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What Happened to the 56 Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence?

4thdoc   What happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Tragic Events

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.

Thomas McKean 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.

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.

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, and with everything to lose, they signed the Declaration of Independence with the understanding that the penalty would be death if
they were captured.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
Let’s keep the sacrifices of these men in mind as we enjoy our Fourth of July festivities.

“All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.”
Thomas Jefferson

Independent Artist Profile-Karin Taylor

306256_10151479801988480_1302567944_nIn her own words-

“I began my journey of discovery as an artist in 2002 exploring the world of
mixed media and taking my time to develop the style and nature of the artist I
would become.   My message is one of hope, peace, contemplation, harmony and
courage, I see to transport myself and others into a sacred place, a quiet
place, a nostalgic place, a combination of nostalgia and inner child helping to
uproot old ways of being, denial, lostness.   My girls are gentle reminders to
recall the mystery of our imagination, the places we visited, the overwhelming
excitement we knew as children.  In doing so, and reliving some of those special
memories, one can find they are reengaging with their inner child and
re-experiencing something of that beautiful memory, that wonderful journey all
over again..  The sense of wonderment we had as children, often disappears
amidst the stress of the ordinary every day, but the only difference is that we
aren’t accessing it.  It lives within is still, lies buried and hidden, waiting
for the moment when we just relax and let ourselves enjoy and live in the

A wonderful artist whose work I highly recommend.

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Karin Taylor

Valentine’s Day – Beyond Romance

lovehomecal copyLove in many Forms

Familial love, romantic love and love of our fellow man all serve to help us make our world more meaningful.  Carry your heart with you as you navigate your way through daily life and allow it to influence your decisions, whether they be job-related, political, or personal.

In the workplace seek to treat co-workers, clients and customers, and all those with whom you interact with respect, integrity and kindness.  A dog-eat-dog world breeds more of the same.  Choose cooperation over competition.  Share your expertise and provide an atmosphere in which all those participating can flourish.

Globally, we live in an era of upheaval, strife, and uncertainty.  Make you voice heard and encourage politicians and lawmakers to act with an understanding of our interconnected needs and without selfish agendas.  Put yourself in the shoes of others for a moment or two and allow fear to dissolve.  There is so much we can learn from others if we are open-minded.

Each member of our family, whether it be husband, wife, father, mother, brother or sister, deserves our appreciation.  Joys and sorrows both teach us valuable lessons and help to shape the human being we are today.

When leaving home each day, take your heart with you as you go and use its guidance as you travel through the world and come home with a feeling of having made a difference to someone, somewhere!

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Follow-up: Surfing Madonna Now at Home in Leucadia

    Surfing MadonnaAfter being in storage for the last year, the famous 10×10′  stained-glass work depicting Our Lady of Guadalupe on a surfboard pulling into a barreling wave with the message “Save the Ocean” now hangs in between Cafe Ipe and surf shop Surfy Surfy on North Coast Highway in Leucadia. 

   Being a Virgin of Guadalupe fanatic, I have been following the story (my previous article) and was so happy on Monday when I read (see the article) that she had been successfully installed at a lovely location where she can be appreciated by so many. All is right in the world, or at least in this little piece of it!

Mexican Virgin of Guadalupe Folk Art Mugs

 Virgin of Guadalupe espresso mug  Mexican folk art, such as the Virgin of Guadalupe or Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls, with its bright colors, vivid imagery, and fun subject matter lends itself well to product design.  Espresso mugs have recently been  added to the Stuccoloco online card and gift shop.  Imported and hand-printed in the USA with vivid detail, these ceramic espresso mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe. They join two sizes of coffee mugs, the 20 oz. Jumbo mug, travel mugs and your choice of styles. Add your text, a name perhaps, to give it that personalized touch. Make great gifts!butterfly espresso mug

   Other artwork, including Mermaids, Butterflies, and other fun designs are also on offer. Don’t see what you want? Contact me for special alterations or requests. Never an extra fee.

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