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Richard Tozier (Tozer), Jr.

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Salmon Falls (Berwick), Maine, United States
Death: 1734 (70-78)
Berwick, Maine
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Tozier and Judith Tozier
Husband of Elizabeth Tozier
Brother of Thomas Tozier; Elizabeth Randall; Simon Tozier; Martha Lord; Ann Jenkins and 2 others

Occupation: Taken prisoner during the Indian raid that killed his brother and father but returned home after a brief captivity.
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From https://familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/23711506

Richard Tozer Jr was appointed to take charge of the estate of his mother Judith, recently deceased who had been administratrix of the estate of Richard Tozer Sr (3, p 144)

The following is a tradition regarding the last capture of the wife of Richard Jr. Her husband saw the Indians approaching and told her he would rather die than go again to Canada. she must do the best she could, but if taken prisoner, he would redeem her if he lived. So he took a feather bed upon his back to shield him from the fire of the Indians, started out of the back door and managed to keep the house between him and the Indians until he reached Salmon Falls River, which was but thinly frozen over in the spring. He fell into the river, but got out again, leaving his bed. The Indians tracked him to the river, but seeing the bed and the hole in the ice, supposed that he was drowned. the Indians pillaged the house and burnt it, carrying off all its inmates as prisoners. Mr Tozer, who had hid himself on the New Hampshire side of the river saw all that took place. He went to Dover and alarmed the people who pursued the Indians, but without effect.

It was after this that he built the block house or garrison which was preserved until October 1853 when it was taken down and a small house was built upon the old cellar. some of the old timbers were used in the new house. The author of this work visited it when standing. it bore every appearance of an old garrison or block house except in height. The roof was blown off in 1830 and before repairing it the owner (Mr Spencer) took off one story. This building was never disturbed by the Indians. (3)

No evidence shows that they had any children. Those grandchildren of Richard Tozer Sr who gave the deed to Captain Samuel Lord in 1735 sometimes considered to be children of Richard Jr and Elizabeth (Wentworth) Tozer have already been shown to be children of his brother, Simon...(3)

Richard and Elizabeth Tozer sold their farm and everything upon it in 1734 to Captain Samuel Lord. After that date, nothing whatever has been found regarding them. The farm itself was sold out of the family by Reverend James Lord son of Abraham and grandson of Captain Samuel Lord by his wife, Martha Wentworth Lord. (3)

Sources:

  • 1) Tozier and Allied Families 929.273 T669t,
  • 2) Some Records of the Tozer or Tozier Family in New England 929.273 T669to,
  • 3) Can't read the source--too light p 144-145 - section on Elizabeth Wentworth
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Richard Tozier, Jr.'s Timeline

1660
1660
Salmon Falls (Berwick), Maine, United States
1734
1734
Age 74
Berwick, Maine
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