Category Archives: Signers by state

United We Stand

Hello DSDI Members. We are celebrating after a very short but productive trip to Philadelphia ringing our Liberty Bell for the 244th celebration. As you know, DSDI’s decision was difficult this Spring as we realized we could not allow our … Continue reading

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About the Declaration: an evolution in printed copies

The Declaration of Independence was approved by Congress on July 4, 1776.  The approved wording was then turned over to the printer John Dunlap to compose and print copies.  On July 5, about 200 copies of the first printing of … Continue reading

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History is celebrated and made with “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony

Independence National Historical Park will host the annual symbolic ringing of the Liberty Bell this July 4th with the tapping of the famed Liberty Bell 13 times at precisely 2 p.m. EDT, the time designated by the 1963 Joint Resolution … Continue reading

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At Monticello

Thomas Jefferson (aka Bill Barker) invites DSDI’s Lucy Duke Tonacci to Monticello on the first day of opening June 13 after the coronavirus closing. Masks and six-foot separation were required. Mr. Jefferson normally calls Lucy “Ms. Lee” in recognition of … Continue reading

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DSDI July meeting will be virtual gathering because of COVID-19

As we protect ourselves and others, DSDI has decided to cancel this year’s Annual Congress in Philadelphia. Although we were scheduled to convene July 3-4, as we do every year, the City of Philadelphia has declared that all July 4celebrations … Continue reading

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Wives of the Signers: Lucy Grymes Nelson

Lucy Grymes was most likely born in Williamsburg on September 4, 1743.[1]  According to her daughter, Susanna, Lucy was a premature baby so small she “might have been put in a quart Pot”.[2]  Her father, Philip Ludwell Grymes (1721-1762) of Brandon … Continue reading

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Wives of the Signers: Sarah Hatfield Clark

The ideals of representative government flowed through the veins of Sarah Hatfield from the time of her birth in Elizabethtown, New Jersey in 1728.  Hatfield, sometimes spelled Heathfield or Hetfield was the eldest daughter of Isaac Hatfield and Sarah Price.  … Continue reading

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Georgia history highlighted in Atlanta meeting

More than 30 members and guests gathered in Atlanta over the weekend of October 4, 2019 for our first ever meeting outside of the colonial area. Although Georgia was one of the 13 original colonies and had three signers, at … Continue reading

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239th Anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain

DSDI North Carolina Governor Nancy McBride Wark (right) represented the society Oct. 7 at the 239thAnniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain, joined by her sister Mary McBride (left) of California. The SAR color guard posted the colors and Mourning-at-Arms … Continue reading

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DSDI members ‘tap’ Liberty Bell at Annual Congress

The 112thAnnual Congress of the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence took place in Philadelphia July 3-4, 2019. Ten descendants and two new U.S. citizens participated in a ceremonial tapping of the Liberty Bell: Dallas Adams, David … Continue reading

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