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The Unredeemed Captive The Unredeemed Captive is a fascinating chronicle of life in Puritan New England It is journey of the abduction and adoption of American settlers by Iroquois people It begins in the year of 1704 The Mohawk Indians are allied with the French settlers in Canada and attack a small village in Massachusetts called Deerfield Reverend John Williams a minister from Deerfield was a special target for captivity because Boston authorities held Jean-Baptiste Gayen whom the Canadians wanted returned The night of the raid two of Williams children were murdered Reverend William along with his wife and five children were taken from their home and forced to march to Canada with the rest of the captives Unfortunately the family was separated and this could possibly be the last time they will see each other ever again They were now expected to become apart of new families up North The first thing Indians did was assign a captive to a specific family A captive was considered a member of the family almost immediately after their captivity After a few years Reverend Williams returned home and he began to focus on reassembling his household He remarried a widow from Connecticut Abigail Bissell The towns people built a new house out their appreciation for his bravery while he was kept hostage All of his children that remained alive were redeemed except for his daughter Eunice Eunice now lived in Canada and was adopted by an Indian tribe Eunice was captured at the age of seven and now that she had matured she had forgotten all of her English and converted to Catholicism Her captors seemed unwilling to release her and yet she did not seem willing to leave her new family and return to her old A lot had changed for Eunice besides her new religion and family Eunice married an Indian boy at the age of sixteen and she
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