The Fates Of Our Founders

Posted July 3rd, 2009 by Iron Mike

Hello Americans!  Thanks for clicking in this weekend.

This item has come to my computer dozens of times over the years.  It is worth pondering, – and sharing with your kids this weekend.

Two hundred thirty-three years ago,  fifty-six men signed our Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.

Ever wonder what became of them?

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, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the Battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr.,  noted that 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.

 So, take a few minutes while enjoying this 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots.  It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember:  Freedom is never free!

Every “right” you have as an American has been purchased for you, – many times over, with courage,  sacrifice,  and blood!


2 Responses to “The Fates Of Our Founders”

  1. ironmike

    I am moved on this our nation’s 233rd Birthday to pondered the struggles of our Founders in Philadelphia that Spring and Summer of 1776. They debated, struggled, and argued over every word of the Declaration. Words have meaning and to them the choice of each WORD mattered.

    So when they signed they pledged to each other their Lives, their Fortunes, and Their Sacred Honor.

    But my Congresswoman – Niki Tsongas from the Mass 5th – together with her 218 unsavory Socialist companions NEVER bothered to even read any of the words – not of our Constitution, of the TARP, the Porkulous Bill, the budget, or 2454! Words and their legal and moral meaning are of absolute ZERO interest to these power-mad New World Socialists. They see themselves as “citizens of the World” and they’ve pledge allegiance to OBummer, not to our nation or our Constitution.

    To them it’s all about power, influence and money. Their oaths are meaningless words and they have clearly abandoned any shred of honor! May we and our Young Republic live to see these vermin driven from office! They are unworthy of the sacrifice and blood which put them there.

    Happy Birthday America!

    /s/ Iron Mike

  2. DannaMarineMom

    The difference in our Founding Fathers and today’s Congress is that our founding fathers sacrificed their privilege, their wealth, all the niceties that power and position may have given them, for the good of the republic – and for their ferocious love of the idea and ideal of freedom.

    Today’s Congress, both at the State and National levels, is chock full of glory seekers from both parties, who use privilege for personal gain. Greed is at the root of problem . . . greed for money, for power, for prowess, at the expense of the people they represent.

    Unless we have a bipartisan uproar over the state of things in Washington, the self-serving policies that Congress elects for itself, and on and on and on . . . we are victims of our own negligence. The vast majority of Americans do not dig and delve. They do not question. They accept the mutterings of a media that has committed treason time and time again, for the same self-edification that has led the public to believe that Hollywood is news.

    Thanks for posting this history of our flag and its founders, IronMike. dp