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Esther De Berdt Reed 1746 - 1780

Though she was English by birth, Esther was exceptionally devoted to the revolutionary cause. During the Revolutionary War, she helped organize a women's group in Philadelphia which raised more than $7000 in support of the war. At the suggestion of General Washington, the group then used the funds to purchase linen and sew clothing for American troops. For her efforts in support of the American cause, she was recognized as a Daughter of Liberty. During an evacuation of Philadelphia she fled with her six children to Flemington, New Jersey.