The Reeducation of Mary Griffin

Steven C. Hahn

in The Life and Times of Mary Musgrove

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780813042213
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043043 | DOI:
The Reeducation of Mary Griffin

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This chapter traces Mary's move to Pon Pon, South Carolina, and reflects upon the likely process by which she was educated and converted to Christianity. Mary came to South Carolina at about seven years of age and was later taught to read by schoolmaster Ross Reynolds. Nathaniel Osborne, the first priest of St. Bartholomew's Parish, probably completed her education and baptized her. In order to understand the depth of her immersion in English culture, the chapter explores the subtext embedded in Mary's school books, a church catechism and a primer. It also explores the formative role played by the Yamasee War (ca. 1715) in shaping her outlook on Anglo-Indian relations, arguing that the terror and suffering inflicted by that war explains why Mary worked throughout her life trying to avoid another one like it.

Keywords: Pon Pon, South Carolina; St. Bartholomew's Parish; Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts; literacy; baptism; Nathaniel Osborne; Yamasee War (ca. 1715)

Chapter.  10198 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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