In the context of TURN, “shipping” is an especially appropriate term to use for Abraham Woodhull and Anna Smith Strong, because their forceful on-screen romance is completely lacking any basis whatsoever in historical fact. [2] She died on August 12, 1812. It comprised several other agents, including Caleb Brewster, Austin Roe, Anna Strong, Hercules Mulligan, and Townsend’s paramour, known today only by her code name “355.” Mary and the first Joseph both died young. Though Woodhull was Tallmadge's chief agent, Robert Townsend was an important informant who posed as a Loyalist coffee-shop owner and merchant while working as a society journalist. If she was the one referred to, her main service on their tri… Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. check out some of the names they gave their children! (The Treaty of Paris that officially ended the war was signed in September 1783.). Saint Georges Manor Cemetery, also known as Smith-Strong Cemetery, Cemetery Lane, Setauket, NY Anna Strong was an important link in the Culper Spy Ring. Shop unique cards for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Congratulations, and more. Obviously there’s no historical evidence for any kind of romantic attraction between him and Anna – but in addition to that, in TURN he is a not-so-happily married man with a young son. Anna Strong/Abraham Woodhull (29) Edmund Hewlett/Anna Strong (12) Abraham Woodhull/Mary Woodhull (11) Caleb Brewster/Benjamin Tallmadge (9) Anna Strong/Selah Strong (7) Benjamin Tallmadge/Original Female Character(s) (7) John André/Peggy Shippen (6) John Graves Simcoe/Anna Strong (4) With two classes or more the walking tour will be split between Abraham Woodhull and Anna Smith Strong, portraited by Donna Smith, Three Village Historical Society Education Director. Major Edmund Hewlett was in fact named Richard Hewlett, and he was actually married during the entirety of the war, and he and his wife had eleven children; there is no evidence of a relationship between him and Anna Strong either. Change ). ( Log Out /  Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Anna's father was Colonel William Smith, son of Henry Smith and grandson of Colonel William Smith, a justice of the supreme court established in New York in 1691. Anna would take her laundry out to the tip of Strong's Neck and hang her black petticoat along with handkerchiefs scattered throughout her wash. (Nor did he ever have a son OR an older brother named Thomas, but we’ve already covered that, too.) Tallmadge's informants consisted of friends he made at school on Long Island, including Austin Roe, Caleb Brewster, Abraham Woodhull, and Anna Strong. Ask away!). However, she was in her early 40s during this time period and authors state that she had children but they were being cared for elsewhere by her husband, Selah Strong after his release from the prison ship. TURN Season 3: All Quiet on the History Front? Click on the title of a post to view the comments and join the conversation! "Now that "Breaking Bad" is over and "Mad Men" is ending after its Globe Icon An icon of … Woodhull lived in constant anxiety of being discovered. See more anna strong GIFs! They are both avid Loyalists, quite strange for Presbyterians. Anna married Selah Strong, another Setauket native, in November of 1760, when she was 20 and he was a month away from his 23 rd birthday. Posted on April 7, 2015 Updated on April 6, 2015. The TV show TURN took plenty of historical liberties; for instance, there is no evidence of a love affair between Abraham Woodhull and Anna Strong. He was oblivious to his grandmother's involvement in the Culper Spy Ring. [4]:124[9]:217[10]:38[11]:83 She would add a number of handkerchiefs for one of six coves where the courier would bring his boat and Woodhull would meet him. Her perceived main contribution in the ring was to relay signals to a courier who ran smuggling and military missions for General George Washington. Hewlett immediately makes plans to have Woodhull released, but says he must do something else first. ), Let’s start by addressing the simple premise above. We’ve already pointed out in previous posts (and the Historical Timeline) that Abraham Woodhull didn’t marry until 1784, after the conclusion of the war. [2]:173 Again, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger suggest that Anna Strong was an unlikely candidate to be the woman member of the Culper Ring. It is speculated by Kilmeade and Yaeger that a young woman connected to a prominent Loyalist family, who was staying in the city with her Tory relations, may also be referred to as "355". Woodhull became involved in the revolution around the same time, with Anna convincing him that he should side with the patriots against the British. He was clerk of Suffolk County, New York, and judge of the Common Pleas court for the county for several years before the American Revolution. This young woman may have even had encounters with Major John André and was able to retrieve information for the Culper Ring as well. (For the record, I’ve tried to find some kind of proper “ship” name for Abe and Anna, but just can’t make it work. This entry was posted in Character study, reader request, Uncategorized and tagged Abraham Woodhull, amc turn, anna strong, benjamin tallmadge, Caleb Brewster, culper spy ring, genealogy, mary woodhull, peggy shippen, reader request, selah strong, setauket, Thomas Woodhull, TURN, turn amc, TURN origins, TURN origins comic, TURN: Washington's Spies, washington's spies. Brewster told Woodhull that his encounter with him in Connecticut was the first part of the test to see if Woodhull was fit to join the patriots, and Tallmadge's int… In conclusion: The romantic drama between Abraham Woodhull and Anna Strong seen in TURN may be totally made up — but that’s not to say the real Culper saga is lacking in historical romance! For readers who many be unfamiliar with the latest in internet slang, I refer you to the definition above. A little basic biographical information should help set the record straight. This was a signal to chief spy Abraham Woodhull. They had no wives; they had no children; no one who depended on them for survival. Along with her childhood friends, Abraham Woodhull, Major Benjamin Tallmadge and Lieutenant Caleb Brewster, Anna helps to complete spy missions for the Continental Army and General George Washington . The two often went to New York together masquerading as husband and wife, and the trick was effective, despite Strong being ten … Anna Strong Anna Strong (14 April 1740 – 12 August 1812) was a patriot spy during the American Revolutionary War. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. [14]:37 Conversely, authors Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger suggest that she was an unlikely candidate to be the woman member of the Culper Ring. Throughout the American Revolutionary War, Anna helped gather intelligence with the other members of the Culper Ring. This rather cold and calculating fact still carries a lot of weight in the intelligence communities of today – both actual and fictional. Abraham Woodhull is still a bachelor at age 28 in Setauket. Abraham Woodhull wrote a message to Benjamin Tallmadge to say that he would be visiting New York again and, "by the assistance of a [lady] of my acquaintance, shall be able to outwit them all. 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