Deerfield Massacre Mass Grave - Deerfield, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 32.689 W 072° 36.592
18T E 696252 N 4713038
Quick Description: The mass burial mound of the victims of the raid on of Deerfield, February 29, 1704 is located in the Old Deerfield Burying Ground in Deerfield, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 8/24/2019 4:03:29 AM
Waymark Code: WM116BD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
Views: 2

Long Description:

During Queen Anne's War on February 29, 1704 the combined French and Abenaki and Mohawk warriors under the command of Jean-Baptiste Hertel de Rouville attacked the English frontier settlement at Deerfield, MA and burned the village. The remains of 48 men, women, and children killed during the raid are buried in a mass grave. On top of a mound in the south east part of the cemetery there is a square stone marker and a bronze cross added by the Society of Colonial Wars 1607 - 1775. The marker is inscribed:

THE DEAD OF
1704

On reverse side is inscribed:

THE GRAVE OF
48 MEN WOMEN AND
CHILDREN, VICTIMS
OF THE FRENCH AND
INDIAN RAID ON
DEERFIELD,
FEBRUARY 29, 1704

The names of the victims: those "who were slain at the Taking of the Town," was "drawn up by the Rev. Stephen Williams of Springfield (Longmeadow) soon after his Return from Captivity" and was printed in appendix of The Redeemed Captive. by the survivor of the massacre The Rev. John Williams.

Link to The Redeemed Captive

ALEXANDER, DAVID, s. of John and Beatrice.
ALLIS (ELLICE), SAMUEL, soldier of Hatfield, s. of Samuel and Alice.
BOLTWOOD, SERGT. SAMUEL, Soldier of Hadley.
BOLTWOOD, ROBERT, Soldier of Hadley.
CARTER, THOMAS, (4), s. of Samuel and Mercy (Brooks).
CATLIN, JOHN, s. of John and Isabella (Ward).
CATLIN, JOSEPH, k. in Meadow Fight, and
CATLIN, JONATHAN, sons of John (above) and Mary (Baldwin).
FIELD, SARAH, (10 mos.), dau. John and Mary (Bennett).
FOOT, SAMUEL, Soldier of Hatfield.
FRARY, SAMSON, s. of John and Prudence.
FRENCH, JOHN, (4 weeks), child of Thomas and Mary (Catlin).
HAWKS, ALICE, w. of John, Sr.
HAWKS, JOHN, JR. (30), s. John and Martha (Baldwin).
HAWKS, THANKFUL (SMEAD), his w. and all their children, viz:
HAWKS, JOHN, (7).
HAWKS, MARTHA, (4).
HAWKS, THANKFUL, (2).
HINSDALE, SAMUEL, (15 mos.), s. of Mehuman and Mary.
HOYT, DAVID, (29), s. of David and Abigail (Cook | Pomeroy).
INGRAM, JONATHAN, (27), Soldier of Hadley.
INGERSOL, JOSEPH, (28).
KELLOGG, JONATHAN, (5), s. of Martin and Sarah (Dickinson | Lane).
MATTOON, REBECCA (NIMS), (24), q. of Philip, who was k. on the journey.
MATTOON, Their infant son, Mother and child were burned in a cellar, says S. Williams' MS.
PARTHENA, servant of Mr. Williams.
NIMS, HENRY, (22).
NIMS, MEHITABLE, (7).
NIMS, MARY, (5).
NIMS, MERCY, (5), all children of Godfrey and Mary ( Miller | Williams).
The little girls were burned in the house. PRICE, SARAH, w. of Robert, dau. of John Webb and previously married to Zech. Field.
ROOT, MERCY, (15), dau. Hezekiah and Mehitable (Frary).
An orphan, living with her grandfather, Samson Frary.
SELDEN, THOMAS, (26), s. of Thomas and Felix (Lewis).
SHELDON, HANNAH (STEBBINS), (39), w. of John.
SHELDON, MERCY, (2), her child.
SMEAD, ELIZABETH (LAWRENCE), (64?), w. of William. Her daughter-in-law.
SMEAD, MARY (PRICE),(23), w. of Samuel and Mary's two children:
SMEAD, SARAH, (4).
SMEAD, WILLIAM, (2). All were smothered in the cellar of the burning house.
SMITH, MARTIN, (50?), perished in cellar of John Hawks's house.
STEBBINS, BENONI, (51), s. of John and Mary (Munden): prob. Munson.
STEVENS, ANDREW, an Indian.
WAIT, SERGT. BENJAMIN, of Hatfield.
WARNER, NATHANIEL, of Hadley.
WELLS, MARY, (30), dau. of Thomas and Hepzibah (Buel). In 1693 she was "knocked on the head and scalped," but recovered to be scalped again.
WILLIAMS, JOHN, (6).
WILLIAMS, JERUSHA, (6 weeks). Children of Rev. John and Eunice (Mather).

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