What Became of the 56 Signers of Declaration Of Independence?
As the 4th of July approaches, and the current climate of politics in these United States, I think it is important to remind all American citizens of the price that was paid by these men for putting their beliefs and actions into practice. The price that they paid was very expensive.
I am of the opinion that politicians today cannot hold a candle to these men, much less even deserve to stand close to these patriots shadow’s. These men were true statesmen, then and still today.
So to you men who put it all out there, this is for you.
This is what became of them:
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
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
Remember: Freedom is never free, and NEVER has been.
Being a Patriot is NOT a bad thing. Too bad more politicians do not realize this, and try to emulate those men who sacrifices so much!!