Victims of the Raid on Deerfield
Old Deerfield Burying Ground
N 42° 32.689 W 072° 36.592
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.
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
On reverse side is inscribed:
THE GRAVE OF
48 MEN WOMEN AND
OF THE FRENCH AND
INDIAN RAID ON
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 "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).
Names of those captured in the Raid of 1704
Fate of all Deerfield Residents: