Have you 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 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 McKean 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 and his children vanished.


These men sacrificed everything to establish a country that would be free and insure liberty to all of its citizens. Today, people don’t even bother to vote. They say it’s just too much trouble. They take no interest in the workings of local, state, or federal governments. Politicians know this, and results in the corruption and incompetence going on in government today. Wake up America before it’s too late.


Yesterday, I went to a restaurant in Tyrone for lunch. I noticed on the day’s menu that they were serving fried chicken breasts. I had eaten here before and they serve some of the biggest chicken breast that I have ever eaten. When the server brought my lunch, it had a piece of breast almost half the size of the previous servings. So I said to the server, your breast are not as big as they used to be. The next thing I know she slapped the Hell out of me and walked away. This just goes to show how our First Amendment right to free speech is being limited when you can’t even say anything about the food served in a restaurant.

-The Deplorable Infidel-




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