Sarah Emma Edmonds
Sarah Emma Edmonds (1841-c.1898) left her New Brunswick, Canada, home in 1858. Escaping what she feared would be a life of "enslavement" as a woman, she took on the identity of a man, Frank Thompson, and found employment selling books. When Thompson came to Flint is unknown; however, on May 25, 1861, he enlisted in the Union Army. In 1863, Thompson became ill and left the army. His true identity remained a secret until Edmonds applied for a combat duty pension from the U.S. Army twenty years later. Sarah Emma Edmonds Seelye died in Texas in 1898.