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  • Adam’s youngest sister, Margaret, was kidnapped by Indians shortly after the family moved to Northumberland County. She chose to remain with the Indians out of fear for her family’s lives. She married an Indian and lived into her 80’s.

This second story is documented in an apparently republished article from Hiawatha, Kansas, of an April 1899 account by Jesse Henney of Horton Kansas. In it she relates a history of the (John) Adam Hennig family and the abduction of his sister by Indians, an incident eerily similar to the abduction of Elizabeth.

A Sad Incident of the Revolutionary Days

Prior to the revolutionary war, Christopher Hennig removed from Dauphin Co., Pa. to Buffalo Valley in Union County of that State.

During the war for independence he served in Captain Clarks Company. After the close of the war his son, John Adam Hennig and family established themselves a little farther West in Peen’s valley, Centre County, Pa., and thither the Father followed.

During the war a part of the Delaware Nation of Indians sided with Great Britain. Subsequent eruptions between them and lawless land hunters continued to rend them hostile to settlers. During this period it was usual for a number of settlers or members of the family to work together for mutual protection, one of the number carrying firearms and standing guard while the others labored. One day during the harvest time all hands in the family had repaired thus to the field leaving only a twelve year old daughter at home to prepare food. The primitive method of harvesting then in vogue by which only a handful at a time of grain was cut with a sickle made the process laborious and the woman contributed a material portion of the labor required. Returning homeward after the days work, they found their cabin a heap of smoking embers and the daughter not to be found. They could only conclude that she had been carried into captivity.

A year passed without tidings. Then came a rumor of two captive white women living at an Indian stronghold two hundred miles away (in New York State).

The Father with several other men at once undertook a journey thither in the hope of finding and rescuing his daughter. She proved to be one of the two captives and knew her Father. He desired of her that she return with him and to this she agreed. But when they made known the plan the young men of the tribe warned her in the Indian tongue that if she were taken away, they would kill the rescuers on the road. Thereupon the unselfish daughter declared that to save her Father’s life she would remain with the Indians, that she knew their language and customs, that they were kind to her, etc.

Her Father and companions returned without her and with heavy hearts, and he died of grief shortly afterwards in 1790. She became the wife of a chief, the mother of a large family and lived to beyond the age of 80 years. Names of her husband and children are not known.

Jesse Henney, April 1899

Perhaps with the availability of new research tools via the internet, some trace of Elizabeth may yet be found.


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