Rachel Martin (Clay) (1763 - 1849)

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Birthplace: Cumberland, Virginia, USA
Death: Died in Tennessee, USA
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About Rachel Martin (Clay)

"Disguised as men, Grace and Rachel Martin, ambushed British officers carrying important documents one night. Returning home, they found the officers enjoying a meal their mother had prepared.

The women's bravery began when the Martin sisters were tired of how the British treated women and children. They sought this opportunity to help out. Knowing that a courier was bringing British documents to South Carolina, they set out to stop the courier and get the documents for the Patriots. Borrowing their husbands' clothes and pistols, they waited in the dark along the road the courier would be travelling. Upon hearing horses, they stopped the British officers, obtaining what they needed without firing a shot. They were in for a real surprise when they arrived home later that night. Luckily for them, men in the dark look different from women in the light."

from: http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/score_lessons/women_american_revolution/martin.html

Source: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Women_of_the_American_Revolution/Elizabeth,_Grace_and_Rachel_Martin,_Mrs._Spalding

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Rachel Martin's Timeline

1763
June 19, 1763
Cumberland, Virginia, USA
1780
March 21, 1780
Age 16
1790
1790
Age 26
1849
1849
Age 85
Tennessee, USA
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Martin Cem., Fairfield, Bedford Co., TN