Narratives of Indian Captivities: The Stories of Robert Eastburn, the Gilbert Family, and Nehemiah How

These three 18th-century accounts of colonists captured by Indians were printed as part of a series in 1904 by The Burrows Brothers Company. Heritage Books, Inc. is able to offer them now in a single volume. Robert Eastburn was part of a trading party that was captured by French and Indian forces on the way to Oswego in 1756. His autobiographical narrative describes the forced march to Canada, the several times he had to run the gauntlet, his ?adoption? by an Indian family, and how he escaped this captivity and returned to his loved ones in Philadelphia. Eastburn?s ordeal lasted a year and a half, and his story includes many observations on the habits and customs of his captors as well as reflections on the mercies of God. An introduction, footnotes, illustrations, and a name plus subject index were added in the 1904 edition. William Walton, a relative of the Gilbert family, was the author of their narrative.
On an April morning in 1780, Benjamin Gilbert with his wife Elizabeth and thirteen others, including children, grandchildren and neighbors, were captured on the Pennsylvania frontier by a mixed party of Mohawk, Cayuga, Delaware and Seneca Indians. Several among this large group of prisoners died on the journey to Montreal. The hardships and sufferings of each of the prisoners are recorded in detail. Although they were dispersed throughout different regions during their captivity, the prisoners supported one another?s spirits as best they could, and most of them survived and were eventually reunited. An introduction, an ancestry of Benjamin Gilbert, a bibliography, a map, and a name plus subject index were added in the 1904 edition. Nehemiah How?s narrative is the journal he kept during his captivity. He recounts the fateful November day in 1745 when he left the settlement fort at Putney, Vermont, to chop wood. He was on his way back when a small band of Indians surprised and captured him. His captors brought him to Canada, where he ended up in a French prison. After two years of captivity, much of it spent ministering to his fellow prisoners, How died. An introduction, footnotes, a genealogy of Nehemiah How, a bibliography, and a name plus subject index were added in the 1904 edition.


Robert Eastburn and William Walton


(1904, 1748, 1997), 2016, paper, index, 362 pp.

ISBN: 9780788407291