The experiences of the white women who were captured in Indian raids varied.
Some were later killed; some escaped; some became servants; and some became members of their captors’ families. A few white women chose to remain with their Indian captors even when offered a chance to return to white civilization.
The best-known example was Mary Jemison, who was adopted by the Seneca in 1758, at age 14.
Later, she recalled how the Seneca women had accepted her as a true sister, as if she “had been born of the same mother.”