of her life. 5, her siblings were Jonathan (born 1753 Elisha (born 1755 Hannah (born 1756 Ephraim (born 1759 Nehemiah (born 1764 and Sylvia (born 1766). Whilst she should have equal opportunities for surveying and contemplating the world. "Massachusetts soldiers and sailors of the revolutionary war. 5 Although treated well, she was not sent to school like the Thomas children because Thomas was not a believer in the education of women. 5 Historians believe she learned to read while living with the widow Thatcher, who might have wanted Deborah to read Bible verses to her. And it was either art or accident, that he told her, pretty justly, her feelings that she had propensities for uncommon enterprises, and pressed to know why she had held them in suspension for so long.
5 Sampson fought in several skirmishes. Jeremiah Thomas was a patriot who heavily influenced Sampsons political opinions and education, according to the book The History of the Town of Middleboro, Massachusetts:. 5 When Deborah's father abandoned the family, her mother was unable to provide for her children, so she placed them in the households of friends and relatives, a common practice in 18th-century New England. Milwaukee, WI: World Almanac Library. 13 In May 1782, Sampson enlisted again in Uxbridge, Massachusetts under the name "Robert Shirtliff" (also spelled in some sources as "Shirtliffe" or "Shurtleff and joined the Light Infantry Company of the 4th Massachusetts Regiment, 14 under the command of Captain George Webb (17401825). With this amount, she was able to repay all her loans and make improvements to the family farm. A compilation from the archives".
Statue of Deborah Sampson at the Sharon Library, Sharon, Mass With the success of her biography and speaking tour, Sampson renewed her campaign for a pension and gained the support of Paul Revere, who visited her farm in 1804 and wrote the following letter. Having predicated that the success of her adventures, if undertaken, would more than compensate a few difficulties, she left him with a mind more discomposed than when she found him. After she was released from indentured servitude at the age of 18, she worked as a local school teacher during summer sessions in 17 in Middleboro. Some things in Manns narrative do not check out, although many things in it appear to be true. A Queer History of the United States. In 1982, the Massachusetts legislature declared Sampson the official state heroine and declared May 23 Deborah Sampson Day.