Esther 'Hester' Clarke (Belding) (1683 - d.)

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Birthplace: Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Occupation: Wife m: 28 JUL 1703 in Stratford,CT
Managed by: Mary Niffen
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About Esther 'Hester' Clarke (Belding)

In 1696 Hester Belding was carried captive by the Indians to Canada with her father, but returned. (Rev. B. L. Swan recorded in A History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport ..., Volume 2 by Samuel Orcutt.

The following was taken from the Hatfield Town Becords:

"Elizabeth, wife to Daniel Beldenye head of the family, together with Daniel Belden, John Belden and Thankful Belden, their chidren, were all of them slaine by the enemie September 16, 1696."

"Sept. 16, 1696. The Indians came along from up Green River to the town, and assaulted Mr. Daniel Belden's house; took Mr. Belden, his son Nathaniel and daughter Eather captive, killed his wife and three children, and wounded Samuel and Abigail, but they recovered, althol Samuel had a hatchet stuck in his head, and some of his brains came out at his wound. Samuel .was born Apr. 10, 1687.

From Mather 's Magnalia: "The Indians making an assult upon Deerfield, in this Present War, they struck a Hatchet some Inches into the Skull of a Boy there, even so deep that the Boy felt the force of a Wrench used by 'em to get it out. There he lay a long while Weltering in his Blood; they found him, they Dressld him; considerable Quantitiea of his Brain came out from time to time when they opened the Wound; yet the Lad recovered, and is now a Living Monument of the Power - and Goodness of God."

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Esther Clarke's Timeline

1683
September 29, 1683
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
1703
July 28, 1703
Age 19
Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
1704
May 2, 1704
Age 20
Stratford, CT, USA
1705
August 22, 1705
Age 21
Stratford, CT, USA
1707
November 16, 1707
Age 24
Stratford, CT, USA
1709
August 22, 1709
Age 25
Stratford, CT, USA
1709
Age 25
1710
May 4, 1710
Age 26
Milton, New Haven, CT
1711
1711
Age 27
Stratford, CT, USA
1712
November 6, 1712
Age 29
Stratford, CT, USA