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Thomas Bickford

Birthdate: (50)
Birthplace: Durham, Strafford, New Hampshire, United States
Death: October 31, 1706 (46-54)
Durham, Strafford, New Hampshire
Immediate Family:

Son of John Bickford, of Oyster River and Temperance Bickford
Husband of Bridget Bickford
Brother of John Bickford; Elizabeth Smith; Lydia Drew; Joseph Bickford; Mary Bickford and 5 others

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Thomas Bickford's garrison was just a few hundred yards from the Adams home. Awakened by the sounds of battle, Bickford quickly saw what was happening to the Adams family. Gathering his family together, he led them down to the shoreline, where he saw them safely off by boat to join other refugees gathering across the bay at Fox Point. Determined not to let the Indians have their way, Bickford returned to his home and made preparations to defend it, alone. As daylight came, Thomas could see his attackers as they advanced. An English-speaking warrior, taking cover behind a stonewall, demanded that Thomas surrender. The Indian promised safety if Thomas accepted, or death by torture if he declined. In as many voices as he could fabricate, Bickford shouted insults back in defiance. As the shooting commenced, Thomas ran from window to window changing his clothes at each one. By appearing in different outfits, snapping off shots, and shouting orders to an invisible army, Bickford managed to give the impression that a well armed-garrison was held up in there with him. Losing heart, his attackers withdrew and left him in peace.

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Durham, Strafford, New Hampshire, United States
October 31, 1706
Age 50
Durham, Strafford, New Hampshire
Age 50