Declaration of Independence 56 Signers

090701 at 8:20 am 4 comments

Whatever happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army.

Another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.

Eleven were merchants,

Nine were farmers and large plantation owners;

Men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy.

He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly.

He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding.

His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters.

He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire.

The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.

The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying.

Their 13 children fled for their lives.

His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste.

For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid!

Remember: freedom is never free!

-email from DvS

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jcscuba  |  090701 at 10:13 am

    They all became politically correct liberals, socialists, Marxists whores. History is not taught in school, our current administration is the laughing stock of the world. It’s time for Americans to quit being so ignorant, begin getting a clue on what Obama has planned for you and write your Senators. J.C.

    • 2. hepsy  |  110102 at 6:11 pm

      History taught in schools has already been restructured to be Politically Correct. At this point, it is just brain washing for they include things like the religion of Islam being formative in US independence.

      Our Government is too involved in educating our keiki, and they are ignorant themselves. Ask your congressmen if they know what government positions people voted for in early 1900s and don’t expect a correct answer!

      Maybe 2012 will upturn the Senate as 2010 upset the House. But that won’t really resolve much, as they’re really both the same, taking turns being dumb.
      mahalo for your comment!

  • 3. bob  |  101231 at 3:52 am

    sacrificed so much to just be thrown away – freedom that is. many think the politcals are stupid and they are not and know full well what they do.,

    • 4. hepsy  |  110102 at 6:15 pm

      In the 1700s enough men were awake, desired the dignity of the rights bestowed on US by their Creator (omitted by Obama when quoting the text), and were filled with purpose, to stand firm in their resolve for independence from burdensome taxes and onerous law. I like to think there are men and women who would make that type of commitment today.

      Our freedom hasn’t been thrown away. Ignorance, gullibility, lust and stupidity have voted against US. We, ThePeople have cast those votes. We, the voters, are the frog in the kettle and only the toes know the water’s boiling.

      thanks for stopping by!


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