriots Mark Anthony, Michael Nolden Henderson, Allen Greenley and his wife,Mrs Greenley and Mrs Cillia Tommy.

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PG J M Tommy and Henderson

The Honorable J. Michael Tomme, Sr., President General, National Society Sons of the American Revolution and Compatriot Michael Nolden Henderson, LCDR USN Ret, Past President Button Gwinnett Chapter Georgia Society SAR

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Mrs Anita Rochelle Henderson and The Honorable J. Michael Tomme, Sr. President General, National Society Sons of the American Revolution

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African American Descendants of ARW Ancestors

African American members of the National Society Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution

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Henderson And Higgins

Compatriot Michael Nolden Henderson Past President, Button Gwinnett Chapter, Georgia Society SAR and Compatriot Guy Higgins, Registrar for The Isaac Carter Chapter, North Carolina Society SAR.

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New members and Descendants of Harlowe Patriots

New members and Descendants of Harlowe Patriots

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(L-R)New Inductee, His Mother and Michael Henderson

(L-R)New Inductee, His Mother and Michael Henderson

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African American members of the DAR,  Evelyn McDowell, Karen Sutton and Marie Williams Cole with a commissioned Portrait of the Harlowe Patriots of the American Revolution.

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Compatriot Michael Nolden Henderson, LCDR USN Ret, Past President Button Gwinnett Chapter Georgia SAR standing next to a commissioned Portrait of the Harlowe Patriots of the American Revolution.

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Compatriot Henderson and Carter

(L-R) Compatriot Michael Nolden Henderson, LCDR USN Ret, Past President Button Gwinnett Chapter Georgia Society SAR and Compatriot Edward Earl Carter, Chartered President, The Patriot Isaac CARTER Chapter, North Carolina Society SAR.

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4 Responses to “NCSSAR makes History in Harlowe County, North Carolina by Chartering a New SAR Chapter”

  • Karen E. Sutton says:

    Thanks for sharing Michael. I’m very proud to have been in the number for this historic event.

  • Having been the Pres of the Mass Society and Nat Trustee, and now Pres of the Plymouth Chapter, TBWP’s, dedicated to the study of the USMC and USN in the AR, give 3 Huzzah’s for our newest Chapter and wish I was there to personally congratulate them.
    I hope in the near future that I can get down to one of their meetings. We, Plymouth Chapter, were represented there by two of our members, Patrick Stevens and Donald Oakes, both members of our Chapter in Mass.
    All the best for your success and enjoying your Heritage.
    WEBIII USMC


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