|The Life of Mary Jemison
by James E. Seaver
Originally published 1824 - (PDF
1.84Mb, 112pp, illustrated)
|| A NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF MRS. MARY JEMISON,|
Who was taken by the Indians, in the year 1755, when only about twelve
years of age, and has continued to reside amongst them to the present time.
An Account of the Murder of her Father and his Family; her sufferings;
her marriage to two Indians; her troubles with her Children; barbarities
of the Indians in the French and Revolutionary Wars; the life of her last
Husband, &c.; and many Historical Facts never before published.
Carefully taken from her own words, Nov. 29th, 1823.
TO WHICH IS ADDED,
An APPENDIX, containing an account of the tragedy at the Devil's Hole,
in 1763, and of Sullivan's Expedition; the Traditions, Manners, Customs,
&c. of the Indians, as believed and practised at the present day, and
since Mrs. Jemison's captivity; together with some Anecdotes, and other
Mary Jemison has become something of a
regional icon. She had Indian husbands, and raised several children by
them. Unlike most of the other white captives, she was perfectly happy
living with the Senecas. The story of her life was incomprehensible to
many Americans in the 1820s - it is now an important record of a lifestyle
long lost and forgotten.