When you think of St. Augustine Florida you think of beaches, fun, and vacations. Not for three of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence who were imprisoned there!
Signers in St. Augustine
Three of the signers from South Carolina were captured after the fall of Charleston to the British and taken along with I believe 29 others to St. Augustine Florida and placed in Jail. Where they served almost one year in prison until they were included in a trade for British Officers.
Florida stayed out of the war for the most part, but there are a few records where there were battles, skirmishes, attacks, and imprisonment. Like this find in St. Augustine.
Could you imagine spending a year in the Florida heat in a dungeon or jail cell? I know I wouldn’t want to do that.
Signers of the Declaration of Independence, why did they do this?
Did you ever ask yourself, why would these me be willing to sacrifice so much for the cause of Liberty? If called upon would you?
Enjoy this short video of where the historical marker is located.
Today we visited Patrick Henry’s Burial Site at Red Hill National Monument. Patrick Henry was a big player from Virginia in the founding and forming of this nation. We stopped by Brookneal, VA to visit Mr. Henry’s site.
Patrick Henry the Orator of the American Revolution
He was active on both the state and national level but is most known for his famous and moving quotes and speeches. You may recognize a few of them:
I know not what others may choose but, as for me, give me liberty or give me death.
I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.
For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it.
Enjoy the short video of our trip to Red Hill National Monument, and paying our respects to his memory.
Richard Hutson Signer of the Articles of Confederation
We visited the final resting place of Richard Hutson who was a
Signer of the Articles of Confederation from the great State of South Carolina.
Signer Hutson was born in South Carolina 1747 (ish) and died April 12, 1793 (ish), in Philadelphia, PA. He is interred at the Independent Congregational (Circular) Church in Charleston South Carolina
(After researching this I came to the conclusion that none remain that know his actual birth and death dates. They can span anywhere from June 12, 1747 – April 12, 1795)
George Read was a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, a Lawyer, Politician, and delegate to the Continental Congress from the State of Delaware.
He also signed the Constitutional Association, (the document created by the Stamp Act Congress), and the US Constitution, one the few who signed multiple “Founding” documents.
George Read Voted No!
George Read voted NO on the vote for “Independence” on June 2, 1776, but changed his mind and signed the document, I believe on August 2, 1776
NOTE: Being one of the first sites I visited, my picture and video are pretty lame. I will revisit George Reads Memorial when I head back up north. Until then please enjoy the videos and pictures I did take.
We attempted, (Attempted is the key word here), to visit the burial site of Thomas Stone who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence from Maryland.
I’ll let the video’s and Pictures explain what happened but suffice it to say “Pre-Planning_Prevents-Poor-Performance”.
It turned out to be a fun but silly day!
Lanterns and belfries and night in the air, of horses and riders oh what a pair, to warn a great signer of trouble ahead, the regulars are coming the message said.
It was that great night so long ago, that our founders stood up to the advancing foe. We stood our ground on that calamitous day, oh what a price, what a price we did pay.
But liberty the outcome, the outcome we say, I’m so thankful, so thankful for this special day!
April 18, 2017, Neil Stagner, (not Longfellow mind you but the best I have today!) Regarding the Ride of Paul Revere, and the battle of Lexington and Concord.
We paid our respects to one of the signers of the Articles of Confederation, John Williams at the Williams Family Cemetery in North Carolina. Historically known as Montpelier Plantation Cemetery.
John Williams was a delegate to the continental congress after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He hailed from the state of North Carolina.
Time and vandals have taken their toll on this cemetery
Searching for John Williams in the Williams Family Cemetery
As I scanned the toppled and leaning headstones, inside of the fallen, wrought iron fence, I couldn’t help but think, ” is this how we should honor our founding fathers?
Is this how we show our respect and appreciation for those who did so much for our cause of liberty? I would hope not!
NOTE: I was never able to find Mr. Williams actual headstone. I’m assuming it is one of the crumbled or toppled stones that I viewed.
I would love to go back these signers resting places with the proper tools and permissions. To implement repairs, maintain and to preserve this site for posterity sake.
This modern art creation nailed to a tree in the dirt cul-de-sac near John Penn’s Original Burial Site.
Finding John Penn’s original burial site was quite a challenge! He was a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of Confederation from North Carolina.
We searched for and found Signer, John Penn’s Memorial, his original burial site in the backwoods of North Carolina.
His original burial site is more than one hour from any large city and fifteen minutes from any town.
Finding John Penn’s Original Burial Site
Using SIRI and GPS coordinates, you drive down a country road just northwest of Henderson, North Carolina.
Make a turn down a country road, then turn onto a blacktop drive “John Penn Road”, until you pass a church…take the gravel / red clay road beyond the church until you get to the end, turn left.
See 30-second video of dirt road leading to the burial site.
Colonials at Bonaventure
Edward Telfair was a Georgia Delegate to the Continental Congress and signer of the Articles of Confederation.
Edward Telfair (1735-1807)
I was surprised to see that the only history mentioned about Edward was his role as Governor of Georgia, and a brief mention of his jaunts as one of the “Liberty Boys,” (Sons of Liberty), 1774.
There is nary a mention that he served multiple times as the Georgia Delegate to the US Constitutional Conventions, one of those times he signed the Articles of Confederation, the interim government between the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.
Here is a brief video of our visit to the burial site of Edward Telfair, (and family).
I approach, with an awkward anticipation, on my initial visit to John Morton’s Memorial.
John Morton, 1724 – 1777 Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia
John Morton was one of the Pennsylvania Delegates, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and I had no idea of what to do, or how to act while I was there at his burial site. I just knew that I had to start this adventure somewhere, and his would be the first location, the first of 56.
Since December of 2015, I have been planning to visit all of the burial sites of the “Signers of the Declaration of Independence.”
I couldn’t explain why, or to what end, but I knew I wanted at the very minimum to show my respect, and in some strange “time-traveling kind of mystical way” let them know that they are not forgotten. And to share those moments with the world.