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Sargent Benjamin Waite, Capt.

Also Known As: "Sergant", "Scout", "Indian Fighter"
Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Death: February 24, 1704 (60-68)
Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts (Attempted to free captives from Indians, Queen Anns War )
Place of Burial: Deerfield, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Waite, of Alford & Portsmouth and Eleanor Cowland
Husband of Martha Waite and Martha Waite
Father of Canada Smith; Samuel Wait, Sr.; Mary Wells; Sarah Allis; John Waite and 3 others
Brother of Samuel Waite; Jeremiah Waite; William Waite; Joseph Waite; Reuben Waite and 3 others

Occupation: Sergeant, Sgt, Constable, farmer, Farmer, scout
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About Sargent Benjamin Waite, Capt.

BENJAMIN WAITE (second-generation in America) son of Thomas was known as "the scout" in Queen Ann's War and was first mentioned in the records Hatfield in 1644 when he received a grant of land of four acres. The town of Hatfield was incorporated May 31, 1670; Hatfield on the east side of the Connecticut River and Hadley on the west side. Prior to this both were one town. Benjamin Waite was a noted Indian scout. His frontier exploits made him one of the folk heroes of early America.

On the morning of September 19, 1677, the town was visited by a sudden attack of the savages. The men were working in the meadows cutting corn. The woman were busy with their household duties. The children were playing about their homes and in the street unconscious of impending danger. A blood-curdling yell suddenly pierced their ears, the dread war-whoop of the Indians.

Torches were applied to the buildings and the savages sped on through the town killing and capturing the inhabitants. Benjamin Waites house, standing at the end of the street, they burned and took his wife Martha, and three children, Mary, 6, Martha, 4, and Sarah, 2, as captives. The shouts and screams of the victims and the smoke and flames warned the men at work what to expect. They hurried to the rescue but were to late. All that could be done was to care for the wounded, remove the bodies or the victims of the to Mohawk and gun and take a roll of the missing.

The Indians with their captives started north toward Canada. Each night the captives were staked to the ground to prevent their escape. Benoni Stebbins did escape one night and reached Hatfield October 4th. Consternation reigned and Benjamin Waite took action to have the captives ransomed but failed. He then, with Stephen Jennings and a Mohawk guide, followed to Canada. They arrived at Chamble, a frontier town, about January 6, 1677. After locating the captives they set out for Quobeck in a few days. There the Governor kindly received them. With the Governor said the freedom of the captives was secured by the payment of a ransom of $200 .

While in captivity a daughter was born to Benjamin Waite's wife on January 22, 1677 whom she called Canada. Fifty days later, Steven Jenning's wife gave birth to a girl whom they appropriately named Captivity.

When the long Canadian winter was over the party set out for their homes accompanied by an escort of French soldiers. Albany, New York was reached May 22. From there news was sent to the anxious ones in Deerfield and Hatfield, Connecticut. After refreshing themselves for five days they again pursued their homeward ways. At Westfield they were greeted by their friends and neighbors. Rejoicing settlers met the triumphal procession at every village.

At one time Benjamin and two captives were made to run the gantlet for punishment. His two companions were badly beaten by the savages lined upon either side with guns, clubs, and tomahawks; but being tall and athletic he wrested a gun from one of his enemies and wielding it to the right and to the left he beat his way between their lines. The Indians gave him his freedom but held his companions.

Benjamin Waite, the hated foe of the Indians, ever ready to give aid and protection to the pioneer settlers was killed in the "Massacre at Deerfield", March 1, 1704. He was killed in the meadow and buried in a mass grave.

Queen Ann's War. Jeremiah Waite (third generation in America) was granted a license to erect a fueling mill on the Hoosatonic River.

Benjamin Waite was one of the first settelers in the Hatfield/ deerfield area. He was a well know Indian scout

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Sargent Benjamin Waite, Capt.'s Timeline

Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
February 25, 1672
Age 32
Hatfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts
January 23, 1673
Age 33
Hatfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 35
Hatfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
January 22, 1678
Age 38
Acadia (Present Nova Scotia)
January 17, 1680
Age 40
Hatfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
September 24, 1684
Age 44
Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
November 11, 1688
Age 48
Hatfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States