Twelve-year-old Mary Jemison took for granted her peaceful days on her
family’s farm in eastern Pennsylvania. But on a spring day in 1758,
something happened that changed her life forever.
When a band of warriors invades the Jemisons’ house and takes
the family captive, Mary is separated from her parents and siblings. She travels
with the Indians to southern Ohio and later to a Seneca village on the Genesee
River in what is now western New York. Mary’s new life is not easy. She misses
her family terribly and is unaccustomed to Seneca ways. But even after her several
unsuccessful attempts to run away, the Indians are kind to Mary and teach her
many things about the earth, its plants, and its creatures. She develops deep
bonds with the animals and even her captors. When Mary is finally given
the chance to return to the world of white men, she struggles with her newfound
Based on a true story, this is the unforgettable tale
of the legendary “White Woman of the Genesee.”
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