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Women of the American Revolution
Column published: 08 June 2006
By: Shirley Gage Hodges   Biography & Archived Articles

We have just returned from the Ontario Genealogical Society Seminar 2006. We always feel rejuvenated and recharged after a seminar like this. While there, I had an opportunity to speak with several people who were members of the United Empire Loyalists. I am always amazed at how we sometimes seem to have tunnel vision. One of the topics that I cover is Women of the American Revolution. Being an American, I have focused on the stories of the women from the U.S. After speaking with these individuals I realized that I needed to come back home and also tell the stories of the women who had experienced things because they had chosen to be Loyalists.

Everyone has heard the stories of the men who participated in the Revolution. We need to make sure that the stories of the women are told. Your female ancestor might not have served the cause with a weapon of destruction but they may have supported the cause hundreds of miles away from the battlefields in ways that were just as vital. Women have served their counties in some capacity during every war.

Regardless of which side our ancestors chose during that conflict, it is so important that we tell the stories all of the individuals who lived during that period. In fairness to both groups we need to make sure that their memories are preserved. We have to also realize that if we do not chose to do this, their stories might not be told. As you are writing your family histories make sure that their stories are preserved so that future generations will understand why they made the decisions that they did.

Until next time :)

Shirley Hodges, biography & genealogy lectures; email:

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