01 July 2008

Celebrate Independence Day with the Signers

"The most ardent revolutionary from the Beaufort District," Thomas Heyward, Jr. signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. Here's a little bit of information about native son, Thomas Heyward, Jr. from our "Famous People of Beaufort County" web page:

Thomas Heyward,Jr. (1746-1809): A Revolutionary War soldier and politician, Heyward was a member of the Council of Safety in 1775-1776 and of the Continental Congress from 1776-1778 (he was a signer of the Declaration of Independence). In later years, he became a circuit court judge in South Carolina.

The local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is named in his honor. Last year, the Chapter gave the Beaufort County Library a document signed by Thomas Heyward in his capacity as a circuit court judge. Come in, and we'll be happy to show it to you. In addition, the BDC holds vertical files on the Thomas Heyward, Jr. Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a file on the extensive Heyward descendants family (a number of whom still reside in the area).

Read more about Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Edward Rutledge, and Arthur Middleton as well as the other Signers who helped birth the United States of America in the National Park Service's Signers of the Declaration Biographical Sketches website.

The Signers of the Declaration of Independence: A Biographical and Genealogical Reference by Della Gray Barthelmas. REF 920 BAR (BEA)

The Signers: The Fifty-Six Stories behind the Declaration of Independence by Dennis B. Fraden (for children) JR 973.3 FRA (BEA, BLU, HHI, LOB)

Wives of the Signers :The Women behind the Declaration of Independence by Harry Clinton Green. 920 GRE (HHI)

Signers of the Declaration: Historic Places Commemorating the Signing of the Declaration of Independence, edited by United States. Department of the Interior. National Park Service. Washington, DC: Rev. ed., 1975. 973.3 UN (BEA)

Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor by Paul Harvey. Commemorative Edition. Waco, TX: Word Books, Publisher, 1975. 973.3 HAR (BEA)

The Beaufort District Collection is a division of the Beaufort County Library, a department of Beaufort County Government of South Carolina.

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