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Mary Jemison White Woman of the Genesee The story of Mary Jemison is both inspiring and intriguing She was captured at a young age by Indians and forced to live with them She endured many hardships while under captivity but she grew within the tribe and chose to stay with them for the rest of her life Mary Jemison was born either 1742 or 1743 in a ship en route to America Her parents Thomas and Jane Erwin Jemison were Irish-Scottish They had left their home country in order to escape civil wars and religious rules that prevented them from worshipping as they wanted Zeinert 7 They soon arrived in Philadelphia and they and their four children John Thomas Betsy and Mary settled in the frontier settlements of Pennsylvania More specifically the area near Marsh Creek Seaver 36 Marys childhood was happy enough She played and helped her mother with the chores for the family farm Mary attended a small amount of school and learned t0o read passages in the Bible Zeinert 8 Her family was very devout in their religion and Mary learned the catchechism and prayed every night Seaver 36 The Jemison family lived happily and peacefully in this area for about eight years In 1754 the colonial government raised an army to help protect settlers homes on the frontiers of America Even after this army was formed the Indians attacks on settlers grew continually worse Seaver 37 One day in the spring of 1758 Mary was sent to a neighbors house down the road to run an errand She was walking down the road when she saw what appeared to be a white sheet rushing towards her with great force Mary got caught up in a sudden large gust of wind that made her faint Zeinert 11 She took this as a sign of the impending doom that was to forever change the course of her life The next day
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