2021 News/Photos


20th Anniversary Celebration of Chapter Founding

On Saturday, October 9, 2021, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Casimir Pulaski Chapter of SAR. Chapter members and members of local DAR chapters, and their spouses, gathered at Atlanta's Finest Catering in Douglasville for a nice dinner, speeches, and conversation.

Long-time President George Wheeless had previously announced to the chapter that he would be stepping down as president. At the end of the evening, George reiterated his intention to step down and passed the gavel to Vice President Jim Swinson, who is now the chapter president. George's leadership will be missed. He did an outstanding job leading the chapter. Jim will no doubt do the same.

Here are some photos from the event:

Left and below: President George Wheeless presenting the Lydia Darragh Medal to his wife, Cathie, for providing significant service to him during his terms in office and working behind the scenes supporting SAR programs.

Below: President George Wheeless passing the gavel to Vice President and new President Jim Swinson:

Below is new Chapter President Jim Swinson:

The photo below is of the chapter members present for the anniversary event. Seated, left to right: Dick Whitten and Greg Goggans. Standing, left to right: Ronnie Pate, Norman Alter, Jim Rowell, Jim Swinson, George Wheeless, and Mike Campbell.


Carrollton 2021 4th of July Parade

On Saturday, July 3, 2021, members of the chapter and the D.A.R. participated in the Carrollton Fourth of July Parade. As usual, the Chapter had a float in the parade and was positioned near the front of the procession. In the photo above: Back row left to right: Tina Clune, Mary Mallory, Sandy Vierling, and Alice Robinson. Front row left to right: Jim Swinson, Mike Campbell (both in Continental uniform), George Wheeless, Jim Rowell, Norman Alter, and Dick Whitten (militia attire).


May 15, 2021 Memorial Service for Compatriot Hugh Will Barrow (Bill)

May 25, 1926 – May 6, 2020

Where: Bowdon City Cemetery, 450 West Avenue, Bowdon, Georgia

Order of Service:

Posting of the Colors – Casimir Pulaski Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.

Procession - Family, Reverend Patton, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Confederate Veterans, American Legion, Eagle Scouts.

Reverend Patton – Opening prayer

“In the Garden” - Carrolltones

Reverend Patton – Introduction and summary remarks

United States Navy Hymn – Carrolltones

“How Great Thou Art” - Carrolltones

Sons of the American Revolution - Presentation of Wreath, Service Medal

Sons of Confederate Veterans

Eagle Scouts - Pledge

American Legion - Presentation of Flag, Taps, Gun Salute

Reverend Patton – Closing Prayer

“Anchors Aweigh” - Carrolltones


On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Casimir Pulaski Chapter member Ed Carlton presented the Junior ROTC Award from the chapter at the Alexander High School, Douglasville, Georgia, Honors Day program. Also in attendance for the chapter was member Greg Goggans.

In photo above, Casimir Pulaski Chapter member Ed Carlton and an Alexander High School JROTC member.

2020 News/Photos

The remodeling of our meeting room in the Veterans Building in Carrollton is not finished yet but here are a few pictures of the room provided by Mike Campbell. Thanks to Jim Swinson for much of the remodeling, furniture, and labor. Thanks to Gerald and Shane Lyle for the donation of the flooring. We are looking forward to having the room finished soon.

Meeting table with Washington flag in background.

Revolutionary War flags posted at entrance.

Below: Posted flags from view of meeting table toward door.

Below: Signing table with memorial plaque.

Above: Sitting area in back corner.

George Wheeless with the names of American Revolutionary soldiers who later lived in the frontier that became Carroll County. See "Carroll County's Revolutionary War Soldiers" article below.

Thomas Hinesley was born in Maryland and served in the North Carolina Continental Line. He served five tours, rising in rank from private to colonel, and in 1834, he filed for a pension in Carroll County, the same year he died. See "Carroll County's Revolutionary War Soldiers" article below.

Carroll County's Revolutionary War Soldiers

This article was written by Ken Denney and published in The Times-Georgian Newspaper on July 3, 2020.

In America’s war for independence, there were not only uniformed soldiers of two opposing armies, there were also rag-tag militias; groups of neighbors and farmers, some who were loyal to the King of England, others who were patriots of a new American republic.

James Alexander Goggans, originally from Virginia, was one of those revolutionary Americans, and he was nobody’s sunshine patriot. Wounded in the shoulder at the Battle of Kings Mountain in South Carolina, he was injured in the leg shortly afterward. Then, during another pitched battle, he was whacked over the head with a saber and left for dead. Each time he eventually picked himself up and got back into the fight.

Forty-three years after the Revolution ended, Goggans, now 68, made his way down to Georgia. It was 1826, and the Legislature of the new state had just created a new county out of Creek lands. They called it Carroll.

Goggans was one of at least 17 Revolutionary War soldiers who moved to Carroll County in the years after the war, men whose biographies are being sketched together by local researcher George Wheeless.

A genealogist and president of the Casimir Pulaski Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Wheeless and other patriotic groups have had the names of those soldiers carved in stone at the Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park. They’ve left room for more names, because Wheeless is still researching — and believes he will identify more.

About 250,000 men served as regulars or militiamen for the Revolutionary cause, but experts say there were never more than 90,000 soldiers under arms at any one time. When the war was over, these former soldiers traveled across the former colonies in search of new homes, or followed their families into the frontier. Wherever they went, they were venerated and honored for their fight to make the country free.

Wheeless’ task is more complicated than it might appear. Finding these men involves careful researching through census records, war pension applications and land deeds. What’s more, locating these people within the confines of Carroll County is difficult because the boundaries of the county have shifted and evolved.

A treaty with the Creeks signed in 1825 led the Legislature to divide former indian lands in western Georgia into five sections. In its earliest incarnation, Carroll County was pizza shaped. Its southern border followed the Chattahoochee River from near what is now Six Flags, southwesterly to what is now West Point. Its northern border stretched from Six Flags to the Alabama border northwest of Buchanan in Haralson County. Later, the territory was carved up into Campbell (later Douglas) and Heard counties, and parts of what are now Haralson and Troup counties.

Wheeless has been looking at the records of all those counties to find out more about these old soldiers, and this is what he has come up with:

Jesse Rowell may have had the most storied career of all the veterans. He served as a private in the First Regiment North Carolina Continental Line. He fought in the battles of Brandywine (September 1777) and Germantown (October 1777), both in Pennsylvania, and Monmouth (June 1778) in New Jersey. He was with Washington’s army at Valley Forge. During the British siege of Charlestown (South Carolina) in 1780, he was taken prisoner and spent the remaining years of the war in a “prison ship” in Charlestown Harbor. He died after 1840 in Carroll County.

John Barber, who was born in 1767 and served as a private in the Third Regiment, Maryland Continental Line. He filed for a pension in the State Court of Carroll County, and died after October 1840.

John Carmichael, who was originally from Pennsylvania and served in the First and Second Battalions of the Pennsylvania Continental Line. By 1836 he was living in Carroll County near present day Tallapoosa. He died in 1848.

James Alexander Goggans, who, after moving to Carroll County in 1826, briefly relocated to Alabama, then returned here, where he became active at what is now Bethany Christian Church on the Carrollton-Villa Rica Road. He was buried there in 1852.

Peter Helton, who was born in North Carolina and served as a first lieutenant under that state’s forces commanded by Gen. Nathaniel Greene. He was severely wounded three times in the Battle of Eutaw Springs (September 1781), which left him permanently disabled.

Thomas Hinesley, was born in Maryland and served in the North Carolina Continental Line. He served five tours, rising in rank from private to colonel, and in 1834, he filed for a pension in Carroll County, the same year he died.

Lazarus Hinson, born in Virginia, also served in North Carolina as a militiaman. He was at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina (August 1780), though saw no action.

Nimrod Jones, like some of these other soldiers, was granted land in a state lottery that divided up former Creek and Cherokee lands. The state allowed him three draws in the lottery, based on their oath that they had served in the Revolution. His draw brought him to Carroll County, where he was elected coroner in 1843.

Minor Mead entered military service in the Sixth Regiment of Virginia militia. The 1830 census showed that he was living in Carroll County, and he died here on March 25, 1837.

Jesse Peters was already in Georgia when the war began. He served as a private in the Third Georgia Continental Regiment and was present at three battles in east Georgia and South Carolina. He filed for a pension in the State Court of Carroll County in 1832.

Levi Phillips, Sr. was born on September 20, 1751, in Cecil County, Maryland. He was living in Rowan Co. North Carolina when he enlisted in a regiment of the Rowan County Militia. In 1828 he was living in Carroll County where he applied for a pension in the State Court of Carroll County in 1831. He died January 14,1840.

John Robinson, Sr. was born on July 11, 1752, in Hanover County, Virginia. When the Revolutionary War started, he was living in Chatham Co. North Carolina. He served in the Fourth and Fifth regiments of the North Carolina Militia.

Gabriel Smith was born in Montgomery County, North Carolina, on December 12, 1764. He served in the Montgomery County Regiment of Militia. In the fall of 1781 he was taken prisoner by some Tories (British loyalists), but after about 3 weeks he escaped. He died in Carroll County in 1841.

Zachariah Stedham was born in 1751 in South Carolina. He served with the South Carolina Troops under the command of Col. Wade Hampton and General Nathaniel Greene. He fought at the Battle of Eutaw Springs, where he was wounded in the face and lost sight in his left eye. He died after 1840.

William York was born in 1755 probably in North Carolina. He enlisted in September of 1776 as a private in the First Regiment North Carolina Continental Line. He fought at the battles of Moore’s Creek Bridge (North Carolina), Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth, then was taken prisoner at the Siege of Charlestown in 1780. William died in Carroll County on July 14, 1837.

William Meryman was born in Virginia, but was living in Granville County, North Carolina, when the Revolutionary War began. He enlisted in the Caswell County Regiment of Militia and fought in the Battle of Guilford Courthouse (March 1781) in North Carolina. In March of 1834 he filed a petition for a pension in the State Court of Carroll County.

Tobias Honea (pronounced Honey) was born in North Carolina and enlisted as a private in the New Bern District Brigade of Militia. Over the course of the war, he served in three other militia units in eastern North Carolina. Tobias died about December 25th 1840.

Although the territory that is now Carroll County was owned by the Creeks and was far from the cockpit of war during the Revolution, it became home — sometimes briefly — to these soldiers, who sought new lives in the land they had set free.

Above: Compatriot Orrill Morris presented with 15 year pin and certificate.

Above: President George Wheeless and Sergeant-at-Arms Norman Alter displaying the streamers awarded to the Pulaski Chapter at the 2020 annual state meeting of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Above: Bob Hilliard Recipient of 2020 Distinguished Service Award and Medal.

Right: Vice President Jim Swinson at the unveiling of the Casimir Pulaski Chapter Memorial plaque.

Left: July 4th Patriotic display of Revolutionary War flags by Compatriot Mike Campbell.

Right: SAR logo.

2019 Photos

Dedication of the Charles Carroll portrait in 2019. The Casimir Pulaski Chapter of the Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution made a significant donation to the citizens of Carroll County, Georgia, to honor the history of Carroll County.

Carroll County Commission Chairperson, Michelle Morgan accepts the Charles Carroll portrait on behalf of the citizens of Carroll County after the unveiling along with Chapter Secretary/Treasurer Mike Campbell. Photo above right:

Charles Carroll portrait: L to R: Ronnie Pate, Orrill Morris, Richard Whitten, Mike Campbell, Reid Walker, Ralph Van Pelt (Artist), Jim Swinson, George Wheeless, Ed Carlton, and Jim Rowell.

About the two photos above: The Casimir Pulaski Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, based in Carrollton, Georgia, presented to the citizens of Carroll County a portrait of Revolutionary Period Patriot Charles Carroll of Carrollton. While Charles Carroll of Carrollton lived in Maryland, and never visited Georgia, his dedication to the independence effort gained him notoriety across the country with many counties and cities named after him.

Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737-1832) was a signer of the Declaration of Independence from Maryland. He was the last survivor of all 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, dying in 1832 in his 96th year. Six years before the time of his death, the western part of Georgia was opened up to settlers, many of them veterans of the Revolutionary War. To honor the Patriot Charles Carroll, the county of Carroll was carved out of this rugged west Georgia frontier. The county seat of Carrollton was named after the estate of Charles Carroll’s home in Maryland.

The Casimir Pulaski Chapter sought the services of a local artist to create an original portrait to present to the citizens of Carroll County. Artist Ralph Van Pelt, of Carrollton, was chosen to create the portrait, and period framing was performed by Carrollton resident Jan Nielsen.

On September 9, 2019 a formal presentation was made by the Casimir Pulaski Chapter to the citizens of Carroll County, Georgia. A large number of Casimir Pulaski Chapter members attended the presentation in the historic Carroll County Courthouse in Carrollton, Georgia. Carroll County Commission Chair Michelle Morgan accepted the portrait on behalf of the citizens of Carroll County, and the Carroll County Commission. The historic presentation was made 193 years and three months after the establishment of Carroll County. This is the first portrait of Charles Carroll of Carrollton to be displayed in the Historic Carroll County Court House in Carrollton, Georgia. The portrait is now on display in the grand hallway of the historic Carroll County Courthouse in Carrollton, Georgia.

2007 Photos

April 28, 2007 grave marking dedication ceremony honoring Aeneas Campbell, American Revolutionary War patriot and four times Mike Campbell's great grandfather, at New Hope Baptist Church near Statesville, North Carolina.

New Hope Baptist Church near Statesville, North Carolina: Cemetery with dedication flags.

Dedication flags for the ceremony.

Aeneas Campbell, patriot: Four times Mike's great grandfather.

Elizabeth Ann Belt Campbell: Four times Mike's great grandmother and wife of patriot Aeneas Campbell.

Thomas Belt, Sr.: Father of four times Mike's great grandmother and a patriot of the revolution.

Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard representing four states: Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. George Wheeless (center) and Jim Swinson (far right) represented the Georgia Society and the Casimir Pulaski Color Guard.

George Wheeless, President of the Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution, brings greetings to those gathered.

Sons of the American Revolution representing Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Left to right: Mike Campbell, Caroline Campbell, Laura Campbell, and Christopher Campbell with Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard.

Four Campbell cousins (left to right): Larry Campbell of Harmony, North Carolina; John T. Campbell of Tennessee; Mike Campbell of Georgia; and Dan Campbell of Virginia. Mike indicates the four of them did not know each other prior to their research and that their paths crossed as they were all searching for the same ancestor. The four believed that they were connected based on the paper trail. The four subsequently did the DNA test which confirmed that they are cousins and that all four have Aeneas Campbell as their American Revolutionary War patriot ancestor.