Excerpt from newspaper article dictated on the phone by Stokely to Monroe County Newspaper
Mr. Stokely VAUGHN's Grandmother was stolen by the Indians from her home near the Virginia-Kentucky line when she was seven years old.Her name was Mary PROVINCE and she was with the Indians during seven years of wandering.She told afterward they went around "heap big water" which she learned later was the Great Lakes.They spent a winter when there were a lot of Indians and many white captives.This place was the Indian camp ground near Peru,Indiana, where Frances Slocum lived.The wanderings of the Indians took them through sandy deserts where cactus grew.At the end of seven years they came to Clinch river in Kentucky.The girl was then fourteen years old and in all her wanderings had never seen a river where the water was red except the one that ran hear her home, the Clinch River at that time being quite red. She had studied her plan of escape and one moonlit night rode away on her pony.She realized the river was too wide to ford so made her way at night and hid in thickets in the day time.At the end of two days travel up the river familiar scenes met her eyes, but people were alarmed, fearing an attack by Indians and she found no welcome until she found a relative.Discarding her Indian garb she made herself known and was warmly welcomed home.Many of the things learned from the Indians remained with her through life.She was skilled in the use of the bow and arrow and greatly enjoyed shooting arrows with her grandsons.She lived to be very old.
Written in Stokely's Biography: Stokely, born 1831 in Hawkins Co, TN was a warm and intelligent man who was a great violinist and travelled thru many states when the main way of travel was on foot and by boat.He gained many boat rides by playing his fiddle.After removing to Indiana, Stokely was elected as County Commissioner for 3 terms.He later became Justice of the Peace for many years.
I give you these written accounts hoping you will see something that I would not recognize, i.e., I have no idea where Mary would have lived.She must have been born abt 1780 and lived until about 1849.I don't believe the family would have removed to Indiana in 1849 without her.Stokely's related stories indicate that Mary was very close to her grandchildren and that she lived a long life. Stokely Vaughn's Mother's name was Nancy Bowlen and his Father was Wilson Vaughn.I believe Mary Provence was the Mother of Nancy Bolen/Bolin.