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Mary Jemison, Her Time in History

The Taking of Mary Jemison
by Robert Griffing
Permission from Prarmount Press Inc.

Mary Jemison's Children
by Tom Breslin, 2002

Statue of Mary Jemison at Letchworth State
Park erected by William Letchworth in 1910.
Sculpture by Henry Kirke Bush-Brown

From the Biglerville Historical and Preservation Society Web Page
"Born aboard ship en route from Ireland, Mary Jemison (née Jameson) was just 15
when she was abducted in 1758 from her Buchanan Valley home.
While her Shawnee captors killed other members of her family, they spared Mary,
later trading her to a Seneca Nation where she was adopted by two Seneca women.

After the war Mary lived on with her Seneca family, becoming a leading member of the tribe.
She was twice married to Seneca chiefs and acquired substantial property in New York state.
Although she had chances later in life to leave the Seneca, she chose not to.
Mary died at the age of 90."


Audio Story of Mary Jemison's Capture

Video: French & Indian War; The Time of Mary Jemison's Capture

A Photograph of Mary Jemison Age 90

Read More about Mary Jemison

Short Biography of Mary Jemison

Mary Jemison's Story

"The White Woman of the Genesee"


Credit: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division 
A 1756 map of the Pennsylvania area, with an enlarged detail of the territory in dispute during the war, then considered the western frontier.
The path highlighted in red shows the approximate route General Braddock followed towards Fort Duquesne in his failed attempt to defeat French forces there.
The route in blue shows the primitive Raystown Indian and Traders Path that General Forbes followed in 1758 to successfully capture the fort.



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