Frances Maconaquah "Little Bear Woman" Slocum

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Frances Maconaquah "Little Bear Woman" Slocum

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Warwick, Rhode Island
Death: March 9, 1847 (74)
Waltz Township, Wabash County, Indiana
Place of Burial: Frances Slocum/Bundy Cemetery, Waltz Township, Wabash County, Indiana
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Jonathan Slocum and Ruth Slocum
Wife of Chief Shepoconah - "Deaf Man"
Mother of Kekenakushwa "Cut Finger" "Nancy" Shepoconah and Jane Ozahshinquah "Yellow Leaf" Shepoconah
Sister of Giles Slocum; Judith Slocum; William Slocum; Ebenezer Slocum; Mary Towne and 4 others

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About Frances Maconaquah "Little Bear Woman" Slocum

Read the story at the Frances Slocum State Park website:

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Page 2: ---------------------------------- The Inscription on Frances Slocum's monument tells the story briefly:

SIDE 1: 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.

SIDE 2: 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.

SIDE 3: 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.

SIDE 4: 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."

Isaac Tripp, Sr,, was killed by Indians after the Wyoming massacre, 16 December, 1778, while assisting his son-in-law, Jonathan Slocum, to feed stock from a stack in the field on the Slocum farm where now is the city of Wilkes-Barre. Slocum was also killed and a son William wounded. It would be interesting to many readers to find here an account of the capture of Isaac Tripp's granddaughter, Frances Slocum, by the Indians, and her long captivity and life as the wife of an Indian chief; but it would be too long for insertion in a family record of this character. It must suffice to say that when she was discovered by her brothers in 1837, she refused to leave her home with her children, near Peru, Indiana, and return to civilization. I must refer those who are interested in her history to the account found in Miner's History of Wyoming, Peck's History of Wyoming, and a more complete and later account in Maginnis' Life of Frances Slocum.

... there his daughter Frances was captured by the Indians 2 November, 1778, and carried into captivity. On the 16th of December, 1778, Jonathan Slocum and his father-in-law, Isaac Tripp, were killed by the Indians while they were feeding cattle from a stack in the meadow in sight of the fort. -=-=-=-=-=-=-==- Grandfather Isaac's massacre, and the capture of his granddaughter Frances Slocum by Deleware Indians, is the subject of Red Heart, by Alexander Thom, a wonderful historical novel of recent vintage.

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Frances Maconaquah "Little Bear Woman" Slocum's Timeline

March 4, 1773
Warwick, Rhode Island
Age 26
Age 40
March 9, 1847
Age 74
Waltz Township, Wabash County, Indiana
Frances Slocum/Bundy Cemetery, Waltz Township, Wabash County, Indiana