|Birth: ||Mar., 1773|
Rhode Island, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 9, 1847|
Frances Slocum was the daughter of Jonathan and Ruth Tripp Slocum, a Quaker family. She was from Wilkes-Barre, Wyoming Valley, Luzerne Co., PA. when she was taken from her home by Delaware Indians at the age of five years old in 1778. They traded her to a childless Miami Indian couple for fur pelts. She was given the Indian name 'Maconaquah' and raised in the Miami Indian culture. In 1790 Maconaquah married a young Delaware brave named Tuck Horse, but due to domestic abuse, she divorced him and moved back home with her parents. Before her father's death, she was given to Shepoconah for his wife. He later became Chief of the Miami Indians in the Peru area. Maconaquah gave birth to two girls, Kekesequah and Osawshequah. She also had two boys who died at a young age. Maconaquah lived the rest of her life in this area. In Jan 1835 Col. George W. Ewing, a white man and visiting fur trader, happened upon her village and learned of her abduction as a child. Telling her story when he went back east her family was located and they went to visit her in May of 1838. They wanted her to return with them, but she refused, not wanting leave the people who had been her family for over 60 years. Frances Slocum was a significant historical figure because of her life as a white woman living in an Indian culture and being accepted by them. A treaty made in 1840 with the United States Government stated that the Miami Indians had to leave their home along the Wabash River within five years. Frances's brothers helped her appeal to Congress asking to be exempted from the treaty so that she and her descendants be allowed to reside on the reservation in Indiana. A petition was drawn up and signed by 21 of her relatives on January 17, 1845. Frances was allowed to stay and not be subjected to what became known as the Trail of Tears that her fellow Miami Indians endured. She died of pneumonia two years after the petition. In memory of her life and the contributions she made, many things bear her name in the Indiana area. (researched and written by Laura J. Stewart)
This from monument that was erected in 1900 'in memoriam' located in the Frances Slocum Cemetery - Wabash Co., IN.
East face: "Frances Slocum, a child of English descent, was born in Warwick, R. I. March 4th, 1773, was carried into captivity from her father's house at Wilkes-Barre, Pa., November 2, 1778, by Delaware Indians soon after the Wyoming Massacre. Her brothers gave persistent search, but did not find her until September 21, 1837."
West face: "Frances Slocum became a stranger to her mother tongue. She became a stranger to her brethren, and an alien to her mother's children, through her captivity. (See Psalm lxix., 8.) This monument was erected by Slocums and others who deemed it a pleasure to contribute, and was unveiled by them with public ceremonies May 17th, 1900."
North face: "When, inclined by a published letter describing an aged white woman in the Miami Indian village here, two brothers and a sister visited this place and the identified her. She lived near here about thirty-two years with the Indian name Ma-con-a-qua. She died on this ridge March 9, 1847, and was given a Christian burial."
South face: "She-po-con-ah, a Miami Indian Chief, husband of Frances Slocum - 'Ma-con-a-quah', died here in 1833 (?) at an advanced age. Their adult children were: 'Ke-ke-nok-esh-wah,' wife of Rev. Jean Baptiste Brouillette, died March 13th, 1847, aged 47 years, leaving no children. "'O-zah-shin-quah,' or Jane, wife of the Rev. Peter Bonda, died January 25th, 1877, aged 62 years, leaving a husband and nine children."
[From Frances Slocum; The Lost Sister of Wyoming, by Martha Bennett Phelps, and The Peru Evening Journal, Peru, Indiana, Thursday, May 17, 1900
Jonathan Slocum (1733 - 1778)
Ruth Tripp Slocum (1736 - 1807)
Nancy Brouillett (1800 - 1847)*
Jane O-ZAH-SHIN-QUAH Slocum Bondy (1809 - 1877)*
Giles Slocum (1759 - 1826)*
Benjamin Slocum (1770 - 1832)*
Frances Slocum (1773 - 1847)
Isaac Slocum (1775 - 1858)*
Ebenezer Slocum (1776 - 1832)*
Joseph Slocum (1777 - 1855)*
Jonathan Slocum (1778 - 1842)*
Maintained by: Laura J. Stewart
Originally Created by: private (inactive)
Record added: May 18, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7457979
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