1776 Patriot Project

The 1776 Patriot Project is a challenge to everyone in the genealogical community to list their Patriots on their pages. 

With the current upheaval in the streets, it is more important than before to show pride in our country. Maybe you have one or an uncle/cousin. Show their efforts with pride.

The 1776 Patriot Project images can be used freely in regards to this campaign to highlight our ancestors.

Who are your most notable relations?

My family has been in America over for 397 years. 

Patriots in the Editor's paternal and maternal familial lines are as follows: 

Direct Ancestors

Captain John Chisum, III
(5th Great Grandfather
and Brother of Elijah, below)
A Patriot of the American Revolution
John Chisum fought at the
Battle of King's Mountain on
7 October 1780.
Asa Davison 
He enlisted, 1778, in 
Captain Nathaniel Webb's 
company, 4th brigade,
under Colonel John Durkee.

Erza Davison
He enlisted, 1781, 
at the age of 16 and
served as matross in Captain 
Benjamin Durkee's company.

Christopher Houston
Captain and Ranger,
he served from 1776-1782.
Battle of Ramsour's Mill, Battle of Kings Mountain, Battle of Guilford Court House.

Richard Sorrels
(5th Great Grandfather)
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
Richard Sorrells was a general laborer at Monticello. He worked for Thomas Jefferson from 1769 until his death in 1773.


William George, Reverend 
(4th Great Grandfather)
Served in the Indiana Militia
in the War of 1812.
Received a Military land warrant
for his service.

Asa Lee Lewis
(3rd Great Grandfather)
Texas Ranger
Served in Captain D.P. Baker’s Company F Decatur, Wise County
November 5, 1870 to June 15, 1871.

Franklin Madison Sorrells 
(2nd Great Grandfather)
Co. H. 1st Texas Heavy Artillery
under John J. Cook 
Catching's Company
CSA - Confederate States of America

Lester H. Mullan
Airman 2nd Class
Vietnam War Era 
Luke Air Force Base

Other Notables:

Ralph Wallen II (as Ralfe Walen)
(9th Great Grandfather)
Arrived in 1623 on the HMS Anne, Plymouth, British Colonies from England on July 10, 1623 as a Pilgrim.

Captain Elija James Chisum, Sr.
(5th Great Grand Uncle)
A Patriot of the American Revolution

 John Simpson Chisum
(3rd Great Grand Cousin)
American rancher, was one of the first cattlemen in New Mexico, and he was identified with the Lincoln County War of 1878-1879.


James Claiborne Chisum
Dawes Final Rolls, 1898–1914

My grandfather was tasked with going to our Cherokee aunt and getting the paperwork signed. The paperwork was signed for our family to be included on the Dawes Rolls. Unfortunately as these stories end, my teenage (under 14 years of age) grandfather lost the paperwork on the train on the way to return the application.

But the Chisums of this family line specifically were to be brought into the Cherokee Nation.

Shame this fact could never be made official.

The Editor of Our Rugged Individualism is also of Jewish, Spanish (Hispanic), as well as royal (Charlemagne / Merovingian) ancestry.

see also Military/War Veteran Lineages 

All images next to names used are from the public domain.