Signers of the Declaration of Independence
Overview and Extent of Project
Our goal is to make good Master Profiles (MPs) of all of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. All of the links for the signers listed below are being made into MP's. We want, as well, to eventually connect all related families to these MP's, so we need to work on merging related families too. A few of the related profiles have also been made into MPs. The purpose of making MPs, as stated above, is to make good profiles. There are some problems connected to some of these families. In some cases, it may be necessary to lock an MP so that only curators may approve additional merges to them. This is a work in progress. Not all issues will be resolved immediately.
In order to find related profiles to work on, choose any of the profiles from the list below:
Click on the links to go to a particular MP profile, then look under the drop down menu on the right where it says "contact manager" "view tree" etc.
At the bottom of that menu choose "MORE ACTIONS" then choose "VIEW NEARBY MERGE ISSUES".
A list of merge issues related to that profile will come up for you. Keep this page open in another window. When completing a merge by default you will be taken back to your own merge issues, that is why you'll need to keep the Mayflower related merge issue page open in another window so you can return to it easily after completing each merge.
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Master Profiles for Signers of the Declaration of Independence
- John Adams, 2nd President of the USA
- Gov. Samuel Adams
- Elbridge Thomas Gerry, 5th Vice President of the USA
- John Hancock
- Robert Treat Paine
- George Clymer
- Benjamin Franklin
- Robert Morris
- John Morton
- Colonel George Ross
- Benjamin Rush
- James Smith
- George Taylor
- James Wilson
- Carter Braxton
- Benjamin Harrison
- Richard Henry Lee
- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the USA
- Francis Lightfoot Lee
- Thomas Nelson, Jr.
- George Wythe
Scribe of the Declaration
Timothy Matlack, Colonel On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was approved by the thirteen colonies and on July 19 the Continental Congress ordered that the Declaration be "fairly engrossed on parchment" and signed by every member of Congress. As a clerk to the Secretary of the Continental Congress, Matlack was chosen to inscribe the historic document that now rests on display in the National Archives. Matlack is also known to have penned in 1775 George Washington's commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Army of the United Colonies (Continental Army), among other important documents of the time.
Only 15 of the 56 signers have male descendants today.
These Signers have no descendants: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, John Hancock, Joseph Hewes, Samuel Huntington, Francis Lightfoot Lee, Thomas Lynch, Jr., Caesar Rodney, James Smith, George Walton, William Whipple, James Wilson and George Wythe.
These Signers have no same surname (male) descendants: Samuel Adams, Josiah Bartlett, Samuel Chase, George Clymer, William Floyd, Benjamin Franklin, Elbridge Gerry, William Hooper, Thomas Jefferson, Francis Lewis, Thomas McKean, Robert Morris, John Penn, George Ross, Benjamin Rush, Thomas Stone, George Taylor, Matthew Thornton and William Williams.
These Signers have very doubtful same surname (male) descendants: Carter Braxton, Abraham Clark, William Ellery, Stephen Hopkins, John Morton, Edward Rutledge, John Witherspoon, Oliver Wolcott.
The remainder of the Signers are known to have same surname (male) descendants.
On this page you will find an interactive version of John Trumbull's famous painting, "Declaration of Independence". John Trumbull's "Declaration of Independence" painting is one of the oldest and most prominent elements of Americana. It is exhibited in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC. It is also depicted on the back of the $2 bill.