Recognizing the Signers in a Very Special Way

Since 2004, the Society has implemented a project to honor the Signers of the Declaration of Independence by placing a plaque at the grave of each Signer to honor their memory and their great deed of signing.

The plaques are placed when permission is granted from the cemeteries involved. A bronze plaque engraved with the Signer’s name is permanently installed at the grave site.

Grace Keiper Staller

We are Forever in Grace K. Staller’s Debt

“We as an organization are forever indebted to Grace K. Staller for her incredible 13-year effort to commemorate and honor our ancestors. She overcame many obstacles and as a result, we are pleased to report that all 56 Signers now have a plaque or cenotaph installed at an appropriate location to commemorate their heroic sacrifice.”

Charlottesville, VA meeting March 31, 2017

From the Grave Marker Dedication Ceremony—July 5, 2004

“Today, the chair of our grave marker committee, Grace Staller, and descendants of John Morton mark the commencement of a new program by placing a DSDI plaque at the gravesite of John Morton to commemorate his Independence. It is fitting that we do so.”

From the 2004 Spirit Magazine, page 5.

These Signers Have Been Honored with Grave Recognition in these Locations:

Abraham ClarkRahway Cemetery, Rahway, NJ
Arthur MiddletonCenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
Benjamin FranklinChrist Church, Philadelphia, PA
Benjamin HarrisonBerkeley Plantation, Charles City, VA
Benjamin RushChrist Church, Philadelphia. PA
Caesar RodneyChrist Episcopal Churchyard, Dover, DE
Carter BraxtonChericoke, DSDI Plaque at Family Family Estate owned by Alice Siegel, Richmond
Charles Carroll of CarroltonCenotaph,, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
Edward RutledgeSt. Philip’s Church, Charleston, SC
Elbridge GerryCenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
Francis HopkinsonChrist Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, PA
Francis LewisTrinity Chruchyard, Manhattan, NY
Francis Lightfoot LeeTayloe Family Estate, Warsahw, VA
George ClymerFriends Meeting House, Trenton, NJ
George ReadImmanuel Episcopal Churchyard, New Castle, DE
George RossChrist Church, Philadelphia, PA
George TaylorEaston Cemetery, Easton, PA
George WytheSt. John’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, VA
James SmithCenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
James WilsonChrist Church, Philadelphia, PA
John HancockCenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
John HartOld Baptist Meeting House, Hopewell, NJ
John MortonOld St. Paul’s Cemetery, Chester, PA
John PennGuilford Courthouse NMP, NC
John WitherspoonPrinceton Cemetery, Princeton, NJ
Joseph HewesChrist Church, Philadelphia, PA
Josiah BartlettUniversalist Church, Kingston, NH, Plaque at his Homestead owned by DSDI Member Ruth Albert
Lewis MorrisThe Cryt, St. Anne’s Episcopal Churchyard, Bronx, NY
Matthew ThorntonThornton’s Ferry Cemetery, Merrimcak, NH
Oliver WolcottEast Cemetery, Litchfield, CT
Philip LivingstonProspect Hill Cemetery, York, PA
Richard Henry LeeBurnt House Fields, Coles Point, VA
Richard StocktonCenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
Robert MorrisChrist Church, Philadelphia, PA
Robert Treat PaineCenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
Roger ShermanGrove Street Cemetery, New Haven, CT
Samuel AdamsCenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
Samuel ChaseOld St. Paul’s Cemetery, Baltimore, MD
Samuel HuntingtonOld Norwitchtown Cemetery, New London , CT.
Stephen HopkinsChrist Church, Philadelphia, PA
Thomas Heyward, Jr.St. Luke’s Church, Jasper County, SC
Thomas JeffersonCenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
Thomas McKeanLaurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA 
Thomas Nelson, Jr.Cenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
Thomas StoneThomas Stone National Historic Site, Port Tabacco, MD
William ElleryCommon Ground Cemetery, Newport, RI
William HooperGuilford Courthouse NMP, NC
William PacaCenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
William WhippleNorth Cemetery, Portsmouth, NH
William WilliamsOld Cemetery, Lebanon, CT