The SAR is a lineage society that is open to men who can historically and documentarily prove their direct-line blood descent from a Revolutionary War patriot.
With a little genealogical help from his pastor and local Compatriot in the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Geoff Baggett, he learned that he was descended from a particularly storied patriot. He discovered that he was the 4th great-grandson of William Addison, a private in the South Carolina Militia. Locating a copy of his pension records, Dr. Adams was treated to a wealth of information about this previously unknown ancestor.
William Addison was born on December 29, 1766, and enlisted in the militia as a substitute for his brother in 1780 at the tender age of 13. After a short period of service he was furloughed. Later in 1780 he re-enlisted in Fairfield County in a company of Rangers (Mounted Militia) commanded by a Captain John Gray.
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