Any male person over the age of eighteen, of good character, and a descendant of one who, as a military, naval, or marine officer, soldier, sailor, or marine, in actual service, under the authority of the original thirteen colonies or states or the Continental Congress, and remaining loyal to such a service, is granted by law privilege to use the post-nominal title "son of the revolution."
The term can be used as an honorific title for someone who has contributed greatly to society through their work or other achievements. The title "son of the revolution" was originally given to people who served in the military during the American Revolution. However, today it is used to refer to anyone who has been honored with a title or medal by the United States government.
See also "father of the nation" and "mother of the country".
According to the SAR Bylaws, "any man who is a citizen of high reputation in the community and a lineal descendant of an ancestor who was at all times unswerving in allegiance to and gave acceptable service in the cause of American Independence may be eligible for membership in the SAR."
To qualify for certification as a SAR, a person's family tree must show that he or she is a legitimate child or grandchild of one of the original 13 colonists. Also required for certification is some form of documentation proving descent from a qualified relative. For example, a certified genealogist might require a copy of the family bible or other proof that the applicant has been documented by a reputable source such as a local historical society. The SAR website also suggests that applicants search their family history for evidence of their lineage before beginning their quest for certification.
The first recorded instance of someone claiming status as a "son of the revolution" was in 1838 when Joseph Dixon signed the Constitution of the Illinois Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The first person officially recognized as a SAR was John Parker, who received his certificate in 1842. By 1900, there were more than 100,000 Americans with SAR certificates. That number decreased over time but the organization continues to grant certificates today.
As part of its commitment to preserve our heritage, the Society has created several categories of awards designed to honor individuals for their contributions to American history.
The "Patriots," as they were called, were members of the 13 British colonies that rebelled against British sovereignty during the American Revolution, instead supporting the United States Continental Congress. The term "patriot" was used by the colonists to describe themselves as well as their enemies because both groups wanted independence from Britain.
In addition to being citizens of different colonies and states who had a common goal, the Patriots were also farmers, hunters, fishermen, Indians tradesmen, and people who worked with wood or metals or as teachers or ministers. Some were rich and some were poor. But they shared one important thing in common: They were all loyal to America before, during, and after the war.
Loyalty is a strong word but it's the right word to use here. It has nothing to do with how much you like something or someone. Rather, it refers to faithfulness or devotion to an idea, cause, or person. This was a time when there was no such thing as loyalty tests for employees or employers. People acted according to what they believed in firmly enough to fight for.
During the years leading up to the American Revolution, many people in the colonies felt that their political systems were not equal to those in England.