Zane, Betty

Zane, (Elizabeth) Betty

(?1766–?1831) heroine; probably born in present-day West Virginia. Her brother, Col. Ebenezer Zane, built Fort Henry in present-day Wheeling, W.Va. During a fierce Indian attack (1782) she is reputed to have run from the fort to a nearby powder magazine, under Indian fire, to replenish the supply of the defenders. She married two times and had seven children.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.