John Marrant was a black man born in 1755 in New York. He was literate, and he could also play the violin and French horn. He also converted to Christianity, to the chagrin of his parents and family. He was forced to move away from them, and he wandered around until he was found by a Cherokee group. He was supposed to be killed, but the executioner was converted to Christianity, and Marrant survived.
Before he realized that his family did not recognize him anymore, he continued to live with the Cherokees. One day, he did return to his family, where he learned that they did not know him any more. He began to help slaves and minister them until his death in 1791.
A Narrative of the Lord's Wonderful Dealings with John Marrant, A Black is a memoir written by John Marrant himself, which tells the stories of his life.