Lydia Longley was a young Puritan from Groton, Massachusetts. She was twenty years old in 1684 when her village was attacked by Native Americans and her entire family killed. Taken away to Montreal as prisoner, Lydia was ransomed by a French family and saved, both physically and spiritually. She not only converted to Catholicism, but entered the Congregation of Notre Dame. Lydia died in 1758, serving as a faithful religious sister for seventy years, and earning the title, "The First American Nun."