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Hannah Whitcomb (unknown)

Also Known As: "widow Whitcomb", "Lewis", "Nichols", "Howe", "Roper", "Bosworth", "Morton", "Sumner", "Blood or Tarbell?"
Birthdate: (46)
Birthplace: Lancaster, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Lancaster, Worcester County, Province of Massachusetts
Cause of death: killed by Indians
Immediate Family:

Wife of Jonathan Whitcomb
Mother of Hannah Whitcomb; Hannah Whitcomb; Jonathan Whitcomb, II; Hannah Blood Milton; Elizabeth Powers and 5 others

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About Hannah Whitcomb

Hannah was born about 1646 in Massachusetts and died 18 Jul 1692 in Lancaster,Worcester,MA. Her parents are not known.

family

She married Jonathan* WHITCOMB 25 Nov 1667 in Lancaster,Worcester,MA, son of John WHITCOMB and Frances COGGAN. He was born 1636 in Massachusetts, and died BEF 25 Feb 1691 in Lancaster,Worcester,MA.

CHILDREN:

  • 3. HANNAH,* born September 17, 1668; died December 9, 1668.
  • + 4. JONATHAN," born February 26, 1669.
  • 5. HANNAH,* born August 29, 1671; married Joseph Blood, Groton, Mass.
  • 6. ABIGAIL,8 born May 5, 1674; married William Kelsey of Windsor,Mass., in 1694.
  • 7. ELIZABETH,* born 1676.
  • 8. KATHERINE,* born 1678.
  • 9. RUTH,* born 1680.
  • 10. MARY,9 born 1682.
  • + 11. JOHN,' born May 12, 1684

biographical notes

Jonathan Whitcomb was married November 25, 1667, to Hannah, and their home was situated in the middle of the town. He died in February, 1690, and the inventory of his estate was taken February 25, 1691, by his brother-in-law, John Moor, Samuel Sumner and Cyprian Stevens, and was returned under oath by his widow, April 7, 1691.

Hannah survived her husband Jonathan by only 2 years.

On July 17, 1692 she was staying at a friends, Peter Joslin's house in Lancaster. While there, Indians attacked and killed her along with Peter's wife, and children. It is unknown as to what the relation was between Peter Joslin and Hannah, but 6 years later Hannah's niece, Johanna, became Peter's second wife.

According to an article in the January, 1850 issue of the New England Historic Genealogical Register, the widow of Jonathan Whitcomb was living with the Joslin family. It states that "on the 18th July, 1692, the Indians assaulted the house of Peter Joslin, who was at his labor in the field, and knew nothing thereof until entering the house. He found his wife with three children, with a widow Whitcomb, who lived with his family, barbarously murdered with their hatchets, and weltering in their blood. His wife's sister, Elizabeth How, daughter of John How of Marlborough, with another of his children, were carried into captivity. She returned, but the child was murdered in the wilderness."


About two and one-half years after the death of Jonathan, or on July 18, 1692, Hannah, Jonathan's widow, was killed at the house of Peter Joslin in Lancaster by Indians. The tragedy has been considered by several writers in their annals and histories of the times. (See Nourse's Early Records of Lancaster; Whitney's History of Worcester County; N. E. Hist. & Gen. Reg. Vol. IV; etc.)


Killed in the Massacre of July 18th, 1692.


will

After Hannah's death the estate was divided among the heirs by Joseph White and James and John Houghton. They allowed to Mary, the youngest daughter, £14 6s.; then to Jonathan, the oldest son, £36 on condition that he pay to the younger daughters, Mary, Katharine and Ruth, 29 s. 4 d. each; then Hannah, Abigail and Elizabeth to be paid £8 12 s. by the administrators, Josiah Whitcomb and Jonathan. Some of the children were born away from Lancaster during a period when the town had been temporarily abandoned after the Indian raid.

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From http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=linda50&id=I13122

Parents unproven?

On 25 Nov 1667 Jonathan married Hannah Lewis, daughter of William Lewis (ca 1602-3 Dec 1671) & Amy [Lewis], at Lancaster, MA. Born ca 1648/9 at Roxbury, MA. Baptized on 18 Mar 1648/9 at Roxbury, MA. Hannah died at Lancaster, MA, on 18 Jul 1692. She was killed by Indians. [I've seen no proof to date that her surname was Lewis]


Title: Early Vital Records of Middlesex Co., Mass., CD Rom Publication: Search and Research Corporation Page: p 500 Note: Littleton Town Records date only. Does not state her maiden name. In fact, it says "Roper, Bosworth, Morton, Sumner, Blood or Tarbell?"


About two and one-half years after the death of Jonathan, or on July 18, 1692, Hannah, Jonathan's widow, was killed at the house of Peter Joslin in Lancaster by Indians. The tragedy has been considered by several writers in their annals and histories of the times. (See Nourse's Early Records of Lancaster; Whitney's History of Worcester County; N. E. Hist. & Gen. Reg. Vol. IV; etc.)

After Hannah's death the estate was divided among the heirs by Joseph White and James and John Houghton. They allowed to Mary, the youngest daughter, £14 6s.; then to Jonathan, the oldest son, £36 on condition that he pay to the younger daughters, Mary, Katharine and Ruth, 29 s. 4 d. each; then Hannah, Abigail and Elizabeth to be paid £8 12 s. by the administrators, Josiah Whitcomb and Jonathan. Some of the children were born away from Lancaster during a period when the town had been temporarily abandoned after the Indian raid.


Wife of Jonathan Whitcomb. Died in the Indian raid on Lancaster on 18 Jul 1692 at the home of her first cousin Peter Joslin 


Note: see p. 130 - Annals of Lancaster by Henry S. Nourse

"Of the murder of the Joslin family by the Indians July 18th*, 1692, the victims were:

Mrs. Hannah Whitcomb the widow of Jonathan. Mrs. Sarah Joslin wife of Peter. Three young children of Peter Joslin

Captives: Elizabeth Howe, sister of Mrs. Joslin. *Peter Joslin, son of Peter Joslin, aged 6 years, killed shortly after. END

Hannah survived him by only 2 years. On July 17, 1692 she was staying at a friends, Peter Joslin's house in Lancaster. While there, Indians attacked and killed her along with Peter's wife Sarah Howe and children. It is unknown as to what the relation was between Peter Joslin and Hannah, but 6 years later Hannah's niece, Johanna, became Peter's second wife. According to an article in the January, 1850 issue of the New England Historic Genealogical Register, the widow of Jonathan Whitcomb was living with the Joslin family. It states that "On the 18th July, 1692, the Indians assaulted the house of Peter Joslin, who was at his labor in the field, and knew nothing thereof until entering the house. He found his wife with three children, with a widow WHITCOMB, who lived in his family, barbarously murdered with their hatchets, and weltering in their blood. His wife's sister, ELIZABETH HOW , daughter of John How of Marlborough, with another of his children, were carried into captivity. She returned, but the child was murdered in the wilderness.

From http://www.jackson-flint.org/Pedigree/jackson/aqwg260.htm#4983

[Note by Tim Farr: James is mentioned as a brother to John but this is not true because he is not included in the father's will or the mother's will. The mother states how many sons she has and that doesn't cover the inclusion of James in the family. James was alive at the time of both wills. [See NEHGR article in notes of John Whitcomb Sr.] Robert Charles Anderson incorrectly assigns two marriages to this John with spouses both by the name of Mary. It is true that these are listed in the Lancaster vital records but the one married in 1669 should have been listed as Job and Mary Whitcomb (clearly an error in the records and Torrey also tries to make a distinction of John and Job in his work) who had their first child Mary, in 1671 in Lancaster. Anderson also states that the wife of Job Whitcomb was Hannah and incorrectly assigns the child Mary, d. of Mary b. in 1671 to Hannah.


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Hannah Whitcomb's Timeline

1646
1646
Lancaster, Massachusetts
1668
September 17, 1668
Age 22
Lancaster, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
1669
February 26, 1669
Age 23
Lancaster, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
February 26, 1669
Age 23
Lancaster, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
1671
August 29, 1671
Age 25
Lancaster, Worcester, MA
1672
June 27, 1672
Age 26
Lancaster, Worcester, MA
1672
Age 26
Of Littleton,Middlesex,MA
1674
May 5, 1674
Age 28
Lancaster, Worcester, MA
1678
1678
Age 32
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA