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 Penelope <I>Padgett</I> Barker

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Penelope Padgett Barker Famous memorial

Birth
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, USA
Death
1796 (aged 67–68)
Burial
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID
33444070 View Source

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.

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.

Bio by: Michelle Woodham


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Michelle Woodham
  • Added: 1 Feb 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 33444070
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/33444070/penelope-barker: accessed ), memorial page for Penelope Padgett Barker (17 Jun 1728–1796), Find a Grave Memorial ID 33444070, citing Johnston Family Cemetery, Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.