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 Penelope <I>Padgett</I> Barker

Penelope Padgett Barker

Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, USA
Death 1796 (aged 67–68)
Burial Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 33444070 · View Source
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American Patriot. Early (and possibly the first) American Woman Political Activist. Penelope Pagett Barker, wife of Thomas Barker, was a prominent leader in the Edenton Tea Party. Following the famous Boston Tea Party, she gathered a group of fifty women. Wanting to show support for the Patriot war effort, the women signed a declaration pledging to stop drinking English tea, which Mrs Barker then sent to a London Newspaper. While the women were highly criticized by British journalists, American Patriots praised their efforts, and many Colonial women began boycotting British goods.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Penelope Padgett Barker (17 Jun 1728–1796), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33444070, citing Johnston Family Cemetery, Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .