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John Kent

Death: Died in (Present Navesink), (Present Monmouth County), New Netherlands (Present New Jersey), (Present USA)
Cause of death: Survived shipwreck, only to be killed by Indians after other survivors leave him - his wife, who stayed behind to tend to him, survived the Indian attack that killed him.
Immediate Family:

Husband of Penelope Stout (van Princis), The Mother of Middletown

Managed by: James Michael McCullough, Jr.
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About John Kent

From "Case of a Stranger, Remarkably Saved Among the Indians," in "History of New Jersey," by Samuel Smith, Burlington, NJ, 1775 (p. 65):

While New York was in possession of the Dutch, about the time of the Indian war in New England, a Dutch ship coming from Amsterdam, was stranded on Sandy Hook, but the passengers got on shore. Among them was a young Dutchman who had been sick most of the voyage; he was taken so bad after landing, that he could not travel; and the other passengers being afraid of the Indians, would not stay till he recovered, but made what haste they could to New Amsterdam.

His wife however would not leave him, the rest promised to send as soon as they arrived. They had not been long gone, before a company of Indians coming down to the water side, discovered them on the beach, and hastening to the spot, soon killed the man, and cut and mangled the woman in such a manner that they left her for dead.

She had strength enough to crawl up to some old logs not far distant, and getting into a hollow one, lived mostly in it for several days, subsisting in part by the excrescences that grew from it; the Indians had left some fire on the shore, which she kept together for warmth. Having remained in this manner for some time, an old Indian and a young one coming down to the beach found her; they were soon in high words, which she afterwards understood was a dispute; the former being for keeping her alive, the other for dispatching. After they had debated the point a while, the first hastily took her up, and tossing her upon his shoulder, carried her to a place near where Middletown now stands, where he dressed her wounds and soon cured her.

After some time the Dutch in New-Amsterdam hearing of a white woman among the Indians, concluded who it must be and some of them came to her relief; the old man her preserver, gave her the choice to go or stay; she chose the first.

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(Present Navesink), (Present Monmouth County), New Netherlands (Present New Jersey), (Present USA)