Historical character; born in Bedminster (now Lamington), N. J.
, in 1753.
She was the victim of a tragedy that caused deep and wide-spread indignation in the colonies, while Burgoyne
was making his way to the Hudson River
Jane, a handsome young girl, was visiting friends at Fort Edward
when the invaders approached.
She was betrothed to a young Tory living near there, who was then in Burgoyne
When that army was near Fort Edward
some prowling Indians seized Jane in the house of her friend, and, seating her on a horse, attempted to carry her a prisoner to Burgoyne
's camp at Sandy Hill
A detachment of Americans
was sent to rescue her. One of a volley of bullets fired at her captors pierced the maiden and she fell to the ground dead, on July 27, 1777.
, seeing her dead, scalped her and carried her glossy locks into camp as a trophy.
Her lover, David Jones
, shocked by the event, left the army, went to
Canada at the close of the war, and there lived, a moody bachelor, until he was an old man. He had purchased the scalp of his beloved from the Indians, and cherished it as a precious treasure.
's, remains were buried at Fort Edward
, and many years afterwards were transferred to a cemetery between Fort Edward
and Sandy Hill
The incident was woven into a wild tale of horror, which, believed, caused hundreds, perhaps thousands, of young men, burning with indignation against the British
for employing savages to fight their brethren, to join the army of Gates