Person:Frances Slocum (2)

Frances Slocum
Facts and Events
Name Frances Slocum
Unknown[1] Maconaquah
Unknown Young Bear
Unknown Little Bear
Unknown Ma-con-na-quah
Unknown[5] White Rose
Unknown[6] We-let-ah-wash
Gender Female
Birth? 1773
Death? 1847 Peru, Miami, Indiana, United States
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    Logansport Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, Indiana)22 Jun 1999, TuePage 1, captured by the Delaware and adopted by Miami Indians

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    Frances “Ma-con-a-quah” Slocum
    Birth: 4 Mar 1773 Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island, USA
    Death: 9 Mar 1847 (aged 74) Peru, Miami County, Indiana, USA
    Burial: Slocum CemeteryWabash County, Indiana, USA
    Memorial #: 7457979
    Bio: 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. She was given the Indian name 'Maconaquah' and raised in the Indian culture. In 1790 Maconaquah married a young Delaware brave named Little Turtle, (not to be confused with Little Turtle, Chief of the Miami's) but due to domestic abuse, she divorced him and moved back home with her foster parents. Please see: "Biography of Frances Slocum, the Lost Sister of Wyoming: A Complete Narrative of Her Captivity and Wanderings Among the Indians by John Franklin Meginness 1891". Proof on page 78: States that she was married to a Delaware Indian by name of Little Turtle & that he was NOT the great chief of that name. 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.---When she was grown to womanhood both her Indian parents died, and she soon afterward married a young chief of the nation Chief Ke-ke-se-quah " Cut Fnger", and removed to the Ohio country. *** Her husband died, and, her people having joined the Miamies, she went with them and married one of that tribe, Chief Me-she-kin-o-quah "Little Turtle". The last husband was dead, and she had been a widow many years
    Inscription: Inscriptions from the four sides of her monument:Frances Slocum. A child of English descent, was born in Warwick, Rhode Island, March 1773, was carried into captivity from her father's house at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 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.When inclined by a published letter describing an aged white woman in the Miami Indian village, her two brothers and a sister visited this place and identified her. She lived near here about 32 years with the Indian name "Ma-Con-A-Quah." She died on this ridge March 9, 1847, and was given a Christian burial.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 Psalms 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 17, 1900.She-Po-Con-Ah, A Miami Indian chief, husband of Francis 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 Brouillett, died March 13, 1847, aged 47 years, leaving no children. O-Zah-Shin-Quah, or Jane, wife of Rev. Peter Bondy, died January 25, 1877, aged 62 years, leaving a husband and nine children."
    Family Members
    Jonathan Slocum 1733-1778
    Ruth Tripp Slocum 1736-1807
    She-Po-Con-Ah Unknown-1833
    Giles Slocum 1759-1826
    Judith Slocum Forsman 1760-1814
    William Slocum 1762-1810
    Ebenezer Slocum 1766-1832
    Benjamin Slocum 1770-1832
    Isaac Slocum 1775-1858
    Joseph Slocum 1777-1855
    Jonathan Slocum 1778-1842
    Nancy Brouillett 1800-1847
    Jane O-ZAH-SHIN-QUAH Slocum Bondy 1809-1877
    Maintained by: Laura J. Stewart (47412616)
    Originally Created by: private (46571691)
    Added: 18 May 2003
    Citation: Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 18 December 2019), memorial page for Frances “Ma-con-a-quah” Slocum (4 Mar 1773–9 Mar 1847), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7457979, citing Slocum Cemetery, Wabash County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Laura J. Stewart (contributor 47412616) .

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    Slocum Blood Reclaimed by Civilization.
    Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana)
    02 Aug 1908, Sun
    Page 44

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    Huntington Press (Huntington, Indiana)
    17 Dec 1922, Sun
    Page 10