The New Jersey Society of the War of 1812 encourages new membership into the Society.  Continued Support is given, assisting those prospective members requesting information concerning qualifications and providing guidance in the completion of applications.  Dual memberships with other State Societies of the War of 1812 are also encouraged. 

Qualifications for membership can be found in Article VI of the Constitution of the General Society of the War of 1812, which may be accessed on-line at

Gerald G. DeGroat
NJ Society of the War of 1812
Vice President - Membership

Inquiries about membership can be directed to Mr. DeGroat at this email address -

Any male person above the age of twenty-one (21) years, who participated in, or who is a lineal descendant of one who served during the War of 1812, in the army, navy, revenue-marine, or privateer service of the United States, offering proof thereof satisfactorily to the State Society to which he may make application for membership, and who is of good moral character and reputation, may become a member of this Society when approved of by said State Society, under such regulations as it may make for passing upon applications for membership.

The following service and no other shall be regarded as satisfying the requirements of the preceding paragraph:

   No service, however, shall be regarded as qualifying if the person who rendered such service voluntarily bore arms against the United States at any time between the dates named or if such person's latest service between said dates was terminated by a separation from the service under conditions other than honorable.

   In case of the failure of lineal descendants of an actual participant in the War on behalf of the United States, one collateral descendant, who is deemed worthy, may be admitted to represent the said participant.

   Provided, always, that such representation shall be limited to the descendant of either a brother or sister of the participant in the war, in right of whose services application for membership is made.