The following was documented by Sally Dake Gardner on February 1896. "My father's father name was Charles Dake and he was the great-great grandfather of the afore-said applicant. (Carrie O. Dake - D.A.R. Applicant). This Charles Deake, my grandfather, was a Minuteman and fought for American independence under General Stark at The Battle of Bennington, Vermont, on August 16, 1777. He died November 11, 1803, aged sixty four years, six months and twenty days, before I was born.
After the battle my grandmother went to search for my grandfather and found him in a church in Bennington which was then in use as a hospital. (The church was the old Congregational Church which was a wood building that was replaced in 1804-1806. There is a cemetery next the church which contains the remains of 13 patriots and Hessions who died in the Church/Meeting House as a result of wounds received during the battle). (Another record indicates the church she referred to was the Waite's Meeting House in White Creek and he was wounded with 600 other Hessian prisioners in the small church.) He was not severely wounded but there were three bullet holes through his clothing. She went to bring him some water and as she was carrying it into the church a number of Hessians there begged for the water which she provided to them. Some history books of the area quote her as being the first Red Cross volunteer because of her tending to the wounded.
Anna Gould (daughter of Daniel Gould) was born May 14, 1741 in Westerly, Kings County, Rhode Island, and died Dec 02, 1828 in Saratoga County, New York726. She married Charles Dake Deake on 1760 in Hopkinton, Kings County, Rhode Island, son of George Dake Deake.
Notes for Anna Gould:
During the American Revolution, at the battle of Bennington, on October 17, 1777 she found her husband, Charles Dake, severely wounded. She immediately pitched in as a nurse and not only helped nurse, her husband, Charles, but also the other wounded soldiers, some of whom were enemy soldiers. It is believed that she was the first woman rendering such service on the field of battle. For her patriotic service, she is named on all certificates of membership issued by the Daughters of the American Revolution to her descendants, as a "PATRIOT".
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