Mary Rowlandson. Born around the year 1636 in Somerset, England. Journeyed to the colonies with her tyrannical parents to avoid persecution by the Church of England. Her parents were John and Joan West White of South Petherton , England. Mary was the fifth of eight children.
Journeyed to the colonies with her tyrannical parents to avoid persecution by the Church of England.
Her parents were John and Joan West White of South Petherton, England.
Mary was the fifth of eight children.
The family first settled in Salem, Massachusetts .
Later moved to Lancaster, Massachusetts.The Life of Mary Rowlandson
In 1656, married Reverend Joseph Rowlandson, the son of Thomas Rowlandson of Ipswich, Connecticut.
The couple had four children between 1658 and 1669, with their first daughter dying young.
They settled in Lancaster, a frontier town of about 50 families, located 30 miles west of Boston.
Rev. Rowlandson served as the pastor for the local congregation for four years.Marriage
Captured by Narragansett, Wampanoag and Nashaway/Nipmuc Indians that wanted to trade hostages for money
February 10, 1657 during an attack on Lancaster
Captured with three of her children
One of her children did not survive the hostage, but the other two were temporarily separated from her and were released later.King Philip’s War/ The Capture
Released May 2, 1675, after 11 weeks & 5 days.
A ransom of £ 20 was paid for her release.
Ransom was donated money; primarily from citizens in Boston.
John Hoar from Concord lead the negotiations.
The place of her release is today known as “Redemption Rock.”The Release
In 1682, she published a report of her captivity.
Presents a terrifying tale of frontier life.
Provides insight to how Puritans viewed their lives.
Events had a spiritual and physical significance.
Demonstrated how it revealed God’s purpose.publication
Church officials granted his widow a pension of £30 per year.
Mary Rowlandson and her children moved to Boston where she wrote her captivity narrative.
It was published in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1682, and in London the same year.Later years
At one time scholars believed that Rowlandson had died before her narrative was published, but she lived for many more years.
On August 6, 1679, she had married Captain Samuel Talcott and taken his surname.
She eventually died on January 5, 1711, outliving her spouse by more than 18 years.Death