Who’s Your Daddy? The Question Every Shawnee Should Ask Before Abducting A Young Lady
I learned something today in my research into those feisty pioneer women that I just had to share. I knew that the Daniel Day-Lewis movie Last of the Mohicans was based on James Fenimore Cooper’s novel of the same name. What I didn’t know was that the story of white girls kidnapped by Indians was based on the actual event experienced by Jemima Boone, who was rescued by her legendary father, Daniel.
The following short article is from a longer History.com article entitled 7 of the Gutsiest Women on the American Frontier. I’ve blogged about nearly all the women on the list but somehow missed Jemima. You should read the whole thing, it’s quite entertaining, but here’s my favorite part:
Rebecca Boone wasn’t the only formidable female in Daniel Boone’s family. His daughter Jemima earned her own spot in the history books on July 14, 1776. That’s when a Cherokee-Shawnee raiding group abducted Jemima, aged 14, along with two other girls while they floated in a canoe near their Kentucky settlement. Demonstrating their own knowledge of frontier ways, the quick-witted teens left trail markers as their captors took them away—bending branches, breaking off twigs and leaving behind leaves and berries.
Their rescue team, led by Daniel Boone himself, took just two days to follow the trail and retrieve the girls. The rescuers included Flanders Callaway, Samuel Henderson and Captain John Holder, each of whom later married one of the kidnapped girls. This event became such an integral part of frontier lore, author James Fenimore Cooper included it in his classic novel The Last of the Mohicans.
Ah, those ladies in defiance. How their legends live on.
Posted on July 24, 2019, in Ladies in Defiance and tagged a lady in defiance, A Promise in Defiance, christian fiction, christian romance, Colorado, Daniel Boone, Frontier Women, Hearts in Defiance, heather blanton, history of the native american, jemima boone, legends of the old west, missing Native American girls, native american history, Native American Women, native americans, Old West History, old west legends, pawnee, shawnee, true west, western history, western romance, Westerns, Wild West Shows, women and guns, women in history, women of the old west, Women of the Wild West, Women on the frontier, women who settled the frontier, women's history, women's studies. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.
It makes a person want to walk and see the path they took. Every time I take a trip to NC Smokies I want to see a part of what the pioneer women saw.
Awesome story Sis! We can talk about it when we travel to Cashiers hear in a little over a week.
I know, right!
Thanks for reading, Matt!