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Francis Drew

Birthplace: Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire
Death: Died in Durham, Strafford Co, New Hampshire
Cause of death: Killed by Indians (Oyster River Massacre)
Immediate Family:

Son of William Drew and Elizabeth Drew
Husband of Lydia Drew
Father of Thomas Drew and John Drew
Brother of Sgt. John Drew and Thomas Drew

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About Francis Drew

The Oyster River Massacre of 1694 was a terrible encounter in which 130 residents were killed and 27 more captured by the Native Peoples.  Many extended Drew family members were affect.  William Sr and Elizabeth's oldest son, Francis (1648-1694) and his family were killed.  The account below explains.  

" …. The Drew garrison was the next to be struck. Francis Drew, the patriarch, made a dash for the Adams garrison to seek help, but was easily captured. He was bound and dragged back to within sight of his home, which he then surrendered on the promise of quarter.  The promise of quarter was not upheld.  Francis Drew was summarily tomahawked as his family was taken captive.  Francis' wife was eventually abandoned by her captors and left to die in the woods. Nine year old Benjamin Drew was forced to run a gauntlet of Indians as a moving target for their tomahawks.  Struck repeatedly, he could run no more."


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Francis Drew's Timeline

Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire
Age 25
Age 26
New Hampshire
July 18, 1694
Age 46
Durham, Strafford Co, New Hampshire