Mary Lindley (1726 - 1799)

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Death: Died in New York City
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Mary Lindley Murray is known in American Revolutionary folklore as the Quaker woman who held up British General William Howe after the British victory against American forces at Kips Bay. According to legend, Murray treated Howe and his generals to cake and wine and delayed them several hours as the American rebels, General Putman and his troops, got away safely and undetected.

Though legend portrays her as tempting the British with her charms, David McCullough notes in his book 1776 that "she may have been extremely charming, but she was also a woman in her fifties and the mother of twelve children."

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Mary Lindley's Timeline

1726
1726
1744
1744
Age 18
Swatara, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, USA
1745
June 7, 1745
Age 19
Dauphine Co., PA
1750
1750
Age 24
Swatara, Pennsylvania, USA
1758
August 3, 1758
Age 32
New York City
1762
May 25, 1762
Age 36
New York City, New York, USA
1764
July 3, 1764
Age 38
New York City
1799
1799
Age 73
New York City