Larcena Pennington Page

American pioneer Larcena Pennington Page

Larcena Pennington Page, or Larcena Ann Pennington Page Scott, was a member of a well known family of American pioneers. She is most remembered for her kidnapping by hostile Apache natives in Arizona. Larcena was captured on March 16, 1860, with her young student, near Madera Canyon and left for dead later that day. She then managed to survive in the wilderness for sixteen days until finally making it to safety.
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1913
    Age 76
    Died in 1913.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1870
    Age 33
    In August 1870, she married William Fisher Scott, a Scottish lawyer and judge.
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  • 1869
    Age 32
    In June 1869, her father and another brother were both murdered while working at a farm by Apaches.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1867
    Age 30
    In 1867 Larcena's sister died of malaria and in 1868 her brother, Jim Pennington, was killed during attacks against the Apache.
  • 1861
    Age 24
    In September 1861, Larcena gave birth to her daughter, Mary Ann, and shortly thereafter she moved again, to Tubac and later to a stone house along the Santa Cruz, about a half-mile from the international border with Mexico. The stone house was located in a dangerous area, frequented by Apaches, and at one point Larcena had to flee to Mowry, a small, fortified, mining town. Constantly moving, by April 1864 the Penningtons had returned to Tubac and were its only residents, as everyone else had fled during the Apache attack in 1861.
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    In the later part of August 1861, her brother, Jack, saved a fellow settler from Apaches during the Battle of Cookes Canyon.
    In March or April 1861, her husband, John, was ambushed and killed by Apache north of Tucson while transporting a wagon load of goods to Old Camp Grant.
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    In 1861 the American Civil War was about to begin and Larcena was worried that the Apaches would turn more violent with the absence of military personnel.
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    They passed through several canyons where Apache were known to spring surprise attacks, including Doubtful Canyon, Apache Pass, and Cooke's Canyon where a wagon train was attacked in the Battle of Cookes Canyon in 1861.
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  • 1860
    Age 23
    On March 15, 1860, John and Randall arrived in a wagon to pick up Larcena, Mercedes and their dog for the trip to the cabin.
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  • 1859
    Age 22
    While at Fort Buchanan, Larcena met lumberjack John Hempstead Page and fell in love. The two were married on December 24, 1859, becoming the first American citizens to be wed in Tucson, which at the time was populated by less than a thousand people.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1837
    Age 0
    Born in 1837.
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