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The ensuing is directly quoted from Wikipedia, and makes reference to several places in MA as possible hometowns, it doesn't mention Medway in particular. I hope this has been helpful:
"A portrait of Sampson, circa 1780
Born December 17, 1760(1760-12-17)
Died April 27, 1827 (aged 66)
Spouse(s) Benjamin Gannet
Deborah Sampson Gannett (December 17, 1760 - April 27, 1827), better known as Deborah Sampson, was an American woman who impersonated a man in order to serve in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. As 'Robert Shurtlif', of Uxbridge, Massachusetts, she served seventeen months in the army, was wounded in battle and discharged honorably at West Point.
Deborah Sampson was born in Plympton, in Plymouth county,on December 17, 1760. Although her family name was originally spelled without the 'p', Mann's biography of her used a mistaken spelling and it is under this spelling that she is most commonly remembered. She was the oldest of seven children of Jonathan and Deborah Bradford Sampson, both of old Colonial stock; the elder Deborah was a descendant of William Bradford, once Governor of Plymouth Colony. Her siblings were Jonathan, Sylvia, Jeremiah, and others whose names are unknown.
The family lived in Middleborough, Massachusetts, during her youth. Her family was poor, and when they received word that Jonathan Bradford had drowned in a shipwreck in 1765, their mother grew ill and the children could no longer be cared for. They all went off to different destinations.
Deborah lived in several different households; first with a spinster, then with the widow of Reverend Peter Thatcher, and finally, in 1770, she ended up an indentured servant in the household of Deacon Jeremiah and Susannah Thomas.
When she turned eighteen and was released from her indentured servitude with the Thomas family, she took a position as a schoolteacher, rejecting the suggestion that she marry."