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Subject: Re: [JOHNS] The Scalping of Mrs. Jane Johns
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2008 15:03:09 -0000
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The scalping of Mrs. Jane Johns has been posted here at least twice, but I never had a copy of the original until I found it just yesterday. I will try to scan and post it later, but what I found out that I didn't know before was:
She was born Jane Hall 23Aug1813 on Pearsons Island (Fla?) while her mother was escaping Indians.
On 16Apr1821 Indians killed Jane's mother and brother. Mr. Hall moved to Alachua near St Mary's River.
Jane married Clement Johns Jan 1836. (I have found nothing on Clement as of yet although I have search the normal docs, ie, census, etc.)
Extracts from the journal of Dr. Andrew Welsh, Post Surgeon at Jacksonville, gave the details we have of Clement's death and Jane's ordeal. She was shot through the arm and neck by the same rifle ball. The whole top of her head, 9"X9.5", was scalped and she was left for dead with her dress on fire. Her legs were badly burned and she was 8 months pregnant. She was conscious when found and agreed to be moved to Jacksonville, a journey by carriage of eleven hours! On Oct 8th her child was stillborn.
Kind of put things into perspective for me.
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