Unique In More Ways Than One
In one way or the other we all have various family traditions. One in my family is a long established and fairly distinguished military tradition, which included my grandmother, who served in the Woman's Army Corps during World War II. I always found this fascinating mostly because she had various options with which to aid in the war effort, yet she chose active duty. I recently discovered another pioneering female relative who had a unique distinction, my 3rd cousin 8 times removed was a Private during the American Revolution, and her name was Deborah Sampson Gannett.
- Genealogy Websites: Deborah's life and service is fairly well documented on the web and on various genealogy sites. Here are three to check out:
- Newpaper Websites: Her exploits were detailed in a relatively recent article from the Tribune Star entitled Garnett Only Woman To Earn Full Pension From American Revolutionary War Service as well as numerous others. Here are a few interesting titles:
- Some American Women Warriors
- Publisher Lauds Shipworkers At Deborah Gannett Launching
- Archives Pay Tribute To Deborah Gannett
- Final Resting Places And Legacy: What ultimately became of Deborah's earthly remains and what is her legacy.
Family gatherings and the resources I've already mentioned are just the beginning. For more clues on helping to track down those elusive members of your family tree, try finding nonfiction history titles related to the time and events they experienced.
- Masquerade : The Life And Times Of Deborah Sampson, Continental Soldier by Alfred F. Young
- Revolutionary by Alex Myers
- Voices Of The American Revolution : Stories From The Battlefields by Lois Miner Huey
Available through Link+:
- The Female Review: Life of Deborah Sampson by Herman Mann
- Heroines Of The American Revolution by Jill Canon and Alan Archambault
- America's First Woman Warrior : The Courage Of Deborah Sampson by Lucy Freeman and Alma Halbert Bond
- Weathering The Storm : Women Of The American Revolution by Elizabeth Evans
San José Public Library has other resources so you too can do your own investigations, share the results with family and friends, and discover what historical figures can be found in your tree.