Eunice Williams and her family were captured by
Indians during the Deerfield Raid of 1704.
Unlike the rest of her family, Eunice
remained with the Indians and never returned to
New England to live.
Eunice, who was only 7 years old when she was
abducted, was adopted by a Mohawk family at
Kahnawake in Canada and became fully assimilated
into the tribe.
Eunice converted from Congregationalism
to Roman Catholicism and took the name
Marguerite at her baptism.
She married François-Xavier Arosen, a
Mohawk man, had a family with him, and chose to
stay with the Mohawk for the rest of her life.
She refused all attempts at redemption by the
Nevertheless, the family never ceased in
their efforts to reclaim her from the Mohawk.
Rev. Stephen Williams frequently
mentioned his concern for his “poor sister” in
Eventually, she reestablished
communication with her family and returned to
New England to visit them during the summers of
1740, 1741 and 1761.
She and her family visited Longmeadow
each of these years.
By this time, Eunice spoke only Mohawk
and French and she needed to use an interpreter
to communicate with her family.
Eunice survived all of her siblings and died in
Eunice Williams’s story was told in
The Captivation of Eunice Williams, an opera
created by Paula M. Kimper and Harley
by Elizabeth Hoff