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"The Escape of the Duston Family," illustration from "The Duston Family" by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
"The Escape of the Duston Family," illustration from "The Duston Family" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. (courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)
Excerpts from "The Duston Family" Full text of "The Duston Family" An article published in the fall 2016 issue of American Ancestors which contains an excerpt from Massacre on the Merrimack, a book by Jay Atkinson which examines the story of Hannah Duston. The article briefly recounts the events surrounding Dustonís capture and revenge and then presents the excerpt from Chapter IV which picks up the story after the Abenaki Indians brutally murder Hannah Dustonís newborn baby and
recounts the journey of Duston and Mary Neff, the woman who had been helping her care for her newborn, as the Indians march them out of Haverhill after their raid on the settlement.

New York Times article "Retracing a Vengeful Motherís Path of Escape" by Jay Atkinson, Nov 15, 2015 Atkinson writes about his journey on the Merrimack River, near Concord, NH, retracing Hannah Dustonís 1697 escape from captivity by the Abenaki warriors.

Text of Magnalia Christi Americana; or The Ecclesiastical History of New England (1702) by Cotton Mather (1663-1728)

Text of The Hannah Dustin Story: Original Accounts From Various Diaries (1697-1700)

Text of Hannah Dustinís Letter to the Elders of the Second Church in Haverhill, 1724, (Haverhill Historical Society) [From Helen deN. Fordís The Starshine of Mrs. Hannah Dustin, 1978]

Text of The Thomas and Hannah Dustin Story From "Letter XXXIX" in Timothy Dwightís Travels in New England and New York, 1821-22.

Text of John Greenleaf Whittier,"The Motherís Revenge" From Legends of New England (1831)

Text of H. D. Thoreauís Retelling of the Hannah Dustin Story [From A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, "Thursday" section, 1849]

Text of On the Duston Family Name From The Cheney Genealogy by Rev. Charles Henry Pope, 1897.

Text of John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) From Legends of New England (1831) "The Indian's Tale"

Text of John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) From Legends of New England (1831) "Metacom"

Text of "Lovewell's Fight," Anonymous

Captain John Lovewell (some spell it Lovell) was a well-known Indian fighter and the leader of a company of men who attacked Indian villages along the New England frontier. Lovewell was killed and most of his men shot down during an ambush while raiding the Piggwackett Indians on May 8th, 1725. Lovewell's defeat became the subject of narratives, sermons, and a popular ballad. "Lovewell's Fight" was written shortly after the Battle of May 8th. Capt. Lovewell lived at Dunstable, now part of Nashua, New Hampshire, and it was here that Hannah Duston, Mary Neff, and Samuel Lenorson spent their first night after escaping from Contoocook Island on March 30, 1697. Hawthorne, in 1832, used Lovewell's Fight in his story "Roger Malvin's Burial." The characters, Reuben Bourne and Roger Malvin, are both wounded in the famous fight. Malvin dies from his wounds and remains unburied by the younger Bourne, who is left haunted and guilt-ridden.


Text of Thoreauís Reflections on the Indians and White Settlement From A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, "Sunday" section, 1849

Text of Hawthorne's Farewell Note as Editor of The American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge, August 1836.

Petition of Hannah and Thomas Duston, Mary Neff and Samuel Leonardson to the General Court of Massachusetts, from Whitford, Kathryn. ďHannah Dustin: The Judgement of History.Ē Essex Institute Historical Collections. Vol. CVIII, No. 4 (October 1972), 308-09. Used with permission.

Hannah Bradleyís Captivity Account. Like Hannah Duston, Hannah Bradley was taken captive by the Indians during the Haverhill Raid of 1697. She was in the Indian camp where the Native woman wounded by Duston on Contoocook Island sought refuge. This is her account of her experience.

ďSuch Was the Tumultation These Women MadeĒ: The Women of Marblehead Wreak Revenge Upon Indian Captors, 1677 by Robert Roules of Marblehead.


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