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Sons of the American Revolution Honor Revolutionary War Soldier John Archer Elmore

The General John Archer Elmore Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution honors our Revolutionary War patriot ancestors by promoting patriotism, serving our communities, and educating and inspiring future generations about the founding principles of our country. In conjunction with the upcoming 250th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, we honor soldiers of the American Revolution buried in the River Region of Central Alabama.

Although Alabama was not in existence at the time of the American Revolution, almost 1,000 Revolutionary War soldiers are buried in Alabama. Many permanently moved to Alabama while others died in Alabama while passing through our state. Each of these soldiers have a special story to tell, and while many of these patriot soldiers will never be found in history books, the General John Archer Elmore SAR Chapter is proud to share with you the story of our namesake John Archer Elmore, buried in Elmore County, Alabama.

John Archer Elmore was born in 1762 in Prince Edward County, Virginia and died in 1834 in Autauga (now Elmore) County, Alabama.

John Archer Elmore was a soldier of the Virginia Line during the American Revolution. He entered service while still a youth, and served under Gen. Nathanael Greene of the Southern Army, likely shortly after Greene replaced Gen. Gates in December 1780 after Gates's rout at Camden (Aug. 1780). John Elmore was with Gen. Greene during his tour through the Carolinas, and with him at the British surrender at Yorktown (Oct., 1781). John would have been about 19 years old. He served for about a year in the Revolutionary War. John Archer Elmore served in the Militia after the Revolutionary War. It was while in the Militia where he obtained the title of General John Archer Elmore. After the Revolution John Archer Elmore settled in Laurens district, South Carolina, and resided there many years. He was elected to the South Carolina State Legislature and served one term. On 1 Mar 1788 be married Mary Ann Smith and they had 5 children. On 14 Mar 1805 he married Mary Martin and they had 14 children.

In 1819 John Archer Elmore and his family moved from SC to Autauga County AL. He settled on land just North of the Alabama River and just west of Mortar Creek, about half way between Prattville and Wetumpka in present day Elmore County. The current Elmore plantation "Huntington" or "Little Huntington" was built in 1832 after an earlier structure burned. He died 24 April, 1834, age 71. He is buried in the family burying ground at the old homestead, "Huntington," in Elmore County Alabama.

The Sons of the American Revolution is a lineage based organization composed of members who are male descendants of people who served in the American Revolutionary War or who contributed to establishing the independence of the United States.

The Gen. John Archer Elmore Chapter was formed in 2007 to serve the River Region of Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery Counties, as well as surrounding counties. Our chapter meets the second Tuesday of each month at The Fantail Restaurant in Millbrook from 6 – 8 pm. Any

male who is a lineal descendent of an ancestor who supported the war for American Independence is eligible for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution.

If you are interested in joining the Sons of the American Revolution, please contact our Registrar Earl Gillian, Jr. at pbpossum99@aol.com .

 

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