Depredation

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2 comments on this post.
  1. Blyden:

    This same phrasing appears in this listing of patriots http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pabcdar/patriots.htm
    and in DAR records here http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alsrcdar/ourpatriots.htm
    and here http://www.marylanddar.org/AnnArundel/patriots.htm
    I wonder if it means that the British looted their belongings and/or brutalized them?

  2. Kelly Brown:

    Dear Word Detective:

    In talking with a DAR representative, she advised that “suffering depredation” meant the British forces took my 6 times great grandfather’s property away from him.

    Signed,

    A real word detective

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