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Re: Adams Family 1600's Durham, N.H.
Posted by: Maureen Anderson Date: April 06, 2000 at 16:32:30
In Reply to: Adams Family 1600's Durham, N.H. by Jerry Walsh of 24815

I got this information from the Durham Historical Society. I am descended from Marie Ursula Mercy Adams who was captured by the Iroqois and taken to Quebec.

Descendants of Thomas Smith

Generation No. 1

Child of THOMAS SMITH is:
2.       i.       GEORGE2 SMITH, b. Abt. 1595, England; d. 1661, Ipswich, Mass..

Generation No. 2

2. GEORGE2 SMITH (THOMAS1) was born Abt. 1595 in England, and died 1661 in Ipswich, Mass.. He married TEMPERANCE Abt. 1620 in England. She was born Abt. 1600 in England.

first mention in Durham on 20 march 1641 as apprasier,appointed court recorder in 1646
History of Durham p 330 children named in will with unnamed wife death may be

Children of GEORGE SMITH and TEMPERANCE are:
3.       i.       REBECCA3 SMITH, b. Abt. 1645, Oyster River, Durham, New Hampshire; d. July 19, 1694, Oyster River, Durham, New Hampshire.
       ii.       JAMES SMITH, m. SARAH DAVIS; b. Berwick, ME.
       iii.       JOHN SMITH, m. ELIZABETH BICKFORD; b. Oyster River, Stafford Co. New Hampshire.
       iv.       THOMAS SMITH, b. Abt. 1624, England.
       v.       SARA SMITH, b. Abt. 1628, England.
       vi.       NEWMAN SMITH, b. Abt. 1630, England.
       vii.       ELIZABETH SMITH, b. Abt. 1634, England.
       viii.       JOANNA SMITH, b. Abt. 1636, England.

Generation No. 3

3. REBECCA3 SMITH (GEORGE2, THOMAS1) was born Abt. 1645 in Oyster River, Durham, New Hampshire, and died July 19, 1694 in Oyster River, Durham, New Hampshire. She married CHARLES ADAMS 1665 in Oyster River, Durham, New Hampshire. He was born Abt. 1621 in England, and died July 19, 1694 in Oyster River, Stafford Co. New Hampshire.

Captured and killed by Iroquois.

had 3 brothers living in the area at the time of the raid on Oyster river(Durham, NH.
AFGS-Je Me Souveins spring 92 vol 15 #1 p 53
relative of Joseph Smith who came over from Eng with Charles Adams
History of Durham p 333 , Joseph B. 1640 , probably a Quaker, as he willed
12lbs for repairing the Friends meeting house after his death in 12 dec 1727
No evidence to connect Joseph with George Smythe-Smith , but in History of
Durham p 330 in his will he mentions children, and wife unnamed.
Thomas,Samuel,Sara,Newman,Rebecca, Elizabeth, and Joanna.However , Rebecca
Smith Adams died in 1694 and George died in 1727, not likely to be named in
his will if he died in 1727 .Most likely George was the one mentioned who died
in Ipswich in 1661 or 1674 who was the son of Thomas, as Rebecca had 3 brothers
living in the area - and there are 3 in the will along with Rebecca.

Burial: July 1694, near Mathes Burial ground,Durham Point,N.H.

Captured and killed by Iroquois.

He may have come over with Joseph Smith, relative? of Rebecca in 1640. He bought land at oyster river from John Ault 10 april 1645,built a garrison house in 1655. oath of fidelity 1669. Constable in 1662. He and 14 others of his househould were slain in the massacre of 1694 his garrison house burned, son Charles administered his estate 1 apr 1695.
Buried the mound of earth marking their graves is very near the Mathes burial place at Durham Point.

Attack at Oyster River:

It was the end of June, 1694 when Villieu and Thury, with one Frenchman and 105 Indians, began their long canoe-voyage to the English border. The savages were directed to give no quarter and told that the prisoners already in their hands would ensure the safety of their hostages in the hands of the English. More warriors were to join them from Bigot's mission on the Kennebec.

On the ninth of July they neared Pemaquid; but it was no part of the plan to attack a garrisoned post. The main body passed on at a safe distance; while Villieu approached the fort, dressed and painted like an Indian and accompanied by 2 or 3 genuine savages, carrying a packet of furs as if on a peaceful errand of trade. Such visits from Indians had been common since the treaty and while his companions bartered their beaver skins with the unsuspecting soldiers, he strolled about the neighborhood and made a plan of the works. The party was soon joined by Bigot's Indians and the united force now amounted to 230. The held a council to determine where they should make their attack, but opinions differed. Some were for the places west of Boston and others for those nearer at hand. Necessity decided them. Their provisions were gone and Villieu says that he himself was dying of hunger. They therefore resolved to strike at the nearest settlement, that of Oyster River, now Durham, about 12 miles from Portsmouth. They cautiously moved forward and sent scouts in advance who reported that the inhabitants kept no watch. In fact a messenger from Phips had assured them that the war was over and that they could follow their usual vocations without fear.

Villieu and his band waited till night and then made their approach. There was a small village - a church, a mill, 12 fortified houses occupied in most cases only by families and many unprotected farmhouses, extending several miles along the stream.

The Indians separated into bands and stationing themselves for a simultaneous attack at numerous points, lay patiently waiting towards day. The moon was still bright when the first shot gave the signal and the slaughter began. The two palisaded houses of Adams and Drew, without garrisons were taken immediately. The wife and daughter Mercy were captured and the rest of families butchered.

The remaining seven were successfully defended though several of them were occupied only the the families which owned them. Among the unprotected houses the carnage was horrible. 104 persons, chiefly women and children half naked from their beds were tomahawked, shot or killed by slower and more painful methods. Some escaped to the fortified houses and others hid in the woods. 27 were kept alive as prisoners. 20 or more houses were burned but what is remarkable the Church was spared. Father Thury entered it during the massacre and wrote with chalk on the pulpit some sentences of which the purport is not preserved, as they were no doubt in French or Latin.

see AFGS Je Me Souveins Spring 92 vol 15 #1 p 53
Durham hist soc gen p 1 ADAMS
Francis Parkman- Frontenac- Attack at Oyster River p384

Burial: July 1694, near Mathes bur, Durham Point, NH3
Fact 1: 1640, to America

4.       i.       MARIE URSULA MERCY PLAGNOL4 ADAMS, b. March 13, 1673, Oyster RiverPlantation, Durham, New Hampshire; d. September 15, 1728, Yamaska, PQ.
       ii.       DELIVERANCE ADAMS, b. Abt. 1666, Oyster River, Durham, New Hampshire.

Named in court record 1679.

       iii.       CHARLES ADAMS, b. 1668, Oyster River, Durham, New Hampshire; d. 1695; m. TEMPERANCE BENMORE.
       iv.       MARY ADAMS, b. Abt. 1669, Oyster River, Durham, New Hampshire; m. WILLIAM TASKER.
       v.       SARAH ADAMS, b. Abt. 1671, Oyster River, Durham, New Hampshire; m. (1) ELEASER WYER; m. (2) HENRY NOCK, January 10, 1691, Dover, Strafford Co., NH; b. Abt. 1668.
       vi.       SAMUEL ADAMS, b. Abt. 1672, Oyster River, Durham, New Hampshire; d. July 19, 1694, Oyster River, Durham, New Hampshire.

Slain with wife and children in raid on Oyster River.

Generation No. 4

4. MARIE URSULA MERCY PLAGNOL4 ADAMS (REBECCA3 SMITH, GEORGE2, THOMAS1) was born March 13, 1673 in Oyster RiverPlantation, Durham, New Hampshire, and died September 15, 1728 in Yamaska, PQ. She married CHARLES DIT BRISBOIS DUBOIS August 03, 1704 in St. Francois du Lac, PQ, son of RENE DUBOIS and ANNE-JULIENNE DUMONT. He was born December 05, 1680 in Quebec.

Marie apparently got to Canada as a captive of the Iroquois from their attack on Durham in 1694, aided and abetted by the French. Both her parents were captured and later killed by the Iroquois.

The Oyster River flows through Durham, NH. Her name appears in one NH source as "Marcy or Ursula" and her married name as"Brisebois".

Charles Antoine Plagnol, the commandant of the fort at St. Francois du Lac adopted Mercy. On Apr 6 1697 she was baptized as Ursule, a name chosen for her by her godmother, Maruerite Swigneuret, wife of Jean Boudor. Ursue (Mercy) married on Aug 3 1704 at St. Francois du Lac to Charles Dubois dit Brisebois

Abenaki-french captive 19 July 1694 raid and massacre on Oyster River Plantation. Durham NH
Marie Ursule Plagnol-Ely-Meystrey -adoptive parents ,godparents
AFGS spring 92 vol 15 #1 p 53 Je Me Souveins
portraits pionnieres v2 p 116

Christening: April 06, 1697, St Francis du Lac, Yamaska, Quebec5
Fact 1: July 19, 1694, captured and taken to canada
Fact 2: April 06, 1697, baptised, Godmother-Marguerite Seigneuret
Fact 3: 1694, adopted by Charles Antoine Plagnol, commandant



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