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    Signers of Declaration of Independence

    4TH OF JULY message that passed my desktop worth passing; sorry I posted this so late, but use it next year:

    "Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

    Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
    Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
    Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
    Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
    They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. What kind of men were they?

    Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
    Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

    Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his Ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

    Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

    Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

    At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

    Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

    John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

    Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't."


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    Re: Signers of Declaration of Independence

    Quote Originally Posted by cloneatlaw View Post
    Has there ever been a factually correct chain e-mail?



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    Re: Signers of Declaration of Independence

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneIce View Post
    Has there ever been a factually correct chain e-mail?

    You just wait til I get the money from the Ugandan National Lottery that I won. And all it cost me was 500 dollar processing fee.


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    Re: Signers of Declaration of Independence

    Herbie Hancock.


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    Re: Signers of Declaration of Independence

    What I don't get....is how people CONTINUALLY perpetuate the Chain mail. ITS SO STUPID...just stop forwarding, how hard is that?

    Or at least check Snopes before forwarding...Seriously!



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    Re: Signers of Declaration of Independence

    The rain is over. Go get a beer. It's Friday.


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    Re: Signers of Declaration of Independence

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    The rain is over. Go get a beer. It's Friday.
    It's not Friday for another 1.5 hours for me...


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    Re: Signers of Declaration of Independence

    Quote Originally Posted by cloneatlaw View Post
    I wonder how many of Paul Harvey's "rest of the stories" that Snopes could debunk...


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    Re: Signers of Declaration of Independence

    Quote Originally Posted by jumbopackage View Post
    I wonder how many of Paul Harvey's "rest of the stories" that Snopes could debunk...
    Why, was he reading from chain letters? I've never heard reason to not believe them.



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    Re: Signers of Declaration of Independence

    I finally had to tell my wife not to forward crap unless she's checked it on snopes or I was going to block her email.
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    Re: Signers of Declaration of Independence

    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcityguy View Post
    Why, was he reading from chain letters? I've never heard reason to not believe them.
    Ironically, Paul Harvey put down the very first version of this particular story that they have found in his 1956 book "The Rest of the Story".

    I'm sure it's just one example of many.

    Declaration Signers

    Edit: the last paragraph of that page addresses the Harvey thing


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    Last edited by Wesley; 07-10-2009 at 02:12 PM.
    Let my Fred's Posse Ride: Georges, Naz, Hogue, Bryce, Nader, Monte, Matt, and McKay.

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    Re: Signers of Declaration of Independence

    Why oh why do people get these emails and think they're true, are you new to the internet?


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    Re: Signers of Declaration of Independence

    I hate it when truth gets in the way of a good story.



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