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Mark Batchelder

Birthdate: (40)
Death: December 19, 1675 (40)
(Present South Kingstown), (Present Washington County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (Killed in the Great Swamp Fight during King Philip's War.)
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Batchelder and Elizabeth Batchelder
Brother of John Batchelder; Elizabeth Davis and Hannah Warner

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About Mark Batchelder

From the Bachelor Genealogy by Frederick Clifton Pierce:


  • b. in Wenham ;
  • killed Dec. 19, 1675.

Mark Batchellor was admitted freeman May 27. 1665.

In 1675 King Philip's War broke out and continued for two years. It was the principal struggle made by the Indians for their homes and hunting grounds. They fought with the energy of despair, and inflicted many a severe loss upon the "pale faced intruders." About x00 of the whites were killed and many more severely wounded; 13 towns and 600 houses were destroyed: and the expenses of the war have been estimated at $500,000, an enormous sum for those days, considering the scarcity of money and the small number of those upon whom the loss fell.

But heavy as were the losses of the feeble colonists, those of the enemy were still greater. They were routed from their old fastnesses and their power effectively broken. Their subsequent struggles were less for victory than revenge.

No place was safe, and at no time were the colonists free from danger. The law of 1676 that each town should "scout and ward" and clear up the brush along the ways, "to prevent the skulking of the enemy," was rigorously obeyed. Farmers carried their arms and ammunition, as well as implements of husbandry to their fields and some worked while others were posted as sentinels about the clearing. Members of the church attended divine worship with their guns and sentinels paced their rounds about the little edifice while others were listening to the word. A fortification was raised in every town to provide against an attack, and often the whole population was massed in the stockade, while at other times neighbors were massed in the garrison houses.

In the depth of winter a force of 550 men was collected in Massachusetts, and, being joined by reinforcements from the Plymouth and Connecticut colonies, they made a forced march through the snows and over the frozen ground till they reached, Dec. 19, 1675, a swamp in the country of the Narragansetts where the Indians had built a fort and gathered their bravest warriors. Notwithstanding that they had camped out the previous night "with no other covering than a cold and moist fleece of snow," and had marched 19 miles that day, wading through the drifts, the troops rushed at once to the attack. The Indians retreated to the middle of the swamps, when they had fortified an island, covering five or six acres with palisades and a hedge nearly a rod thick. "There were two entrances, one over a long tree upon a place of water, the other at a corner," and commanded by a log house in front, and on the left by "a flanker."

At this point an attack was made by the Massachusetts troops, led by Capt. Johnson, who unfortunately fell at the first fire, with Mark Batchelder. So many of the soldiers were killed or wounded that they were obliged to retreat.

Again, however, they were rallied by their valiant leaders; again they rushed to the charge, carrying block house and flanker and fairly establishing themselves upon the island. The Indians then retreated to the middle of the fort, and the whole mass was quickly engaged in desperate and deadly straggle. The strife was long and bloody, for the savages outnumbered the whites more than three to one, but "manifest destiny" was against them. They were routed, their wigwams burned and their corn and other stores destroyed by the flames. Three hundred warriors are said to have been slain, while as many more were taken prisoners.

But this success was not purchased without severe loss to the Massachusetts troops, for more than 100 were killed or wounded. Mark Batchelder, who was killed, was one of the oldest and most respectable citizens of Wenham. He belonged to the company commanded by Capt. Joseph Gardiner, who was killed at the same time as Mark "Bachelor." The inventory of his estate is on file in the Essex probate office at Salem, dated March 28, 1678. On the back of the inventory is a deed from executors of Samuel Porter.

7. ii. JOHN,

  • bap. Jan. 30, 1638;
  • m. Mary Dennis and Sarah.

8. iii. ELIZABETH,

  • b. ;
  • m. Oct. 16. 1666, James Davis, of Salem.

9. iv. HANNAH,

  • bap. June 23, 1644;
  • m. April 20, 1665, John Warner.
    • He was b. Ipswich, in 1642;
    • d. there April 10, 1712.

She was "niece of Henry Batcheller, who died seized of considerable real estate in Ipswich." John Warner was one of the administrators of Henry's estate in 1683.

Hannah d. March 10, 16S8, and he m. 2d, in 1691, Mary Prince, wid. of John, of Salem;

  • res. Ipswich, Mass.
  • Ch. :
    • 1. Elizbeth, b. June 30, 1666; m. Gott.
    • 2. John, b.; d. July 24, 1697.
    • 3. William, b. Sept. 22, 1672; d. soon.
    • 3. William, b. June 30, 1673; d. July, 1673.
    • 4. Hannah, b. May 14, 1674; d. July 4, 1696.
    • 5. Susannah,
      • b. March 3, 1676;
      • m. Joseph Fiske (see Fiske Genealogy, by Fred C. Pierce, p. 83). Joseph Fiske (William, William, John, William, Robert, Simon, Simon, William, Symond),
        • b. Wenham, Mass., April 14, 1672;
        • m. Susannah or Susan Warner, of Ipswich, d. July, 1742;
        • m. 2d, Jan. 7, 1743, Mrs. Elizabeth Fuller. She d. Oct. 30, 1755.
      • Joseph Fiske of Ipswich yeoman & wife Susannah sold to Ammi R. Wise of Ipswich, shopkeeper of a right in the 8th div. 5 acres in the Right Feb 1 1723-4. Joseph and Susanah also sold to Ammi some of great meadow in the West End of Wenham 5 acres bounded southwesterly on land of Theophilus Fiske & Northwesterly by Ebenr Fiske Feb 1 1723-4. Joseph Fiske & wife (no name given) of Ipswich yeoman sold to Mr. Perley of Boxford X acre upland in Rowley % lot on the Range know by the letter C bound westerly & southerly by s'd Perley's land meadow easterly & northerly by sd Fiskes land Feb 7 1726-7. Joseph Fisk of Ipswich, yeoman, made his will May 1, 1745, which was proved same month in 1745 on the 13th, by Capt. Samuel Waite, Daniel Chapman and Daniel Chapman, Jr. Wife Elizth "all ye household goods she brought to me at marriage, " &c, among other things the executor "shall carry her to meeting on a good horse on Sabbath day & Lecture days when she shall desire it."
        • 1. Daughter Susanna Kilborne.
        • 2. Daughter Ruth Esty.
          • Grandson Mark Platts to have four pounds old tenor "his mother having had considerable of me before."
        • 3. Son Mark Fisk to be Exr & have the residue.
          • He d. May 2, 1745;
          • res. Ipswich, Mass.
            • i. Joseph, b. Oct. 20, 1713; d. May 24, 1731.
            • ii. Mark, b. Nov. 20, 1716; m. Lydia Smith,
            • iii. Susanna, b. March 18, 1700; m. March 22, 1723, Jedediah Kilburn.
            • iv. Sarah, b. June 19, 1702; d. Aug. 7, 1720.
            • v. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 15, 1704; m. Dec. 10. 1724, Michael Dwinell. Died, in Topsfield Dec. 26, 1729. Ch. :
              • Benjamin, b. Nov. 10, 1726;
              • Thomas, b. Aug. 26, 1729.
            • Dwinell had seven wives,
            • vi. Ruth, b. Aug. 20, 1707; m. March 6, 1731, David Kilburn, of Rowley; m. 2d, Esty.
            • vii. Abigail, b. Aug. 8, 1711 ; d. June 29, 1729.
            • viii. John, b. Oct. 13, 1719; d. Dec. 21, 1725.
            • ix. Joseph, b. Jan. 4, 1695 ; d. Dec. 5, 1698.
            • x. Hannah, b. Dec. 21, 1697; m. Oct. 29, 1720, James Platts, of Rowley.
    • 6. William, b. Nov. 2, 1679; d. Aug. 30, 1684. John Warner had 3 ch. by second wife.
    • 7. Abigail, b. Oct. 18, 1681. He purchased, 5 Oct., 1683, of G. Hadley, for ,£220, dwelling house, barn, etc., and Sp acres, and on May 12, 1698, he conveyed this farm to his son-in-law, Joseph Fisk, bounded N. E. by S. Chapman and the road ; S. E. by Skillson ; S. W. by Perkins and Harris meadow; W. and N. W. by Jos. Metcalf. His will, dated 7 Feb., 1711, gives to his son Nathaniel, when 21, his dwelling house, etc., and 60 acres of land (inventory at £250), his wife Mary to enjoy the parlor, and chamber over the parlor, and have support; also mentions daughter Elizabeth Gott., Sus. Fisk, and Mary, 15 years old and stepsons ("sons-in-law") Nathan and Jonathan Prince. He appears to be living on the Pine Swamp farm in 1688; but it is doubtful whether he lived there till his death.
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December 19, 1675
Age 40
(Present South Kingstown), (Present Washington County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations