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The following is from the Shiels reference:
This is the Robert Dutch who was scalped by Indians at the Battle of Bloody Brook, Deerfield, MA and left for dead. He was remembered as 'The flower of Essex County.' "Robert Dutch married Mary Roper" (SIC: it was his brother JOHN who married Mary Roper).
Mr Hubbard wrote: "As Capt Mosely came upon the Indians in the Morning, he found them stripping the Slain, amoungst whom was one Robert Dutch of Ipswich, having been sorley wounded by a bullet that rased to his skull and then mauled by the Indian Hatchets, was left for dead by the Savages, and stript by them of all but his skin,; yet when Capt Mosely came near, he almost miraculously as one raised from the Dead, came towards the English, to their no small Amazement; by whom being received and clothed, he was carried off to the next Garrison and is living and in perfect health this Day. May he be to the Friends and Relatives of the Rest of the Slain an Emblem of their more perfect Ressurrection at the Last Day to Receive their Crowns among the Rest of the Martyrs that have laid down and ventured their Lives as a Testimony to the Truth of their Religion, as well as Love to their Country."
Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Alger Family Historian
1675 Bloody Brook Massacre. During King Philip's War, Indian warriors killed 60 soldiers of Deerfield, Massachusetts.