By James E. Seaver
Mary Jemison was once the most well-known white captives who, after being captured by way of Indians, selected to stick and stay between her captors. in the middle 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 social gathering. Her kin was once killed, yet Mary was once traded to 2 Seneca sisters who followed her to interchange a slain brother. She lived to outlive Indian husbands, the births of 8 kids, the yank Revolution, the warfare of 1812, and the canal period in upstate big apple. In 1833 she died at approximately age 90.
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Extra resources for A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison
Yet her story also contained many familiar elements of the captivity narrative: separation, loss, brutality. A White Woman's Story and An Indian Woman's Story The pieces of Mary Jemison's narrative were either told to Seaver or edited by him as a woman's life story. They take us from Mary's girlhood in Pennsylvania and on the Ohio to her marriage and motherhood, through her widowhood and remarriage and the loss of her second husband, to her life as a grandmother and an old woman. 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.
What he asked, what he left out, in what order she chose to tell her story, which are her words and which his, how she felt about the man from the world she had left behind to whom she told her storythese things we cannot know for sure. We do know that Seaver added pieces to the story as well as an extensive appendix containing information on Iroquois and Seneca life and on the American Revolution in western New York. In 1824, one year after their meeting, Seaver's completed work, A Narrative of the Life of Mrs.
Beyond the Covenant Chain, 1139. Tom Cook reminded me that not only Jemison herself but all of her children probably were given Seneca names by the clan mothers at the Midwinter or the Green Corn ceremony; however, I found no record of these. Correspondence, Tom Cook, December 7, 1988. '' Arthur C. Parker claims that no such construction exists in Seneca, and says her name was Dehgewanus, meaning the sound of falling voices. The folklore and various editions, however, hold to Dickewamis and the childlike and romantic meaning of the name.
A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison by James E. Seaver