Summary (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
Magdelana Borst, the oldest of five daughters, marries Gilbert Martin and together they start off from her home at Fox’s Mill to settle farther west in their home at Deerfield. The time is July, 1776, and the spirit of the revolution reaches into the Mohawk Valley, where settlers who side with the rebels have already formed a company of militia commanded by Mark Demooth. Soon after he comes to his new home, Gil reports for muster day. Some Indians were seen in the vicinity. Also, the militia decides to investigate the home of John Wolff, suspected of being a king’s man. Finding evidence that a spy was hidden on the Wolff farm, they arrest Wolff, convict him of aiding the British, and send him to the Newgate Prison at Simsbury Mines.
A few months after their arrival at Deerfield, Gil decides to organize a logrolling to clear his land for farming. The Weavers, the Realls, and Clem Coppernol all come to help with the work. When they are about half finished, Blue Back, a friendly Oneida Indian, comes to warn them that a raiding party of Seneca Indians and whites is in the valley. The settlers immediately scatter for home to collect their few movable belongings, which they might save, and then drive to Fort Schuyler. Lana, who is pregnant, loses her baby as a result of the wild ride to the fort. The enemy destroys the Deerfield settlement. All the houses and fields are burned; Gil’s cow is killed; Mrs. Wolff, who refused to take refuge with the people...
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