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Jane Frazier, 1735-1815

Jane Frazier Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


Jane Frazier was the wife of Lt. John Frazier. They lived in a log cabin which had been built in the early 1750s just beyond the present-day Cumberland city limits. In 1755, while returning to her home from the Fort Cumberland Trading Post several miles away, Jane was captured by American Indians and taken to the Miami Nation near Dayton on the Miami River in Ohio.

Held captive over a year, she escaped and after eighteen months eventually made her way back home to learn that her husband had remarried because he thought that she was dead. Jane’s husband took her back and sent his second wife home to her father. Jane and her husband went on to run a trading post near Cumberland, lived a long life, and had several children. John also served as a scout for George Washington during the French and Indian War.

The Frazier house was destroyed in the 1960’s, but a marker designates its approximate location. Jane's story is told in the 1946 novel by Ruby Frazier Frey, Red Morning.


Text - Albert Feldstein, drawing - Frank Shull

The illustration is from a charcoal drawing by Frank Shull donated to the South Cumberland Library several years ago. The text reads "Jane Frazer. Great Grandmother Of The Beatty, Good and Hildebrand Family."

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Allegany County

Photographer: Renee Mason

Allegany County (Md.)--Biography; Allegany County (Md.)--Women.

Allegany County, (Md.)

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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