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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Stagecoach Mary

Mary Fields a.k.a. Stage Coach Mary was the first African-American woman employed as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, and the second American woman to be employed by the United States Postal Service.

Born a slave in Tennessee in 1832, Mary went on to become a well-loved icon for many who met her. She always made an impression, whether it was due to her unflinching loyalty to protect and care for the Ursuline Nuns who became her family, or for her reportedly bad temper that resulted in at least one documented duel.
Mary was a woman who lived by her own rules, in a society that stated that due to her being a woman and a African-American, this was not allowed. But remaining true to herself and those she loved, Mary was also an entrepreneur,owning several business, a novelty during her time.

Mary Fields stood 6-feet tall and weighed 200 pounds, she had a penchant for cigars and whiskey, and a gun always strapped under her apron...but although she could give a cussing freely, she gave love just as freely...

Mary was an innovator, and a maverick...

She was many things, but once encountered, she was never forgotten.

About the Author:

Michelle Cornwell-Jordan is a young adult paranormal author. Her titles include a co-written work with Danny Jones entitled Reahket and her solo young adult novella series Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy.

She is also the producer of the online radio segment IndieReview Behind The Scenes, where she and her co-host Jamie B Musings interview Indie authors and musicians.

Michelle has been married for 17 years and has a fourteen-year-old daughter. A book lover, her favorite genre has always been paranormal adventures.

Another love is writing. Michelle has been writing about as long as she has been a bibliophile! Losing herself in a fantasy world that she is creating on paper is how she loves spending her spare time.

Oh, and one final secret about Michelle is that she believes that she also has a secret power, but if she told, she would have to zap ya!

Happy reading!

Michelle Cornwell-Jordan's website http://michellecjordan.wix.com/author#!


  1. The real ‘Stagecoach Mary’ story:

    Mary Fields, Black Mary, and ‘Stagecoach Mary’ are all one of the same person. Mary was born in 1832, a slave in Arkansas and was owned by a Catholic family; the plantation owner had a single girl child the same age as Mary. Mary’s mother was the House Slave Servant and the plantation owners’ favorite cook; therefore Mary was always in the main house, in the kitchen and not in the fields, as a Field Slave. Mary’s father was a Field Slave, and Field Slaves were not allowed in the Main House, much less, to court a House Slave. Mary’s mother became pregnant by Mary’s father and he was beaten and sold to another plantation for getting Mary’s mother pregnant. After Mary’s birth, Mary’s mother and her were allowed to stay in the main house, and Mary became the plantation owner daughters’ playmate, therefore being the owners daughter’s playmate, Mary was allowed to read and write, a rarity for that time.

    After the emancipation and coming into adulthood, Mary was 6 feet tall and weighed over 200 pounds. Mary became her own woman and traveled solely from Arkansas, up and down the Mississippi River, to Ohio, then finally to Montana where she got her nickname at the turn of the 20th Century. She earned this nickname by working for the “United States Postal System” delivering the United States Mail through adverse conditions that would have discouraged the most hardened frontiersmen of her time. All by herself, she never missed a day for 8 years, carrying the U. S. Mail and other important documents that helped settle the wild open territory of central west Montana.

    Mary had no fear of man, nor beast, and this sometimes got her into trouble. She delivered the mail regardless of the heat of the day, cold of night, wind, rain, sleet, snow, blizzards, Indians and Outlaws.

    Mary was a cigar smoking, shotgun and pistol toting Negro Woman, who even frequented saloons drinking whiskey with the men, a privilege only given to her, as a woman. However, not even this fact, sealed Mary's credentials given to her, her credentials boasted that, “She would knockout any man with one punch”, a claim which she proved true.

    Her fame was so acclaimed, even the Actor, Gary Cooper, two time Academy Award Winner, told a story about her in 1959 which appeared in Ebony Magazine that same year. While, Annie Oakley and Martha Canary (Calamity Jane) were creating their history with Buffalo Bill, Stagecoach Mary was making “her Epic Journey!”

    Despite Mary's hardness, she had another side of her, a kindness so strong, even today, in the beginning of the 21st Century, the town of Cascade, Montana, and other surrounding communities celebrate her birthday. The Epic movie is in pre-production mode. Check out website at http://www.stagecoachmary.net

  2. Great stuff! She was a fascinating woman. Thanks for sharing.


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