Polly Catlin (Sutton) (1770 - 1844)

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Birthplace: North Castle, NY, USA
Death: Died in Exter, Luzerne Co, PA, United States
Occupation: Child to pioneers of the Wyoming Valley, her father engaged in combat with Indians and her mother was captured and subsequently released by Indians in the "Wyoming Massacre" of 1778. She wove fireside stories of her adventures to her children
Managed by: Elizabeth Ann Nemeth
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About Polly Catlin (Sutton)

Mary Sutton, called Polly, was descended from early Quaker settlers of the Wyoming Valley in north eastern Pennsylvania, in the area around Wilkes Barre nearby the Susquehanna River. In 1778 the military alliance between Tory sympathizers and local Iroquois against ‘rebel’ land owners erupted in a battle known as the Wyoming Massacre. That same year 7-year old Polly Sutton and her mother were captured by Indians. Based upon family accounts, their captors had done more than free Polly and her mother unharmed when they were returned. They had ‘adopted’ them, hunted for them, supplied them with food and treated them with the greatest kindness, which revealed the honor of the Indian character to them. But Polly had forgotten her ‘mother tongue’. Whether it was for the length of time they had lived with the Indians (which is now unknown), or whether caused by the trauma of the original capture, it is not known; but Polly Sutton, at the time of her marriage to Putnam Catlin, was a functional illiterate, and had mastered only the rudiments of reading and writing by the time her own children began learning their lessons from the primer.

Reference: "The Red Man's Bones: George Catlin, Artist and Showman" By Benita Eisler

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Mary Polly Sutton Catlin's Timeline

1770
September 30, 1770
North Castle, NY, USA
1789
1789
Age 18
1790
March 15, 1790
Age 19
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, PA, USA
1791
April 12, 1791
Age 20
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, PA, USA
1792
October 17, 1792
Age 22
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, PA, USA
1794
1794
Age 23
1796
July 26, 1796
Age 25
Great Bend, Susquehanna Co, pa, United States
1798
April 27, 1798
Age 27
Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA
1800
March 11, 1800
Age 29
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, PA, USA
1802
February 14, 1802
Age 31
Broome, NY, USA