A Narrative of the Life of Mary Jemison: The White Woman of the Genessee

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American Scenic & Historic Preservation Society, 1918 - Genesee River Valley (Pa. and N.Y.) - 453 pages

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Page 218 - Signed sealed published and declared by the above named John Anderson to be his last will and testament in the presence of us...
Page 248 - 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.
Page 218 - I hereby appoint sole executrix of this my last will and testament ; hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
Page 72 - If now you choose to follow the fortunes of your yellow son, and to live with our people, I will cherish your old age with plenty of venison, and you shall live easy. But if it is your choice to return to your fields, and live with your white children, I will send a party of my trusty young men to conduct you back in safety. I respect you, my father. You have been friendly to Indians : they are your friends.,"* The old gentleman, however, had sown his wild oats.
Page 72 - O'Bail, commonly called Cornplanter. I am your son ! You are my father ! You are now my prisoner, and subject to the customs of Indian warfare. But you shall not be harmed. You need not fear. I am a warrior ! Many are the scalps which I have taken ! many prisoners I have tortured to death ! I am your son.
Page 65 - When those rebels had drove us from the fields of our fathers to seek out new homes, it was you who could dare to step forth as their pilot, and conduct them even to the doors of our wigwams, to butcher our children and put us to death! No crime can be greater! - But though you have merited death and shall die on this spot, my hands shall not be stained in James E. Seaver the blood of a brother! Who will strike?
Page 41 - Notwithstanding the Indian women have all the fuel and bread to procure, and the cooking to perform, their task is probably not harder than that of white women, who have those articles provided for them ; and their cares certainly are not half as numerous, nor as great.
Page 61 - Indians returned to their homes well pleased that they could live on neutral ground, surrounded by the din of war, without being engaged in it. About a year passed off, and we, as usual, were enjoying ourselves in the employments of peaceable times, when a messenger arrived from the British Commissioners, requesting all the Indians of our tribe to attend a general council which was soon to be held at Oswego.
Page 58 - Thus, at peace amongst themselves, and with the neighboring whites, though there were none at that time very near, our Indians lived quietly and peaceably at home, till a little before the breaking out of the revolutionary war, when they were sent for, together with the Chiefs and members of the Six Nations generally, by the people of the States, to go to the German Flats, and there hold a general council, in order that the people of the states might ascertain, in good season, who they should esteem...

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