About Mary King
"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.
Mary King's Timeline
Deerfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
January 26, 1712
December 1, 1713
July 3, 1716
May 31, 1718
October 2, 1721
April 18, 1723
April 20, 1726
August 24, 1729