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Descendants of disguised female militia member visit Historic New England

July 19, 2011

Sampson descendants

Four generations of descendants of Deborah Sampson, who gained notoriety by dressing as a man and joining the Massachusetts militia in 1782, recently visited their ancestor’s wedding dress at Historic New England’s Collections and Conservation Center.  A disguised Sampson served honorably for eighteen months, once avoiding discovery by extracting a musket ball from her own thigh.

She was finally discovered when she was treated for fever and honorably discharged at West Point. The dress she is presumed to have worn at her wedding came to Historic New England from another branch of descendants in 1998.

Deborah Sampson

Posted by Hal Shurtleff on July 20, 2011

  Deborah used the name of one of my ancestors-Robert Shurtleff. 35 Shurtleffs from Massachusetts served in the Continental Army

Ancestor

Posted by Jaimie Randall on August 23, 2011
Thank you to Historic New England for inviting us to see her! My Great Aunt Dot had a wonderful day. She had always wanted to see the dress and we are truly blessed to have spent the day with her. The dress is site to see and we were overly impressed with the condition it has been kept in.


Sincerely,

Jaimie Randall

National Women's History Museum

Posted by Jaimie Randall on January 13, 2012
Hi Nancy,

The following is an article in vogue magazine where Meryl Streep mentions Deborah Sampson.

http://www.vogue.com/[…]/

Enjoy,

Jaimie

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Descendants of disguised female militia member visit Historic New England