Category Archives: Signers by state

DSDI dedicates bench honoring seven Signers in Philadelphia

On Thursday July 3, 2014 at our 107th Annual Congress we dedicated a beautiful granite bench in the historic Christ Church burial ground, where seven Signers are buried. The bench has our DSDI bronze plaque In the middle of the … Continue reading

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DSDI Annual Congress celebrates Independence Day

The 107th Annual Congress of the DSDI came to order in Philadelphia on July 3rd, 2014, opening with a meeting of the board. President-General Lawrence Croft opened the board meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, with 12 board members present. … Continue reading

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The Jersey Land Disputes: How indifference, incompetence and greed led to the American Revolution

BY ALYSON L. BURNETT, DSDI Member One could call the founding of the New Jersey colony a comedy of errors, except for the fact that there was little humor to accompany the many mistakes made in identifying who possessed titles to … Continue reading

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Join us for the Fall Meeting in Charleston

October 10-11, 2014 The Descendants will meet Oct. 10-11 in the Holy City of Charleston, South Carolina, the home of four signers. Readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine voted Charleston the No. 1 U.S. destination. Join us for the Fall … Continue reading

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More about the state Liberty Bells

DSDI members, friends and visitors rang the Maryland Liberty Bell July 4, 2013, celebrating with other members in Philadelphia and beyond as they named the 56 Signers by their 13 states. Like every state, the Maryland Liberty Bell was made … Continue reading

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Samuel Adams

Of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, few exercised a more powerful influence than Samuel Adams.  Samuel Adams was born at Quincy, Massachusetts, September 22, 1722. He descends from pilgrim ancestors John and Margaret Thurston who arrived in … Continue reading

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George Wythe

George Wythe was born in Elizabeth City County (now Hampton), Virginia on his father’s plantation estate “Chesterville” in 1726, the son of Thomas Wythe III and Margaret Walker Wythe. His father, Thomas Wythe III, was the grandson of Thomas Wythe … Continue reading

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Thomas Nelson Jr.

Thomas Nelson, Jr. was born on December 26, 1738 at Yorktown, Virginia, the son of William Nelson and Elizabeth Burwell. He was known as “Junior” because his uncle Thomas Nelson was also of Yorktown. Through his mother’s Burwell family and … Continue reading

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Richard Henry Lee

“Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right, ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connections between them and the State of Great Britain … Continue reading

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Francis Lightfoot Lee

A quiet philosopher, Francis Lightfoot Lee grew up at a large tobacco plantation and impressive home, Stratford Hall, in Virginia. He was a son of Thomas and Hannah Ludwell Lee with three older and two younger brothers and two sisters. … Continue reading

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