S: Lydia Darragh by Ashley Renzelman
FC: Darragh | By | Ashley | Lydia
1: Lydia Darragh Lydia Darragh was a Quaker. She was married to a family friend William Darragh. They had 9 children, unfortunately 4 died in infancy. She was supposed to stay neutral during the war but she was secretly in the colonist's side.
2: Youth Lydia Darragh was born in Dublin, Ireland. She lived in Dublin all of her youth and she stayed there until a few years after her marriage. Then she moved to Philadelphia.
3: Reasons for independence Lydia Darragh was a Quaker and so she was pretending to stay neutral during the war. She was actually was in the colonist's favor.
4: Participation in the Rebellion Lydia Darragh was an "American" spy/Quaker spy! The soldiers demanded to use the Darragh's home for meetings. | So the Darragh's had to send their younger children to relatives. One night Darragh hid in a closet. The soldiers were having a meeting so, she was listening to the soldiers plan. Soon she asked for a pass to go buy flour and go visit her younger children. General Howe gave her one, this allowed her to pass patrol stops without any trouble. She bought flour but, on her way she told an "American" officer about the sneak attack.
5: Other Lydia Darragh believed in the Quaker faith and she were secretly in favor of the colonists. She was both cautious and a risk-taker. Cautious: got a pass and got flour/visited her younger children to give the message to the "American" officer Risk-taker: had her son smuggle notes to an "American" officer.
6: Death In 1786, Lydia moved into into a new house and ran a store until her death. (Three years earlier, her husband died.) She died in 1789. She was 61 at the time of her death. Lydia Darragh probably died of an old age.