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Captain John Samuel Luther, III, Captain

Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: Canford Magna, Dorset, England, (Present UK)
Death: September 17, 1644 (40-48)
On board ship, Delaware Bay, (Present Delaware), (Present USA) (Killed by Indian party while preparing to trade hatchets for goods)
Place of Burial: (Present Delaware), (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of Johann Jacob Luther, II and Joan Luther
Husband of Joanne Luther (Mott) and Elizabeth Wheeler (Turner)
Father of Elder Rev. Samuel Luther; Hezekiah Luther; James Luther and Elizabeth Weekes

Occupation: Sea Captain, Sailor/Trader
Managed by: Andrew Jonathan Smith
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About John Jacob Luther, III,

John Luther, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, who was killed by the Indians in 1645, while on a trading expedition in Delaware Bay, with all his party except a boy of ten, supposed to be his son Samuel.

Captain John was master of a ship trading with N.J.Del. & Co. Ship attacked by Delaware Indians, Capt. John massacred, 1642 Samuel was with his father, but escaped death through clemency of captors. He returned to Boston. (All narrated at length by Winthrop, Vol. II, pages 236-237.)

From the Find A Grave page on John Luther:

Birth: 1610 - Canford Magna, Dorset, England

Death: Sep. 17, 1645 - Delaware, USA

birth 11 Dec 1597 in Stanford River, Essex, England

died 17 Sep 1644 in Delware Bay. He was of Taunton according to the Genealogical Dictionary of New England.

He was an original proprietor of Taunton, where he had 90 acres. He was master of a sailing ship belonging to Boston Merchants and trading with New Jersey, Delaware and co. The ship was attacked by Indians and John was killed. His son Samuel , his son, escaped. (Abell Family History, 1940)

There is a book " Luther Genealogy: A History of the Descendants of Capt. John Luther" Publication: Private, Lakeland, Florida, 2001 by Leslie L. Luther

The Luther Genealogy: "The Merchants of Boston sent a pinnace the last winter to trade in Delaware Bay. She traded upon the Maryland side, and had gotten a good parcel of beaver; at last the Indians came aboard, and while the Englaish ( she were about five and a boy) were trading with some of them, others drew out hatchets from under their coats, and killed the master and three others, and took the other and the boy, and carried them on shore, and rifled the pinnace of all her goods and sails & etc. Soon after other indians came upon these and slew the sachem, and took away all their goods they had stolen. There was one Redman suspected to have betrayed their pinnace, for he being linkister ( because he could speak the language, and being put out of that employment because of his evil carriage, did bear ill will to the master, and the Indians spared him., and gave him a good part of the spoil, and he lived amongst them five or six weeks till the Swedish governor procured other Indians to go fetch him and the boy to his fort, from whence they were brought to Boston ,and then said Redman was tried for his life, and being found guilty by the grand jury, was deferred his farther trial in expectation of more evidence to come from Delaware."page 34.

Death of John from In 1645 Captain John Luther along with a company of seven men joined a trading company whose purpose was to head out to the Delaware to trade with the Dutch and Swedes.

In John Winthrope's Journal he wrote:

A bark was sent out from Boston with seven men to trade at Delaware. They staid in the river near the English plantations all winter, and in the Spring they fell down and traded three weeks, and had gotten five hundred skins,and some otter and being ready to come away, fifteen indians do come aboard as if they would trade again and suddenly drew forth hatchets from under their coats and killed the master and three others and rifled the bark and carried away a boy and another man who was the interpreter, and when they came ashore they gave him forty skins and twenty fathom of wampom, and other things and kept them until about six weeks after.The Swedish govenor procured another sachem to fetch them to him , who sent them to New Haven by a bark of that place and so they were brought to Boston....

It was later determined that the indian interpreter Richard Redman, who was one of the members of the trading company and had been taken hostage with John's son Samuel and had betrayed Capt Luther and the company by conspiring with the Indians. He was later tried and convicted for the crime but got off with a slap on the wrist.

The indian that returned young Samuel received a coat and two pounds of tobacco for his reward plus transportation back home. John's widow received the balance due on her husbands wages after the ransom was paid.

Family links:


  • Samuel Luther (1636 - 1716)*
  • Hezekiah Luther (1640 - 1723)*

Note: He was buried at sea in the Delaware Harbor after being killed by Indians.

Burial: Body buried at sea

Created by: shirleyw55

  • Record added: Sep 28, 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 42482113
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John Jacob Luther, III,'s Timeline

Canford Magna, Dorset, England, (Present UK)
Age 26
Gravesend, Kent, UK
October 25, 1636
Age 36
Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
February 12, 1640
Age 40
Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Age 42
Bristol Co., MA, USA
September 17, 1644
Age 44
(Present Delaware), (Present USA)
September 17, 1644
Age 44
(Present Delaware), (Present USA)
October 23, 1933
Age 44
February 15, 1934
Age 44
October 24, 1995
Age 44