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Before the Revolution: Mecklenburg Resolves and Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

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  • David Tasker Reese (1708 - 1787)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA.       DAR Ancestor # A094928 REV. DAVID3 REESE (DAVID2 AP REES, DAVID1) was born February 11, 1708 in Brecknoc, Wales, and died February 5, ...
  • Neil Morrison (1728 - 1784)
    Neill Morrison was a signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. from:
  • William Kennon (1734 - 1777)
    William Kennon was a signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. He also succeeded his father as a member of the House of Burgesses from 1758-1765. from: .
  • Rev. Hezekiah James Balch (1746 - 1776)
    Died unmarried. Details in THE LUSH FAMILY HISTORY.
  • Major John Davidson (1735 - 1832)
    Davidson arrived in the Carolina back country around 1752. He was about 16 and was a trained blacksmith. Over the next 80 years he was to make his mark on history and leave a legacy in north Mecklenbur...

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.