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Susanna Bingham (Shattuck)

Also Known As: "Morse", "Fay", "Susanna Brigham", "Shattuck"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Waltham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Shattuck of Watertown and Susannah Norcross
Wife of Deacon John Morse; Joseph Morse; John Fay, "The Immigrant" and Thomas Brigham
Mother of Sussana Newton; Hester Josselyn; Joseph Morse; Samuel Morse; Mary Barnard (Morse) and 8 others
Sister of Unknown Shattuck; Female Twin Shattuck; Mary Browne (Shattuck); John Shattuck, of Watertown; Philip Shattuck and 6 others

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About Susanna Bingham

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=16783108 Birth: 1643 Watertown Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA Death: Mar. 16, 1716 Marlborough Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA

Daughter of William Shattuck and Susanna Hayden. Married Joseph Morse 12 Apr 1661

Susanna married Joseph"John" Morse on 12 Apr 1661 in Watertown and they had ten children; Susanna,Hester,Joseph,Elizabeth,Samuel,Mary,Hannah, Jonathan,Jacob and Elizabeth.

Susanna married John Fay on 5 Jul 1678 and had four children: David Fay-23 Apr 1679,Gershom Fay-19 Oct 1681,Ruth Fay-15 Jul 1684, Deliverence Fay-7 Oct 1686

She then married Thomas Brigham on 30 Jul 1695.


Family links:

Parents:
 William Shattuck (1622 - 1672)
 Susanna Norcross (1620 - 1686)

Spouses:
 Joseph Morse (1637 - 1677)*
 John Fay (1648 - 1690)*

Children:
 Hester Ester Morse Josselyn/Joslin (1664 - 1725)*
 Joseph Morse (1667 - 1733)*
 Elizabeth Morse (1667 - ____)*
 Samuel Morse (1670 - 1758)*
 Mary Morse Barnard (1672 - 1707)*
 Hannah Morse Newton (1674 - 1732)*
 Jonathan Morse (1675 - 1754)*
 Jacob Morse (1678 - 1690)*
 David Fay (1679 - 1738)*
 Gershom Fay (1681 - 1720)*
 Deliverence Fay Shattuck (1686 - 1710)*

Siblings:
 Susanna Shattuck Morse Fay Brigham (1643 - 1716)
 Mary Shattuck Browne (1645 - 1732)*
 John Shattuck (1647 - 1675)*
 Phillip Shattuck (1648 - 1722)*
 Johanna Shattuck (1650 - 1673)*
 William Shattuck (1653 - 1732)*
 Hannah Shattuck Lippincott (1654 - 1729)*
 Rebecca Shattuck (1655 - 1684)*
 Exercise Shattuck Corlies (1656 - 1695)*
 Abigail Shattuck Parker (1657 - 1694)*
  • Calculated relationship

Burial: Grove Hill Cemetery Waltham Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA


Susanna, widow of Joseph Morse and daug.. of William Shattuck.

Taken from " Immigrant Ancestors " Edited by Frederick Adams Virkus. Extracted from Volume II, Compendium of American Genealogy. Pg. 30, REF # 929.1 VIR, Ilion Public Library.

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  • Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal ..., Volume 4 By Ellery Bicknell Crane
  • Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal ..., Volume 4 By Ellery Bicknell Crane
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  • HUBBARD HAMMOND BRIGHAM, M.D.
  • Thomas Brigham (1), the pioneer ancestor of the Brigham family and of Dr. Hubbard Hammon Brigham, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, was undoubtedly an Englishman by birth. The name Brigham is from the Saxon brigg (bridge) and ham (house). There is a Manor of the name in county Cumberland, adjoining Scotland, and in ancient days part of Scotland. They Barony from which the family name is derived is now generally called by another name, Cockermouth. The old castle was one of the strongest in its day. It was built largely of material taken from an olf Roman castle in the vicinity. As late as 1648 it was garrisoned and stood siege for a month. After it was captured it was nearly destroyed, but at last accounts a small part was still habitable. From this Manor the English and American Brighams get their names, and all probably are descended from the early Brighams of this place.
  • Thomas Brigham embarked at London for New England, April 18, 1635, in the ship "Susan and Ellen," Edwary Pyne, master. No other of the same name is known to have embarked for the American colonies. He settled in Watertown. In 1637 he had a fourteen acre lot there, bought of John Doggett. It was situated in a part later annexed to Cambridge. He built his house in Cambridge on a lot containing three acres and a half. His neighbors were Joseph, Isaac and Simon Crosby. His home was about two-thirds of a mile from Harvard College, and at one point abutted on Charles river. He resided there until 1648. He was admitted a freeman April 18, 1637. He was one of the leading citizens, was selectman in 1640, 1642, and 1647, and was a constable in 1639 and 1642. He made a specialty on his farm of raising hogs, and in 1647 owned a third of all the swine in the town. He was fined for letting his hogs get away and run at large. He owned a wind mill in which corn was ground.
  • He died December 8, 1653. His will was dated December 7, 1653-4, and was proved October 3, 1654. He married (first) Mercy Hurd, who is said to have come with her sister alone from England owing to religious difference from which they suffered annoyance and persecution at home. After the death of Mr. Brigham she married (second), March 1, 1655, Edmund Rice, of Sudbury, and Marlboro, ancestor of a notable Worcester family, by whom she had two daughters. (See Rice Sketch). He died 1663, and she married (third) William Hunt, of Marlboro, 1664. He died 1667, and she died December 23, 1693, after being in her third widowhood a period of twenty-six years. The children of Thomas and Mercy (Hurd) Brigham were: Mary, born probably at Watertown; Thomas, see forward; John, March 9, 1644, died September 16, 1728, aged eighty-four years; Hannah, March 9, 1649, married Samuel Wells; Samuel, born January 12, 1652-3, died July 24, 1713.
  • (II) Thomas Brigham, second child of Thomas Brigham (I), was born 1640-1, died November 25, 1717, aged seventy-six years. On the death of his father and the marriage of his mother to Edmund Rice he seems to have lived with his mother in the Rice family. He bought of his father-in-law or step-father, as we now call it, Edmund Rice, a town right when he was of age. He paid thirty pounds for this valuable right to shares of the common land in Marlboro. The deed was given by Edmund Rice's executors, August 28, 1665. Through this purchase he became the ower of extensive tracts located in four of the richest farming towns of Massachusetts.
  • In 1686 he was one of a company to buy 6,000 acres of land near Marlboro and afterwards annexed to it. He drew many lots in the south-west part of Marlboro, and the adjoining towns of Northboro and Westboro as now bounded. He settled in the southwest part of Marlboro, known in later years as Warren Brigham's farm, on the south road to Northboro. His house built not long after King Philip's war is now or was lately standing. It was strongly built and used as a garrison house in time of Indian wars. Thomas Brigham was a leading citizen in his day. His will was made April 17, 1716, and proved January 2, 1717. He gave his sons, David and Gershom Brigham, all his lands on the west side of the Assabet river and other lands near them. He bequeathed to Nathan and Jonathan in equial shares all that part of the Eaton family's on the east side of the Assabet river. Elnathan settled on part of the homestead. Nathan, Jonathan and Gershom were executors.
  • He married Mary Rice, who was born September 19, 1646, daugher of Henry and Elizabeth (Moore) Rice, granddaughter of Edmund Rice, of Sudbury. He married (second), August 30, 1695, Susanna (Shattuck) Morse, widow. The children of Thomas and Mary (Rice) Brigham were: Thomas, born February 14, 1666; Nathan, see forward: David, August 11, 1673, died young; Jonathan, February 22, 1674, married Mary Fay; David, April 12, 1678; Gershom, Dr., February 23, 1680; Elnathan, March 7, 1683; Mary, October 26, 1687.
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Birth: 1643 Watertown Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA Death: Mar. 16, 1716 Marlborough Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA

Daughter of William Shattuck and Susanna Hayden. Married Joseph Morse 12 Apr 1661

Susanna married Joseph"John" Morse on 12 Apr 1661 in Watertown and they had ten children; Susanna,Hester,Joseph,Elizabeth,Samuel,Mary,Hannah, Jonathan,Jacob and Elizabeth.

Susanna married John Fay on 5 Jul 1678 and had four children: David Fay-23 Apr 1679,Gershom Fay-19 Oct 1681,Ruth Fay-15 Jul 1684, Deliverence Fay-7 Oct 1686

She then married Thomas Brigham on 30 Jul 1695.


Family links:

Parents:
 William Shattuck (1622 - 1672)
 Susanna Hayden Norcross (1620 - 1686)

Spouses:
 Joseph Morse (1637 - 1677)*
 John Fay (1648 - 1690)*

Children:
 Hester Ester Morse Josselyn/Joslin (1664 - 1725)*
 Elizabeth Morse (1667 - ____)*
 Joseph Morse (1667 - 1733)*
 Samuel Morse (1670 - 1758)*
 Hannah Morse Newton (1674 - 1732)*
 Jonathan Morse (1675 - 1754)*
 Jacob Morse (1678 - 1690)*
 David Fay (1679 - 1704)*
 Gershom Fay (1681 - 1720)*
 Deliverence Fay Shattuck (1686 - 1710)*

Siblings:
 Susanna Shattuck Morse Fay Brigham (1643 - 1716)
 Mary Shattuck Browne (1645 - 1732)*
 John Shattuck (1647 - 1675)*
 Phillip Shattuck (1648 - 1722)**
 Johanna Shattuck (1650 - 1673)*
 William Shattuck (1653 - 1732)*
 Rebecca Shattuck (1655 - 1684)*
 Exercise Shattuck Corlies (1656 - 1695)*
 Abigail Shattuck Parker (1657 - 1694)*
  • Calculated relationship
    • Half-sibling

Burial: Grove Hill Cemetery Waltham Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA


Generation No. 2

2. SUSANNA2 SHATTUCK (WILLIAM1) was born 1643 in Watertown, Massachusetts, and died Aft. 1695 in Marlboro, Massachusetts. She married (1) JOSEPH MORSE April 12, 1661 in Watertown, Massachusetts, son of JOSEPH MORSE and HESTER PIERCE. He was born April 30, 1637 in Watertown, Massachusetts, and died 1677. She married (2) JOHN FAY July 15, 1678 in Watertown, Massachusetts. He was born 1648 in England, and died December 5, 1690 in Marlboro, Massachusetts. She married (3) THOMAS BRIGHAM July 30, 1695, son of THOMAS BRIGHAM and MERCY HURD. He was born Abt. 1640 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and died November 25, 1716 in Marlboro, Massachusetts.


Suzanna was the daughter of William and Susanna Shattuck. She married Joseph Morse on 04/12/1661, with whom she had 7 children. She then married John Fay, Mary Brigham's widower, on 07/05/1678 with whom she had 4 more children. After his death she married Thomas, thus making his niece Mary Fay and nephews John Fay Jr. and Samuel Fay his stepchildren.

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2. SUSANNA2 SHATTUCK (WILLIAM1) was born 1643 in Watertown, Massachusetts, and died Aft. 1695 in Marlboro, Massachusetts. She married (1) JOSEPH MORSE April 12, 1661 in Watertown, Massachusetts, son of JOSEPH MORSE and HESTER PIERCE. He was born April 30, 1637 in Watertown, Massachusetts, and died 1677. She married (2) JOHN FAY July 15, 1678 in Watertown, Massachusetts. He was born 1648 in England, and died December 5, 1690 in Marlboro, Massachusetts. She married (3) THOMAS BRIGHAM July 30, 1695, son of THOMAS BRIGHAM and MERCY HURD. He was born Abt. 1640 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and died November 25, 1716 in Marlboro, Massachusetts.

Notes for SUSANNA SHATTUCK: Susan "Susanna" Shattuck who was the widow of Joseph Morse married John Fay as her second husband after John Fay's first wife, Mary Brigham, died. Susan already had 7 children by Morse, and John Fay's 4 children, and gave birth to 4 more children by John Fay. After John Fay's death, Susan married as her third husband, Thomas Brigham, who was a brother of John Fay's first wife, Mary Brigham. It is interesting to record that from Susan's last marriage, one of her descendants [actually it was her husband Thomas' brother Samuel] was Peter Bent Brigham who left a sum of $1,000,000 which was not to be spent until 25 years after his death. By this time the fund had grown to $2,000,000 and was used to build the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, a world famous medical research hospital connected with Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass.

Source: "Fay Genealogy - John Fay of Marlborough and his Descendants" by Orlin P. Fay, 1898, page 13.

Source History of Town of Marlborough published in 1862: 1) Susan's marriage date to Thomas Brigham of July 30,1695, and 2) fact that Susan's father was William Shattuck of Watertown, Massachusetts, b. 1643.

Notes for JOHN FAY: John Fay embarked May 30, 1656, at Gravesend, England, and arrived in Boston on June 27, 1656, at the age of 8 years on the Speedwell (sister ship of the Mayflower). John was by no means the first Fay to come to America. Available Town records in New England show for example that (1) Richard Fay resided in Dorchester MA in 1634; (2) Henry Fay, a weaver of Newberry MA died 6/30/1655 and (3) William Fay was admitted as a townsman in Boston in 1643. These Fay's unquestionably preceded John Fay to America (1656), but there are no records to establish any interrelationship between any of them.

There is, however, reasonable evidence that his father and a brother Michael had preceded him to America. Although there is no documented record of the father (David) or Michael's birth or death. Reference is made in the early Town records of Sudbury, Massachusetts, that the father of John and Michael was David Fay "who came to America prior to 1656." On the other hand the direct lineage of the descendants of John Fay from his birth in 1648 down to 1898 were clearly and logically documented in the records accumulated in Orlin P. Fay's book.

The passenger list of the Speedwell lists five minors, including John Fay age 8 years. These young men were bound to Sudbury MA (settled 17 years previously) where each of them had parents or relatives. It is presumed that since John Fay was the youngest of these minors, he very likely had parents already residing in Sudbury.

Shortly after John Fay's arrival a group of recent immigrants, including young John moved to a new grant which was newly incorporated under the name of Marlboro, MA. The early records of Marlboro show that John Fay was made a freeman in 1669, at which time he had a wife and child. In 1675 the name of John Fay appears among the proprietors of Worcester Mass., and that he had a lot of 50 acres assigned to him "in the eastern squadron, lying next to the County road to Boston." Although, he owned land in Worcester he continued to live in Marlboro until the marauding Indians during the Phillips War made it necessary to move his family to the greater security of Watertown Mass. While in Watertown he buried his first wife, Mary Brigham and one child. His second marriage was to Susan "Susanna" Shattuck who was the widow of Joseph Morse. She had 7 children by Morse and 4 by John Fay. After John Fay's death, Susan married as her third husband, Thomas Brigham, who was a brother of John Fay's first wife, Mary Brigham. It is interesting to record that from Susan's last marriage, one of her descendants [actually it was her husband Thomas' brother Samuel] was Peter Bent Brigham who left a sum of $1,000,000 which was not to be spent until 25 years after his death. By this time the fund had grown to $2,000,000 and was used to build the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, a world famous medical research hospital connected with Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass.

Source: "Fay Genealogy - John Fay of Marlborough and his Descendants" by Orlin P. Fay, 1898, page 13.

Ships to America - The Speedwell, 1656

An alphabetic list of ships to America is provided at Ship Index. A list of more ships to New England is provided at Ships & Passengers

The Speedwell of London Voyages are listed at ship name on Ship List May 27, 1656, The Speedwell, from London (Gravesend), arrived at Boston, New England

Source: "Passengers to America, A Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists from The New England Historical and Genealogical Register" Edited by Michael Tepper Selected excerpts from The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland, 1977, page 462.

Ship and Passenger Information:

This list is annotated by the Searcher's office, Gravesend, England, with the date of "30th May, 1656". However, an additional annotation indicates they "were Landed at Boston in N. E. the 27th of the Month, 1656. J. E." The list may have been prepared at departure by the Searcher's office or later by the vessel's master, under a high bond as assurance of the accuracy about those actually making the voyage (such lists were dated at arrival and were endorsed at the Searcher's office on return of the vessel). The source listing, however, shows the "J.E." entry as an endorsement after that of the Searcher's office. In this case, the initials "J.E." were not those of the master and the month was not specified. This leaves questions about the month in which the "27th" actually occurred - before, during, or after May. Robert Lock, Master

41 passengers listed.

Stratton, Richard Mulfoot, John Smith, Richard 43 Brinsley, Francis 22 Noyce, Thomas 32 Edwards, Mathew Boules, Joseph 47 Brand, William 40 Copeland, John 28 Holder, Christopher 25 Thurston, Thomas 34 Prince, Mary 21 Gibbons, Sarah 21 Weatherhead, Mary 26 Waugh, Dorothy 20 Smith, Lester 24 Clarke, Christopher 38 Lane, Edward 36 Richardson, Tho: (Thomas) 19 Earle, John 17 Barnes, Thomas 20 Hopgood, Shudrack 14 Goodynough, Thomas 20 Goodinough, Nathaniel 16 Fay, John 8 Tayler, William 11 Smith, Richard 28 Munnings, Muhuhulett 24 Mott, Margarett 12 Reeue (Reeve), Henry 8 Seker, Henery 8 Morse, John 40 Dauison (Davison), Nickolus 45 Baldwin, John 21 Baldwin, Mary 20 Worster, Rebeca (sic) 18 Wigins, John 15 Miller, John 24 Home, Thomas 11 Crane, John 11 Baalam, Charels (sic) 18

Source: http://www.primenet.com/~langford/spls/656ne001.htm November 3, 2000

From Genealogy Forum:

Re: John Fay (1648-90)a French Huguenot? Posted by: Mary (FAY) Nelson 9 Date: June 21, 1999 at 17:34:50 In Reply to: Re: John Fay (1648-90)a French Huguenot? by Dennis N. Reed of 583

From my personal research, I think that John Fay was born in Penton Mewsey, Hampshire, England and not in France. There are unpublished records in England which support this research, but I haven't gotten to see them firsthand. Anyway a large clan of FAY family members are still in England and trace themselves to Collingbourne-Ducis, Wiltshire well before 1600. There is a David FAY marrying an Elizabeth Coale/Cole in December 1616 in Penton Mewsey. This is published in the Parish marriage records, which I found at the Clayton Library in Houston, TX. This is the only David Fay I've found in England for this period.

Notes for THOMAS BRIGHAM: Thomas Brigham married a second wife Susanna, on 30 July 1695, daughter of William Shattuck of Watertown and widow (1) of Joseph Morse and (2) of John Fay, whose first wife was Mary, the sister of Thomas. It will be noted that every descendant of Thomas is also a descendant of Edmund Rice, who is an ancestor of many colonial families in eastern Massachusetts. He had a large number of children, some of whom were of mature age at the time of the emigration.

Notes from The History of the Brigham Family from the New Hampshire Historic Society 20 Park Street, Concord, New Hampshire, obtained by Ken and Susan Barbi on August 12, 2000.

Children of SUSANNA SHATTUCK and JOSEPH MORSE are: i. JONATHAN3 MORSE, d. 1754; m. (1) MARY HOW; m. (2) MARY CHURCH. ii. SUSANNA MORSE, b. January 11, 1663. iii. HESTER MORSE, b. September 11, 1664, Watertown, Massachusetts; d. August 27, 1725, Watertown, Massachusetts; m. NATHANIEL JOSSELYN. iv. JOSEPH MORSE, b. November 11, 1667, Watertown, Massachusetts; d. July 1753, Marlboro, Massachusetts; m. GRACE WARREN. v. SAMUEL MORSE, b. September 4, 1670, Watertown, Massachusetts; d. July 10, 1758, Marlboro, Massachusetts; m. GRACE UNKNOWN. vi. MARY MORSE, b. February 11, 1672; m. JOHN BARNARD, JR.. vii. HANNAH MORSE, b. April 7, 1674; m. JOHN NEWTON.

Children of SUSANNA SHATTUCK and JOHN FAY are: viii. DAVID3 FAY, b. April 23, 1679, Marlboro, Massachusetts; d. April 10, 1738; m. SARAH LARKIN, May 1, 1699, Marlborough; d. Unknown.

Notes for DAVID FAY: David Fay inherited the homestead on the north side of Clean Hill. He settled in that part of Marlboro which was set off to Southboro, east of Wolfpen Hill, and with Robert Horn, about 1731, built a grist mill on Stony Brook in the southeast part of the town.

He united with the church April 2, 1710. Before the incorporation of the town of Southboro he was placed on a committee to seat the meeting in Marlboro, and the next year he was chosen Constable of Southboro, where he was also elected Selectman in 1730, 1733, and 1735.

He was by occupation a weaver.

His wife at the time of her marriage was an heir to Edward Larkin of Charlestown, where he and his wife, Sara, Jan. 27, 1709-1710, sold for $150, to Joseph Kent of Charlestown, land formerly owned by John Larkin. Jan 28, 1706-1707, he exchanged land with Isaac Temple.

He and his family, also the families of Moses Newton, John Newton, Widow Johnson, Moses Newton, Jr., and James Cady were assigned to the "Garrison" of Isaac Howe for protection from the Indians.

Source: "Fay Genealogy - John Fay of Marlborough and his Descendants" by Orlin P. Fay, 1898, page 227.

ix. GERSHOM FAY, b. October 19, 1681, Marlboro, Massachusetts; d. November 24, 1720; m. MARY BRIGHAM, 1702; b. May 6, 1678.

Notes for GERSHOM FAY: Gershom was one of the first settlers in that part of Marlboro that was afterward set off to Westboro in 1717 and again set off to Northboro in 1727; thus was he an inhabitant of three towns in succession without moving his habitation. He served as Constable in Marlboro in 1714 and in 1718, March 3, being included in Westboro, he was chosen Surveyor of that town. July 24, 1720 and in 1721 he was elected one of the committee for building the first meeting house which stood about 80 rods [1 rod = 16.5 feet] west of Wessonville. In 1720 he was again chosen Constable.

He was admitted to the church in Marlboro before he was set off to Westboro, and continued to worship there until that part of the town where he lived was included in Westboro.

He died at the age of 39 years, leaving a large tract of land in the northwest part of Northboro to be divided to his four sons. His estate was settled without recourse to a probate court.

He left six or seven minor children who were brought up to respectability and industry with no other guardian than their heroic and energetic mother, Mary Brigham, daughter of Dr. John Brigham of Sudbury. She was distinguished for heroism in the Indian war. She received $375 by her father's will.

Gershom Fay was the youngest son of John Fay and he built the first saw mill in Northboro, 60 rods east of the Unitarian church.

Source: "Fay Genealogy - John Fay of Marlborough and his Descendants" by Orlin P. Fay, 1898, page 331.

Notes for MARY BRIGHAM: Mary and her husband were exposed, like others of that day, to the incursions of the Indians, and as a protection, palisades were erected around many of the houses to serve as a fort or resort to which the families in the neighborhood might repair in case the Indians should make their appearance. In 1707 a tragical event occurred in Marlboro in that part of the township now included in Northboro. Among the garrison houses in town at that time was one known as Samuel Goodnow's near the stream called Stirrup Brook. This garrison was designed as the resort of the families of Nathaniel Oakes, Jonathan Forbush and Gershom Fay, as well as that of Mr. Goodnow. This precaution undoubtedly saved the life of Mrs. Fay and her two oldest children.

In 1707, Aug. 18, she [Mary was 29 years old at the time] and Miss Mary Goodnow, daughter of Samuel Goodnow, were gathering herbs in a meadow when they saw 20 or more stout Indian warriors stealthily approaching them. They immediately ran for the fort. Mrs. Fay with her children succeeded in reaching it and closing the gate before her pursuers could overtake her. Fortunately there was one man in the garrison, the rest of the men being at work in the field. The savages attempted to break through the enclosure but were repelled by the heroic defenders within, Mrs. Fay loading the muskets belonging to the fort and handing them to her companion; whether it was her husband or not, we do not know, but he was able to keep a constant fire upon the enemy till a party of their friends in the field, hearing the report of the muskets, came to their relief and the enemy fled. Thus was the life of this woman and her two helpless children saved by her own heroism.

William A. Bartlett of Northboro, whose mother and grandmother were Fay's, writes April 3, 1884, as follows: "It is a question whether the garrison house or fort, in which Mrs. Fay's heroism was displayed was some part of the house in which I now live, or whether it was another near by, built on purpose. The grave of Mary Goodnow is on my farm about 30 rods from my house." Her grave still remained without a monument in 1866. She being lame, could not escape from her merciless pursuers. She was overtaken, seized and dragged into the woods across Stirrup Brook and inhumanly murdered and scalped, her mangled remains were found and buried a few days after and her grave was visible 130 years afterwards. The Indians were pursued and overtaken and a battle ensued in which two white men and nine Indians were killed. The packs of the Indians fell into the hands of the whites and in one of them was found the scalp of Miss Goodnow, which furnished the first clue of her melancholy fate.

A large elm tree growing in the cellar, marks the spot where once stood the house of Gershom Fay.

Source: "Fay Genealogy - John Fay of Marlborough and his Descendants" by Orlin P. Fay, 1898, page 331

x. RUTH FAY, b. July 15, 1684, Marlboro, Massachusetts; m. INCREASE WARD, June 17, 1706. xi. DELIVERANCE FAY, b. October 7, 1686, Watertown, Massachusetts; d. January 22, 1711, Watertown, Massachusetts; m. BENJAMIN SHATTUCK, February 20, 1707.

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Susanna Bingham's Timeline

1643
July 15, 1643
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
1662
January 11, 1662
Age 18
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1664
September 11, 1664
Age 21
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1667
November 11, 1667
Age 24
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1667
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Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1670
September 4, 1670
Age 27
Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts
1672
February 7, 1672
Age 28
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1674
April 7, 1674
Age 30
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony