One day during the siege of Boston, a load of wood was expected to come through town.
Sarah hoped that private property would be respected, and she sent her husband to bring it home. On the way home, he met soldiers who seized the wood. When Sarah heard the story, she took the oxen by the horns and turned them round. The men threatened to shoot her, but she shouted defiantly, “Shoot away!”
Soon after Major John Brooks was given dispatches by General Washington, which needed to be delivered inside the enemy’s lines. Sarah volunteered. She walked to Charlestown, found a boat and rowed across the river. She delivered her dispatches and returned home by dawn the next morning.
General Washington visited her. The first glass from Sarah’s new punchbowl was sipped by his Excellency. Years later, General Lafayette was her guest and was seated in General Washington’s chair, served with punch from that same punchbowl, and entertained with the story of that memorable visit.
One night in November 1835, a month before her 95th birthday, Sarah lay down to sleep, and in the morning her daughters found her lying dead with a peaceful smile on her face. They laid her in the old Salem Street burying ground among her old friends and neighbors.