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Subject: Price of Deerfield MA; Glastonbury CT; Sussex NJ Part 2
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 21:02:49 -0400
2. Ebenezer Field b. 31 Oct 1671 m. 14 Jan 1697 Mary Dudley b. 16 May
1678. In 1696 they removed to East Guilford (now Madison), Connecticut and
thus escaped the Deerfield massacre in which his mother and siblings died
or were captured and marched to Canada. Ebenezer d. 17 May 1713 East
Guilford. Mary m. (2)Timothy Alcott of Bolton where she d. 20 Apr 1740.
10. David Field b. 2 Dec 1697 m. (1)Anna Bishop (2)Catherine Bishop
(3)Mrs. Abigail Tyler Strong.
11. Mary Field b. 16 Nov 1699.
12. Gregory Field b. perhaps c. 1701 found drowned 29 Apr 1710 in
13. Samuel Field b. 12 Jan 1704 m. Bethiah Johnson.
14. Ebenezer Field b. 1706 m. (1)Hannah Everts (2)Margaret Everts
(3)Deborah Hall (4)Hannah Mills.
15. Zachariah Field b. 1708 m. (1)Prudence Graves (2)Anna Seward.
16. Joareb Field b. 2 Mar 1711 m. Abigail Bradley.
17. Ann Field b. 22 Mar 1713 m. 31 Aug 1752 Elisha White of Hatfield and
3. John Field b. 8 Dec 1673 m. 9 Nov 1696 Mary Bennett b. c. 1675 daughter
of James Bennett and Mary Broughton of Northampton and Northfield. They
were one of the unfortunate families that was broken up at the destruction
and massacre of the inhabitants of Deerfield, Massachusetts, 29 Feb 1704.
John Field was one of the heroic band who attacked the retreating enemy
without success in the meadow near Deerfield. His wife, Mary (age 28) and
children, Mary (age 7) and John (age 4), were taken captive to Canada.
Their ten month old daughter, Sarah, was killed in the attack. Mary Field
and her son were ransomed and returned in 1705 or 1706, but daughter Mary
never returned. John and his family removed about 1710 to East Guilford,
Connecticut where his brother, Ebenezer and family were living. From there
they removed to Coventry or Stafford where he d. in Feb 1718. His Will made
at Coventry named wife, Mary; son, John; and other unnamed children. Will
proven 6 Mar 1717/18.
18. Mary Field b. 1697 captured with her mother and brother and taken to
Canada and adopted into an Indian family who gave her the name, Walahowey.
It was related that every effort was made to secure her release, but her
Indian family was unwilling to relinquish her. She lived at the Indian
mission of Kahnawake near Montreal and was most likely baptised there in
the Catholic Church. There were several other Deerfield captives in the
same village and near her age. She married an Indian and came with him to
visit her family in Connecticut many years later. Every effort was made for
them both to remain. It is related her husband was willing, but Mary was
not, having become firmly attached to her Indian mode of life. Fellow
Deerfield captives also married and resided at Kahnawake, among them Eunice
Williams who visited her relatives in Massachusetts with her Indian husband
and children, but like Mary Field, returned to Canada after each visit. The
early mission records are missing, but a careful study of when they do
begin could reveal her Indian husband and any children she may have had.
19. John Field b. 4 Oct 1700 Deerfield, Massachusetts (vr) m. Anna.
20. Sarah Field b. 14 Apr 1703 Deerfield (vr) killed 29 Feb 1704.
21. Pedajah Field b. 28 Jan 1707 m. (1)Hannah (2)Abigail Pettee.
22. Bennett Field b. 13 Dec 1709 m. Elizabeth Spafford.
23. Sarah Field b. 20 July 1712.
6. Mary Price b. 21 Mar 1681 m. 17 Mar 1698/9 (vr) at Deerfield,
Massachusetts, Samuel Smead son of William Smead and Elizabeth Lawrence.
Their house was burned 29 Feb 1704 in the attack on Deerfield by French and
Indians. Mary and her children and Samuel's mother suffocated in the cellar
of their burning home. The value of Samuel's estate lost was 50 pounds.
Samuel m. 18 Apr 1707 (2)Mary Weld Alexander, widow of David Alexander and
daughter of Daniel Weld. She was the second wife of David Alexander who was
killed in the attack on Deerfield. Mary and her two year old daughter, Mary
were captured, the daughter killed shortly after. Mary was taken to Canada
and later redeemed, and returned to Deerfield. Samuel and his second wife,
Mary had five children and he d. 1 Jan 1730/1. Mary m. for her fourth
husband, Joseph Younglove.
24. Sarah Smead b. 25 Feb 1700 Deerfield, Massachusetts (vr) d. 29 Feb
25. William Smead b. 16 Sept 1701 Deerfield (vr) d. 29 Feb 1704.
7. Elizabeth Price b. 12 Aug 1683 m. 6 Dec 1703 Andrew Stevens, an Indian.
Nothing is know of him, except that he was perhaps a "praying Indian" or an
Indian that had converted to Christianity or perhaps strongly influenced by
New England puritans. Elizabeth and Andrew resided at Deerfield and he was
killed 29 Feb 1704 in the attack on Deerfield. Elizabeth was taken captive
and marched to Canada. Arriving at Chambly in detached parties, they were
separated, some remaining with Indian captors, others bought by the French.
One year after her capture, Elizabeth was living with the Sisters of the
Congregation at Ville Marie at Montreal when on 25 Apr 1705 she was
baptised in the chapel, "an English woman named Elizabeth who had
previously abjured the Calvinistic heresy, who was born at Northampton in
New England the (13 - old style) 23d August 1683, of the marriage of Robert
Price, Episcopal and of the late Sara Web independent and widow of Andre
Stevens, having been taken at Deerfield in New England the (29 Feb - old
style) 11 March 1704 and brought to Canada." As was customary, she was
given a French Christian name during the church ceremony and her name would
now appear as Marie Elizabeth Price. On 3 Feb 1706 "were married Jean
Fourneau, aged 27, master shoemaker, son of Jacques Fourneau and
Marguerite Genillac, native of the town and diocese of Limoges, parish of
Saint Michel (France) to Marie Elizabeth Price, aged twenty two years and a
half, daughter of Robert Price and the late Sara Web, and widow of Andre
Stevens of Northampton in New England," by Monsieur Francois le Vachon de
Belmont, Bishop of Quebec and priest of the seminary at Ville Marie. The
bridegroom did not sign, but Marie Elizabeth did. Among those who witnessed
the marriage and signed was fellow Deerfield captive Samuel Williams (later
redeemed), HannahParsons (wife of William Parsons and captured at York,
Maine), Marie Esther Sayrs (Esther Sayword, captured at York, Maine in
1692), Christine Otis (captured at Dover, New Hampshire in 1689), and
Catharine Denkyn all captives and several friends of the bridegroom.
Jean Fourneau dit Brindamour (Brandamour, Brin D'Amour, etc.) was b. c.
1679 St. Michel, City of Limoges, Province of Limousin (Haute-Vienne),
France. He was a soldier serving in the Beaucourt Company and first appears
in Montreal 25 Oct 1705 when he was cited in a document. After his service
as a soldier he was a master cobbler "maitre cordonnier."
Elizabeth's marriage had tied her to Canada and she would be unlikely to
ever return to New England. Soon the birth of a child, followed by others,
would further strengthen her bond to New France (Canada). Did she ever
yearn to return to Deerfield and visit her father and friends? Did she
fully adjust to the Catholic Church, which was forced on so many captives?
Those who refused rebaptism into the Catholic Church were often compelled
into confessing what was seen as their heretic Protestant religion, until
In May 1710 naturalization was granted to "Elisabith Priser, English woman,
married to Jean Fourneau, established at Montreal and having two children."
"November 4, 1716 was buried the body of Marie Elizabeth Praisse about 35
years, wife of Jean Fourneau, shoemaker." The French government and the
Catholic Church had secured a victory, she was one of the unreedemed
captives never to return to New England. After Elizabeth's death, Jean
Fourneau m. 2 May 1718 Marie Lelate.
26. Marie Elizabeth Fourneau b. 5 Nov bpt 6 Nov 1706.
27. Jeanne Fourneau b. and bpt 6 Feb 1708 Montreal, Canada.
28. Marie Madelene Fourneau b. 30 Oct bpt 31 Oct 1709 Montreal. No
marriage record found and perhaps d. in infancy as the 1710 naturalization
of her mother reads "having two children" and it is known that her two
older sisters married. One record relates she d. 27 Dec buried 28 Dec 1726.
29. Marguerite Fourneau b. 18 Sept 1711 Montreal bpt 1711, her godfather
being, Samuel Louis Price, shoemaker, her uncle and brother of her mother.
Jean Fourneau, dit Brindamour, master shoemaker, here signed his name.
30. Anne Fourneau b. 31 July 1713 Montreal.
31. Pierre Jean Fourneau b. 8 Apr bpt 10 Apr 1715 Montreal.
32. Marie Joseph Fourneau b. and bpt 22 Oct 1716 Montreal d. 23 Oct 1716.
9. Samuel Price b. c. 1692/3 Deerfield, Massachusetts was taken captive as
a child in the Deerfield massacre of 29 February 1704. Sheldon related that
Samuel was eighteen years of age when captured, but this seems very
unlikely and he was presumably about ten years of age at capture. Little is
knownof Samuel's early captivity though stories told by descendants would
indicate that he lived with the Indians. The History of Sussex County, New
Jersey relates that when Samuel was a "small boy he and his mother were
taken prisoners by the Indians at one of the massacres in the Eastern
States, and marched off together. She, being somewhat conversant with the
language of the savages, soon learned from their conversation and gestures
that she was to be dispatched, and immediately communicated the
intelligence to her son. She told him that he must not cry when they killed
her, or they would kill him too. She only marched a few rods farther before
she was killed. The boy was eventually adopted by one of the squaws as her
child, she having lost one of her own a few days previous. He lived with
the Indians until he was twenty-one years old, and was then rescued by his
friends. It was a long time before he became thoroughly reconciled to
civilized society, and he sometimes expressed a desire to return to the
Indians, but the feeling gradually wore away after his release." Robert is
quoted as the one who was the Indian captive in The History of Sussex
County, but it was Samuel. Samuel had a son Robert who removed with Samuel
to Sussex County and left heirs. The Indian story seems quite accurate from
what information is available, even though the wrong name was attributed,
as is not uncommon when family stories are passed down through several
generations. Samuel, his son Robert, and Robert's children were all
deceased when the History of Sussex County was published. If Samuel was
eighteen when captured and released when twenty one he would only have been
in Canada for three years, when in fact he was there for at least seven
years and perhaps longer. Furthermore, his cemetery marker is inscribed
"Departed this life In the Year 1768 In the 75 Year of his Age" indicating
he was born in 1692/3. If Samuel was eighteen when captured he would have
been born about 1685 and over aged eighty at his death. Cemetery markers
are in some instances incorrect, but usually a person's age is older on a
marker than they actually were, not younger. There is no birth record
found for Samuel in Northampton town records with his other siblings. He
was perhaps the youngest child and born after the family removed to
Deerfield from Northampton. If Samuel was twenty one years of age when he
returned to New England, that would place the date at about 1713 which is
somewhere very near the date of his return.
The majority of the Deerfield captives were captives of Indians and many
were ransomed or traded to French households, nunneries, seminaries, etc.,
on arriving in Canada. Some captives were not relinquished by the Indians
to the French and Samuel was perhaps one of those. There was great pressure
on the captives to renounce their New England Protestant religion and be
rebaptised as Catholics whether living with the French or with Indians.
Samuel was baptised in the Catholic Church and given the French name Louis
Price as was customary and appears in records of Montreal with that name,
but the date of his baptism I have not located. If baptised by a Jesuit
priest in one of the Indian villages with a permanent Jesuit priest or in a
remoter village where a Jesuit priest would visit baptizing, catechizing,
confessing his converts, Samuel may have been baptised with an Indian
surname and very difficult to locate. Several of the Deerfield captives
that were among the Indians lived at the Indian village and mission of St
Francois Xavier at Caughnawaga near Montreal, a mixed blend of several
tribes, but predominantly of Mohawk transplants from New York state who had
converted to Christianity and practiced Catholicism. The Iroquois name was
Kahnawake and that is the name it is known by today. A great many of its
present day inhabitants are descendants of New England captives and it is
said not a single family is of pure Indian blood. The early Kahnawake
mission records are missing and if baptised there Samuel's baptism will not
be found where as his sister Elizabeth was living in a seminary at Montreal
with the French and her baptism occured 25 April 1705 at Ville Marie. Some
Deerfield children were sent to the Indian mission at Sault au Recollet (or
Lorette) on the Riviere des Prairies, on the other side of the island of
Montreal. The church at this mission was known as Notre Dame de la Nouvelle
Lorette. In 1720 this mission moved to Lac des Deux Montagnes (The Lake of
Two Mountains) or known as Oka on the Ottawa River.
There were captive exchanges in 1706, one expedition by Sheldon and one by
Appleton, which redeemed about one hundred English captives, but Samuel
still remained an unredeemed captive in Canada. After these captive
exchanges, when an equal number of French captives were released by the
English, there were about ninety English captives still in Canada, either
with French or Indians. In 1707 Sheldon left New England for Canada on his
third mission to redeem captives. His venture was hardly successful and no
other attempt would be made by an Englishman to venture to Canada until
late in 1710. Where was Samuel? Was he far away in the forests in some
Indian village or near Montreal? Why had he not been redeemed? There are
several incidents of Indians hiding their adopted captives when expeditions
arrived in Montreal to negotiate their release and of French Jesuits
threatening their removal.
We know nothing of Samuel's first six years as a captive. In May 1710 his
name appears as Louis Price in a list of persons naturalized, many of them
captives, "all professing the Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman religion, have
shown that they have been established several years in New France and
desiring to end their days as subjects . . . to have all the rights,
privileges, and immunities enjoyed by our born subjects, as well as the
same rights to hold and dispose of property, real and personal, but they
cannot leave the country without our express and written permission," given
at Versailles. On the 29 Oct 1710 as Louis Price he witnessed the marriage
of Sarah Jeffreys Hurst to Guillaume Perkins, an Englishman of the County
of Lincoln, at Montreal. Sarah was a fellow Deerfield captive, the widow of
Thomas Hurst and with her six children taken captive, the youngest killed
on the march. She had been rebaptised as Marie Jeanne Jeffreys. The couple
were married in the "presence of Joseph Greenhill, shoemaker; Joseph
Poupart called La Fleur, also shoemaker; Louis Price of the same trade; and
Jacques (illegible) called La Violette. In 1711 he was godfather at the
baptism of his niece, Marguerite Fourneau, born 18 Sept 1711 to his sister
Elizabeth. He is called Samuel Louis Price, shoemaker, in the baptismal
record. The godmother at the baptism was Martha Marguerite French, another
Deerfield captive who was eight years of age when captured in 1704 and who
m. 24 Nov 1711 Jacques Roi.
The 1710 marriage record and 1711 baptism record imply that Samuel did not
remain with his Indian captors, but at some point had taken up the trade of
shoemaking. Was he perhaps working with his brother in law, Jean Fourneau?
Had his sister remained in Canada to take care of her brother? Her husband
and mother had both been killed in the attack on Deerfield and she had only
a father and two married half brothers remaining in New England. Did his
sister Elizabeth have contact with him in those early years of captivity?
Elizabeth and Samuel were most likely separated as were most of the
Deerfield captives. If an Indian captive did Elizabeth endeavor to see him?
At some point, if separated, they made their reunion.
In 1712 Samuel Williams, himself a returned Deerfield captive and brother
of captive Eunice Williams who was living at Kahnawake and son of the Rev.
Williams spiritual leader of Deerfield who endured the march to Canada and
was later released, and a party (Jonathan Wells, John Nims, and Eleazer
Warner, all from Deerfield) left for Canada to make a prisoner exchange
arriving in July. On the 28 Aug 1712 nine captives were delivered to Samuel
Williams and his party at Montreal. Samuel Williams, his party, and the
nine captives returned to New England, three of whom were of New Hampshire.
Of the remaining six, the names of only Jonathan Barrett and William
Sanford have been found. Was Samuel Price among these nine captives who
returned to New England? Perhaps, or perhaps he ventured from Canada on his
own to return to his New England home and where several of his fellow
Deerfield captives had returned to.
The next captive negotiations were in November 1713 when Rev. John
Williams, Major John Stoddard, Martin Kellogg, Capt. Thomas Baker and
Eleazer or Ebenezer Warner, and Jonathan Smith of Deerfield left for
Montreal. They were detained ten weeks at Albany by weather. Capt. Baker
returned before the others to Massachusetts with three captives in April
1714 and the remaining party returned in Sept 1714 with 27 captives, having
been gone nearly a year, but their mission had been successful. Samuel
Price had returned to New England before this expedition, since he married
in April 1714 as will shortly be seen.
Samuel most likely returned to Deerfield where his father was living. Had
there been communication between them during his captive years? We know
that commissioners who visited Montreal from New England spoke with
captives and negotiated releases. Was the Price family able to send
messages as others were able to do? Samuel perhaps after visiting Deerfield
traveled to Connecticut to visit his only remaining near relatives, half
brothers Ebenezer and John Field and their families of East Guilford and
perhaps to give them news of their half sister Elizabeth and of John
Field's daughter Mary, who still remained with the Indians. Upon his
journey to East Guilford, if in fact this occured, he would have passed
through Glastonbury, Connecticut and there he meant and married 7 Apr 1714
Dorothy Fox b. 1693 daughter of Richard Fox and Beriah Smith. Samuel was in
Canada in Sept 1711, but had returned and married by 7 Apr 1714. Two years
after his marriage his sister Elizabeth d. Nov 1716 at Montreal. Her
daughter Marguerite named a son Louis Casse perhaps for her uncle and
godfather at her own baptism.
Samuel and Dorothy resided at Glastonbury, Connecticut where they were
married. Nine years after their marriage on 23 Dec 1723 the town of
Glastonbury voted to give the inhabitants a tract of 6,000 acres not yet
granted. In the list, Samuel Price received 82 acres. Dorothy Price d. 10
Feb 1727/28 leaving behind six children. Samuel m. 22 May 1729 at Hebron,
Connecticut, Sarah Perrin b. 1705/6. Her identity is yet unknown. She is
not the daughter of Thomas Perrin and Sarah Phelps as some presume.
Samuel sold the 82 acre grant he received at Glastonbury to Jonathan Hale
in 1733. On 15 July 1735, Samuel Price, "only son and heir of Robert Price,
formerly of Deerfield, deceased, which Robert was one of the soldiers in
the Falls fight" received a grant of land near Deerfield. The list of
soldiers in the Falls fight of 1676 near Deerfield was approved by a
committee of the General Court, 23 June 1736. In the list entitled to the
township granted by the General Court was Samuel Price of Glastonbury, son
of Robert Price. There is no evidence that Samuel and his family ever
moved to Deerfield from Glastonbury when he received the grant. Samuel was
of Glastonbury, 3 May 1737 when he was appointed as one of the
administrators of his son, John's estate and guardian of John's only child,
Sometime after May 1737 Samuel Price and his family removed from the state
and went west to the Papakating Valley in Sussex County, New Jersey
sometime before 1753 when it is believed his daughter, Elizabeth married
there at that date. It is related that the Price, Coult, and Gustin
families were the first families to settle in the Papakating Valley east of
the Blue Mountains and another record relates they were the first white
settlers in the vicinity. In Northwestern New Jersey, A History of
Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon, Warren, and Sussex Counties a biography
relates that Mary Ann Price Couse "was a descendant of Samuel Price, who
came from Hartford, Connecticut, leaving the children of his first wife in
Connecticut. This Samuel was captured when a boy by Indians, and he lived
with his captors until he was quite a young man. He had a brother who was a
sea captain. Samuel settled a large tract of land near Frankford Plains."
We know little of Samuel and Sarah's life at Frankford Plains. They had
settled in an area with few white settlers and records in those early years
are scarce. There is no record of Samuel purchasing land from the
Proprietors of the Eastern Division of New Jersey. Sons, Francis and
Zachariah both purchased land in 1770. Son, Robert was taxed with 140 acres
in 1773 which perhaps he purchased or acquired from his father Samuel.
Samuel and Sarah raised their children and saw them marry and become
prominent citizens and resided the remainder of their lives in the township
of Frankford. Their remains lie in the Frankford Plains Cemetery. The
monuments erected to their memory still stand after weathering the elements
of over 200 years.
In Memory ofIn Memory of Sarah
Samuel PriceWife of Samuel
who DepartedPrice who Departed
this life In thethis life June 30,
Year 1768 In the1761 in the 55th
75 Year of his Age.Year of her Age.
The births of the six children of Samuel and Dorothy Price are recorded in
the town records of Glastonbury, Connecticut as well as the two eldest
children of Samuel and Sarah. The dates of birth for the children of Samuel
and Sarah were printed by early Price family researchers, evidently taken
from a family bible.
Children of Samuel and Dorothy:
33. Samuel Price b. 19 June 1715 (vr) Glastonbury, Connecticut.
34. John Price b. 24 Oct 1716 (vr) Glastonbury.
35. Dorothy Price b. 31 May 1718 (vr) Glastonbury.
36. Zachariah Price b. 13 Oct 1719 (vr) Glastonbury d. 31 May 1744
Glastonbury, Connecticut. If he married, no wife or children survived him.
Inventory of his estate dated 5 Feb1744/5 by Samuel Price. Distribution 4
Feb 1745/6 to Robert Price, Elizabeth Price, Mary Price, John Price,
Francis Price, Zachariah Price, Elizur Price, Ebenezer Price, Jabish Coult
and Dority his wife, William Hollister's wife Sarah, Samuel Price Jr. His
heirs were his brothers and sisters and the nephew of his deceased brother
37. Sarah Price b. 25 Sept 1722 (vr) Glastonbury.
38. Ebenezer Price b. 20 Apr 1726 (vr) Glastonbury.
Children of Samuel and Sarah:
39. Robert Price b. 10 Feb 1729/30 (vr) 10 Feb 1731 (bible) Glastonbury.
40. Elizabeth Price b. 18 Mar 1731/32 (vr) 18 Mar 1733 (bible)
41. Mary Price b. 17 Aug 1736.
42. John Price b. 16 June 1739.
43. Francis Price b. 13 Sept 1741.
44. Zachariah Price b. 22 Sept 1744.
45. Sarah Price b. 27 Oct 1748.
46. Jerusha Price b. 25 May 1751.
Confusion should not be made with Samuel Price of Pequannock, Morris
County, New Jersey who removed to Sussex County and who was a son of Philip
Price (d. 27 Apr 1782) and Sarah Jones (d. 6 Oct 1782) who were m. 14 May
1750. Philip and Sarah had children: Isaac bpt 5 Sept 1760, Philip b. 5 Aug
1750 bpt 5 Sept 1760, Samuel bpt 5 Sept 1760, and Sarah b. 1758 bpt 5 Sept
1760 Morristown Presbyterian Church m. 29 Jan 1781 Samuel Loree III at
Morristown. William Price was taxed with 2 cattle/horses, Thomas Price was
taxed with 1 cattle/horse, and Sammual Price was taxed as a householder in
1774 in Newton township, Sussex County. Samuel and his brother Philip along
with William and Thomas who were perhaps sons of Philip by a prior marriage
signed the Revolutionary Pledge in May 1776 in Pequannock. Samuel m. Mary
Stinson and they resided at Hardwick, New Jersey near a place called Kerr's
Corners. Samuel and Mary had the following children: James Stinson b. 7 Nov
1783, Archibald b. 29 Nov 1785, Sally b. 24 Feb 1787, David b. 10 Oct 1789,
Betsy b. 4 Oct 1791, John, Susan b. 10 Nov 1796, Jacob b. 25 Jan 1798, and
Richard b. 5 Sept 1800. Mary d. 22 Apr 1802 42y 11m 22d buried Yellow Frame
Cemetery. After her death Samuel had a second wife Mary and removed to
Trumbull County, Ohio and he d. 20 Dec 1827 at Hubbard.
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