Mary Jemison

Adams County teenager abducted by Indians in 1758

Remembering her on the 250th Anniversary after her capture.

Sponsored by the Biglerville Historical and Preservation Society

Calendar of Events                    April 5th, 2008                    History                          Research Mary

The Taking of Mary Jemison is historical artist Robert Griffing's masterful painting depicting that fateful day in April of 1758. Print courtesy of Lord Nelson's Gallery

Main Event

Early American Festival

Saturday, April 5, 2008
10am to 3pm

St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church and Buchanan Valley Fire Company Community Hall

Born aboard ship en route from Ireland, Mary Jemison (née Jameson) was just 15 when she was abducted in 1758 from her Buchanan Valley home. While her Shawnee captors killed other members of her family, they spared Mary, later trading her to a Seneca Nation where she was adopted by two Seneca women.

After the war Mary lived on with her Seneca family, becoming a leading member of the tribe. She was twice married to Seneca chiefs and acquired substantial property in New York state. Although she had chances later in life to leave the Seneca, she chose not to. Mary died at the age of 90.

Mary Jemison was born Mary Jameson. How did she become known as Mary Jemison?  Mary turned down several opportunities to return to white society, even going so far as to hide from those who would take her back. Why did she refuse to return?

Debra McCauslin
     For the Cause Prod.
Jacqueline White
     The Dobbin House
Times and News
     Publishing Company
YWCA Gettysburg and
     Adams County
Biglerville Historical
     Preservation Society
The Upper Adams
Buchanan Valley
     Fire Company
St. Ignatius Loyola
     Catholic Church
The Adams County
Richard and Donns
Gary and Diane Barbour
G. Radcliffe Shultz
Helen Kimple
Brian Steinberger
Rafael DeJesus
Roderick Lee, Penn
     State University
Bare Hands Design
Generous anonymous
Graphic Communications
     Department, Franklin
     County Career and
     Technology Center


Marian Benchoff tells the story of Mary Jemison in A Girl Named Mary.  Interesting to audiences aged 10 through 100.

March 31, 6:30pm, Arendtsville Library, 1 Chestnut St, Arendtsville     677-0444

Sponsored by the Adams County Library System

Committee Members
Debra McCauslin
Jacqueline White
Harold Griffie
Marya Tipton
Virginia Green
Stacey Fox
Carl Whitehill
Dick Cole
Nancy  Pritt
Eileen Hoover
Janet Bretzman
Loretta Sandoe
James Blake
Richard Mountfort
Bicky Redman
Christine Little
Mary Luquette
Brian Scriven
Richard Parker
Roland Beck
Cindy Washburn
Judy Pyle
Andy Crossland
Deb  Yocum
Paster Ken Smith
Ann Griffith
Tim Smith
Patrice Smith
Donald Hockenberry
Debra Flinchbaugh
Lori Wolfe
John Bechtel
Allan Jamieson
Linda Spielman
Roger Swartz
Deborah Turtle Swartz
Joan-e Myers
Harold Griffie
Marya Tipton
John Heffner
Honorary Members
Arthur Weaner
Dr. Charles H. Glatfelter
Help Us with this Remembrance

We need financial assistance to reach local people about Mary's story. If you’re interested in becoming involved or learning more about Mary Jemison, contact Deb McCauslin at (717) 528-8553 or by email at 

Checks may be mailed to:

Mary Jemison Committee, c/o Bigerlerville Historical and Preservation Society, P.O. Box 656, Biglerville, PA 17307

3 Minute News Video of the Mary Jemison Events on Channel 27, WHTM TV.

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Sm, Med, Lg, XLg, Available at the Dobbin House Country Curiosity Store, 89 Steinwehr Ave, Gettysburg, PA.  Every dollar goes to sponsor the events and activities.