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Amazing! Maine Stories: 1866-1759

Molly Ockett's purse, ca. 1785

Molly Ockett's purse, ca. 1785

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Maine Historical Society

INDIAN GIRL SURVIVES ATTACK;
FRENCH AND INDIAN OUTPOST CRIPPLED;
MOLLY OCKETT HAD LIVED AMONG ENGLISH


SANIT-FRANCOIS, CANADA, October 4, 1759 -- Many Abenaki Indians were killed or forced to flee when Major Robert Rogers and his Rangers attacked the mission at Saint-Francois (Odanak), but one smart young woman survived the destruction.

Molly Ockett, 15, hid behind a bush and escaped the British attack.

She knows the British well. In 1747, when her father and others tried to make peace with the British, she was sent to Boston with her family.

She learned to speak English.

But she and others knew peace was not possible this time. The British wanted the Indian lands and Indian scalps, so the Pequawkets of the upper Saco River in western Maine went to Canada for peace and shelter.


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