Darragh, Lydia

Darragh, Lydia (b. Barrington)

(1729–89) nurse, midwife; born in Ireland. She married William Darragh (1753) and they emigrated to Philadelphia where she became known as a skillful nurse and midwife. During the American Revolution, she became a "Fighting Quaker," who rejected her sect's extreme pacifism. In 1777, she left Philadelphia and warned the American army leaders of a coming surprise attack by the British. She was suspended from the Quakers' Meeting in Philadelphia in 1783 but was reconciled to them by the time of her death.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.