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Title Sarah Beavis her pamphlet [manuscript]: James Beavis her brother and Ann Beavis her sister, [1783?]
Author Beavis, Sarah
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Narrative written by Sarah Beavis following her return in 1783 to Pennsylvania, mainly regarding her experiences on the Mississippi. Beavis describes her family’s emigration to Kentucky in 1779, and to Fort Jefferson on the Mississippi the following spring. Noting the destruction of the settlement’s crops and livestock by the Indians, Beavis then describes the company’s trip down the Mississippi to winter in Natchez. On this voyage her husband and several children succumbed to starvation and disease, and Indians supplying provisions rescued the family from the intended cannibalism of a brother-in-law. Assisted by an old acquaintance, the family later travelled from Natchez to New Orleans where they boarded a vessel bound for Philadelphia.
Names Beavis, James; Beavis, Ann
Places Pennsylvania, Mississippi River, Fort Jefferson, Illinois, Kentucky, Natchez, Mississippi, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Keywords travel, travelogue, river, ship, settlement, crops, livestock, death, health, supplies, women, children, frontier, pioneer, family life
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Culture Area Northeast, Southeast
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 691
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue