‘Blood in the Valley’ by Jean Roberts

Catherine Wasson and her extended family leave the placid Colony of New Hampshire for raucous Schenectady in New York. There, they rub shoulders with the original Dutch colonizers, German farmers, Scots-Irish immigrants and proud members of the Iroquois Nation. Shortly after their arrival, war erupts with France, imperiling their plans and possibly their lives. As peace returns, Catherine marries and moves to Cherry Valley, perched on the edge of Indian Territory. Her life is once again threatened as American agitators push the Colonies towards war with Britain. It’s proximity to Canada, Tory supporters and the leadership of the Mohawk tribe create a devastating atmosphere of guerrilla warfare. Families, friends and neighbors are forced to choose sides. Catherine and her husband, Colonel Samuel Clyde fight to preserve their home and their lives. Based on the lives of my ancestors, using Colonial records, this book recreates the singular life of Catherine Wasson Clyde, a woman ahead of her time.

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