Penelope Barker (Pagett) (1728 - 1787) MP

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Death: Died
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About Penelope Barker (Pagett)

Penelope (Pagett) Barker June 17, 1728-December 10, 1787



  1. John Hodges, widowed husband of Penelope's sister, Elizabeth
  2. James Craven
  3. Thomas Barker 1713-1787

Children: Penelope raised her sister Elizabeth's 2 children. She had 2 of her own with John Hodges. She had 3 more children with Thomas Barker, but all 3 died before their first birthdays.

Tea was a symbol of prosperity for colonial Americans, but for colonists like Penelope Barker the British went to far with the Tea Act of 1773. Inspired by the Boston Tea Party, Barker organized a protest of her own in Edenton, North Carolina, sending a message of her own to England that American women were ready and willing to make a stand.

Barker demonstrated remarkable strength throughout her life, but the Edenton Tea Party was arguably her finest moment. She went door to door, calling on the women of the town and inciting them to support a boycott of English tea and clothing. Fifty women heeded the call. They met on October 25, 1774, drank tea brewed from mulberry leaves. It was the first recorded women's political rally in America. Wanting to show support for the Patriot war effort, the women signed a declaration pledging to stop drinking English tea, which Mrs Barker then sent to a London Newspaper. While the women were highly critized by British journalists, American Patriots praised their efforts, and many Colonial women began boycotting British goods.

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Penelope Barker's Timeline

June 17, 1728
Age 16
Age 23
Age 26
North Carolina
December 10, 1787
Age 59