The Unredeemed Captive

As we know, capture between Indian tribes and then of Europeans was a way of life.  Those captured in raids or wars could be sold, released or traded, enslaved, adopted or put to death, depending on the circumstances and the people involved.  Often, especially with children, they were simply adopted into the tribes, and a good many white captives refused to return to white society when given a chance.  Some, forced to return, managed to find their way back to the tribe.

In John Demo’s book, “The Unredeemed Captive,” this story takes a bit of another turn.  His book is based on a true story. 

The Puritan minister, the Reverend John Williams and his family were captured by Indians in Deerfield, Massachusetts.  John himself was eventually released, his wife was killed shortly after the capture and his daughter Eunice was raised by an Iroquois family.  After his release, he sought to “redeem” Eunice, but it turns out that Eunice had done the unfathomable….become Catholic and married an Indian man.  Eunice did not want to be redeemed….and from her perspective had no need of redemption.  Perhaps one could say she had already been redeemed.

This book shows the clash of cultures and of various religions as well. 

At this link, you can read the story behind the story:               http://voices.yahoo.com/john-demos-unredeemed-captive-story-behind-7937.html

You can purchase the book here:                                 http://www.amazon.com/Unredeemed-Captive-Family-Story-America/dp/0679759611

Hat tip to Dr. Bob for sending info about this book.

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About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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