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Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, Connecticut Society records

 Collection
Identifier: RG130

Scope and Content

The records include correspondence, minutes of meetings, publications, a scrapbook, and treasurer’s records.

Dates

  • 1896-1914

Language of Materials

The records are in English.

Historical Note

The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America was incorporated in New York on March 18, 1896. The motive leading to its formation was the desire to meet certain requirements not met by existing organizations where membership did not indicate that the immediate ancestors during the War for Independence be loyal to the American cause. Its insignia is a badge of double honor - "honor of descent from those brave and hardy pioneers who subdued the primeval wilderness and first planted within the limits of the original colonies the civilization which now leads the world, and honor of descent from those who, in patriotism and devotion and love of liberty, founded the first republic in the western hemisphere...."1

The terms of eligibility require that every member must be descended in the male line of father or mother, from an ancestor who settled in one of the original thirteen colonies within fifty years from the settlement of Jamestown, VA, May 13, 1607. An additional requirement stipulated that the member be descended through the same line from a patriot in the Revolutionary War, but not of necessity through those who rendered military service.

The Connecticut members set up their own Society on May 9, 1896, and the organization has continued to meet regularly, publish various items and engage in other activities.

Endnotes

  1. 1The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America. Register: 1926. p. 9.

Extent

9 cubic feet

Abstract

The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America was incorporated in New York on March 18, 1896. The terms of eligibility require that every member must be descended in the male line of father or mother, from an ancestor who settled in one of the original thirteen colonies within fifty years from the settlement of Jamestown, VA, May 13, 1607.

Provenance

The records were received from the Society in 1915, 1918, 1922, and 1942, and by purchase from Mrs. Edwards in 1941.

Related Material

Order of the Founders and Patriots of America. Connecticut Society

Design and description of the seal of the Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, 1607-1776, 1 document, manuscript;

Address entitled "The Founders of Connecticut and their descendants in the Wars of the Country" with notation that the paper was probably written by Professor Charles H. Smith of Yale about 1907, 11 pages, typescript.

[CSL call number StLib Archives 369.125Conn C76].

Title
RG 130, Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, Connecticut Society
Subtitle
Inventory of Records
Author
Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
Date
2008
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Connecticut State Library Repository

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