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American Deborah SAMPSON


American woman who disguised as a man in order to serve in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on December 17, 1760 in Plympton, Massachusetts, USA
Died: on April 29, 1827 in Sharon, Massachusetts, USA


Deborah Sampson was born in the town of Plympton, Massachusetts. She was the fifth of seven children born to Jonathan and Deborah Bradford Sampson, both of old Colonial stock. Her mother was a descendant of William Bradford, once Governor of Plymouth Colony. Her siblings were Jonathan, Elisha, Hannah, Ephraim, Nehemiah, and Sylvia. The family lived in Middleborough, Massachusetts, during her youth. Her family was poor, and when Jonathan Sampson abandoned them, Deborah became an indentured servant. Jonathan Sampson told the family that he was going to England. However, some sources say that he instead sailed to Maine and died in a shipwreck. This was later disproved, as he was enumerated in U.S. Census records as having started a new life in Lincoln County, Maine, with his common-law wife, a woman named Martha (nicknamed "Patty"), with whom he had at least 3 additional children. Jonathan Sampson enlisted in the Revolutionary War on 18 July 1775 from the town of Bowdoinham, then in Lincoln County, Maine. He died a pauper, having lost his land when it was granted to someone else. The town of Fayette paid poor relief to Jonathan and his wife, notifying the town of Duxbury to claim them.

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