What Happened to Those Who Signed the Declaration of Independence?

The last line of the Declaration of Independence says, “And for the support of this Declaration...we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” Fifty-six men signed the document. Here is what happened to some of them:

• Five were captured as traitors to Britain and tortured before they died.

• One was wounded, taken prisoner and released in a prisoner exchange.

• Two lost their sons in the war.

• Another had two sons captured.

• Another saw his ships destroyed by the British Navy, sold his home and property to pay his debts, and died in rags.

• Yet another was pursued by British troops — forced to move his family constantly, he lost all of his possessions.

• British General Cornwallis used one signer’s farm for his headquarters at Yorktown. George Washington opened fire and the farm was destroyed. Its owner died bankrupt.

• Another had his home and properties destroyed and his wife jailed. She died within a few months.

• One man who signed the historic document was driven from his wife’s sickbed as their thirteen children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid waste. For a year he lived in forests and caves. When he returned his wife was dead; his children missing. A few weeks later he died.

From Generation to Generation – Day 185

The price of freedom is high. Today, in prayer, thank the Lord for those whose sacrifices have made America free. And pray that we as a nation return to the LORD and His ways.