West Virginia, USA
Aracoma was almost 6ft tall, and a beautiful woman. When her father was murdered by whites, she took over as leader of the tribe, and led them into several battles. She was killed in battle in 1780.
Aracoma and Baker moved to the Ohio Valley sometime close to 1760, and lived in peace on the island in today's city of Logan, until 1780. Six of their children died of the plague in 1776.
After the Battle of Point Pleasant and the death of Chief Cornstalk in 1774, the Shawnees in West Virginia were under the command of Aracoma. Aracoma is credited with settling the conflict between the native population and the settlers through her marriage to a white man, Boling Baker. Aracoma brought peace to the people and lived among them until her death in 1780.
An Indian raid on the frontier settlement which had been made on the
Bluestone River in the western part of Virginia in 1780, which led to a pursuit of the savages and culminated in a battle with the Indians on a site which lay within the present bounds of the city of Logan, and in which Princess Aracoma, the daughter of the doughty Indian chief, Cornstalk, received fatal wounds, and before her death, delivered to General William Madison the leader of the pursuing white troops, the following warning: (text of Aracoma's speech)
My name is Aracoma, (meaning a corn blossom) and I am the last of a
mighty race. My father was a great chief and a friend of your people.
He was murdered in cold blood by the white when he came to them as a
friend to give them warning. I am the wife of a paleface who came across the great waters to make war on my people, but came to us and was made one of us. A great plague many moons ago carried off my children and they lie buried just above the bend in the river.
Bury me with them with my face toward the setting sun that I may see my people on their march to the happy hunting grounds. For your kindness I warn you to make haste in returning to your homes for
my tribe is still powerful and will return to avenge my death."
Aracoma lingered far into the night with her death struggle, but before morning dawned her spirit had taken its eternal flight.
That afternoon the white buried Aracoma, amid tears that fell for a
savage that displayed courage to the last, and who was willing to forgive her slayers through the compassionate heart that flourished in a noble body and a soul with comely face, and a body of physical beauty.
Chief Keigh-tugh-quah Cornstalk (1720 - 1774)
Helizkinopo Cornstalk (1715 - ____)
Bolling Kikpelathy Baker (1725 - 1812)
Little Black Bear Baker (1761 - 1776)*
Snow Lily Baker (1763 - 1776)*
Laughing Water Baker (1767 - 1776)*
Blue Feather Baker (1769 - 1776)*
Princess Raindrop Baker (1771 - 1776)*
Princess Aracoma Cornstalk Baker Memorial
West Virginia, USA
Created by: Edward Johnson
Record added: Apr 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88954233