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S. states also stipulated that brides under eighteen or grooms under twenty-one needed parental consent to marry. 40 Age and Captivity in Colonial Warfare | 41 Finally, just as in European and Euro-American communities, marriage marked the end of childhood for Native people as well. Wabanaki people appear to have had an especial reverence for the transition from the unmarried to the married state, suggesting that they too saw a great deal of the work of childhood and adolescence as complete or nearly complete once men and women made the decision to marry.
S3. See also diaries by Margaret Graves Cary (1719–62), Esther Edwards Burr (1732–58), Mary Vial Holyoke (1737–1802), and Christiana Young Leach, for example, all in North American Women’s Letters and Diaries. 22 Johnson, Narrative, 25, 67, 69. , 130–31. When reporting on his leaving for the hunt in 1754, Johnson had reported him as being merely six. Perhaps he turned seven that autumn. , 131–32. 25 See, for example, Mintz, Huck’s Raft. , by French and Indian warriors, 7–9. See also Marten, Children in Colonial America, esp.
The biographies of Esther Wheelwright and Eunice Williams, two Anglo-American girls taken from opposite ends of New England in the early raids of Queen Anne’s War, furnish still more evidence about seven-year-olds taken into captivity. They both forgot how to speak English, and were very skilled adopted daughters of Catholic Indians and the French. Unlike Sylvanus Johnson, both of these women as adolescents took sacramental vows before their English families found them, so they remained with new families, new languages, and a new confession.
Age in America : the colonial era to the present by Field, Corinne T.; Syrett, Nicholas L