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Monday, July 06, 2015

The 4th of July!! The declaration of America's independence from Great Britain.....

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Their story. . .

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 plantation (farmers)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 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 was tortured and 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......................

This was an email from a dear friend.


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    Indeed we are all still striving for that same freedom in one way or another. May our Heavenly Father have mercy on this great land and the people in it.

    I didn't know all these facts so thanks for sharing them with us.

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Let Freedom Ring !!!
    2064 days ago
    Freedom has never been free
    2067 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Thomas Jefferson was the holder,owner of more slaves than any other in the country. His slave/lover of 37 years, was also the mother of six of his children after his wife died.
    2068 days ago
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