By James E. Seaver
Mary Jemison was once probably the most well-known white captives who, after being captured through Indians, selected to stick and dwell between her captors. in the course of the Seven Years War(1758), at approximately age fifteen, Jemison was once taken from her western Pennsylvania domestic through a Shawnee and French raiding get together. Her kin was once killed, yet Mary used to be traded to 2 Seneca sisters who followed her to switch a slain brother. She lived to outlive Indian husbands, the births of 8 young ones, the yankee Revolution, the struggle of 1812, and the canal period in upstate long island. In 1833 she died at approximately age 90.
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Much of this chronology is based on Rev. Charles Delamater Vail's research. Vail finds that Jemison's sequence of events is correct, but her dating of events is off by three years. Using an article in the Pennsylvania Gazette, he dates her capture from April 13, 1758. , 2lst ed. New York, 1918, pp. 3057, 310, 34654, 371, 384, 42225). I have kept with Jemison's dating of family deaths after 1800. Page 3 Editor's Introduction In November 1823, a slight woman of about eighty years, walked four miles from her home near Gardeau, by the Genesee River in central New York, to a small cabin.
The actual date appears to have fallen between October, 1742, and January, 1743; see pp. 30911, and Eleanor Robinette Dobson, "Mary Jemison," Dictionary of American Biography, 10, (New York, 1933), 10:3940. On Shawnee life see R. , Northeast, 62235. Page 14 Indian country and the western frontier; 175575 Page 15 sisters had lost their brother in battle the year before. As Mary sat with them, many women of the village came into the wigwam and mourned: "all the Squaws in the town came in to see me.
Fredrick Strecker, "Tabulation of Editions and Issues of The Life of Mary Jemison," My First Years as a Jemisonian (Rochester, 1931). Page 5 Title page, 18224 Edition. Courtesy of the Rare Books and Special Collections, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester. Page 6 it was a nonfictional version of The Last of the Mohicans, documenting pioneer fortitude and the "decline" of Indian life. During the first sixty years of the twentieth century, variations on the narrative became popular children's books.