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Mary Dillard (Ramage)

Birthdate: (41)
Birthplace: Laurens, South Carolina
Death: 1796 (41)
Laurens, South Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Laurens, South Carolina
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Ramage and Jean Ramage
Wife of Capt. James Dillard
Mother of John S Dillard; George Washington Dillard; Priscilla Rampage Dillard; Jane (Jennie) Burke; Elizabeth (Betsy) Dillard and 7 others
Sister of Ramage; Joseph Ramage; Elizabeth Ramage; Josiah Ramage, Sr; John Ramage and 9 others
Half sister of Joseph Ramage

Occupation: Soldier, spy
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About Mary Dillard

  • A Patriot of the American Revolution for SOUTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor # A036097  

Mary Ramage Dillard 1755 –1836, was young and reputedly quite attractive - and she drew a private's pay in the American Revolutionary War.

History records that Mary Ramage Dillard was a beautiful woman, remarkably little and very active. After the Revolution, James and Mary continued to live in Laurens County where they reared their family, They had seven children: John Dillard, George Washington Dillard, Priscilla Ramage Dillard, Mary (Polly) Dillard, Jane (Jennie) Dillard, Elizabeth (Betsy) Dillard and Samuel H. Dillard.

Mary is considered a Revolutionary Heroine because of her midnight ride to warn the American Patriots of an impending attack. It seems that her husband, Capt James Dillard, was away from home at the time serving in the American Army. A group of British and Tory soldiers came to Mary's home and ordered Mary to prepare them a meal. While serving the meal, Mary overheard them discussing that they would attack the American Army. After they left, Mary mounted a horse, not even taking time to saddle it, and carried the information to the American Patriots. She had a baby son to deal with and having no time to find somewhere to leave him, Mary lifted the bed post and sat it down on the end of his dressing gown, keeping the baby from safe while he slept. Her effort is said to have prevented a Tory victory at Blackstocks which was Tarleton's first defeat in South Carolina. Tarleton later recalled seeing a woman on horseback among the trees bordering his march and he believed that she reported him to Sumter.

Between the dangers of living on the Indian Frontier and he vulnerability she accompanied her husband on every, campaign, bivouac, drill, and battle. In addition to being the information Conduit for Kerr (SUPER SPY) and his guardian, during the Battle of Blackstock’s Plantation, at the height of the fighting, she noticed that some fifty-plus British horses were unattended and off to the side tethered to a long rope tied between two trees. Un noticed, she walked to the horses, cut each end of the rope and boldly led them from the field and across the river to the Virginans on the American Side of the River. The British officers and Cavalry had to walk away (rather than ride) and they had to abandon their three canons plus supply wagons (Tents, blankets, Lanterns, Shovels, Axes, Pots & Pans, and their munitions wagons without the means to propel them.

  • Military service: Heroine of the American Revolution

Updated from MyHeritage Match via daughter Mary Polly Dillard by SmartCopy: Sep 12 2014, 4:09:14 UTC

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Mary Dillard's Timeline

Laurens, South Carolina
Age 20
Laurens, South Carolina, United States
Age 21
Laurens, South Carolina, United States
February 7, 1783
Age 28
South Carolina, United States
September 17, 1786
Age 31
Laurens, South Carolina, United States
Age 32
Union, South Carolina, United States
October 7, 1794
Age 39
Laurens, South Carolina, United States
Age 40
Laurens, South Carolina, United States
Age 41
Laurens, Laurens County, South Carolina, United States