Signers grave recognition

Grace Keiper Staller


“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 please to report that all 56 Signers now have a plaque  or cenotaph installed at an appropriate locations to commemorate their heroic sacrifice.”

Charlottesville, VA meeting March 31, 2017

Since 2004, the Society has implemented a project to honor the Signers of the Declaration by placing a plaque at the grave of each Signer to honor their memory and their great deed of signing the Declaration of Independence. The plaques are placed when permission is granted from the cemeteries involved. A bronze plaque engraved with the Signers name is permanently install at the grave site.


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.

This is taken from the Spirit magazine of 2004 page 5




The following Signers have been honored:

John AdamsCenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
Samuel AdamsCenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
Josiah Bartlett Universalist Church, Kingston, NH, Plaque at his Homestead owned by DSDI Member Ruth Albert
Carter Braxton Chericoke, DSDI Plaque at Family Family Estate owned by Alice Siegel, Richmond
Charles Carroll of CarroltonCenotaph,, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
Samuel Chase Old St. Paul's Cemetery, Baltimore, MD
Abraham Clark Rahway Cemetery, Rahway, NJ
George ClymerFriends Meeting House, Trenton, NJ
William ElleryCommon Ground Cemetery, Newport, RI
Benjamin FranklinChrist Church, Philadelphia, PA
Elbridge Gerry Cenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
John HancockCenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
Benjamin Harrison Berkeley Plantation, Charles City, VA
John HartOld Baptist Meeting House, Hopewell, NJ
Joseph Hewes Christ Church, Philadelphia, PA
Thomas Heyward, Jr. St. Luke's Church, Jasper County, SC
William Hooper Guilford Courthouse NMP, NC
Stephen HopkinsChrist Church, Philadelphia, PA
Francis Hopkinson Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, PA
Samuel Huntington Old Norwitchtown Cemetery, New London , CT.
Thomas JeffersonCenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
Francis Lightfoot Lee Tayloe Family Estate, Warsahw, VA
Richard Henry Lee Burnt House Fields, Coles Point, VA
Francis Lewis Trinity Chruchyard, Manhattan, NY
Philip LivingstonProspect Hill Cemetery, York, PA
Thomas McKeanLaurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA 
Arthur MiddletonCenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
Lewis Morris The Cryt, St. Anne's Episcopal Churchyard, Bronx, NY
Robert MorrisChrist Church, Philadelphia, PA
John MortonOld St. Paul's Cemetery, Chester, PA
Thomas Nelson, Jr.Cenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
William PacaCenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
Robert Treat PaineCenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
John PennGuilford Courthouse NMP, NC
George Read Immanuel Episcopal Churchyard, New Castle, DE
Caesar RodneyChrist Episcopal Churchyard, Dover, DE
George RossChrist Church, Philadelphia, PA
Edward Rutledge St. Philip's Church, Charleston, SC
Benjamin RushChrist Church, Philadelphia. PA
Roger Sherman Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, CT
James SmithCenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
Richard StocktonCenotaph, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC
Thomas Stone Thomas Stone National Historic Site, Port Tabacco, MD
George Taylor Easton Cemetery, Easton, PA
Matthew Thornton Thornton's Ferry Cemetery, Merrimcak, NH
William Williams Old Cemetery, Lebanon, CT
James WilsonChrist Church, Philadelphia, PA
John WitherspoonPrinceton Cemetery, Princeton, NJ
Oliver WolcottEast Cemetery, Litchfield, CT
William WhippleNorth Cemetery, Portsmouth, NH
George Wythe St. John's Episcopal Church, Richmond, VA

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