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Francis Lightfoot Lee, Part of Virginia’s Lee Family Dynasty and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Francis Lightfoot Lee (brother of Richard Henry Lee) was born on the fourteenth of October, 1734, at Stratford Hall plantation in Westmoreland County, Virginia.He was the fourth surviving son of Thomas Lee and Hannah Harrison Ludwell Lee. After Lee’s parents … Continue reading

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Carter Braxton, Father of 18 and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

  Carter Braxton was born on September 10, 1736, at Newington Plantation in Livingston, Virginia. He was the son of George Braxton, Jr., and of Mary Carter, who died just seven days after giving birth. Carter’s father died when he … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson, the Signer Who Wrote the Declaration of Independence

Thomas Jefferson, author of the American Declaration of Independence and the third U.S. president, was born on April 13, 1743, at the Shadwell plantation located just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. Jefferson was born into one of the most prominent families … Continue reading

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George Wythe, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence Who Was Poisoned by His Heir

George Wythe (pronounced “with”) was born in 1726 (the second son of three children) at Chesterville in what is now Hampton, Virginia. His father was Thomas Wythe, a planter who died soon after George’s birth. Wythe was reared by his … Continue reading

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Benjamin Harrison, Congressional “Falstaff” and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Born on 5 April 1726, Benjamin Harrison V lived the life guaranteed him by his wealthy parents. He was the eldest son of Benjamin Harrison IV and Ann Carter and took over the family’s extensive holdings at the age of … Continue reading

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Another Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Descendant of Edward III

I hope you are enjoying this series on the signers of the Declaration of Independence as much as I. Many of these men held deeps roots to family in England. Thomas Nelson of Virginia was one such man. His grandfather … Continue reading

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