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Mary King (French)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Deerfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: Died in Bolton, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas French and Mary French
Wife of Jonathan King
Mother of Abigail King; Charles King; Jonathan King; Mary King; Beriah King and 3 others
Sister of Thomas French, Jr.; Marie-Françoise "Freedom" French; Marthe Marguerite Roy; Abigail French and John French

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About Mary King

DEERFIELD MASSACRE

"Thomas French's Family Thomas French, blacksmith, selectman, townclerk & deacon lived beside his father-in-law, John Catlin. He & all his family were taken. His house was not burned, & so the town records were saved. The last line written by him was "Jn son to Thomas & Mary ffrench was born ffeb 1, 1703/4." Almost the first written after the massacre by his successor records the murder of this tiny baby & its mother. She, Mary (Catlin), "Wife to Thomas ffrench head of this family was slain by ye Enemie Marcy 9, 1703/4." Thomas & his children, Mary, 17; Thomas, 14; Freedom, 11; Martha, 8; and Abigail, 6; made the long journey. He and his two eldest children were redeemed in 1706. Three years later he married Hannah (Atkinson), the widow of Benoni Stebbins. He died in 1733. Thomas, Jr. married Joanna Field of Sunderland and lived to be seventy. Mary, in 1711, married Jonathan King of Northampton, she died in Connecticut in 1758. Did she ever know more of her three sisters? In the rare Mather tract "Good Fetched out of Evil", are some "lines" which contain little poetry, but much piety, said to have been written by her, but believed by Mr. Sheldon to be the work of Mr. Williams. The author is described as "a Captive Damsel about Sixteen or Seventeen years of Age; who beind afraid that her Younger Sister at a Distance from her would be led away by the Popish Delusions, addresser her in these Lines." There ae eighty-four of them, ending with:

  "Dear Sister, Bear me in your Mind;
   Learn these few Lines by heart;
   Alas, as aking Heart I find,
   Since we're so long to part.
   But to the Care if God on high
   Our cause we will commend,
   For your Soul-sake these Lines now I
   Your Loving Sister send.
   - Mary French"

Sources: "New England Captives Carried to Canada Between 1677 and 1760"/ volume 2, by Emma Lewis Coleman; americanheritagefamilies.com; "A Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of..." by Royal Ralph Hinman


Mary French was taken to Canada by the French soldiers and Huron Indians following the DeerfieldMasscre in 1704. She was redeemed with her Father and brother Thomas in 1706.

Freedom, Martha, and Abigail were all captured at Deerfield, marched to Canada, and never returned. Freedom and Martha married and had large families. Abigail assimilated in to an Indian way of life and never married. Mary and Thomas were also captured and marched to Canada, but were redeemed in 1716. The baby John was killed.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=16220905&ref=wvr

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Mary King's Timeline

1686
1686
Deerfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1712
January 26, 1712
Age 26
1713
December 1, 1713
Age 27
1716
July 3, 1716
Age 30
1718
May 31, 1718
Age 32
1721
October 2, 1721
Age 35
1723
April 18, 1723
Age 37
1726
April 20, 1726
Age 40
1729
August 24, 1729
Age 43