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Rachel Martin (Clay)

Birthplace: Cumberland County, Province of Virginia
Death: Died in Tennessee, United States
Place of Burial: Fairfield, Bedford County, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Dr. Henry Clay, III and Rachel Clay
Wife of Col. Barclay Martin
Mother of John Martin
Sister of Elizabeth Bruce; John Clay; Rebekah Finch; Sarah Martin; Tabitha Bedford and 5 others

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About Rachel Martin

"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."



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Rachel Martin's Timeline

June 19, 1763
Cumberland County, Province of Virginia
March 21, 1780
Age 16
Age 26
Age 85
Tennessee, United States
Fairfield, Bedford County, Tennessee, United States