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Before the Revolution: Mecklenburg Resolves and Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

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  • Colonel Adam Alexander (1728 - 1798)
    DAR Ancestor #: A001125 Adam Alexander was one of the original signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Talk of freedom from British rule was prevalent in Mecklenburg County in the s...
  • Robert Harris (deceased)
    (text) The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is allegedly the first declaration of independence made in the Thirteen Colonies during the American Revolution. It was supposedly signed on May 2...
  • Hezekiah South Alexander (aft.1722 - bef.1801)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor # A001156 Quick Facts on Hezekiah Alexander Signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration Birthdate: Probably 1728 Birthplace: ...
  • General Thomas Polk (1730 - 1794)
    DAR Ancestor #: A090178 Notes Thomas Polk born 1730 was a surveyor and employed to run the line between N + S Carolina. He was a Colonel of Militia at outbreak of Rev War and fought at King's M...
  • Zaccheus Wilson, Sr. (1712 - 1795)
    Apparently had two wives: Martha Armstrong and wife Francis/Frances (named in will and also as mother of son Zaccheus. See below). This is NOT the Zaccheus Wilson family of Mecklenburg County, NC. ...

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.

See also:

"Signers" of the Declaration (from the Wikipedia article):

  1. Abraham Alexander (possibly this one)
  2. Adam Alexander
  3. Charles Alexander (possibly this one)
  4. Ezra Alexander
  5. Hezekiah Alexander
  6. John McKnitt Alexander
  7. Waightstill Avery
  8. Rev. Hezekiah J. Balch (possibly this one)
  9. Richard Barry (possibly this Richard Berry or his son?)
  10. Dr. Ephraim Brevard
  11. Maj. John Davidson
  12. Henry Downs (possibly this one)
  13. John Flenneken (apparently DAR No. 15828. John Flenniken, 1745-1810)
  14. John Foard
  15. William Graham
  16. James Harris (possibly this one)
  17. Richard (or Robert) Harris
  18. Robert Irwin
  19. William Kennon
  20. Matthew McClure
  21. Neil Morrison
  22. Duncan Ochiltree
  23. Benjamin Patton
  24. John Phifer (possibly this one)
  25. Col. Thomas Polk
  26. John Queary
  27. David Reese
  28. Zacheus Wilson, Sr.