By Dawn G. Marsh
On July 28, 1797, an aged Lenape girl stood sooner than the newly appointed almsman of Pennsylvania’s Chester County and added a quick account of her lifestyles. In a tragic irony, Hannah Freeman used to be developing her residency—a declare that lead the way for her elimination to the poorhouse. finally, despite the fact that, it intended the ultimate removing from the ancestral land she had so tenaciously maintained. hence was once William Penn’s “peaceable nation” preserved.
A Lenape one of the Quakers reconstructs Hannah Freeman’s background, touring from the times of her grandmothers prior to ecu cost to the start of the 19th century. the tale that emerges is one in all endurance and resilience, as “Indian Hannah” negotiates existence with the Quaker buddies who hire her, entrust their little ones to her, search out her therapeutic abilities, and, while she is weakened by way of disorder and age, deal with her. And but those are an identical acquaintances whose households have dispossessed hers. interesting in its personal correct, Hannah Freeman’s lifestyles can be striking for its special view of a local American lady in a colonial neighborhood in the course of a time of dramatic transformation and upheaval. specifically it expands our knowing of colonial heritage and the local adventure that heritage frequently renders silent.
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A Lenape among the Quakers: The Life of Hannah Freeman by Dawn G. Marsh