Person:Deborah Sampson (5)

m. 27 OCT 1751
  1. Jonathan Sampson1753 -
  2. Elisha SampsonAbt 1755 -
  3. Hannah SampsonAbt 1757 - Abt 1820
  4. Ephraim SampsonAbt 1759 -
  5. Deborah Sampson1760 - 1827
  6. Dr. Nehemiah Bradford Sampson1764 - 1818
  7. Sylvia Sampson1766 - 1836
m. 7 April 1785
  1. Earl Bradford Gannett1785 - 1845
  2. Mary Gannett1785 - 1854
  3. Patience Gannett1790 - 1865
Facts and Events
Name[1][6] Deborah Sampson
Alt Name[1][7] Deborah Samson
Gender Female
Birth[1] 17 Dec 1760 Plympton, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Marriage 7 April 1785 Stoughton, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United Statesto Benjamin Gannett
Death[1][3] 29 Apr 1827 Sharon, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
Cause of Death[1] Yellow (mountain) fever
Reference Number? Q3020894?
Burial[1][4][5] Sharon, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United StatesRock Ridge Cemetery

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Deborah Sampson Gannett ( December 17, 1760 – April 29, 1827[1][2]), better known as Deborah Sampson, was a woman who disguised herself as a man in order to serve in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. She is part of a small number of women with a documented record of military combat experience in that war. She served 17 months in the army, as "Robert Shurtliff " of Uxbridge, Massachusetts, was wounded in 1782 and honorably discharged at West Point, New York in 1783.

Deborah Sampson was born in Plympton, Massachusetts, a small village in the county of Plymouth, Massachusetts, on December 17 , 1760. She was the oldest of seven children born to Jonathan Sampson, Jr. 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. When Deborah’s father failed to return from a sea voyage, her mother, unable to provide for her children, placed them in various households. She was first placed in the home of her aunt, who died shortly thereafter. Afterwards, she was placed in the home of the widow of Reverend Peter Thatcher until 1770, when she was removed to the home of Deacon Jeremiah Thomas, at the age of ten. Deacon Thomas had a farm in Middleborough, MA and a large family, with ten sons. At age 18, when her time as an indentured servant was over, the self-educated Deborah made a living by teaching school during the summer sessions in 1779 and 1780 and by weaving in the winter.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Deborah Sampson, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2.   "DEBORAH SAMPSON.; How She Served as a Soldier in the Revolution -- Her Sex Unknown to the Army, in The New York Times. (New York, New York), [1], 8 Oct 1898.
  3. Baldwin, Thomas W. Vital Records of Sharon, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850. (Boston, Massachusetts: [s.n.], 1909), p. 166.

    GANNETT...Deborah, w. of Benjamin, Apr 29, 1827, in her 68th year.

  4. Photo of gravestone for Deborah Gannett, in Find A Grave, [2].
  5. FindAGrave: Rock Ridge Cemetery, Sharon, Mass., in Find A Grave, Deborah Sampson Gannett.

    Wife of
    Benjamin Gannett
    Apr. 29, 1827

  6. Married name was Deborah Samson Gannett, but she is better known as Deborah Sampson.
  7. Revision of "Samson" to "Sampson" was purportedly due to a biographer's typographical error.
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