The Women In My Family Who Have Made A…

In honor of Women’s History Month, I want to write about the incredible women in my family tree and in my life who have made something of themselves going all the way back to colonial times. Let’s start with Sarah Bradlee, my fifth great aunt who made a name for herself during the Revolutionary War. On the night of the Boston Tea Party in 1773, Sarah Bradlee Fulton’s husband, John Fulton, and four of her brothers -- David Bradlee, Thomas Bradlee, Nathaniel Bradlee, and Pvt. Josiah Bradlee -- all met at Nathaniel’s house. Sarah painted her husband and her brothers to look like Native American Mohawk Indians in order to hide their faces. In the middle of the night, the men boarded the British ships docked in the Boston Harbor, and dumped their tea over into the harbor to protest British taxation. After this event, Sarah was dubbed “The Mother of the Boston Tea Party” by a Boston newspaper.

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