Experience the Tombstone Trail

Oct 21 & 22

 

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.

Names of the 59 Signers

Annual Meeting for Descendants

Texas Independence Day Celebration
Mark your calendars and make plans to attend the 186th Anniversary of Texas Independence at Washington on the Brazos to be held Saturday February 26 and Sunday February 27, 2022. The Descendants of the Signers have planned a closed door luncheon for Saturday February 26th from 11am to 1pm in the Conference Center to honor our ancestors who helped
to establish our freedoms. The luncheon has limited seating for Descendants & Guests. For scheduling purposes we do ask that you pre-purchase your meal: $13.00 per person / includes BBQ chicken, sausage, potato salad, green beans, tea and dessert. Registration begins at 10:30am, the meal will be served at 11:30am. Meal tickets can be purchased here.

 

Register as a Descendant

Today, the Washington on the Brazos Historical Foundation 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.

In order to register as a descendant, please complete an application form and lineage worksheet:

Link to Application PDF

Link to Lineage Worksheet PDF

To see the family trees of the 59 signers, click here.

If you have any questions, contact the heads of the descendants group:
Donna Summers
713-614-5094
dsummers0303@yahoo.com

Dianne Taylor Kebodeaux
281-797-2911
diannekip@sbcglobal.net

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 Historical Foundation. The Foundation 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 Foundation.

Fundraising

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.