Deborah Sampson

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Deborah Sampson

*Deborah Sampson was born in Plympton, Massachusetts, on December 17, 1760 as the oldest of three daughters and three sons of Jonathan and Deborah Sampson.*Deborah's grew up poor. Her father abandoned the family and went off to sea. Her mother was sick and could not support her children, so she sent them off to live with various neighbors and relatives. *Deborah Sampson became an indentured servant in the household of Jeremiah Thomas in Middleborough from eight to ten years old. She helped with the housework and worked in the field. She became very strong. In winter, she went to school and became a teacher. *On May 20, 1782, when she was twenty-one, Sampson enlisted in the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment of the Continental Army at Bellingham as a man named Robert Shurtleff.She became the first known American woman to impersonate a man in order to join the army and take part in combat.

Accomplishments

1760 - Born Oldest of seven children1770 - Indentured Servant1782- Enlists in American Revolution war as a man.1783 - Promoted, Then honorable discharge from war.1785 - Marriage and Children1792 - Compensation for Labor1804- Paul Revere speaks on her behalf1827 - Deborah's Death

*First known American Woman to impersonate a man in order to join the War. *She recieved the rank of corporal. *October 25, 1783 Honorable discharge from war by General Henry Knox. *January 1st 1803 She was awarded a pension for her services in the army.

Lasting Impact

First known American woman to impersonate a man in order to join the army and take part in combat.

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Enter your source list- http://www.distinguishedwomen.com/biographies/sampson.htmlhttp://www.softschools.com/timelines/deborah_sampson_timeline/244/

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