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Before the Revolution: Mecklenburg Resolves and Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

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  • 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. James Balch, Presbyterian clergyman and revolutionary leader, was born at Deer Creek, Hartford County, Md., the son of James and Ann Goodwin (or Good...
  • Major John Davidson (1735 - 1832)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA with the rank of MAJOR. DAR Ancestor # A030096 Davidson arrived in the Carolina back country around 1752. He was about 16 and was a trained black...
  • Dr. Ephraim Brevard (deceased)

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. Zaccheus Wilson, Jr.