Mary Clap Wooster was the wife of Major General David Wooster, and a daughter of Thomas Clap, President of Yale College from 1740 to 1766. She was a woman of rare qualities, and entered with great ardor into the cause of independence, sustaining her husband with her brave and patriotic spirit throughout his military career.

General Wooster, a native of Connecticut, was born 1711, received a degree from Yale College in 1738, and then commanded the war sloop that conveyed the Connecticut troops to expedition against Louisburg in 1745. During the French War in 1756, he was given command of one of the regiments raised by Connecticut for that service. In 1755 he was appointed the first Major General of the militia in his native state, and held the position until he fell, mortally wounded by the British in their attack on Danbury, 1777.

After the burning of Danbury by the British in April 1777, General Wooster led a force of 200 men in pursuit of Tyron's troops who were retreating to their ships. The General was critically wounded near the village of Ridgefield and was brought back to the Nehemiah Dibble House, at the corner of Triangle and Stone Streets in Danbury, where he was nursed by his devoted wife before he died on May 2nd. The chapter has marked the site of the house with a bronze marker.

Mary Wooster's challenges were not over as she became a target of the British when they raided New Haven in 1779. Nevertheless, she refused to leave her family home and gallantly faced the enemy troops. She was clearly a great woman of the American Revolution.

 

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