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Pioneering American Women

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  • Ann Durant (1635 - 1694)
    Ann Marwood Durant (Durand, Duren), the first woman named as an attorney in extant records of North Carolina, came to the colony with her husband, George Durant, about 1661. Ann Marwood married Duran...
  • Sarah Randolph Dodson (1812 - 1848)
    Sarah Dodson, designer of an early lone-star Texas flag, was born on January 8, 1812, the daughter of Edward (or Edwin) R. and Elizabeth Bradley. In 1822 or 1823 her family moved from Kentucky to Texas...
  • Ann Raney Coleman (1810 - 1897)
    Ann Raney Coleman, Texas pioneer, was born on November 10, 1810, in Whitehaven, England, daughter of John Raney, a prosperous landowner and banker who went bankrupt and attempted to make a fresh start ...
  • Sophia Suttenfield, "Confederate Paul Revere" (1815 - 1897)
    PORTER, SOPHIA SUTTENFIELD (1815-1897). Sophia Porter, North Texas pioneer, was born on December 3, 1815, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the second child of William and Laura (Taylor) Suttenfield (or Sutton...
  • Sarah Cockrell (1819 - 1892)
    Sarah Cockrell, businesswoman and entrepreneur of Dallas, daughter of Enoch and Martha Horton, was born in Virginia on January 13, 1819, and in 1844 moved to Texas with her parents and six brothers and...

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.