Who May Become A Member?
Any man shall be eligible for membership in the Society who, being of the age of eighteen years or over, and a citizen of good repute in the community, is the lineal descendant of an ancestor (man or woman) who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to, and rendered active service in the cause of American Independence. We call these ancestors, Patriots. The ancestor may have served either as an officer, soldier, seaman, marine, militiaman, in the armed forces of the Continental Congress, or of any of the several Colonies or states. The Patriot may have been a signer of the Declaration of Independence, a member of a Committee of Safety or Correspondence, a member of any Continental, Provincial, or Colonial Congress or Legislator. You may join if you are related to a patriot who performed actual service by overt acts of resistance to the authority of Great Britain or who provided supplies to the American cause; who served on political bodies supporting the Revolution, or who signed oaths of support and similar acts. No person advocating the overthrow of the Government of the United States by use of force or violence shall be eligible for membership in this Society.