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Hannah Blanchard (Brackett)

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Braintree, (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Death: July 3, 1706 (72)
Dunstable, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Capt. Richard Brackett, Deacon of the First Church of Boston and Alice Brackett
Wife of Samuel Kingsley and Deacon John Blanchard
Mother of Hannah Richardson; Elizabeth Cummings; Mary Kinsley; Samuel Kingsley, II; Josiah (Twin) Blanchard and 11 others
Sister of Peter Brackett; John Brackett; Rachel Crosby; Mary Thompson; Sarah Crosby and 3 others

Occupation: Homemaker, killed by the Indians
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About Hannah Blanchard (Brackett)

Hannah Blanchard was killed by the Indians along with her son & his family, & her daughter, in 1706.

On the night of the 3d of July, 1706, a party of two hundred and seventy Mohawk Indians suddenly assaulted a garrison house, in which Capt. Pearson, of Rowley, and twenty of his “troopers,” who had been ranging in the woods, were posted. The company was taken by surprise, for the door had been left open and no watch appointed. Mr. Cummings and his wife, it is said, had gone out at the close of the day for milking, when the Indians shot Mrs. Cummings dead, wounded her husband and took him captive. Rushing into the house, they were amazed to find it filled with soldiers, as these in turn were astonished to see themselves thus suddenly in the presence of the savages. After a bloody fight, during which several of Capt. Pearson’s men were either killed or wounded, the savages attacked and burned the house of Daniel Galusha, a Dutchman, living on Salmon Brook. Here one woman was killed, and another made her escape from the flames by loosening the stones around a small window, pressing herself through it, and concealing herself in the underbrush until the enemy had withdrawn. It appears, also, that a party of these Indians on the same fatal day entered the garrison house of Nathaniel Blanchard, and murdered himself, his wife Lydia, his daughter Susannah, and also Mrs. Hannah Blanchard.

New England Historical Journal Entry: ***Note - Register, vol. 93, page 166: "Nathaniel Blanchard (son of Deacon John) and his wife, Lydia, his daughter Susannah, his mother Hannah (wife of Deacon John Blanchard), and her daughter by a former marriage, Elizabeth Kinsley Cummings, were killed by Indians (on 3 July 1706 at Dunstable).

A vivid account of this incident survives in the journal of the Rev. Jonathan Pike, a contemporary clergyman: 'Capt. Person of Rowley marching with his troops to Dunstable, & being posted with part of his troop to Dunstable at one Blanchards house, while they were at supper in the Chamber, the enemy had slightly turned Blanchards sheep into his Corn, while he and his wife going out to restore, were both slain, the Doors and Gates being open, the enemy entered the house, killed Persons Trumpiter, with 3 other troopers, and wounded five more; at last they were driven out of ye house with the loss of one Indian.' "

Deacon John married 2) abt 1663/64 to Hannah (Brackett) Kinglsey, widow of Samuel Kingsley, and dau of Richard and Alice Brackett who was born or baptized 4 Jan 1633/34 in Braintree, MA and died 3 July 1706 (killed by Indians) in Dunstable MA.

Children of Dea. John & Hannah (Brackett) Blanchard:

3. Joseph Blanchard, b c1664 in Charlestown MA; d. 18 March 1669 in Chelmsford MA, aged 5 years "from falling into hot kettle of lye"

4. Benjamin Blanchard, b 15 March 1665 twin; d. after 1694 or possibly 1719 in Nansemond Co. VA; he is mentioned in his father's will.

5. Josiah Blanchard, b 15 March 1665 twin, died young.

6. +James Blanchard, b 10 March 1666/67 at Chelmsford MA ; d. 8 Feb 1703/4 in Charlestown MA; m. c1693 to Anna Blood; had issue.

7. +Thomas Blanchard, b 1668

8. +Sarah Blanchard, b. c1670; m. 23 Jan 1694 in Chelmsford MA to Robert Usher

9. +Joseph Blanchard, b 1 Nov 1672 in Chelmsford MA

10. +Nathaniel Blanchard, b 23 Sep 1674 (twin) in Chelmford MA; d. 3 July 1706 in Dunstable MA; m. bef 1703 to Lydia -- also killed by the Indians with his Mother

11. +Mary Blanchard, b 23 Sep 1674 (twin) in Chelmsford MA, d. abt 1744 in Groton MA; m. 1) John Derby(shire); m2) 14 Sep 1725 in Groton MA to Nathaniel Woods

12. Martha Blanchard, b c1676 in Chelmsford MA; d 16 Nov 1676

13. Daughter, b 30 Nov 1678 in Chelmsford MA; d. bef 1680 in Chelmsford MA.

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Hannah Blanchard (Brackett)'s Timeline

June 4, 1634
Braintree, (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
June 4, 1634
Boston, Suffolk, Mass
June 14, 1634
Braintree, Norfolk, Mass
June 14, 1634
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
July 27, 1656
Age 22
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts
November 22, 1657
Age 23
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
March 3, 1659
Age 24
Topsfield, Essex, MA, USA
August 16, 1662
Age 28
Braintree, Suffolk, MA