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Frances Slocum was a 5-year-old Quaker girl when she was kidnapped by the Delaware Indians in 1778. From the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania, she was taken to various locations in Ohio and Indiana and adopted by a Delaware couple and raised as their child. She eventually married a Miami chief and lived most of her adult life in a settlement near Peru, IN. Her Pennsylvania family never stopped searching for her, offering substantial rewards. It was only when Frances herself, long known as “Maconaquah,” told what she remembered of her life story to a trusted white trapper that her family received word of her existence. Although her story is barely known today, poems, historical accounts, novels and children’s books were written about her in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Native Americans, Frances Slocum