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 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.

Courtesy of Sunday Pat

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? (via Turbokitty's Blog) « Reclaim America From The Lunatic Fringe!
  2. Chicken Hammer
    Sep 02, 2011 @ 04:07:23

    This is a real ‘feel good’ story to post on your blog. It can be found on many blogs throughout the intertubes. It is also a great example of how a majority of people are no longer willing to think or research for themselves and would rather just cut-and-paste.

    Take a few minutes to research what really happened to those 56 men and compare it with what you’ve posted. You will find a lot of what you have pasted is true; however, you will also find that a lot of what you pasted is false.

    If you were to apply that to more of what you cut-and-paste you might be surprised at how your blog begins to tilt in a new direction. Seek out the truth and the facts will surprise you. Continue to buy into the BS so many people post as fact and you will simply be a small part of a much larger problem.

    Due diligence will set you apart from the rest of the crack-pots with blogs on the net.

    Reply

  3. TurboKitty
    Sep 02, 2011 @ 04:36:38

    I’m sure you’ll notice that this came to me courtesy of Sunday Pat. I thought it bore repeating publicly.

    Reply

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