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Martha Waite (Leonard)

Birthplace: Springfield, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Death: February 29, 1704 (54)
Deerfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts (Queen Anns war massacure of 1704 captured by indians 2nd x)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Leonard, of Springfield and Sarah Tilton
Wife of Capt. Benjamin Waite
Mother of Mary Wells; Sarah Allis; Canada Smith; John Waite; Jeremiah Waite and 1 other
Sister of John Leonard; Joseph Leonard; Joseph Leonard; Sarah Keep; Mary Bliss and 10 others

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About Martha Waite

Martha Leonard Waite BIRTH 15 Apr 1649 Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA DEATH 29 Sep 1704 (aged 55) Hatfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA BURIAL Unknown

Martha Waite and three of her children were captured during the famous Hatfield massacre. She was with child at the time and gave birth to a baby girl while being held captive in Canada. She named the child Canada. Shortly after the child's birth Benjamin Waite (a noted Indian scout) found the captives a total of 17 woman and children and negotiated a peaceful release. They lost three people during their long journey from Hatfield to Canada, two children probably to illness and the elements and one man who was burned.


A band of Indians attacked Hatfield, Massachusetts, on September 19, 1677, burning, looting, and killing. They carried off seventeen people, mostly women and children. Their destination, on foot, was Canada. Among them were Martha Waite, pregnant, and her three girls, ages two, four, and six. She heroically helped keep the survivors together and. Helped keep them alive, while negotiating with their captors. Captives, 1677, the story of this first Indian/Canadian kidnapping, is a stirring novel of courageous survival, love, and rescue. It follows the captives’ terrible ordeal and the rescue mission of Martha’s husband Benjamin Waite and his friend Stephen Jennings from Hatfield, to Count Frontenac’s court in Quebec, and back to Massachusetts with the captives’ triumphal return. A forgotten saga of American heroism is brought to vivid life in Captives, 1677.

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Martha Waite's Timeline

February 15, 1649
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
April 15, 1649
Springfield, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
February 25, 1672
Hatfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts
Hatfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
January 22, 1678
Acadia (Present Nova Scotia)
January 17, 1680
Hatfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
September 24, 1684
Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
November 11, 1688
Hatfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts
February 29, 1704
Age 54
Deerfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts