A number of historical figures have been associated with a document that preceded the U.S. Declaration of Independence by more than a year – and for many years was accepted as the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. More recent discoveries have convinced most historians that the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was more likely to have been a distorted or "mis-remembered" recall of the Mecklenburg Resolves.
This project is a place to identify those people who have traditionally be associated with the "Mecklenburg Declaration" – or the "Mecklenburg Resolves".
The somewhat longer Wikipedia article on the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence delves more deeply into the history of the controversy than the corresponding article on the Mecklenburg Resolves.
"Signers" of the Declaration (from the Wikipedia article):
- Abraham Alexander (possibly this one)
- Adam Alexander
- Charles Alexander (possibly this one)
- Ezra Alexander
- Hezekiah Alexander
- John McKnitt Alexander
- Waightstill Avery
- Rev. Hezekiah J. Balch (possibly this one)
- Richard Barry (possibly this Richard Berry or his son?)
- Dr. Ephraim Brevard
- Maj. John Davidson
- Henry Downs (possibly this one)
- John Flenneken (apparently DAR No. 15828. John Flenniken, 1745-1810)
- John Foard
- William Graham
- James Harris (possibly this one)
- Richard (or Robert) Harris
- Robert Irwin
- William Kennon
- Matthew McClure
- Neil Morrison
- Duncan Ochiltree
- Benjamin Patton
- John Phifer (possibly this one)
- Col. Thomas Polk
- John Queary
- David Reese
- Zacheus Wilson, Sr.