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Esther Reed (De Berdt)

Birthplace: London, Great Britain
Death: Died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Philadelphia, Arch ST. Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Denys (Dennis) De Berdt and Martha Symons De Berdt
Wife of <private> Reed and Joseph Reed
Mother of <private> Reed; Martha Reed; Joseph Reed; Esther Reed; Theodosia Reed and 2 others
Sister of Dennis De Berdt

Occupation: Daughter of Liberty. Raised $300, 000 for te Amerian Revolution, formed and led the Ladies Association of Philadelphia to provide aid for George Washington's troops during the war
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About Esther Reed

Esther de Berdt Reed (October 22, 1746 – September 18, 1780) was active in the American Revolutionary War as a civic leader for soldiers' relief, who formed and led the Ladies Association of Philadelphia to provide aid for George Washington's troops during the war.


Her family called her "Hette" or "Hettie" and she loved books very much. During the Revolution , she organized a women's group in Philadelphia which raised more than $300.000 for theAmerican cause.

Esther de Berdt Reed was born in London, met American Joseph Reed and they were married on May 31, 1770, eventually moving to Philadelphia.

As the Revolution progressed, Esther became disenchanted with her homeland and began to support the American cause. To show her patriotism, Esther established “The Ladies of Philadelphia”. The organization raised an enormous sum of $300,000 dollars for the troops by going door to door asking for donations.

Esther suggested to General Washington that the money be divided up and given to the soldiers. Although Washington was more than appreciative for the gift, he felt it would do more good if it was used for clothing. The women of The Ladies of Philadelphia bought linen, sewing shirts for the American troops.

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Esther Reed's Timeline

October 22, 1747
London, Great Britain
May 12, 1771
Age 23
July 11, 1772
Age 24
July 21, 1775
Age 27
October 2, 1776
Age 28
May 12, 1778
Age 30
May 26, 1780
Age 32
September 18, 1780
Age 32
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States