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Pioneering American Women

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  • Elizabeth Berry (1757 - 1824)
    Elizabeth Gilmore, along with her sister Ann, were nurses at the winter camp of General George Washington at Valley Forge, west of Philadelphia (December 19 1777 to June 19 1778). She is also recorded ...
  • Elizabeth Clark McLaughlin (1759 - 1823)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA. DAR Ancestor #: A130537 16. ELIZABETH "BETTY"6 ZANE (WILLIAM ANDREW5, NATHANIEL4, ROBERT3, ROBERT SR.2, SIMON1) was born 19 July 1759 in Moorefiel...
  • Martha Bratton (1749 - 1816)
    DAR# A013870 Poisened 16 men at the "Battle of Huck's Defeat" Martha and her husband were entrusted with a precious commodity back then - gun powder. With her husband away, Martha was left in charg...
  • Rachel Despain (c.1778 - 1867)
    FamilySearch Genealogy - SmartCopy : Dec 21 2016, 22:15:53 UTC From TCU Magazine Spring 2001 Fifty-six-year-old widow Rachel Lynn DeSpain climbed from the buckboard at Pecan Point and set her first...
  • Lydia Clementine West Freeman (1840 - 1912)
    Lydia Clementine West Birth: Lydia Clementine West was born April 21, 1840 in Wadsbaron, Calloway County, Kentucky. Marriage: Lydia married Columbus Reed Freeman, July 27, 1862, in Parowan, Utah. H...

As the first Europeans landed and began their westward push, women were placed on the edge of hardship and danger. They took care of their families, and defended them.

Limited in their legal rights and accepted customs of society at the time, women mostly honored their husbands demands and spent their time cooking meals, tending to children, watering the horses and taking care of the household chores.

But, that was not always the case. There are hundreds of women who stand out in American History due to their strong characters, contributions to society, or plain old interesting personalities.

These include women like the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown, Calamity Jane, songstress Lilly Langtry, cattle rustlers, gamblers, and Hannah Dustin, who killed her Indian captors and returned home.