Sunday, September 27, 2015

What Happened To The Signers Of The Declaration Of independence?


Either we must all hang together, or separately we will be hanged”.  Benjamin Franklin declared this in the days leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.


What Happened To The Signers Of The Declaration Of independence?

By de Andréa, Opinion Editorialist
Published September 27, 2015

Before they even signed the Declaration they knew they would likely be killed by the
So what happened to the 56 signers of the famous declaration that was eventually delivered to King George?

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; 

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.   

THE BOTTOM LINE: So, why don’t you take a few minutes while enjoying your freedom and silently thank God for these patriots.

It's not much to ask for the price they paid.  Remember: freedom is never free! 

What price have you’ paid? Do you even write or contact your representatives?  Do you even vote in elections?


You see I know that you haven’t paid any price, or contacted your representatives or voted. Because if you had, American wouldn’t be losing the very freedom that these 56 men died and or lost everything they had fighting for your right to be ungrateful, lazy inert and apathetic.  I know that because I know that nearly 67 percent of Christians didn’t even bother to vote in the last two presidential elections.

You might what to think long and hard about that my friend…

Thanks for listening – de Andréa

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