The 56 Signatories ~ Pledged Lives, Fortunes & Sacred Honor


As we celebrate “Independence Day” I’d like you to join me in a short meditation & prayer after you read the sacrifices made by these 56 men… Men who believed Liberty more important than Life!

Do not lose your spirit of Independence and fall into a trap or “government control” ~ We must understand Sovereignty on a personal level and state level. This is truly freedom & liberty – this is what frees all men from becoming slaves to big government or what I like to term… “king-government.”

4th Of July 1999.
Facts about the 4th of July 1776

April of ’75’, a Boston Silversmith, and ‘notorious’ Rebel, ‘Paul Revere’, ‘operating a watch’ on the British Authorities in Boston, executes ‘a midnight ride’ ‘raising the country to arms’, initiating the face off at Concord bridge, triggering “the shot heard round the world”… and igniting the American Revolution.

’15’ months later, realizing that Diplomacy does not resolve differences with Tyrants, ‘a duly authorized American Congress’ comprised of Rebels drafts, edits, revises… and then, ‘on July 4th 1776′, Signs and issues “the Declaration of Independence”.
’56’ Men signed the Declaration of Independence.They signed and pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.

What happened to the signatories ?

Five signers were captured by the British, held as traitors, and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. 

Two lost sons who were serving with the Revolutionary Army.
Two had sons captured and imprisoned.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

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, 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.

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.

Vandals and 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.

Such are the stories about those who sacrificed everything for the American Revolution.

What kind of men were those 56 ?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
Eleven were merchants, including the shipping Magnate, ‘John Hancock’, who signed his name 1st and Large “that the British would not mistake my part in this work.”
“Charles Carroll” signed his address “of Carrollton” with his name that “…should the Crown take exception, they might know where to find me.”
Nine were farmers and large plantation owners.
‘All’ were educated men of means. ‘All’ wrote and signed the Declaration of Independence. ‘All’ signed” knowing full well that the penalty for ‘capture’, ‘failure in this endeavor’, or ‘bad fortune’ means ruin and death as enemies of the State.
They ‘All’ signed and published the Declaration of Independence.

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, 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.”

Their assertion of the principles of Liberty, regardless of the cost to themselves, let those who survived the ‘winning’ conceive, create, establish, and give to us, ‘their’ “posterity”, a free and independent America.

The current ‘Politically Correct Krap” history books and courses do not tell you material facts about our Revolutionary War or its’ aftermath… here are highlights :

The 56 signers ‘were us’; ‘were the Rebels’; ‘were opposing the tyranny of the setting government and its’ public employees!’ …were our “forefathers”; ‘were “bringing forth a new nation” by armed force’; ‘were using the cold steel and massed fire power of their individual ‘private weapons’ “gathered in an armed insurrection” – which is, “in open rebellion”‘.  ‘We’ didn’t just fight “the British.”  ‘We’ were, and had always been, “the British.” The founders were Brits; that is, the Founders were British subjects ‘until the Declaration of Independence’ was signed and issued, ‘July 4th 1776’, the moment when they formally and legally repudiated the legal bonds of Britain, created themselves and became Americans.

It is ‘the Public disclosure and issue of their Signed Declaration of Independence from Britain’ that ‘we celebrate this day’. …until the moment of the issue of the signed Declaration of Independence the Government of Britain was the sole legal :

Executive – Legislative – Judicial – military/police and tax/revenue collecting Authority for the whole land and people.

The American Revolution was fought against the Tyranny of the ‘existing’ government with privately owned weapons [“which were the most modern fire power that could be got”]. Our Rebel Founders won that war against their government; and then, won the Peace against Tyranny by establishing, for this land, a government of written Law securing ‘us’ in our liberty and opportunity…
If you take your Liberty for granted – it is lost.

So, spend a few minutes of your 4th of July holiday publicly thanking those founding patriots… those 56 principled Men who stood up to be counted and made the world we live in possible.

“Remember them in your heart,” one day, “July 4th”, each year…
…in “that Great undertaking to secure private Liberty” they paid individually. They paid with their families; with their fortunes; with their lives… choosing, to a man, to live or die with their honor on the battlefields of Liberty.

…remember them looking down the barrels of their private weapons, in a decision by force of arms, securing personal Liberty against government oppression…

“Remember them, July 4th”…

Capture your inner Spirit of Independence,

Freedom & Liberty

Together we can an we will


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