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Mary Murray (Lindley)

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Death: Died in New York City
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Lindley and Hannah Durburrow
Wife of Robert Murray
Mother of Lindley Murray; Mary Willett; John Murray; Beulah Hoffman and Susan Murray

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About Mary Murray

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 Murray's Timeline

1726
1726
1744
1744
Age 18
Swatara, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, USA
1745
June 7, 1745
Age 19
Lancaster County, Province of Pennsylvania
1750
1750
Age 24
Swatara Township, Lancaster County, Province of Pennsylvania
1758
August 3, 1758
Age 32
New York City, New York County, Province of New York
1762
May 25, 1762
Age 36
New York City, New York County, Province of New York
1764
July 3, 1764
Age 38
New York City, New York County, Province of New York
1799
1799
Age 73
New York City