Mary was born in 1646. She passed away in 1722.
On March 15, 1697, when she was a 51-year-old widow, Mary Corliss Neff was serving as a nurse for Hannah Emerson Dustin and her newborn baby. The women and baby were taken captive when Abenaki Indians from Quebec raided Haverhill, killed 27 of the settlers, and took 13 captive. Mary and Hannah were assigned to a family of 13 and sent north; along the way, one of the Indians killed Hannah’s six-day-old baby by smashing it into a tree.
The two women and a 14-year-old captive from Worcester, Samuel Leonardson, killed 10 of the 12 Indians who held them in captivity (two men, three women, and seven children, with one woman and one child surviving) — with Hannah killing 9 out of the 10. They returned to Haverhill with the scalps, to collect the bounty that was in effect for killing Indians. They were rewarded by the colony in both cash and land and became famous through Cotton Mather’s telling of the tale.
The story became popular again in the nineteenth century as the United States was undertaking major campaigns against Indians. John Greenleaf Whittier, Henry David Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne (the only one to call Dustin an “awful woman” for the violence) all retold the story. Admirers erected a bronze statue in Haverhill and a large statue on the island in the Merrimack River (near Boscawen, New Hampshire) where the event took place.
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Mary was born to George and Joanna (Davis) Corlis in 1646.
"Willi : Neff of Haverhill and Mary Corley or Haverhill, Jan. 23, 1665" 
Mary never remarried and died at Haverhill on October 22, 1722.  Her estate can be found in the Essex County, Massachusetts, Probate Records #19221. The inventory was taken in 1722 by Daniel Little, Philip Haseltine and Jonathan Emerson.
In 1680, Haverhill and Salisbury, both located north of the Merrimack River, were annexed to Essex County. These communities had been part of Massachusetts' colonial-era Norfolk County.
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