The Declaration of Independence

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by BuckeyeDave, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. BuckeyeDave

    BuckeyeDave Overrun with Buckeyes

    May 27, 2008
    Minster, Ohio
    My Coop
    What Happened To The Signers of the Declaration of Independence?

    Have you ever wondered what 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 the Declaration, pledging their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

    What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Two-thirds were seminarians. 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, who 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. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.
    • Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

    Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were educated men of means. They had security, but they valued liberty more.
    Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
    They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't fight just the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fougnt our own government! Col. Robert de Marcellus (Ret.) on the 4th of July.

    John Adams stated, "Posterity-you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it."

    Copied directly from an email I received from the Ohio Christian Alliance.
    Freedom isn't free, God Bless America.
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    God Bless America.

    Would that there were like men running for office at present.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    A special breed of men I would like to see revived. Wisest of the wise.
  4. Featherland

    Featherland Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    If only there were people of integrity and devotion to a cause like this today. Think what we could accomplish as a nation.
  5. Just-Like-Hatching

    Just-Like-Hatching Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    Dothan, AL
    To bad none of them are running for President....
  6. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Thanks for sharing this. It means a great deal to me and should mean a great deal to all of us.
  7. skeeter

    skeeter Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    Parma Idaho
    Reading that makes me all choked up,thinking about all the men and women over seas right now,that are still fighting and dying for us here at home
    Thanks for that post
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2008
  8. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

  9. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    whether true verbatim or not, it is true in content and consideration. With each passing century and conflict, Americans are suffering less and less; the men of that era truly knew what "fighting for freedom" meant.

    Thanks for posting this.
  10. FLchook

    FLchook Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    Orlando, Florida
    Its stuff like this they should be teaching our kids. The truth is being lost and distorted. I dont think that our country would be in the state it is now if people only knew what was sacraficed so they could be free. I could go on and on, but ill shut up now [​IMG]

    Thanks for sharing this.

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