Genesee Falls in Wyoming County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
To the Memory of Mary Jemison
To the Memory of Mary Jemison, Whose home during more than seventy years of a life of strange vicissitude was among the Senecas upon the banks of this river, and whose history, inseparately connected with that of this valley has caused her to become known as "The White Woman of the Genesee."
The remains of "The White Woman" were removed from the Buffalo Creek Reservation and reinterred at this place with appropriate ceremonies, on the 7th day of March, 1871.
[A copy of the inscription on the first tombstone erected]
In Memory of The White Woman, Mary Jemison, Daughter of Thomas Jemison and Jane Irwin. Born on the ocean, between Ireland and Phila., in 1742 or 8. Taken captive at Marsh Creek, Pa. in 1755, carried down the Ohio, adopted into an Indian family, In 1759 removed to Genesee River. Was naturalized in 1817. Removed to this place in 1831, and having survived two husbands and five children, leaving three still alive; she died Sept. 19, 1838 aged about ninety one years, having a few weeks before expressed a hope of pardon through Jesus Christ. "The council of the Lord, that shall stand."
Location. 42° 35.151′ N, 78° 2.547′ W. Marker is in Genesee Falls, New York, in Touch for map. Marker is located at the Council Grounds in Letchworth State Park. The access road to the Council Grounds is off of the main Park Road, north of the Glen Iris Inn at the southern end of the park. Marker is in this post office area: Castile NY 14427, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. This Ancient Seneca Council House (a few steps from this marker); Nancy Jemison Log Cabin (a few steps from this marker); Mary Jemison (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Seneca Council Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); The Council Grounds Ca. 1907...and Under Restoration (within shouting distance of this marker); In Grateful Memory of William Pryor Letchworth (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Genesee Valley Canal (approx. 0.4 miles away); William Pryor Letchworth 1823 - 1910 (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Genesee Falls.
More about this marker. According to a marker at the site, the marble monument was placed some time after her reburial here in 1874, and the bronze statue was placed here in 1910.
Also see . . .
1. Mary Jemison - Wikipedia. States the bronze (Submitted on August 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Mary Jemison or Dehgewanus - Letchworth State Park History. Glimpses of the Past; People, Places, and Things in Letchworth Park History. (Submitted on August 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
3. Mary Jemison, Captivity Narrative from the 1750s (1824) - Swarthmore College. (Submitted on August 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
4. Letchworth State Park - New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. (Submitted on August 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 332 times since then. Last updated on August 18, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on August 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.