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Show pride in your heritage and in your country. Remember your ancestors and strive to sustain the system of representative government and participatory democracy that they fought to create.​

Why Join Thomas Jefferson Chapter?


Make a difference in the East Bay by recognizing patriots in our community and helping your neighbors rediscover America's founding principles that make from many people, one nation, the last best hope of man on earth.

startApplicationIf you have an interest in joining the Sons of the American Revolution, the largest male lineage society in the United States, you will find everything you need right here. Our eligibility requirements are that you be a lineal descendant of an ancestor who provided service to the cause of American Independence between 19 April 1775 and 26 November 1783. This includes not just ancestors who resided in one of the thirteen colonies, but also subjects of France and Spain, and citizens of Holland, where their service can be proved.

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  • Minuteman, November 2018

    Following lunch, President Tim Ernst introduced our special guest speaker, Dr. Matthew Stiles BowdishdrBowdish, an allergist and clinical immunologist from Rocklin, California. Dr. Bowdish graduated from Humboldt State University with a BS in cellular-molecular biology, and minors in chemistry and political science. He graduated from Northeastern Ohio University’s College of Medicine with an MD degree. He completed his training in allergy and clinical immunology from Yale University School of Medicine. He has published on the subjects of allergy, asthma, HIV immunology, immunodeficiency, and cancer gene therapy in a number of scientific journals and textbooks. He is a member of over 65 hereditary societies, including the Society of the Cincinnati, Sons of the Revolution, and Society of Colonial Wars. Dr. Bowdish presented a program on the health of George Washington. Dr. Bowdish stated that as a physician, he was very interested in the medical history of his ancestors, since many diseases run in families. He researched the causes of death as part of his family history and genealogy research.

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  • Minuteman, May 2018

    mm 0518Our guest speaker, Henry Baum, is president of the Pacific Locomotive Association, and spoke about the Niles Canyon Railway. The Pacific Locomotive Association was founded in 1965 by six train aficionados, who saw the end of the steam trains. They formed and operated the Castro Point Railway at Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot in Richmond, California. They operated the Sierra Railroad at Jamestown, California. The association has eight steam locomotives, with three of them in working condition, and 13 diesel locomotives, all in working condition. They also have 29 passenger cars, 10 cabooses, and freight cars. One of the working locomotives is currently at the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento. The association repairs, restores and operates trains and railroad tracks. The association spent 20 years restoring one dining car back to its original condition. When the Oakland Army Depot closed in 1999, one of the members of the Pacific Locomotive Association obtained track parts for use on association projects.

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Welcome to the Electronic Home of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter, California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. We are all descendants of the patriots who helped to establish our great country during the Revolutionary War. We welcome all descendants of Revolutionary War Patriots to Join our Great Society.

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