Women You Should Know – Marie Madeleine Jarret de Vercheres

Marie Madeleine Jarret de Vercheres, (1678-1747) “heroine,” was born on her father’s estate near the St. Lawrence River, just outside of Montreal, Quebec on April 17, 1678. Madeleine’s bravery was unwavering when she and her two younger brothers defended the family fort for eight days against an attack by a band of Iroquois, while her parents were away. Madeleine was only 16 at the time. Madeleine married in 1706 and she and her husband had five children.

Over the course of her life, Madeleine’s courage against Iroquois attacks would be tested again when she twice saved the life of her husband. These heroic acts led to her story being included in several history books. On August 8, 1747, at the age of 69, Madeleine passed away

Source for additional information
1692 Narrative of the Heroic Deeds of Madeleine de Verchères (1678-1747) aged 14 years, against the Iroquois October 22-30, 1692 (Source: Supplement to the Report of the Public Archives of Canada for 1899) – http://www.canadahistory.com/sections/documents/bravery_of_madeleine_de_vercheres.htm

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