At a glance:
- Author: Elsie Singmaster
- First Published: 1942
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Historical
- Time of Work: 1728-1755
- Setting: Pennsylvania
- Genres: Long fiction, Historical fiction, Novel
- Subjects: United States or Americans, Love or romance, Native Americans or American Indians, Immigration or emigration, Farms, farmers, or farming, Eighteenth century, Adventure, Germany or German people, Frontier or pioneer life
- Locales: United States, Pennsylvania, North America
Johann Sebastian Schantz
Johann Sebastian Schantz (YOH-hahn zeh-BAS-tih-ahn shants), called Bastian or Owkwari-owira (Young Bear), a white boy freed from the Mohawk Indians by Conrad Weiser.
Ottilia Zimmer (oh-TEE-lee-ah TSIHM-mehr), an orphan who is first seen by Bastian among the immigrants in Philadelphia. He locates her later in Lancaster and marries her. She is attacked by Indians and left for dead but recovers and returns to safety.
Gertraud (GEHR-trowd), their twin daughters, who are later stolen by Indians.
Conrad Weiser (VI-zehr), an Indian agent and interpreter who helps keep the Six Nations loyal to the British.
Anna Eve Weiser
Anna Eve Weiser (AHN-nah AY-veh), Conrad’s wife, who brings up Bastian until he can be taken to Anna Sabilla Schantz.
Anna Maria, the Weisers’ daughter, in love with Bastian.
Anna Sabilla Schantz
Anna Sabilla Schantz (sah-BIHL-lah), a pioneer matriarch and the grandmother of Bastian.
Margaretta, her daughter, who runs away with an English trader.
Nicholas, Anna Sabilla’s paralyzed brother.
Skelet (skeh-LEHT), a sickly, humpbacked Delaware Indian, befriended by Anna, who teaches woodlore to Bastian. Chiefly moved by greed, he repays Anna by rescuing her and the twins during an Indian massacre, and he returns with them to the settlement.
The Reverend Henry Melchior Muhlenburg
The Reverend Henry Melchior Muhlenburg (MEHL-khyohr MEWL-ehn-burg), who eventually marries Anna Weiser.
Sibby Heil (hil), who is in love with Bastian.
Israel Fitch, a trader who buys Anna Sabilla’s carved puppets.
General Edward Braddock
General Edward Braddock, who tries to drive the French out of Ohio.
Shekellimy, a Delaware chief friendly to Weiser.
Sassoonan, another Delaware chief.
Scarouady, Indian war leaders when the winds of violence rise in the West.
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