Eighteen for Mercy character: French Mary

FRENCH MARY

The beautiful, fiery youngest of the Chalfont siblings.  Sister to Etienne/Black Cloud and half-sister to Stone Catcher.

Born in the Munsee Delaware village of Cussewago near the Allegheny River, the mixed blood French-Munsee woman lived a life very different fro that of her brother and half-brother. Her’s was a life of internal conflict which was fostered by living in multiple “worlds” and completing religions.  Taken away from her native village at a young age, Marie Chalfont, her baptized name, spent several years in Quebec Province, living with a wealthy French-Canadian family where she learned the language of the French and the English, the Roman Catholic religion into which she was baptized, and was educated in reading, writing, and some of the finer things that belonged to the Whites of the time.  Torn away from this world, she was returned to her native Munsee village, very much against her will.  She was head strong, obstinate, continued her French customs and language where she could, earning her the name of “French Mary.”

Forced by her mother, who had given up her tribal beliefs in favor of throwing in her lot with the Moravian missionaries,French Mary moved to the Moravian settlement of Salem, on the Tuscarawas branch of the Muskigum River in Ohio country.  Although outwardly embracing the Moravian beliefs, French Mary secretly continued her own private worship of Roman Catholicism and often found herself often at odds with her Moravian teachers.  One great exception was her respect and admiration for the great Munsee war chief turned National Assistant of the Moravians, Isaac Glickhiccan.   Mary married a Moravian Christian Delaware named Stephen, had two children, LaBelle (Margaret) and Simon.   Stephen was murdered by some freebooters during a trip to Fort Pitt, causing a deep hatred for the Long Knives (Virginian and Pennsylvanian settlers).

Torn from her town and relocated by her British allies, Mary became openly blameful of them for the depravations and starvation they endured.  But following the massacre at Gnadenhutten, she became a woman completely transformed.  She would leave her Moravian society and join her brother Black Cloud at Captain Pipes village. Returning to her tribal ways, Mary became an open combatant in the revenge the Natives sought against the Whites.  She adopted the persona of Queen Esther Montour and set about exacting personal revenge on those who brought her pain.  Meanwhile, she pursued a romantic relationship with a Sergeant in Butlers’s Rangers, Jonathan Symes.  He wold return her love but was often astonished, even shocked, at how this fair-haired beauty could become the most dangerous and cruel savage he had ever known.

French Mary would meet her greatest challenge when having to make a decision between revenge and the family life she so desperately wanted.

2020-02-04T21:11:49+00:00February 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|