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MARY DRAPER married to WILLIAM INGLES
Posted by: Cathy Farrell (ID *****9307) Date: February 19, 2012 at 06:36:18
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Title: Pioneer physicians of Western Pennsylvania: the president's address of the Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania
Author: Davis, Thomas D.
Pennsylvania: s.n.], 1901

Pg. 20
The marriage of MARY DRAPER to WILLIAM INGLES, in 1750, was the first known wedding of whites west of the Alleghenies. MRS. INGLES was captured by the Indians at Drapers meadows, where she was married and lived, on July 8, 1755. She was approaching a period of maternity but was forced to march rapidly with her captors. On the third night out, in the (pg. 21) forest, with the mossy ground for a couch, canopied by the heavens and curtained by the darkness, she gave birth to a daughter. Ordinarily such an occurrence would have meant death, if not by nature, by the tomahawk of the fleeing Indians. But such was her courage and strength that the next day she resumed her journey, carrying the little stranger in her arms. The Indians took her far beyond Cincinnati. After some time she escaped, and with an old German woman traversed the rugged, pathless wilderness, upwards of 700 miles, living for weeks on succulent plants and nuts, and nearly perishing with cold and starvation, she at last arrived safely at home. MRS. INGLES was only 22 years of age at this time, and lived to be 84.





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