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Re: Benoni STEBBINS and Hannah Edwards ca 1691
Posted by: Sandy Di Nanni (ID *****7039) Date: July 12, 2002 at 22:01:41
In Reply to: Benoni STEBBINS and Hannah Edwards ca 1691 by Charlotte Edwards of 692

Hi, Charlotte!
I'm also a descendant of Rowland Stebbins. My notes say that Benoni married first Mary Broughton, widow of James Bennet, in Deerfield, MA May 19, 1676. Their children were:
Ebenezer, b 1677; Thankful, b 10 Mar 1680; Abigail, Aug. 13, 1683; Mindwell, b 20 Jan. 1684-1686; twins Esther and Joseph born in Feb., 1689. Mary, his wife, died 2 Aug 1689.

Benoni then married Hannah Atkisson, widow of Joseph Edwards, 2 Mar. 1691. They had Benjamin, b. 1692 and Esther, b. 1695.

Benoni was killed in an assault by Indians at Deerfield on 29 Feb. 1704.

This is what else I know about Benoni:

He took the oath of fidelity in 1678, made freeman 1684.

From "New England Captives Carried to Canada between 1677 and 1760", pg. 132:

"At Deerfield, between sunset and dark of the same day (Sept. 19, 1677), the few brave men who, driven away in 1675, had come back to rebuild their homes were surprised and hurried into the woods on East Mountain where the Hatfield people had been left. They were Quentin Stockwell, whose 'Narrative' was first published by Dr. Increase Mather in 1684, Benoni Stebbins and John Root, 'Old Sergeant John Plympton," and little Samuel Russell, the eight year old child of Philip....
"The next day the party travelled northward, and about thirty miles beyond Northfield encamped for three weeks. Some eighty Indian women and children from Wachusett joined them; they being part of the emigration of Massachusetts Indians to Canada.
"For two weeks the distracted people of Hatfield knew nothing of their friends; then Benoni Stebbins, having escaped, brought them tidings. He said that the Indians had 'been encouraged that they should have eight pounds apiece,' for their captives, and that the French Indians intended 'to come with them the next time...if they had success this time.'"



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