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By James E. Seaver

Mary Jemison used to be some of the most well-known white captives who, after being captured via Indians, selected to stick and stay between her captors. in the course of the Seven Years War(1758), at approximately age fifteen, Jemison used to be taken from her western Pennsylvania domestic via a Shawnee and French raiding occasion. Her kinfolk was once killed, yet Mary was once traded to 2 Seneca sisters who followed her to exchange a slain brother. She lived to outlive Indian husbands, the births of 8 young children, the yankee Revolution, the struggle of 1812, and the canal period in upstate manhattan. In 1833 she died at approximately age 90.

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5 Behind the stories that captured American imaginations were the cases of hundreds of Europeans and Americans actually taken prisoner by a variety of tribal groups in North America. In New England alone, an estimated 1,641 white captives were taken between 1675 and 1763. Before 1800, Captain John Smith, Father Isaac Jogues, Mary Rowlandson, Elizabeth Hanson, Hannah Dustin, Eunice Williams, James Smith, Mary Jemison, Frances Slocum, Daniel Boone and his daughter Jemima, all became well-known captives.

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. ' " But soon Mary became the focus of their attention and their joy. They renamed her and substituted her for the lost brother. "15 With peace negotiations ending the Seven Years' War in 1763, Mary, like other prisoners of war, was to be returned to the British.

82 below. Page 17 As the years went by, Jemison tells us, her "anxiety to get away, to be set at liberty, and leave them, had almost subsided. "20 After the Revolutionary War she was again offered a chance to return to the white world. Her eldest son, Thomas, "was anxious" for her to leave, but she had married Hiokatoo in 1765 and had six more children. "21 Here and throughout the narrative, Jemison appeals to her audience in a call to recognize her dilemmas as a woman and as a white woman between two cultures.

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