A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison

Seaver, James E.
Grade Levels:
Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve, College, University
Iroquois, Seneca, Woodland
Book Type:
Syracuse University Press

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A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison was recorded by Mary Jemison in 1823 and recorded by James Seaver. This captivity narrative has been reprinted numerous times and this Syracuse University Press edition was published in 1990. Mary Jemison was captured by Shawnee when she was a teenager. She was then adopted into a Seneca family where she remained to the end of her life. She has become a beloved Seneca community member and her recollections describe her marriage, her children, her family's life during the American Revolution, and her old age. She had numerous opportunities to return to her white family but she chose instead to remain among her Seneca extended family. As a woman she found working among the other Seneca women to be beneficial and something she did not want to leave. This book remains a classic resource of Haudenosaunee family history from a woman's perspective.

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