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Eunice Williams (Mather)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: Died in Deerfield or Green River, Hampshire County, Province of Massachusetts
Cause of death: Mohawk attack
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Rev. Eleazer Mather and Esther Stoddard
Wife of Rev. John Williams
Mother of Rev. Eleazer Williams; Samuel Williams; Esther Meacham; Rev. Stephen Williams; Marguerite Kanenstenhawi Arosen and 7 others
Sister of Warham Mather and Eliakim Mather
Half sister of Mary Mix; Esther Edwards; Solomon Stoddard; Samuel Stoddard; Anthony Stoddard and 7 others

Occupation: Victim of Deerfield Massacre
Managed by: James Wayne Waters
Last Updated:

About Eunice Williams

John Williams (1664-1729), one of the most well known members of the Williams family, was an ordained minister and an early settler of Deerfield, Massachusetts.

On the night of 28 February 1714, approximately 300 French and Indian soldiers took 109 citizens captive, besides killing a total of 56 men, women and children, including two of Williams' children (six-year-old son John Jr., and six-week-old daughter Jerushah) and his African slave Parthena. The raiding party led the Williams and other families on a march over 300 miles (480 km) of winter landscape to Canada. En route to Quebec, a Mohawk killed Williams' wife after she fell while trying to cross a creek, along with Frank, another African slave. Others of the most vulnerable older and youngest people died, some at the hands of Indians who judged them unable to go on. Williams remained steadfast and encouraged the other captives with prayer and Scripture along their journey to Quebec. The large party had seven weeks of hard overland travel to reach Fort Chambly.

He lost his first wife, Eunice Mather, and two of his children in the Indian raid known as the Deerfield Massacre (1704) and was held in captivity in Canada for two years before returning to Deerfield.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raid_on_Deerfield

He married Abigail Bissell and one of their daughters, Abigail (1708-1787), married Col. Ebenezer Hinsdale (1706-1763).

http://www.babcock-acres.com/Misceallaneous/deerfield_captives_of_1704.htm


Birth of John Williams, son of Samuel Williams (1632-1698) and Theoda Parke (1637-1718). John Williams (1664-1729), one of the most well known members of the Williams family, was an ordained minister and an early settler of Deerfield, Massachusetts.

He lost his first wife, Eunice Mather, and two of his children in the Indian raid known as the Deerfield Massacre (1704) and was held in captivity in Canada for two years before returning to Deerfield.

http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/html/nyhs/williams_content.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eunice_Williams

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Eunice Williams's Timeline

1664
August 2, 1664
Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1688
July 1, 1688
Age 23
Deerfield, Hampshire County, Dominion of New England (Present Massachusetts)
1689
January 4, 1689
Age 24
Deerfield (Franklin) Massachusetts
1691
April 10, 1691
Age 26
Deerfield, Hampshire County (Present Franklin County), Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1693
May 14, 1693
Age 28
Deerfield (Franklin) Massachusetts
1696
September 17, 1696
Age 32
Deerfield, Hampshire County (Present Franklin County), Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
1698
1698
Age 33
1699
September 7, 1699
Age 35
September 16, 1699
Age 35
Deerfield, Hampshire County (Present Franklin County), Province of Massachusetts