Catharine Littlefield was born in Washington County, Rhode Island. In 1772, she met her future husband which was a dozen years her senior. They were married in 1774, a year later her husband was called to war. She did not want to be a domesticated housewife, so she joined him at his headquarters whenever possible.
After the war, her husband returned home to share in the responsibility of raising their children. However, during the war he had make a promise to the soldiers he commanded. He purchased clothing and promised to personally guarantee several thousands of dollars to the merchants who provide the clothing.
They had to sell the plantation to cover the debt. Her husband died of heatstroke in 1786, leaving her and their children penniless. She married Phineas Miller in 1796, with President George Washington and Martha serving as witnesses.
Catharine died in 1814, she was 59. What you may be asking yourself who was her first husband, well it was none other than Nathanael Greene. Now you know the rest of the story.
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