The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence
It was March 2, 1836 when 59 delegates from Mexico, Scotland, England, Ireland and 12 U.S. states bravely met in Washington, Texas to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico. Elected as delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1836, these men determined the future of Texas and ultimately a very large portion of the United States.. Among them were 12 lawyers, five physicians, four surveyors and three planters, empresarios and merchants.
Register as a Descendant
Today, the Washington on the Brazos State Park Association and the Star of Republic Museum are dedicated to celebrating those 59 men by finding and honoring their Descendants with a multitude of programs and events. Many Descendants are now recorded in the Descendants Registry—the official register of the documented lineal descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Once your lineage has been documented, that information will be maintained by the Star of the Republic Museum in perpetuity. Your descendants will only have to prove their relationship to you to have their names listed.
If you are not sure you are a Descendant, we are happy to offer assistance. View the family trees put together by the Star of the Republic Museum. Learn more about the 59 signers bios or explore the namesake counties to research your relations. These links will take you to the Texas Independence website that was developed by the museum and park staffs. Register as a Descendant.
If you have any questions, contact the heads of the descendants group:
Dianne Taylor Kebodeaux
If you are a Descendant of one of the 59 signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836, we urge you to become a member of Washington on the Brazos State Park Association. The Park Association raises and spends thousands of dollars each year to facilitate programs, celebrations, and education at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site and Fanthorp Inn Historic Site. This is a wonderful way to support the organization dedicated to perpetuating the memory of what your ancestor did at Old Washington. Join the Association.
If you are interested in purchasing Descendants merchandise. You can browse through our products–including t-shirts, tote bags and more at Descendants’ Souvenirs/Gift Shop.
For nearly 5 years the committee for the signers has been holding gathering at Washington on the Brazos State Park on a date closest to March 2nd , the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence. The Star Museum has located nearly 9000 live descendants by genealogy research. The new Bronze Medallion will not only help raise needed funds for more genealogy research but funds to pay for future gatherings. The medallion will give each descendant something beautiful and very honorable to be displayed or can be placed on the graves of their deceased family descendant. Only persons proved to be a descendant can order this medallion. For more information on the medallion, read Letter for descendants. To order the medallion, fill out this form Order Form for Descendants Medallion.
Annual Meeting for Descendants
Texas Independence Day Celebration
March 2 – 3, 2019
Every year at the park’s two-day “Texas Independence Day Celebration,” we not only celebrate Texas independence, but also the signers’ families with family reunion-type activities for all Descendants. Over 1,500 Descendants attended this family-friendly reunion for the 175th anniversary. All attendees are eligible for free parking and events admittance, free shuttle and a lot of free entertainment and activities. Check back for descendants activities for 2019.