By James E. Seaver
Mary Jemison was once essentially the most well-known white captives who, after being captured through Indians, selected to stick and dwell between her captors. in the middle of the Seven Years War(1758), at approximately age fifteen, Jemison used to be taken from her western Pennsylvania domestic through a Shawnee and French raiding occasion. Her relatives used to be killed, yet Mary used to be traded to 2 Seneca sisters who followed her to exchange a slain brother. She lived to outlive Indian husbands, the births of 8 little ones, the yankee Revolution, the conflict of 1812, and the canal period in upstate manhattan. In 1833 she died at approximately age 90.
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The depictions include her capture, her integration into a new community, her work in that community, her trials as a mother, and her observations 11. See these works fully cited in Vaughan, Narratives of North American Indian Captivity. Page 13 in her later years as she looks back over her life. In its progression and in those contexts, the work reflects what Joyce Antler calls a woman's life course. 12 Mary Jemison was born on board ship in 1742 or 1743. Her Scotch-Irish parents, Thomas Jemison and Jane Erwin Jemison, settled on a farm in western Pennsylvania about ten miles north of present-day Gettysburg.
Vail indicates that all of Jemison's dating is three years off. Her dates after 1800 appear to be more accurate. Regarding the Jemison family's departure, Vail says the ship, William and Mary, sailed from Belfast and arrived in Philadelphia on October 6, 1743, but indicates another possible voyage with an arrival in Philadelphia in late December, 1742, or early January, 1743. He suggests that the Jemison family had the means to avoid such a winter trip, and in the interest of "preserving the integrity and dignity of the Mary Jemison legend" opts for the October, 1743, date.
Perdue, Slavery and the Evolution of Cherokee Society, pp. 9 and 11, and "Amerindian Women: Old World Perceptions, New World Realities," lecture, Harvard University, March 8, 1988. Tzvetan Todorov, Conquest of America; Eleanor Burke Leacock, Myths of Male Dominance. 26. Lewis H. Morgan, League of the Ho-dé-no-sau-nee or Iroquois, 1,315; Harriet Maxwell Converse, Myths and Legends of the New York State Iroquois, esp. "Women's Rights among the Iroquois," p. 139. The debate on Iroquois women goes on: see Judith K.
A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison by James E. Seaver