Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dorothy Camber Walton

                    There is little known about the life or personality of Dorothy Camber, the wife of George Walton, signer of the Declaration of Independence.  She was the daughter of an English gentlemen living in Chatham County, Georgia, when she married the young patriot and signer.

                    About a year after Dorothy and George were married, George was Colonel Walton and was leading his regiment in the defense of Savannah.  He was wounded in that battle and captured by the enemy.  Because he was a member of the Continental Congress and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the British would not exchange him for any prisoner with a rank lower than brigadier-general. 

While George was in prison and thinking that his wound would be fatal, he wrote the following to his wife:  "Remember that you are the beloved wife of one who has made honour and reputation the ruling motive in every action of his life."

George never accumulated property, but he and Dorothy were happy on their little farm near Augusta.  They had only one child, a son named after his father.  The son served as Secretary of State for Andrew Jackson when he was governor of West Florida.

George died in 1804 and was buried in Augusta.  He was survived by his widow and son.  More information on George Walton can be obtained here

Facts for this article are from Wives of the Signer - The women behind the Declaration of Independence, pp 278-279.

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