Deborah (Champion) Gilbert, Spy

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Deborah Gilbert (Champion)

Birthplace: Colchester Twp., New London, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Death: November 20, 1845 (92)
Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Col. Henry Champion and Deborah Champion
Wife of Samuel Gilbert
Mother of Elizabeth Isham and Samuel Augustus Gilbert
Sister of Henry Champion; Epaproditus Champion; Major Henry Champion (Continental Army); Rep, Gen. Epaphroditus Champion (Fed-CT); Dorothy Deming and 3 others

Occupation: Spy, wife and mother
Managed by: Private User
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About Deborah (Champion) Gilbert, Spy


Biography: Deborah Champion was born 3 May 1753 in Gilead, Tolland County, Connecticut. She was the daughter of Colonel Henry Champion (1723-1797) and the sister of General Epaphroditus Champion (1756-1834) and General Henry Champion (1751-1836). Deborah Champion married the Honorable Samuel Gilbert in Gilead, Connecticut, on 3 September 1775. She was his second wife; his first wife was Lydia Post (1734-1775), whom he married in 1760. Deborah Champion's father was appointed as one of the three commissaries in charge of supplying the patriot forces under Washington during the American Revolution. According to legend, Deborah Champion was 22 when her father asked her to ride from the Westchester section of Colchester through British lines to Boston to deliver papers and paper money (Continental currency) to Washington. He and his soldiers were camped outside Boson, where the British had retreated after the battles of Lexington and Concord in April. The story goes that Deborah Champion pulled her hood over her face and the British soldier who stopped her mistook her for a old woman and let her proceed to Boston. She made her delivery and returned home safely. Deborah Champion Gilbert died in Gilead, Connecticut, on 20 November 1845.

Deborah is famous for being a brave lady spy during the American Revolution. She relates her experience in a letter to her friend Patience. The letter can be found here:

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Deborah (Champion) Gilbert, Spy's Timeline

May 3, 1753
New London, New London County, Connecticut, United States
July 31, 1779
Hebron, Tolland, CT, United States
November 20, 1845
Age 92
Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut, United States