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D./P.O.B.: c1642, Acadia, (8 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard,
(ref.: Bergeron, "Le Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec", Vol. 3, pp.
264-290)). D.O.B.: c1653, (8 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.:
1671 Census List made by Father Laurent Molins: "laboureur" Jean Gaudet, age
96 with wife Nicole, with son Jehan (18 years old)".

Marriage(1): 7 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Judy Dressler. Marriage(1): "Genesis" newsletter, 'The Acadians of Belle-Isle-En-Mer',
Submitted by Jerome Lepre, S.C., 1993, (ref.: "Unpublished French Canadian
Documents", 1890, (Canada-Francais, Quebec: L.J. Demers & Frere), by Abbe H.
R. Casgrain), Jul. 1994, p. 4: "Francoise GODET was the daughter of Jean and
Marie COMEAU, both of whom died at Port Royal." Marriage(2): "Acadian Genealogy Exchange", Vol. XX, No. 3, p. 86 (ref.:
'Recensement Fait Par Monsieur de Meulles...1686', Port Royal: "Jean Godet..
Jeanne Henry, sa femme...enfans...et 3 autres de sa femme en premieres
noces). D.O.M(2).: 11 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.:
Bergeron, "Le Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec...", 1981, Vol. II,
p. 270: Jean m. second Jeanne Henry).

P.O.D.: "Genesis" newsletter, 'The Acadians of Belle-Isle-En-Mer',
Submitted by Jerome Lepre, S.C., 1993, (ref.: "Unpublished French Canadian
Documents", 1890, (Canada-Francais, Quebec: L.J. Demers & Frere), by Abbe H.
R. Casgrain), Jul. 1994, p. 4.

Link: 8 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.: Bergeron,
"Le Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec", Vol. 3, pp. 264-290)).

Name: "Jean "le jeuen" [Gaudet]", (14 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles
Leonard, (ref.: Bergeron, p. 270)).

11 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.: Bergeron, "Le Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec...", 1981, Vol. II, p. ?, (ref.: 1671 Acadian Census: Jean was living with Jean and Nicole (Coleson) Gaudet at the time of this census))).

"Acadian Genealogy Exchange", Vol. XX, No. 3, p. 86, 'Recensement Fait Par Monsieure De Meulles...1686':

"Port Royal...

Nicole COLSON, 80; Jean GODET, son fils, 45; Jeanne HENRY, sa femme, 30. Enfans: Francoise, 13; Jean, 12; et 3 autres de sa femme en premieres noces...

Jean GODET, 33; Jeanne, sa femme, 21. Enfants du premier Lict: Francoise, 13; Jean, 12. Du Second Lict: Marie, 4; Jeanne, 1."

[This seems to be a duplicate entry for Jean GODET, his wife, and two children named Francoise and Jean, but the ages are wrong, and it is not clear whether these two children were of an earlier marriage or not].

"Acadian Genealogy Exchange", Vol. XXIII, #3, p. 'Queries', p. 68:

"...Jeanne HENRY, m. Jean GAUDET 1681... Her [Nicole's] son Jean GAUDET, age 45; his wife Jeanne HENRY age 30, b. ca 1656. His ch. by first wife: Françoise, age 13; Jean age 12, plus 3 other ch. by wife's first mg. No names."

8 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Bob Quinnett, (ref.: Father Laurent Molin's 1671 Census List: Shows Jehan as being 18 years old, therefore b. c1653. This Census List is referenced by Bergeron).

8 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Bob Quinnett, (ref.: Judy Dressler who ref.: the 1671 Port Royal, Acadia Census held in the Paris Archives: Jehan was age 28, therefore b. c1643).

8 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.: Bergeron, (ref.: 1671 Acadian Census)); 13 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Bob Quinnett, (ref.: Placide Gaudet, (ref.: 1671 Acadian Census)):
"Charles,

You may already know this, and maybe also you are somewhat weary of the
subject, but here's something to back up your statement in your 8 Sep msg
relative to the 1671 census. I have just checked Placide Gaudet's record of
the Census of 1761 [sic, should be 1671] and see "Laboureur--JEHAN
GAUDET...sa femme Nicolle Colleson..., leur enfans Jehan aagé 18 ans,..." It
appeared that your source was Bergeron. If so, Bergeron and Gaudet both read
it the same.

Bob."






D./P.O.B.: c1642, Acadia, (8 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard,
(ref.: Bergeron, "Le Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec", Vol. 3, pp.
264-290)). D.O.B.: c1653, (8 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.:
1671 Census List made by Father Laurent Molins: "laboureur" Jean Gaudet, age
96 with wife Nicole, with son Jehan (18 years old)".

Marriage(1): 7 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Judy Dressler. Marriage(1): "Genesis" newsletter, 'The Acadians of Belle-Isle-En-Mer',
Submitted by Jerome Lepre, S.C., 1993, (ref.: "Unpublished French Canadian
Documents", 1890, (Canada-Francais, Quebec: L.J. Demers & Frere), by Abbe H.
R. Casgrain), Jul. 1994, p. 4: "Francoise GODET was the daughter of Jean and
Marie COMEAU, both of whom died at Port Royal." Marriage(2): "Acadian Genealogy Exchange", Vol. XX, No. 3, p. 86 (ref.:
'Recensement Fait Par Monsieur de Meulles...1686', Port Royal: "Jean Godet..
Jeanne Henry, sa femme...enfans...et 3 autres de sa femme en premieres
noces). D.O.M(2).: 11 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.:
Bergeron, "Le Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec...", 1981, Vol. II,
p. 270: Jean m. second Jeanne Henry).

P.O.D.: "Genesis" newsletter, 'The Acadians of Belle-Isle-En-Mer',
Submitted by Jerome Lepre, S.C., 1993, (ref.: "Unpublished French Canadian
Documents", 1890, (Canada-Francais, Quebec: L.J. Demers & Frere), by Abbe H.
R. Casgrain), Jul. 1994, p. 4.

Link: 8 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.: Bergeron,
"Le Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec", Vol. 3, pp. 264-290)).

Name: "Jean "le jeuen" [Gaudet]", (14 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles
Leonard, (ref.: Bergeron, p. 270)).

11 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.: Bergeron, "Le Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec...", 1981, Vol. II, p. ?, (ref.: 1671 Acadian Census: Jean was living with Jean and Nicole (Coleson) Gaudet at the time of this census))).

"Acadian Genealogy Exchange", Vol. XX, No. 3, p. 86, 'Recensement Fait Par Monsieure De Meulles...1686':

"Port Royal...

Nicole COLSON, 80; Jean GODET, son fils, 45; Jeanne HENRY, sa femme, 30. Enfans: Francoise, 13; Jean, 12; et 3 autres de sa femme en premieres noces...

Jean GODET, 33; Jeanne, sa femme, 21. Enfants du premier Lict: Francoise, 13; Jean, 12. Du Second Lict: Marie, 4; Jeanne, 1."

[This seems to be a duplicate entry for Jean GODET, his wife, and two children named Francoise and Jean, but the ages are wrong, and it is not clear whether these two children were of an earlier marriage or not].

"Acadian Genealogy Exchange", Vol. XXIII, #3, p. 'Queries', p. 68:

"...Jeanne HENRY, m. Jean GAUDET 1681... Her [Nicole's] son Jean GAUDET, age 45; his wife Jeanne HENRY age 30, b. ca 1656. His ch. by first wife: Françoise, age 13; Jean age 12, plus 3 other ch. by wife's first mg. No names."

8 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Bob Quinnett, (ref.: Father Laurent Molin's 1671 Census List: Shows Jehan as being 18 years old, therefore b. c1653. This Census List is referenced by Bergeron).

8 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Bob Quinnett, (ref.: Judy Dressler who ref.: the 1671 Port Royal, Acadia Census held in the Paris Archives: Jehan was age 28, therefore b. c1643).

8 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.: Bergeron, (ref.: 1671 Acadian Census)); 13 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Bob Quinnett, (ref.: Placide Gaudet, (ref.: 1671 Acadian Census)):
"Charles,

You may already know this, and maybe also you are somewhat weary of the
subject, but here's something to back up your statement in your 8 Sep msg
relative to the 1671 census. I have just checked Placide Gaudet's record of
the Census of 1761 [sic, should be 1671] and see "Laboureur--JEHAN
GAUDET...sa femme Nicolle Colleson..., leur enfans Jehan aagé 18 ans,..." It
appeared that your source was Bergeron. If so, Bergeron and Gaudet both read
it the same.

Bob."






DC0016 Early Acadians (Horman) says born abt. 1653






DC0016 Early Acadians (Horman) says born abt. 1653 
Gaudet, Jean (I8339)
 
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D.O.B.: c1607, (11 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.:
Bergeron, "Le Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec...", 1981, Vol. II,
p. ?, (ref.: 1671 Acadian Census)).

Name: Nicole Colson, (8 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard,
(ref.: Bergeron, "Le Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec", Vol. 3, pp.
264-290: Bergeron mentions the correct spelling of Nicole Colson, truly of
French origin and English).

"Acadian Genealogy Exchange", Vol. XXIII, #3, p. 'Queries', p. 68: "In 1686 census, p. 18 is Nicole COLESON, age 80, wid. Jean GAUDET pere. Her son Jean GAUDET, age 45; his wife Jeanne HENRY age 30, b. ca 1656."

"Acadian Genealogy Exchange", Vol. II, No. 5, 1973, 'Genealogy and Emigration - The Passenger List Of The Ship St. Jehan And The Acadian Origins', quoted by Lauvriere. This is a correction of a previously written article, pp. 5-6:

"COLESON, although a name of foreign sound, is probably French. Only one person of this name is known in Acadia: Nicole COLESON, whom the aged Jean GAUDET married the second time about 1652. Was she a widow also? It would seem so, in view of her mature age of 45, and probably of a French immigrant. Mgr. TANGUAY mentions a Nicolas COLESON, who was bailiff of the council at Quebec 1649 and again in 1650. It is assuredly this Nicolas COLESON, soldier and surgeon's aid, a native of Paris, who enlisted at LaRochelle for France, on April 5, 1644. In Paris the name is not a rare one. Nicolas COLESON, a master mason living in Parish of St-Gervais, and Blanche CAMERON, his wife, on June 29, 1648, record mutual donation, on Feb. 7, 1619. Another donation, May 1, 1642 between Nicolas COLESON and Genevieve PETIT, his wife, on June 29, 1648. A marriage contract between Nicolas COLESON a master mason and bourgeois of Paris, residing at cu-du-Temple, near the fountain, at-re [sic, this word was hard to read] de end Pelleterie, parish of St. Jacques de la Boucherie. The descendants

of Nicole COLESON hence need not depart from France to discover her origin."






Source Horman spells the family name COLLESON Another source spelled the family name COLSON (not stored in DB)






D.O.B.: c1607, (11 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.:
Bergeron, "Le Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec...", 1981, Vol. II,
p. ?, (ref.: 1671 Acadian Census)).

Name: Nicole Colson, (8 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard,
(ref.: Bergeron, "Le Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec", Vol. 3, pp.
264-290: Bergeron mentions the correct spelling of Nicole Colson, truly of
French origin and English).

"Acadian Genealogy Exchange", Vol. XXIII, #3, p. 'Queries', p. 68: "In 1686 census, p. 18 is Nicole COLESON, age 80, wid. Jean GAUDET pere. Her son Jean GAUDET, age 45; his wife Jeanne HENRY age 30, b. ca 1656."

"Acadian Genealogy Exchange", Vol. II, No. 5, 1973, 'Genealogy and Emigration - The Passenger List Of The Ship St. Jehan And The Acadian Origins', quoted by Lauvriere. This is a correction of a previously written article, pp. 5-6:

"COLESON, although a name of foreign sound, is probably French. Only one person of this name is known in Acadia: Nicole COLESON, whom the aged Jean GAUDET married the second time about 1652. Was she a widow also? It would seem so, in view of her mature age of 45, and probably of a French immigrant. Mgr. TANGUAY mentions a Nicolas COLESON, who was bailiff of the council at Quebec 1649 and again in 1650. It is assuredly this Nicolas COLESON, soldier and surgeon's aid, a native of Paris, who enlisted at LaRochelle for France, on April 5, 1644. In Paris the name is not a rare one. Nicolas COLESON, a master mason living in Parish of St-Gervais, and Blanche CAMERON, his wife, on June 29, 1648, record mutual donation, on Feb. 7, 1619. Another donation, May 1, 1642 between Nicolas COLESON and Genevieve PETIT, his wife, on June 29, 1648. A marriage contract between Nicolas COLESON a master mason and bourgeois of Paris, residing at cu-du-Temple, near the fountain, at-re [sic, this word was hard to read] de end Pelleterie, parish of St. Jacques de la Boucherie. The descendants

of Nicole COLESON hence need not depart from France to discover her origin."






Source Horman spells the family name COLLESON Another source spelled the family name COLSON (not stored in DB)




GIVN Nicole SURN Colleson 
Coleson, Nicole (I8329)
 
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D.O.B.: 1626, (11 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.:
Bergeron, "Le Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec...", 1981, Vol. II,
p. 269)). D./P.O.B.: 1633, (6 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Anne Wolff, (ref.:
Arsenault)). D.O.B.: c1633, (8 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.:
1671 Census List made by Father Laurent Molins: Marie Gaudet (38) widow of
Estienne Hébert)). D.O.B.: 1633, ("Acadian Genealogy Exchange", Vol. II, No. 1, 1973, p. 6, an
Ancestor Chart submitted by Dorothy Naquin).

P.O.D.: "Genesis" newsletter, 'The Acadians of Belle-Isle-En-Mer',
Submitted by Jerome Lepre, S.C., 1993, (ref.: "Unpublished French Canadian
Documents", 1890, (Canada-Francais, Quebec: L.J. Demers & Frere), by Abbe H.
R. Casgrain), Oct. 1993, p. 5. P.O.D.: Ibid., Jan. 1994, p. 1: "...Etienne HEBERT who came from France with
Marie GODET, his wife and both died at Port Royal..."

Link: 9 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Anne Wolff, (ref.: Arsenault): "Marie
Gaudet, b. 1633, dau. of Jean Gaudet and his second wife, Nicole Coleson". Link: 11 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.: Bergeron,
"Le Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec...", 1981, Vol. II, p. 269:
daughter of Jean Gaudet and Marie Daussy). Link: 8 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.: Bergeron, "Le
Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec", Vol. 3, pp. 264-290: Marie Gaudet
is daughter of Jean and Marie Daussy). Link: 7 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Bob Quinnett, (ref.: Serge Cayer's
Cayer.zip gedcom).

Name: Marie Anne Gaudet, ("Acadian Genealogy Exchange", Vol. II, No. 9, 1973,
p. 1, (ref.: "Histoire et Genealogie des Acadiens", by Arsenault, p. 717)).

P.O.Imm.: Ibid., Oct. 1993, p. 5: "...Etienne, who came to Port Royal from
France with his wife..."

11 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.: Bergeron, "Le Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec...", 1981, Vol. II, p. ?, (ref.: 1671 Acadian Census: Marie was widowed from Etienne Hebert at the time of this census)).

8 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Robert Quinnett to Anne Wolf:

"Anne,

You haven't volunteered for the job, but you're sitting in the catbird seat. Let me explain.

I assume you've seen all the messages concerning Marie Gaudet (among other Gaudets). Since there are so many conflicting sources/opinions as to her mother, I finally laid in all out in a spreadsheet to try and make sense of it. The sources/opinions as to whether Marie Daussy or Nicolle Colson was her mother are as follows:

Charles Leonard, based on EGA, [sic, AGE?] Vol. XX #3, pp. 83-91--Colson. The source provides a marriage date of 1628 for Jean Gaudet and Colson but no DOB for Marie Gaudet;

Charles Leonard, based on Bergeron--Daussy. The source provides a marriage date of abt 1598 for Jean Gaudet and Daussy and gives a DOB for Marie Gaudet of 1626 which, if correct, does point toward Daussy;

Judy Dressler, no source cited, but does provide census information for later years--Colson;

An excerpt of the LeBlanc Family History from NB, Canada, no source cited--"1st wife," name not cited;

Anne Wolff, no source cited--Coleson. You provided a DOB and POB for Marie Gaudet as born 1633, Port-Royal.

I should add that the case for putting all my bets on Bergeron was weakened by his own data for the brother of Marie, Jehan/Jean. Bergeron apparently has Father Laurent Molins' census list in 1671 as showing Jehan as 18 years of age. This would dictate that Jehan was born abt 1653. However, Bergeron ELSEWHERE has him born abt 1642; this agrees with Judy's account of the Census of Port-Royal of 1671 (In Paris Archives) which shows him as age 28, thus calculating a DOB of abt 1643 (close enought for government work!).

If your DOB and POB for Marie are correct, the weight of evidence seems to point toward Colson as Marie's mother if the Gaudet-Colson marriage indeed occurred in 1628. If you can give me a source for Marie Gaudet, born 1633, Port-Royal, I personally am ready to go with Colson as her mother and wrap this up.

I hope I haven't put you too much on the spot.

Bob"






D.O.B.: 1626, (11 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.:
Bergeron, "Le Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec...", 1981, Vol. II,
p. 269)). D./P.O.B.: 1633, (6 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Anne Wolff, (ref.:
Arsenault)). D.O.B.: c1633, (8 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.:
1671 Census List made by Father Laurent Molins: Marie Gaudet (38) widow of
Estienne Hébert)). D.O.B.: 1633, ("Acadian Genealogy Exchange", Vol. II, No. 1, 1973, p. 6, an
Ancestor Chart submitted by Dorothy Naquin).

P.O.D.: "Genesis" newsletter, 'The Acadians of Belle-Isle-En-Mer',
Submitted by Jerome Lepre, S.C., 1993, (ref.: "Unpublished French Canadian
Documents", 1890, (Canada-Francais, Quebec: L.J. Demers & Frere), by Abbe H.
R. Casgrain), Oct. 1993, p. 5. P.O.D.: Ibid., Jan. 1994, p. 1: "...Etienne HEBERT who came from France with
Marie GODET, his wife and both died at Port Royal..."

Link: 9 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Anne Wolff, (ref.: Arsenault): "Marie
Gaudet, b. 1633, dau. of Jean Gaudet and his second wife, Nicole Coleson". Link: 11 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.: Bergeron,
"Le Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec...", 1981, Vol. II, p. 269:
daughter of Jean Gaudet and Marie Daussy). Link: 8 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.: Bergeron, "Le
Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec", Vol. 3, pp. 264-290: Marie Gaudet
is daughter of Jean and Marie Daussy). Link: 7 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Bob Quinnett, (ref.: Serge Cayer's
Cayer.zip gedcom).

Name: Marie Anne Gaudet, ("Acadian Genealogy Exchange", Vol. II, No. 9, 1973,
p. 1, (ref.: "Histoire et Genealogie des Acadiens", by Arsenault, p. 717)).

P.O.Imm.: Ibid., Oct. 1993, p. 5: "...Etienne, who came to Port Royal from
France with his wife..."

11 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Charles Leonard, (ref.: Bergeron, "Le Grand Arrangement Des Acadiens Au Quebec...", 1981, Vol. II, p. ?, (ref.: 1671 Acadian Census: Marie was widowed from Etienne Hebert at the time of this census)).

8 Sep 1994 CompuServe message from Robert Quinnett to Anne Wolf:

"Anne,

You haven't volunteered for the job, but you're sitting in the catbird seat. Let me explain.

I assume you've seen all the messages concerning Marie Gaudet (among other Gaudets). Since there are so many conflicting sources/opinions as to her mother, I finally laid in all out in a spreadsheet to try and make sense of it. The sources/opinions as to whether Marie Daussy or Nicolle Colson was her mother are as follows:

Charles Leonard, based on EGA, [sic, AGE?] Vol. XX #3, pp. 83-91--Colson. The source provides a marriage date of 1628 for Jean Gaudet and Colson but no DOB for Marie Gaudet;

Charles Leonard, based on Bergeron--Daussy. The source provides a marriage date of abt 1598 for Jean Gaudet and Daussy and gives a DOB for Marie Gaudet of 1626 which, if correct, does point toward Daussy;

Judy Dressler, no source cited, but does provide census information for later years--Colson;

An excerpt of the LeBlanc Family History from NB, Canada, no source cited--"1st wife," name not cited;

Anne Wolff, no source cited--Coleson. You provided a DOB and POB for Marie Gaudet as born 1633, Port-Royal.

I should add that the case for putting all my bets on Bergeron was weakened by his own data for the brother of Marie, Jehan/Jean. Bergeron apparently has Father Laurent Molins' census list in 1671 as showing Jehan as 18 years of age. This would dictate that Jehan was born abt 1653. However, Bergeron ELSEWHERE has him born abt 1642; this agrees with Judy's account of the Census of Port-Royal of 1671 (In Paris Archives) which shows him as age 28, thus calculating a DOB of abt 1643 (close enought for government work!).

If your DOB and POB for Marie are correct, the weight of evidence seems to point toward Colson as Marie's mother if the Gaudet-Colson marriage indeed occurred in 1628. If you can give me a source for Marie Gaudet, born 1633, Port-Royal, I personally am ready to go with Colson as her mother and wrap this up.

I hope I haven't put you too much on the spot.

Bob"


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This information has room for error I am not an expert if you find anerror please contact me


















GIVN Marie-Anne SURN Gaudet 
Gaudet, Marie Anne (I8377)
 
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"John Harnden, who had been one of the earliest movers for the setting off of Wilmington from its parent towns, Lynn and Reading, was the oldest son of the settler Richard Harnden and his wife Mary. He was born in Reading in 1668. He was chosen as one of the first deacons of the very first church and also noted as "cash keeper" for the town. One night in 1706 or 1707, while he was away from home, five Indians of a war party that had been attacking Dunstable, came down to his house, made an entrance through the roof and killed Mrs. Harnden and three of the children. The others hid behind a great rock henceforth known as Indian Rock, but were discovered and carried off though they were rescued later by infuriated pursuers. One of the girl's was struck by an arrow and was thought dead and her body was thrown by marauders into a small pond close by, but the water revived her and she was rescued after the savages had gone, and lived to grow to womanhood.

The Indians were prompted to this deed by a desire for revenge for the death of a drunken squaw of their tribe who was run over and killed by a Harnden, near a small pond on the way to Woburn. This pond, now obliterated by a recent relocation of the highway, is a short distance south of the old Isaac Damon place which stands where Eames St. joins Main Street.

The Indians, however, took their revenge on the wrong family, as the one who ran over the squaw lived in the house at the foot of the hill. The house of the massacre stood almost directly back of the Rev. Joshua Buffuns house of later years on High Street and the site today can be plainly distinguished. The well is still there and recently has been piped to supply a house on Woburn Street with water. The pond was hardly more than a mud hole in later years the children of the neighborhood long used to slide on it in winter. It was back of what used to be the John Morris house on High Street."


From an article in the Town Crier Summer of 2006:

THE HARNDEN MASSACRE

by Larz F. Neilson

A large boulder, known as Indian Rock is the only visible remainder of the Harnden Massacre. It is believed that the massacre took place
exactly 300 years ago, on July 6, 1706, although that date is in question.

The massacre took place during Queen Anne's War, one of the French
and Indian Wars. Many towns in New England were raided in that period. The raiders who struck the Harnden family had split from a group which attacked Dunstable.

Richard Harnden, the first white settler in what is now North
Wilmington, built a home, about 1665, on the site of what is now the home of Stuart Neilson, on 67 High Street. The land at the time was a part of Reading.

Seven years after Harnden built his home, the Boston-Andover Road was
laid out. It included the part of High Street that is closest to Woburn Street. Anyone travelling north out of Boston would have to use that road, as the ford at Jenks Bridge was the only point at which it was possible to cross the Ipswich River.

Richard Harnden had lived in the Ipswich area of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, prior to building the home in what is now North Wilmington. He had two sons, Benjamin and John. Benjamin built a house on the site now occupied by the Reading Co-Operative Bank, next to the Whitefield School.

Their oldest son, John, who was a deacon in the Reading (now Wakefield) Church, built his home near the site now occupied by the Woburn Street School.

West Street was the path that John used when he went to the church on
business, and it became known as "The Deacon's Way", as he cut his
way through the swamps, choosing dry ground as much as possible.

John was one of the earliest to advocate starting a new town. He died
in 1727, three years before Wilmington was incorporated.

Benjamin Harnden accidently killed an Indian squaw, about 1704, near
the Wilmington - Woburn town line on Main Street. At the time, the
road went around a small pond, which became known as Squaw Pond.

A band of Indians, seeking Benjamin Harnden, found the wrong house.
Banjamin was probably living at the home of his father at the time. The Indians tore open the roof of the John Harnden house, entered, and killed Mrs. Susannah Harnden and some of the children. Deacon John Harnden was at church at the time of the attack.

The oldest girl, Abagail, took some of the children and hid behind a
rock, which became known as Indian Rock. The Indians discovered them. The smaller children were kidnapped, and Abagail was thrown into a pond, which later became known as Morris Pond. The pond was at what is now the northerly end of Marcia Road.

The children were recovered the next morning by aroused settlers, led
by Benjamin Harnden.

Abagail grew up to marry Jonathan Nourse, whose mother had been put to death as a witch in Salem. After his death, she married Daniel Eames and lived in the red farm house on Woburn Street opposite Wildwood Street. She had a large family, and anyone named Eames in this country has a good chance of being descended from her.

Her son John, a selectman of Wilmington in the 1750's, inherited the "Massacre House" and put in there a family of French neutrals who
were quartered in Massachusetts by the colonial government.

The diary of Rev. Cotton Mather, the Puritan minister of the Old North Church in Boston, contains an interesting story which would affirm the July 6, 1706 date:

25d, 4m Tuesday (June 25, 1706) Having been much solicited, by the
people of Andover, a town almost thirty miles off, to come and preach a Lecture there, I did this day undertake the journey. His calash was
preserved from upsetting when the bad load brought him into danger. On the following day and on the following day he lectured to a great
assembly, and after the lecture he returned the greater part of the way homewards.

There was a singular providence of Heaven over me in my timing of
this journey, he wrote. For immediately upon it, a descent of
Indians from Canada, on this very part of the country, rendered the road so unsafe that I durst be no means have travelled it. Yea, being desirous to do some good on the road in the woods, I called some children to me which I met there and bestowed some instruction with a little book upon them; which I understood afterwards made no little impression on the family, but it proved a family which in a few days the Indians visited and murdered the mother and several of the children in it.

This reference was found in a notebook. Immediately below it was
written: The Harnden Massacre was on May 12, 1707. There was no information given to substantiate that date.

A story entitled Wilmington by Lemuel C.(Cobb) Eames, a descendant of Abagail Harnden Eames, was published in Drake's History of Middlesex County. In it, he wrote:

In the year 1706, five Indians from a party who had attacked
Dunstable ventured down to this town and attacked the family of John Harnden, who occupied a small cottage in the northwesterly part of Reading, now in the limits of Wilmington. The house stood in a pasture some 60 rods south of the road from Samuel Gowings to the centre of Wilmington. (High Street)

Another date given is August 12, 1707, which is the recorded date of
death for Susannah Harnden.

The Harnden family is planning a large reunion in the Wilmington area
in August of 2007.

The reference to Cotton Mather is found in the following source:

Diary of Cotton Mather (First edited by Worthington Chauncey Ford, 1911; Reprint, Ungar, 1957). Pages 565 and 566.

Diary of Cotton Mather, 1681-1724.
by Cotton Mather
Language: English Type: Book
Publisher: Boston, The Society, 1911-12.
OCLC: 6359938

A side note from Larz pertaining to diary entry of Mather's:

The Harnden houses in Wilmington were both on the Andover Road, which was laid out in 1672. It is certain that Mather travelled that road, as there was no other road to the north, due to the breadth of the swamps along the Ipswich River. Mather had to have passed the Harnden houses on that journey. And I know of no attack by Indians anywhere along that road in that era. 
Harnden, John (I6770)
 
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