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John Catlin, Jr.

Birthplace: Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Death: Died in Deerfield, Hampshire County (Present Franklin County), Province of Massachusetts
Cause of death: Killed in Indian raid.
Place of Burial: Deerfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Catlin, Sr. and Isabel Baldwin
Husband of Mary Catlin
Father of John Catlin; Mary French; Sarah Mitchell; Elizabeth Corse; Hannah Bascom and 5 others
Brother of Joseph Catlin
Half brother of Samuel Northam

Occupation: Trader, Juror at Hartford; Town's Attorney (not lawyer), Founder of Newark, NJ
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About John Catlin, Jr.

Killed in the village during the Deerfield Indian massacre and kidnapping, age 61

  • The Baldwin Genealogy 1500-1881, by Charles Candee Baldwin, Pg. 480-481

Children were: Joseph, John (b 1663,d.young),Jonathan, Elizabeth (m. Corse), Hannah (m. Bascom), Sarah (m. Mitchell), Esther (m. Smead), and Ruth.

  • Find a grave: Children were John, Mary (m. French), Elizabeth (m. Corse), Hannah (m. Bascom), Joseph, Esther (m. Smead), Sarah (m. Mitchell), Jonathan, Ruth, and John Catlin III. (Note: His d.o.b. differs, no citation made)

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The Catlin and Corse families of Deerfield Massachusetts

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John Catlin = Mary Baldwin

James Corse = Elizabeth Catlin

Jean Dumontet = Elisabeth Casse


26 July 1994 432 C2190.1

John Catlin = Mary Baldwin

John Catlin, the son of John Catlin and Isabel (Ward?), was born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, on 28 June 1643. He married 23 September 1662 Mary Baldwin, his stepsister, a daughter of Joseph Baldwin and his first wife Hannah ---.

In company with others from Bramford he settled the town of Newark, New Jersey, in 1665. In 1675 he was granted 120.5 acres of upland and meadow. In 1676 he was appointed to teach reading, writing, and arithmetic. In addition to being the first schoolmaster in Newark, he was appointed town attorney to forward the business of the town. In Joseph Baldwin's will, dated 1680, this couple is mentioned as being of "Arthur Kill, New Jersey". In 1681 he was appointed justice of the peace for Newark to assist at the county court.

He apparently sold his property in Newark about 1683 and moved to Hartford, CT, briefly. In 1684 he was one of the settlers of Deerfield, Massachusetts. There he was one of the prominent settlers, took an active part in the affairs of the town, and was dignified with the title of "Mr." His memory is perputated in the following marker tablet erected in 1911 at the corner of Broad and Commerce Streets in Newark.

On this Site

John Catlin

Newark's first schoolmaster

opened his School in 1676, holding

it in his home as was the custom

in those days. By vote of the

town's men he was engaged to

"Do his faithful honest and true endeavour

to teach the children or servants of those

as have subscribed...English and also much as they are capable

to learn and he capable to teach them."

He was a man of mark in the

community, serving as town's attorney

and later as town's man.

In 1683 he became one of the early

permanent settlers of Deerfield, Mass.

where his services gained for him

the honorable title of "Mr."

He was killed Feb. 29, 1704, in the

defence of his home against an

attack of French and Indians.

He was a guide of youth

and a leader of men

Erected by the Newark Schoolmen's Club

Newark Day, Nov. 6, 1911

No family suffered more than his in the destruction of the town on 29 February 1704. He was killed trying to defend their house. Their sons Joseph and Jonathan were also killed. Their married daughters Mary French and Elizabeth Corse were killed during the subsequent march to Canada.

Mary (Baldwin) Catlin, "being held with the other prisoners in John Sheldon's house, gave a cup of water to a young French officer who was dying. He was perhaps a brother of Hertel de Rouville. May it not have been gratitude for this act that she was left behind when the order came to march? She died of grief a few weeks later."

John Catlin (born 8 January 1687) and his sister Ruth (born 1684?) survived the rigors of the trip to Canada and back. According to tradition Ruth was a delicate girl, yet equal to the journey. When she was tired of a burden she would throw it back as far as possible. He brother feared that the Indians might kill her, but they laughed and went back for it. They acted as though she were a great lady. When others were hungry she had plenty and gave food to John. The same tradition says that he spent his two years of captivity with a priest, who was unable to convert him, but who supplied him with money and necessary articles when they parted.

John and Ruth Catlin were redeemed in 1706 and 1707. He returned to Deerfield. He married Jemima Allen on 1 March 1715 and fathered a numerous progeny.



born 21 July 1663 at Wethersfield, died young.


married 18 October 1683 to Thomas French. She was killed 9 March 1703/4 during the march to Canada. All five of their children were taken to Canada; two returned and three remained there.


married about 1690 to James Corse. Their descent is continued.


born 24 February 1670, married about 1691 to Thomas Bascom of New Haven


born about 1675, married about 1694 Ebenezer Smead


married Thomas (or Michael?) Mitchell about 1694


born about 1677, he married 26 June 1701 to Hannah Sheldon. "He was one of the seven brave men who defended the Benoni Stebbins house in 1704, and one of the nine who fell in the meadow fight."


born about 1680, died with his father defending their house


taken to Canada, returned in 1707


born 8 January 1687, taken to Canada and returned in 1706. He married Jemima Allen on 1 March 1715.


Emma Lewis Coleman, New England Captives Carried to Canada, ..., Volume II, pp. 73, 74

James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England ..., Volume I, p. 348, 349

George Sheldon, A History of Deerfield ..., Volume II, (1896), pages 104-105

Louise Catlin Cleaver Roloson, The Catlin Genealogy, 1981, pages 100-105, copy in L.A. City Library

William Nelson (editor), Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey, Volume XXI, 1899, pages 21, 31, 40, 45, 53, 245, 246, 256, 263

Virginia Alleman Brown, Abstracts of Essex County, New Jersey, Partitions and Divisions of Estates 1793 - 1881 Recorded at Newark, New Jersey, 1981

A History of the City of Newark, New Jersey, Volume I, Lewis Historial Publishing Co., 1913 -- plate of the Catlin Tablet

Some Descendants of Michael and Sarah (Catlin) Mitchell of CT & MA 1694 - 1988, Marilyn Jordan-Solari, Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 1988


26 July 1994 391 C1094

James Corse = Elizabeth Catlin

James Corse was born in England about 1666, the son of Ebenezer Corse and Sarah Warner. The latter was the daughter of Jonathan Warner and Sarah ---. He moved to Deerfield, Massachusetts, before 1690 and there married Elizabeth Catlin, the daughter of John Catlin and Mary Baldwin. He died 15 May 1696, aged about 30. His estate was valued at 79 pounds, 14 shillings, and 6 pence.

His widow and daughter, both named Elizabeth were taken captives back to Canada after the attack on Deerfield. The older woman was killed on the way by the Indians. The daughter became a convert to Catholicism, married, had children, and lived her life as a French subject.

Elizabeth's brothers agreed that in the division of their mother's estate Ebenezer should have two-thirds and James one-third. What came from grandfather Catlin should be divided equally. They alsoe agreed that whereas they have a sister in Canada who hath a reasonable share' they will pay her or her agent on demand #17 4d. This agreement was made in 1716 when James was twenty-one. We do not know if Elizabeth demanded, but no one can read the inventory of her mother's possessions without wishing that the little daughter might have had the three yards of lace, one child's coat, and one box & what was in it.'

In 1730 James Corse went from Deerfield to recover her out of captivity where she had for a long time been.' How could she, with children and a second husband, wish to be recovered?



born 7 April 1692


born 20 March 1693


born 6 February 1696, taken captive to Canada in March 1704. She was baptized a Catholic on 14 July 1705. She married firstly 11 June 1712 Jean Dumontet (dit Lagrandeur). Their descent is continued. She married secondly Pierre Monet on 19 January 1730. She appears in the French records as Elisabeth Casse.


Emma Lewis Coleman, New England Captives Carried to Canada, ..., Volume II, pp. 74-77

James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England ..., Volume I, p. 459

George Sheldon, A History of Deerfield ..., Volume II, (1896), page 133

Louise Catlin Cleaver Roloson, The Catlin Genealogy, 1981, pages 100-105, copy in L.A. City Library


26 July 1994 350 C546.1

Jean Dumontet = Elisabeth Casse

Jean Dumontet, dit Lagrandeur, was the son of Jean Dumontet of La Prairie and Georgette Foran. He was born about 1659. He married, at La Prairie, Elisabeth Casse on 6 November 1712. Jean Dumontet was buried on 22 May 1729 at La Prairie.

Elisabeth Casse was born Elizabeth Corse, daughter of James Corse and Elizabeth Catlin, in Deerfield, Mass., on 6 February 1696. She was captured in the Indian and French raid of 29 February 1704 and carried away captive to Canada. She was baptized a Catholic on 14 July 1705. In the next year, aged ten, she asked to become a citizen. In 1712 she had an illegitimate daughter by an unknown father. This daughter died very young. It was later that year that she was married for the first time. After a marriage of almost seventeen years her first husband died.

Elisabeth must have been an attractive widow, for in less than a year she married a man younger than herself. She married secondly Pierre Monet, the older brother of one of her sons-in-law. This marriage took place at La Prairie on 16 January 1730. After an eventful life she passed away at the age of 70 and was buried on 30 January 1766 at La Prairie. This Pierre Monet had been baptized 19 March 1704. He was buried at La Prairie on 16 February 1774.

Child of an unknown father:


baptized 20 May 1712, died 2 March 1712 (??)

Children of Jean Dumontet and Elisabeth Casse:


baptized 17 January 1715, buried 22 January 1715


baptized 14 November 1717, La Prairie, married Francois Monet on 5 May 1732 and their descent is continued. He was baptized 5 September 1706.


baptized 29 August 1720 at La Prairie, buried 15 January 1776. Married firstly Marguerite Marie on 23 February 1745, secondly Francoise Bisaillon on 12 November 1759


baptized 3 March 1722


baptized 27 June 1724, married firstly Suzanne Charbonneau on 23 November 1744, secondly Marie-Joseph Jette on 26 September 1753


baptized 20 December 1725, buried 14 August 1794, married 5 November 1759 to Richard Barry, buried 7 October 1786, from Cork, Ireland.


baptized 9 April 1727


baptized 30 December 1728

Children of Pierre Monet and Elisabeth Casse:


baptized 18 May 1731, buried 22 April 1733


baptized 7 June and died 15 August 1732


baptized 25 August 1733, buried 20 December 1754


baptized 12 September 1734, married firstly Jean-Louis Vignon on 4 April 1758, secondly Francois Desbois on 27 October 1760


baptized 26 February and was buried 1 March 1736


baptized 15 April 1737 and buried 26 October 1746


Emma Lewis Coleman, New England Captives Carried to Canada, ..., Volume II, pp. 74-77

Cyprien Tanguay, Dictionnaire Genealogique de Familles Canadiennes, Sixieme Volume, pp. 64, 65

Fleur-Ange Demers, private communication, 6 November 1965

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John Jr Catlin

  • Birth: July 21 1643
  • Death: Feb 29 1704
  • Cemetery: Old Deerfield Burying Ground, Massachusetts, USA
  • Parents: John Catlin, Isabelle Ward
  • Wife: Mary Baldwin
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John Catlin, Jr.'s Timeline

June 28, 1643
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
May 6, 1649
Age 5
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
July 21, 1663
Age 20
Weathersfield, Connecticut
July 10, 1666
Age 23
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
Age 23
Of Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
Age 23
Hartford, Connecticut
February 24, 1669
Age 25
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticutt
Age 29
Wethersfield, Hartford, Conn.
Age 30
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA