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From: "rgrentz" <>
Subject: RE: [HOWE-L] Caleb and Jemima Howe
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2000 08:50:56 -0500
I am happy to share this information on Caleb Howe, who was brother to Abner
Howe, my 5th great grandfather through my maternal line. I personally find
the story of this family fascinating.
The following is from "Howe Genealogies, John Howe of Sudbury and
Marlborough," Daniel Howe, ed. Gilman Howe, pp.45, 46:
"CALEB (4) HOWE (Nehemiah (3), Samuel (2), John (1), born in Framingham,
Mass., 3 Dec. 1723; married Mrs. JEMIMA PHIPPS, widow of William Phipps, who
was killed by the Indians at Great Meadow, 5 July 1745, and daughter of
Josiah Sawtelle. He lived for a time in Northfield, Mass., and afterwards
in Vernon, Vt. He was in Capt. Phineas Stevens Company 1746-49, and was a
sergeant at No. 4, and wrote to Capt. Stevens an account of the attack on
that place 20 June 1749. He was mortally wounded 27 June 1755, when Fort
Bridgman was taken, and died the next morning at Hinsdale, where his
gravestone is still to be seen. His wife and her seven children, the oldest
of whom was 11 years and the youngest only six months, were captured by the
Indians. The two eldest were daughters by her first husband, William
Phipps, the others were her children by Caleb. She and her children were
taken to Canada, but she and three of her children were redeemed and brought
home before 1760 by Col. Schuyler. She afterwards returned to Canada, and
obtained her second daughter, Submit Phipps. She is known as the "Fair
Captive" in the stories of the Indian wars. In his oration on New Hampshire
(Oct.7, 1853) Edward Everett says, "There is nothing in the Waverley novels
that surpasses in interest the subsequent adventures of Mrs. Howe in the
captivity of herself and children among the Indians and Canadian French less
than a century ago." She afterwards married Col. Amos Tute, who she
survived. She died 7 March 1805. The following is an extract from a letter
by John Howe, on of the descendants, to Elias Howe, dated 4 Sept. 1871;
"Nehemiah Howe, the father of her (Jemima Howe's) second husband, was killed
by the Indians in Charlestown, N.H.: (see New England Gazetteer.) [from
LCB-this is not true. Nehemiah died in a Quebec prison 25 May 1747, per
"The Captivity of Nehemiah How]. Caleb Howe, the husband of Mrs. Jemima
Howe, was killed by the Indians June 27, 1755, within a short distance of
Fort Sartle. (A very interesting account of Mrs. Howe's captivity is to be
found in the "American Preceptor" page 176). His body was buried on the
plain on the east side of the Connecticut River opposite Fort Sartle, and
the following is the inscription o the old moss-covered blue stone: "In
memory of Mr. Caleb Howe a very kind companion, who was killed by the
Indians June 27, 1755. His wife Mrs. Jemima Howe and seven children were
taken captive at the same time." Mrs. Howe returned from her captivity in
company with Gen. Putnam (see Harpers Magazine 1856, vol. 12 page 588; also
"The Mountain Hero" page 100) and she was known as the "Fair Captive." One
of her sons, Capt. Moses Howe, built and kept a tavern on the same farm
where her father was killed, and that house is still standing on the very
spot where Fort Sartle used to stand, - the first having been taken down in
1838 and the present house moved to the spot where Fort Sartle stood about
half a mile north of Bridgman's Fort, which was burnt at the time of Mrs.
Howe's capture in Vernon, Vt., formerly called Hinsdale.
i. WILLIAM, (5) b. about 1747; was a tory and went to Nova Scotia.
108.ii. MOSES, b. about 1749
109.iii. SQUIRE, b. about 1751
iv. CALEB, b. about 1753; was of Westminster, Vt., and Westmoreland, N.H.;;
he was said to have been a tory.
v. A son, b. in Jan. 1755; d. in Canada in March 1756."
Westmoreland NH is a beautiful town and full of Howe history. I recommend a
visit to all Howe descendents whose family settled this area.
Hope this helps.
Linda C. Borders