old adage that "you learn something new every day".
It happened to us again at the commemoration on April 5, 2008
of the 250th Anniversary of the capture of Mary Jemison sponsored
by the Biglerville Historical & Preservation Society of Biglerville
PA. We were not aware that there is a Memorial monument placed
near the site where, on the second night of their travail, the
other members of Mary's family and the other captives were killed
by the French and Indian war party. Mary and the little boy that
was spared did not witness the deed because they had been led
away from the others by an Indian.
The photo of the marker was provided by John Bechtel of the Adams County Historical Society. The topographic map (below) is an adaptation to show the area where this incident is believed to have occurred. Local legend has it that the party utilized the various "gaps" in this mountainous terrain to ease their travel and make movement faster to avoid trailing rescue parties.The journey took eight days.
For more information, see our April 5th 2008 Ceremonies, Glimpse of Mary Jemison, and other material on her life found in the Mary Jemison section our "Pieces of the Past."
Special thanks to John Bechtel for sending us the photograph!