Horatio Jones was taken prisoner by the Senecas in the Bedford County
(PA) area, quickly moved to New York State and forced to run the
gauntlet. He was adopted by the Senecas, took an Indian wife and
was eventually made a chief. He lived among them for many years,
serving as interpreter in many important tribal councils and negotiations
with the United States government. Jonesí story is remarkable in
the fact that so much important information about 18th century Indian
life comes from his story.
The other portion of the book is a reprint of a book originally
printed in 1790 entitled ďA Narrative of the Captivity and Sufferings
of Benjamin Gilbert and his FamilyĒ. It is the incredible story
of the twelve members of the Gilbert family that were captured in
1780 in Eastern Pennsylvania by Indians. Led on a toilsome journey
northward across the rugged mountains of Pennsylvania toward Fort
Niagara, they were separated along the way to live with different
Indian groups. Eventually, they were released and collected at Montreal
in 1782. There they returned to their homeland in Pennsylvania after
a captivity of two and one-half years.
As mentioned, the Gilbert story is reprinted in its original 18th
century English, where most sís appear like fís. The recorded information
about Indian life is the most important content gleaned from this
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