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About a fortnight after, a Dutchman was brought to prison, who was one of the captives the said'army had taken. He told me they had burnt Mr. Lydin's fort, and all the houses at that new township, killed Capt. Schuyler and five or six more, and had brought fifty whites and about sixty negroes to Montreal. I was sorry to hear of so much mischief done, but rejoiced they had not been upon our river, and the towns thereabouts, for which I gave thanks to God for his great goodness in preserving them, and particularly my family.
When Christmas came, the governor sent us twenty-four livres, and the lord-intendant came into the prison and gave us twenty-four more, which was about two guineas. Ile told us he hoped we should be sent home in a little time. He was a pleasant gentleman, and very kind to captives. Sometime after, Mr. Shearly, a gentleman of quality, came to us, and gave to the three sea-captains twenty-four livres, and to me twelve, and the next day sent me a bottle of claret wine. About ten days after he sent me twelve livres more; in all eight pounds, old tenor.
January 20th, 1746, eighteen captives were brought from Montreal to the prison at Quebec, which is one hundred and cighty miles.
February 22d, seven captives more, who were taken at Albany, were brought to the prison to us, viz: six men and one old woman seventy years old, who had been so infirm for seven years past that she had not been able to walk the streets, yet performed this tedious journey with ease.
March 15th, one of the captives taken at Albany, after fourteen or fifteen days' sickness, died in the hospital at Quebec,-a man of a sober, pious conversation. His name was Lawrence Plaffer, a German born.
May 3d, three captives taken at No. Four, sixteen miles above where I was taken, viz: Capt. John Spafford, Isaac Parker, and Stephen Fansworth, were brought to prison to us. They informed me my family was well
, a few days before they were taken, which rejoiced me much. I was sorry for the misfortune of these my friends, but was glad of their company, and of their being well used by those who took them.
May 14th, two captives were brought into prison, Jacob Read and Edward Cloutman, taken at a new township called Gorhamtown, near Casco Bay. They informed us that one man and four children of one of them were killed, and his wife taken at the same time with them, and was in the hands of the Indians.
May 16th, two lads, James and Samuel Anderson, brothers, taken at Sheepscot, were brought to prison. On the 17th, Samuel Burbank and David Woodwell, who were taken at New Hopkinton, near Rumford, (Concord, N. H.) were brought to prison, and informed us there were taken with them two sons of the said Burbank, and the wife, two sons and a daughter of the said Woodwell, whom they left in the hands of the Indians.
May 24th, Thomas Jones, of Holliston, who was a soldier at Contoocook, was brought to prison, and told us that one Elisha Cook, and a negro belonging to the Rev. Mr. Stevens, were killed when he was taken.
June 1st, William Aikings, taken at Pleasant Point, near Fort George, was brought to prison. June 2d, Mr. Shearly brought several letters of deacon Timothy Brown, of Lower Ashuelot, and money, and delivered them to me, which made me think he was killed or taken.
A few days after, Mr. Shearly told me he was taken. I was glad to hear he was alive.
June 6th, Timothy Cummings, aged sixty, was brought to prison, who informed us he was at work with five other men, about forty rods from the block-house, George's (fort,) when five Indians shot at them, but hurt none. The men ran away, and left him and guns to the Indians. He told us that the ensign was killed as he stood on the top of the fort, and that the English killed five Indians at the same time.
June 13th, Mr. Shearly brought to the captives some letters which were sent from Albany, and among then one from Lieut. Gov. Phips, of the Massachusetts Bay, to the Governor of Canada, for the exchange of prisoners, which gave us great hopes of a speedy release.
June 22d, cight men were brought to prison, among whom were Deacon Brown and Robert Morse, who informed me that there were
six or eight Indians killed, a little before they were taken, at Upper .Ashuelot, and that they learnt, by the Indians who took them, there were six more of the English killed at other places near Connecticut river, and several more much wounded; these last were supposed to be the wife and children of the aforesaid Burbank and Woodwell.
July 5th, we sent a petition to the chief governor that we might be exchanged, and the 7th, Mr. Shearly told us we should be exchanged for other captives in a short time, which caused great joy among us. The same day, at night, John Berran, of Northfield, was brought to · prison, who told us that an expedition against Canada was on foot, which much rejoiced us. He also told us of the three fights in No. Four, and who were killed and taken, and of the mischief done in other places near Connecticut river; and that my brother Daniel How's son Daniel was taken with him, and was in the hands of the Indians, who designed to keep him.
July 20th, John Jones, a seaman, was brought into prison, who told us he was going from Cape Breton to Newfoundland, with one Englishman and four Frenchmen, who had sworn allegiance to King George, and in the passage they had killed the other Englishman, but carried him to the bay of Arb, where there was an army of French and Indians, to whom they delivered him, and by them was sent to Quebec.
July 21st, John Richards, and a boy of nine or ten years of age, who belonged to Rochester, in New Hampshire, were brought to prison. They told us there were four Englishmen killed when they were taken.
August 15th, seven captives, who with eight more were taken at St. John's Island, were brought to prison. They told us that several were killed after quarters were given, among whom was James Owen, late of Brookfield, in New England. On the 16th, Thomas Jones. late of Sherburne, in New England, after seven or eight days' sick. ness, died. He gave good satisfaction as to his future state. On the 25th we had a squall of snow.
September 12th, Robert Downing, who had been a soldier at Cape Breton, and was taken at St. John's, and who was with the Indians two months, and suffered great abuse from them, was brought to prison.
On the 15th, twenty-three of the captives taken at Hoosuck fort were brought to prison, among whom was the Rev. Mr. John Norton. They informed us that after fighting twenty-five hours, with eight hundred French and Indians, they surrendered themselves, on capitulation, prisoners of war; that 'Thomas Nalton and Josiah Read were killed when they were taken. The names of those now brought in are the Rev. Mr. Norton, John Hawks, John Smead, his wife and six children, John Perry and his wife, Moses Scott, his wife and two children, Samuel Goodman, Jonathan Bridgman, Nathan Eames, Joseph Scott, Amos Pratt, Benjamin Sinconds, Samuel Lovet, David Warren, and Phinehas Furbush. The two last of these informed me that my brother Daniel How's son was taken from the Indians, and now lives with a French gentleman at Montreal. There were four captives more taken at Albany the last summer, who were brought to prison the same day.
On the 26th (Sept.) seventy-four men and two women, taken at sea, were brought to prison. October 1st, Jacob Shepard, of Westborough, taken at Hoosuck, was brought to prison. On the 3d. Jonathan Batherick was brought in; and on the 5th, seventeen other men, three of whom were taken with Mr. Norton and others, viz: Nathaniel Hitchcock, John Aldrick, and Stephen Scott. Richard Subs, who was taken at New Casco, says that one man was killed a: the same time. Also Pike Gooden, taken at Saco, was brought to prison. He says he had a brother killed at the same time. On the 12th, twenty-four seamen were brought in, and on the 19th, six more. On the 20th, Jacob Read died. On the 23d, Edward Cloutinan and Robert Dunbar broke prison and escaped for New England. The 27th, a man was brought into prison, who said the Indians took five more (besides himself,) and brought ten scalps to Montreal.
November 1st, John Read died. The 91h, John Davies, taken with with Mr. Norman, died. The 17th, Nathan Eames, of Marlborough. • died. On the 19th, Mr. Adams, taken at Sheepscot, was brought to
prison. He says that James Anderson's father was killed, and his uncle taken at the same time. The 20th, Leonard Lydle and the widow Sarah Briant were married in Canada, by the Rev. Mr. Norton. On the 22d, the above said Anderson's uncle was brought to prison. Two days after, (24th) John Bradshaw died. He had not been well for most of the time he had been a prisoner. It is a very melancholy time with us. There are now thirty sick, and deaths among us daily. Died on the 28th, Jonathan Dunham, and on the 291h, died also Capi. Bailey of Amesbury.
December 1st, an Albany man died, and on the 6th, Pike Gooden, who, we have reason to believe, made a happy change. On the 7th, a girl of ten years died. The 11th, Moses Scott's wife died, and on the 15th, one of Captain Robertson’s lieutenants. Daniel Woodwell's wife died on the 18th, a pious woman. John Perry's wise died the 23d. On the 26th, William Dayly, of New York, died.
January 3d, 1747, Jonathan Harthan died. On the 12th, Phinehas Andrews, of Cape Ann, died. He was one of the twenty captives, who, the same night, had been removed to another prison, hoping thereby to get rid of the infection. Jacob Bailey, brother to Capt. Bailey, died the 15th; and the 17th, Giat Braban, Captain Chapman's carpenter, died.
On the 23d, Samuel Lovet, son of Major Lovet, of Mendon, in New England, died.
February 10th, William Garwafs died, also the youngest child of Moses Scott. The 15th, my nephew, Daniel How, and six more were brought down from Montreal to Quebec, viz: John Sunderland, John Smith, Richard Smith, William Scott, Philip Scoflil, and Benjamin Tainter, son to Lieutenant Tainter, of Westborough, in New England. The 23d, Richard Bennet died, and the 25th, Michael Dugon.
March 181h, James Margra died, and on the 22d, Capt. John Fort and Samuel Goodman ; the 28th, the wife of John Smead died, and left six children, the youngest of whom was born the second night after the mother was taken.
April 71h, Philip Scaffield, (Scofield ?) and next day John Saneld, the next day Captain James Jordan and one of his men, died. On the 12th, Amos Pratt, of Shrewsbury, and on the 14th, Timothy Cummings; the 17th, John Dill, of Hull in New England; the 18th, Samuel Venhon, of Plymouth, died. On the 26th, Capt. Jonathan Williamson was brought to prison. He was taken at the new town on Sheepscot river. The same day came in, also, three men who were taken at Albany, three weeks before, and tell us that thirteen were killed, Capt. Trent being one. They were all soldiers for the expedition to Canada. On the 27th, Joseph Denox, and on the 28th Samuel Evans, died. The same night the prison took fire, and was burnt, but the things therein were mostly saved. We were kept that night under a guard.
May 7th, Sarah Lydle, whose name was Briant when she was taken, and married while a captive, died; and on the 13th, Mr. Smead's son, Daniel, died, and Christian Tether the 14th. The same day died also Hezekiah Huntington, a hopeful youth, of a liberal education. Ile was a son of Colonel Huntington, of Connecticut, in New England. On the 15th, Joseph Grey, and on the 19th Samuel Burbank, died. At the same time died two children who were put out to the French to nurse.
At this time I received a letter from Major Willard, dated March 17th, 1747, wherein he informs me my family were well, which was joyful news to me. May 19th, Abrahain Fort died.
PARTICULARS RELATING TO THE CAPTIVITY OF JOHN FITCH, OF ASHBY,
MASS., RELATED BY MR. ENOS JONES, OF ASHBURNHAM.
The town of Lunenburg, in Massachusetts, was incorporated August 1, 1728, and received its name in compliment to George II.,
who, the preceding year, came to the British throne, and was styled Duke of Lunenburg, having in his German dominions a town of that name. On the 3rd of February, 1764, a part of Lunenburg was detached and incorporated as a distinct town by the name of Fitchburg. In 1767, a part of Fitchburg was disannexed, to aid in forming the town of Ashby. Mr. John Fitch lived on the frontiers of the county, in the traci now included in Ashby. After the commencement of the French and Indian war of 1745, Fitch proposed to the government to keep a garrison, with the aid of three soldiers, who were immediately despatched to him. Mr. Fitch was a gentleman of much enterprise, and had had considerable dealings with the Indians in peltries, furs, &c., and was generally well known among them. Soon after the breaking out of the war, they determined to make him a prisoner; and in July, 1746–7, they came into the vicinity, to the number of about eighty. The inhabitants of the garrison were Fitch, his wife, five children, and the three soldiers. One of these last left the garri. son early in the morning of the disaster, on furlough, to visit a house at the distance of three or four miles. Another went out in quest of game. He had not proceeded far when he discovered the Indians crawling in the high grass between him and the garrison. He attempted to return, but was instantly shot down. One soldier only remained with Fitch and his family, and they determined to defend themselves to the best of their power. The soldier, whose name was Jennings, fired several times, when an Indian shot him through the neck, and he fell. Mrs. Fitch regularly loaded the guns for her husband, and they continued to defend themselves for some time; when the Indians informed them that if they would surrender they should have quarter, but if they refused they should perish in the flames of the garrison. After some consultation with his wife, Fitch concluded to surrender. The Indians then burned the garrison, and after committing various mischiefs in the neighborhood, they took the captive family to Canada. Immediately after the garrison was burnt, Perkins, the soldier on furlough, espied the smoke, and on ascending a hill in the vicinity he could see the ruins. He immediately gave the alarm, and in the evening nearly an hundred had assembled in arms for the pursuit of the enemy. It being dark, however, they concluded to wait till the following morning, and ere day broke they set out. After proceeding a short distance in the track of the Indians, they saw a piece of paper tied to a limb of a tree, which, on examining, they found to be in the hand-writing of Fitch, requesting them by no means to pursue him, as the Indians had assured him of safety if they were not pursued, but would destroy him if his friends should attempt