Rachel Schmidt Wall

Carlisle Springs, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 8 Oct 1789 (aged 29)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Roslindale, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 74764082 View Source
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Rachel Schmidt Wall was born on October 1st, 1760 in Cumberland County, Carlisle Springs, Pennsylvania. She died on October 8th, 1789 off the coast of Boston, Massachusetts. She lived on a farm as a child. She was married to a George Wall, even though her mother had some concerns about him. George and Rachel then moved to Boston. She took up a job as a servant, but George eventually convinced her to become a pirate. When Rachel Wall became a captain her ship was "The Salty Cat". Captain Rachel Wall and her crew worked the New England coast. Their favorite place was off the coast of New Hampshire out at the Isles Of Shoals. She was a good pirate from 1781-1789. She always maintained that even though she was a pirate, she never killed anyone. She was sentenced to be hanged on October 8th, 1789. Rachel Wall's last words were: "Into the hands of the almighty God I committ my soul, relying on his mercy, and die an unworthy member of the Presbyterian Church, in the 29th year of my age". Her death marked the last occasion a woman was hanged in the state of Massachusetts.