Signers of Declaration paid a high price
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 died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They all signed and pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they? Well, let me list a few:
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners. They were 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 constantly. He served in Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and his reward was poverty.
John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His field and 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.
Most of us take these liberties so much for granted.
Let us all take a few minutes while enjoying the Fourth of July to thank our patriots. It is not too much to ask.