What happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence

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  1. Salty

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    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, Rutledge, 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. 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 soft-spoken men of means and education. 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 fought our own
    government! Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't. So,take a few minutes while enjoying your Constitution Day Sept. 17 holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.
    Remember: Freedom is never free! I hope you will show your support by please sending this to as many people as you can. It's time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Constitution Day has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games. "If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms… Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen. '
    Samuel Adams







     
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    Not very "Christian," was it? Rebelling against a Christian ruler. What would Jesus do? <G>
     
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    What would Jesus do? By the example he gave us, he would defy the ruling authorities of his day, which were then Jewish and Roman. And if asked to pick between Georges, I don't think he would have thought too highly of either one.
     
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    They died.
     
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    Pardon my lack of understanding your point of reference (and it has been a long couple of days, so my memory is on the back burner), but where do you get that Jesus rebelled against Rome?
     
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    So, why haven't you moved back to England yet? Or better yet...since all the rebellions were wrong, perhaps you should be living between the Tigris and Euphrates...:saint:
     
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    >why haven't you moved back to England yet?

    Because they came from Germany after the War of Northern Agression?
     
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    bump for alcott
     
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    Bump for you, too, Willliams.

    I presume this is because you want an answer to your question for me. Very well. Jesus did defy (the word I used) Rome by sneering at Herod and calling him a "fox" (so much for any idea that one whose example is Christ will never 'call names') and by refusing to answer and act as he was charged by Pilate and Herod. That's not a lot of defiance-- and the Rome-appointed powers seemed amused-- but it was enough.
     
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    I suggest a 10 year international statute of limitations for real estate taken in war. If a country can holdland for 10 year, title passes.
     
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    Thank you for your answer Alcott.
     
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    Thanks, MP!

    I have seen this "historical" piece for years and had always assumed it was accurate. Thanks very much for the Snopes piece!
     

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