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From: John J. Antonacci
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2005 12:30 AM
Subject: Facts About Some of the Constitution Signers

THE 4TH OF JULY

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.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember: freedom is never free!

I hope you will show your support by sending this to as many people as you can, please. It's time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games.


From: John J. Antonacci
To: Richard-Joyce Irizzary
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2006 7:50 PM
Subject: Thanking you for all your hard work

Joyce & Richie

I want to take this opportunity to thank you and Richie also David and Pat McMillan for doing the cooking at the Picnic. I want to say this was one of the nicest picnic I been to in a long while. It was so organized the name tags were a plus. I felt so relaxed and there was no stress. I hope you enjoy your tape of 50 th reunion and thank both of you for distributing the rest for me. The food was prepared well and delicious. I did get a chance to talk with many of the alumni present. The Highlight of the picnic for me was getting to see Father Ed. Figueroa who I haven't seen in 44 years and to sit and talk with him in person.

God Bless you all hope to see you next year.

John and Aida Antonacci


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