Painting of the Capture of Hannah Duston and Mary Neff.

The Indian Raid on Haverhill, Massachusetts (originally called Pentucket), occurred in the early morning of March 15, 1697. Apparently, the band of Penacook and, possibly, Nipmuck Indians met little resistance as they began their assault. The Duston house, located on the northwesterly edge of the settlement, was the first to be attacked. The raiding Indians went on to burn several other houses and kill twenty-seven inhabitants of the settlement. Thirteen people, including Hannah Duston and her nurse, the widow Mary Neff, were carried off into New Hampshire. Traveling with the Indians was the boy, Samuel Lenorson, who had been captured in Worcester two years earlier. He befriended the women and stayed with them on Contoocook Island, while the other Haverhill captives travelled onward to Canada. Lenorson’s knowledge of the Merrimack and Contoocook Rivers may have assisted the women in their dangerous escape on March 30, 1697.
(courtesy of The Story of Hannah Duston/Dustin of Haverhill, Massachusetts Website ) close window
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