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.
In front of the “Old Courthouse” at the intersection of Green and Monument Street, you will find “The Signers Monument” in Augusta Georgia.
“The Signers Monument” is a tribute to the three delegates who signed the Declaration of Independence from Georgia.
THE SIGNERS AUGUSTA GA
A marble slab on its southern side is inscribed with the Seal-of-Georgia and the names of the three Georgia signers.
- Button Gwinnett
- Lyman Hall
- George Walton
Lyman Hall and George Walton are actually buried beneath the 50-foot tall obelisk. They were interned from their original sites and buried beneath this historic structure.
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.
December 26, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina, with the hustle and bustle of Christmas winding down, I set my alarm for 6:00 AM, so I can go and visit a very special place that I heard about just two days earlier. That’s how it all started.
Lori and Neil on an adventure
St Philips Church Cemetery is the resting place of two of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence was just two blocks away from where I was staying.
I actually could see the church steeple out my front door it was very close.
I hadn’t realized that such greatness was within a quick moments stroll. With anticipation, I jumped up out of bed and headed out the door to grab a cup of coffee and pay my respects.
As fate would have it, an emergency arose. I had to instead, call for my car and rush home to the aid of a family member.
I never got the opportunity to pay my respects to Edward Rutledge, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, who resides at the St. Philips Cemetery.
The Skirmish at Alligator Creek Bridge was an American Revolutionary War battle in North East Florida on June 30, 1776.
Alligator Creek Bridge is located on US Hwy 1 North, just northwest of the intersection with US Hwy 301, in the town of Callahan Florida.
The gray historical marker is on the right side of the road, in the Cedar River Seafood parking lot.
You can’t miss the sign at the end of the parking lot near the bridge. The weathered historical marker, (*), is old and cracked but is readable.