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Re: MI Pearsalls - Indian link
Posted by: Cheryl Marquis Date: May 26, 2001 at 16:09:32
In Reply to: Re: MI Pearsalls - Indian link by Debbie Hildenbrand of 647

In the Pearsall Books by Clarence Pearsall, there is quite a lengthy story about MARY PEARSALL (mid 1700's)who was married
to an Indian Chief and had a son.
She was Nathaniel Pearsall & Sarah Todd Pearsall's daughter. It says she spent 6 years in an Indian camp, (she had been captured as a young maiden)ended up marrying her captor,(the Indian chief)& gave birth to his son. Although she had become imbued with the ways of the Indians, she was however, discontented, and wanted to return to her parents. In due course, she was allowed to return, and was joyfully received by her parents, but Mary had changed..she would sit(Indian-like) with her child among famly & friends & never speak except only when spoken to. This grieved her father greatly for she had been a happy, light-hearted girl. She had become well skilled in all the arts of a squaw and had learned great skills with wild herbs & plants. Mary lived but a few years after returning to her family...she was changed & broken in spirit and "died of a broken heart". When the boy had grown...he returned to the Indians as a Doctor. This story is found on pg 1212 of Vol III of the Pearsall Books. I don't know if her son had any posterity....but there might have been other marriages in the family also. Very interesting story!
Cheryl (

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