Around 1700, several of my ancestors had
encounters with indians that often proved fatal.
Here are some of their accounts.
Benoni Jones (1665-1704)
On May 13, 1704, Indians attacked the
Jones house in the Pascommuck massacre in which all of the area's inhabitants had assembled for
cover. Of 33 persons in the house, 19 were killed, 3 escaped, 8 were
rescued later and 3 were carried off. Benoni Jones and two of his sons,
Ebenezer and Jonathan, were slain.
Son of Benoni, Benjamin was scalped in 1704 when he was 8 years old when his
settlement was brutally attacked by Indians in the Pascommuck massacre. He barely escaped death and lived
to an old age.
She was a victim of the Poscmmuock massacre on May 13, 1704 that killed
her husband Benoni and most of her children. The indians took her to Canada as a
prisoner where she later died (1705) while being tormented by Catholic priests
trying to convert her to their religion.
Sometime between 1684 and 1687, Jonathan moved to
Haverhill, Massachusetts where he and four of his children were captured by
Indians in 1696. The Indians took them to Penacook (Concord) New Hampshire,where
they divided. One group of Indians took the elder Jonathan and Thomas to Maine,
where they escaped. Mary, Jonathan and Joseph were taken to Canada and were sold
to the French. Mary was redeemed for one hundred pounds of tobacco carried up on
a hand sled, but her two brothers, Jonathan and Joseph remained in Canada,
married there, and became wealthy farmers. Jonathan and his son, Thomas returned
to Haverhill, but on February 22, 1698, Jonathan Haynes was killed by the
Daughter of Jonathan Haynes. When she was a child, she was captured by Indians and taken to Canada. She was ransomed for 100 lbs of tobacco.
Regarded as the first Italian-American, Pietro was a Venetian immigrant to the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. In 1642 he married a Dutch huguenot woman named Judith Manje and they had 6 children from 1642 to 1655. The Albertis lived in a home on Broad Street until 1646 when Pietro applied for a land grant from the Dutch. The Albertis farmed 100 acres in Brooklyn until Pietro and Judith were killed in an Indian raid in 1655.