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over were slain upon the road between Andover and
Haverhill." The Revd. Samuel Peters, of Connecticut,
of Blue Law fame, made out of one man and one horse
a captain of cavalry, and out of two white men slain by

* Founder of the Connecticut line. See Connecticut.

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some Indians a pitched battle. It is evident that the
Wilson manuscript is nearly or quite correct in its account
of the death of William Peters, the father of John, who
was the parent of all the Connecticut Peters.


" William Peters and Margaret Russe had been married
but two years when William shared the fate of his broth-
ers. It was in the month of August, 1696 and they were
living at the garrison (Blanchard's) according to Hazen
the historian of Billerica. Mrs Peters had that morn-
ing ventured to go back to the house to gather some
vegetables from the garden for dinner. It appears that
after her return to the garrison, the Indians came to the
house and hid themselves in a neighbouring corn-field.
After dinner, Mr Peters concluded to go and take care
of a lame horse that was in the pasture near the house.
Mrs Peters wished to accompany him, but as it began
to rain, he thought it would not be prudent for her to do
so. (Their young son John was a babe ten months old.)
She felt an uncommon anxiety to go with him, and fol-
lowing him out, said she could go, the rain would not hurt
her. Noticing her extreme agitation he turned and in a
tender manner replied, ' No, my dear, it will make you
sick; the grass will be very wet, you will wet your feet
and take cold.' He told her he would go to his father's
who lived at the distance of about a mile from there and
bring a fat lamb. He would also lead the horse to the
fort that she might see it. He then left her and she
watched him as long as he remained in sight.

"He went to the pasture, led the horse up to the house,
and stood examining his foot, when some Indians rushed
upon him, seized and carried him into the house where a
man by the name of Hoyt was making ropes. They in-
stantly knocked Hoyt down and scalped him. They

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then gave Peters a pair of mocassins, told him he must
put them on and accompany them. He sat down and
began to tie the mocassins, carefully watching an oppor-
ttmity to make his escape. The Indians were very busy
plundering the house, and when Peters saw the doorway
clear, he sprang forward, knowing if he could get out, he
could out run the Indians, as he had previously had
several races with them. Unfortunately the pole on
which Hoyt had htmg his hemp was so low that he hit
his head against it and fell back. The Indians sprang
upon him with their hatchets. He made a gallant de-
fense, throwing down three of them, when the fourth
struck him over the eye, with the head of his hatchet and
broke his skull. They scalped him, gathered their
booty and fled. The Indians, from whom an account of
this affair was afterwards obtained, said that they washed
the scalps in rain water which had caught on the heads
of some cider barrels that stood near the door.

' ' Mrs Peters became uneasy at the length of time that
had elapsed since the departure of her husband. As hour
after hour passed away, her fears for his safety increased.
Unable to control her feelings of apprehension, she spoke
to the other women of the fort of her anxiety about him.
They only laughed at her fears. About sunset one of the
young men at the fort started to bring the cows from
pasture. Mrs. Peters could bear the suspense no longer.
As the path the young man would have to follow, led him
near her house, she said she would go with him. They
walked along in silence until they came to the path which
would separate them. She told him he must go with her,
she durst not go alone. Without saying a word, he
stepped into the path before her and walked towards the
house. When they came within sight of it, they were
surprised to see the hogs (which usually ran in the woods
and were very wild) around the house, and one of them

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appeared to be feeding upon something that lay in the
doorway. As they came nearer, the path led them in
such a direction that they could not see the front part of
the house.

"When the young man, who was a few steps in advance
came round the comer of the hotise, he turned suddenly
with an exclamation of terror and fled. Mrs Peters ran
with him several rods and then stopped and asked him
what he saw, 'I saw,' said he, 'blood on heads of the
barrels and the hogs were eating Mr. Hoyt's head.' Ter-
rible as this description was, it afforded a gleam of hope.
' Did you see anything else ? ' 'I thought I saw a heap
of cloth within.' The hope that had sustained her fled,
and she sank helpless upon the ground. The young man
caught her up and carried her toward the fort. His ap-
proach was observed by the inmates of the garrison, who
came out to meet him and assist in conveying Mrs Peters
into their little fortress. Happily for her, she was not
restored to consciousness for any considerable length
of time, during that night and for several succeeding

" Three men armed themselves and went to the house.
They found Mr. Hoyt lying partly out of the door with
his head nearly gone. The body of Peters was lying on
the floor where he fell. One of the men raised him in his
arms and thought he felt the heart beat, but it soon
ceased. They laid him down again and, being too few in
number to carry the bodies to the fort, placed the remains
of Mr Hoyt within the house, closed the door and left
them until morning, when they were brought in and
buried. Margaret Peters thus early left a widow with
one child, had several offers of marriage, but remained
single until James Wilson, after the death of his wife,
hired Mrs Peters to take care of his family. Her kindness
and agreeable manners secured the attachment of father




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and children. Her second marriage was a happy union
for fifty years." *

7 II. Samuel, seventh child of Andrew Peeters and
Mercy Beamsley, bom (no record of birth, probably in
Ipswich, Mass., in 1674-75), died in Andover, May 2,
1736; md. in Andover, by Mr. Dane, Dec. 15, 1696, to
Phebe Frie, dau. Ensign Samuel Frie and Mary Aslebe,
his wife, bom in Andover, May 28, 1680, died in Andover,
May 14, 1757, in the 77th year of her age, and had nine
children. '^

///. Children of Samuel and Phebe Frie:
13 (1). Samuel, born in Andover, Aug. 14, 1697 (md. ch.).
14(2). Phebe, born in Andover, 26 day, 170 1 (record
very defective), died in Andover, Aug. 10, 1702.!

15 (3). Andrew, born in Andover, 1701 J (record defec-
tive) (md., no ch.).

16 (4). William, born in Andover, Jan. 7, 1704 J (md.,

17 (5). John, born in Andover, Nov. 6, 1705 (md., ch.).

18 (6). Beamsley, born in Andover, July 3, 1707, died
very young.

* Margaret Wilson, the eldest child of Thomas, the second son
of James Wilson and Margaret Peters, lived with her grandparents
till she was eighteen. In 1819 at the age of ninety, she related the
story of her ancestors in detail to her own granddaughter, who wrote
it down, and from her manuscript this copy was made. It is referred
to as the Wilson manuscript.

t This is the oldest known Peters gravestone. It stands in the old
North Andover graveyard close to her grandfather's, and next to the
depression in the ground which is said to mark the spot where stood
the first church in Andover. The inscription reads: " Phebe ye
daughter of Samuel and Phebe Peters aged 3 years died August ye
loth 1702."

t The records about this time are very defective. The Rev.
Andrew is said to have been bom September 26, but it could not have
been in 1701 if Phebe was bom in that year. The latter was un-
doubtedly bom in 1699, Andrew in 1701, and William January 7,
1703-4, but this last date is taken from Colonel Andrew Peters' family
Bible, the date in the Andover records being November, 1703.

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19 (7). Beamsley, born in Andover, 1710 (md., one

20 (8). Phebe, born in Andover, April 16, 17 19, died
(prob. in Middleton, Mass.) between 1757 and 1760;
was md. in April 17, 1744, to
Timothy Perkins * of Middleton, son of

Perkins and his wife, born in

, died in
, and had five chidren.

21 (9). Joseph, born in Andover, May 25, 1723, died in
Andover, April 27, 1729.

FROM proprietors' BOOK, ANDOVER, 1715, JUNE 27

Voated and pegged out and granted to Samuell Fetters
the benefit of half the money that his father mr Andrew
petters paid from ye yere 1681 to 17 14, as it is last repre-

To be priviligd by it as the Rest of the proprietors are
in the common Lands.

Samuell petters 37 15 02 [Evidently the sum
total of his property. Every five poimds entitled a man
to a " voat " ; every fifty shillings to | a vote ; 25 shillings
to ^ of a vote. Samuell petters had 7 votes, ;^2 15 shil-
lings; 02 pence.]

1 71 5 the 6 of July Laid out to Samuel Peters five
acres of Land below the Lots joyning to his other land,
(botmded by Left. Thos. Johnson)

1 71 5 Sept. 15 Laid out to Samuel Peters two acres
and a half and eight Rods & a half of land lying on the
easterly side of his meadow called the den meadow, f
(boimds of Faulkner and Barnard)

* He may have been a cousin on the Beamsley side. After the
death of Phebe Peters Perkins, Timothy married Hannah Trowbridge,
and two of their sons, in succession , were named Beamsley. Hannah
Beamsley, sister of Mercy, married, in Ipswich, Comet Abraham Per-
kins. This Timothy is probably a descendant, though I have been
unable to find any record of him.

t See footnote on page 43.

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1 7 16 Jan. 24 Laid out to Samuel Peters two acres of
land toward his wood Lott division below the lotts be-
tween his own land and the way that leads to Paul
Faulkner's house.

1 7 16 Jan. 24 Laid out to Samuel Peters five acres and
half and eight rods of land wh. is in full for his wood
division Lying by the den hil.*

Andover the 24 of February 171 7-18 Laid out to
Samuell Peters a peece or parcel of land containing eight
acres be it more or less lying and being in Andover afore-
said lying on the southwardly side of the way that leads
to Wamassack near Bilicria line and is bounded as fol-
loweth beginning at the north east comer with a white
oak tree marked: with stones about it: then Runing
westwardly f ourty pols to another white oak tree marked
then runing southwardly thirty pols larg to a white oak
tree marked : standing on the side of a Ridge with stones
about it : then runing eastwardly f ourty pols to a black
oak marked with stones about it then runing north-
wardly thirty two pole to the first botmds. that is the
satisfaction of the said Samuell Fetters for the dammage
that the highway doth or may doe him the said Samuell
Peters or his heiers that hath bin laid out thorough the
land by the name of Aliens farme In witnesse whereof
the said Samuell Peters name was sett unto these presents
By his order Samuel Peters

Before us witnesses Ephraim Foster John frie

Laid out by us John frie John Chandler Benjamin
Barker selectmen.

1 71 7-18 "the old training-field And that between Capt.
John Chandler and Samuell Peterses and Ensign Henry

* The compiler believes this to be a reference to the Den Rocks,
which she thinks were in the family for nearly, or quite, two hundred
years, until sold, about 1890, by Mr. Nathaniel Peters. She must
confess, however, that Miss Charlotte Abbott, an authority on all
matters pertaining to Andover, is not of the same opinion.

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Chandler — and that by the south meeting house; all
these places shall Lye common; for ever; as they now
Lye open."

1 718 Jime 7 Laid out to Samuell Peters four acres
and a half of land Lying on the Den hill.* Begun on the
west comer on a white oak marked by his former botinds
runing eastwardly by twelve rods to a white oak marked
Joseph Osgoods Bo\inds then fourty three Rods to pine
sd Osgoods bounds marked then fourty nine rods to the
first bounds; another parcel of it lying northerly of this
above Begun att the South West comer on a pine tree
marked Runing eastwardly on Wrights line fourty three
rods to a pine marked So on Twenty rods to a great Rock
att the comer of his pasture the northwest comer of ye
land he bought of Barnard then northerly on his own
land and Francis Faulkners land to Shawsheen river
then westwardly by the river to a great swamp oak
marked Ebenezer Barkers bounds then southwardly on
sd barkers line fourty eight rods to a Read oak marked :
another of sd barkers bounds then westwardly on sd
barkers line fourty eight rods to a pine marked then
southerly eleven rods to a pine marked sd peterses old
bounds then southerly bounded on sd peterses land to the
first Bounds. Laid out by us with allowance for Quality

John frie Stephen Osgood
Ephraim Foster Committee Joseph Bumap serveyer.

1 7 18 Dec. 10 Samuel Peters falling short of his meas-
ure of Land in his first division we doe allow him a small
groove of land Lying on the south end of the land his
father bought of Mr Dudley Bradstreet Esqr and the
three acres of land that was laid out to Robert bamard
near the den hill * Bounded on the northerly comer with a
Rock which is the bounds of his other land whear it is a
point. Then turning westwardly about nineteen rods to
* See footnote on page 43.

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a stake and stone which is Bamerd's line; then twenty-
rods to the first bounds Done by committee WilHam
Lovejoy Nehemiah Abbott (Committee)
George Abbott lott layer

The 26 December 1718 Third division Laid out to
Samuell Peters half an acre of land lying on a Lane be-
tween his own land and Joseph Wilsons land by ye den
hills Begun att ye South East comer on a stake sd Wil-
sons comer Run northerly by one rod and a half to a stake
and stone sd Peters comer boimds : before : then westerly
joyning on sd Peterses line thirty two rods to his other
stake and stone : then Southerly three rods to a white oak
marked sd Wilsons bounds then eastwardly on sd Wilsons
line thirty five rods to the first bounds. Laid out by us
John frie Ephraim Foster committee
Samuell Peterses land Recorded third Division the 13
of april 1 7 1 9 Laid out to Samuell Peters two acres of land
to his third Division lying by Bilicrea line by bilicrea
great meadows joyning to his former land Begun att a
black oak marked his former bounds Runing westwardly
thirty eight rods to a white oak both marked then south-
wardly sixteen rods to a walnut marked then eastwardly
thirty four rods to a white oak marked : then northwardly
nineteen rods to the first bounds with allowance for
quallity laid out by us the committee

John frie Ephraim Foster committee
Ensign Henry Chandler Joseph Osgood, John Wright,
John Wilson Stephen Osgood, Samuell peters and Capt.
John Chandler lands recorded to latter part of their third
division to each of the persons above named twelve rods
and fourteen foot of land lying in partnership.

The 21 of December, 1719, laid out to Ensign Henry
Chandler, Joseph Osgood, John Wright, John Wilson,
Stephen Osgood, Samuell peters and Capt. John Chand-
ler a certain peece of land lying between a two rod way

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allowed between said John Wilsons land that was laid out
before and these lotts; now laid out; and the County-
road the whole peece of which is laid out to the several
persons above named ; is two rods wide att the west end
and thirty rods in length and four rods wide att the east
end lying between the said contey road that leads from
town along by Capt. Christopher Osgoods ; and the way
allowed for said Joseph Osgood ; to goe from his house to
the town two rods wide and the contey-road lieth on the
north side ; and is four rods wide ; and the said Osgoods
way lieth on the south side of the seven lotts following
which are laid out to the latter part of their third division ;
all and each of these lotts to each of them these persons
above named ; are thirty rods in length to each of them
and each lott is five foott wide at the west end and
eight foott wide att the east end the first lott on the south
side lyeth next to said Osgoods two rod way and is laid
out to Ensign Henry Chandler, the second is sd Joseph
Osgoods the third is sd John Wrights the forth is sd John
Wilsons the fifth is sd Stephen Osgoods, the sixth is sd
Samuell Peters and the seventh lott is sd Capt. John
Chandlers. Laid out by us John frie

Stephen Osgood Ephraim Foster Committee.

24 February, 1719-20 Laid out to Samuell Peters to
the latter part of his third division three acres of land
with allowance for quallity lying in the fals woods of Jo-
seph Peabodys farm Begun att a white oak tree marked
then run northwest and by north twenty pols to stone on
a rock ; then easterly twenty six pols to a twin white oak
tree marked ; then Southwardly twenty six pols to a white
oak tree marked : said peabodys farm botmds then west-
wardly twenty four pols to the first bounds.

Laid out by us John frie Ephraim Foster Com-

1719-20 Mar 24 Laid out to Samuell Peters to the

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latter part of his third division Two acres of land with
allowance for quality Lying neare to bilicrea line ; on the
east side and north end of his former land botinded on
the south easterly comer with a white oak tree marked
then run westwardly nineteen pols to a white oak tree
marked one of his former bounds then northwardly along
by his farm line nineteen pols and a half to a black oak
tree marked So on thirty three pols to a white oak tree
marked then westwardly fourty pols to a white oak
tree marked then northwardly four pols to a white oak
tree marked then eastwardly by the way not Damnifying
the way about fourty two pols to a white oak tree marked
Then south easterly eighteen pols to a white oak tree
marked then Southwardly thirty six pols and a half to the
first bounds and on the east side with a way that goeth
over the hill and to come within a pole of said way Laid
out By us

John frie Ephraim Foster, Committee
1720 the 25 of March then laid out to Samuell Peters to
the first part of ye third division half an acre and eight
Rods of Land And to the latter part of ye Division 106
rods of Land with allowance for quality in two pieces one
pice Bildreca Line at the south west comer of Mr Allen's
great Division of Land now in the possession of sd Samuel
Peters bounded on ye s. e. comer with a pine tree marked
a bounds of sd division then running west by Wm Fosters
land to bilceua* line then northwest joyning to sd bildreca*
Line to sd Peterses Dam then easterly joyning to said
Peters swamp Land to the line of his farm then south-
wardly to the first mentioned Bounds; the second piece
of Land Laid out to Samuell Peters in the west side of
Wilson farme on the north side of said Peterses swamp,
bounded on the north west comer with an elm tree
marked then running easterly by a white oak tree marked :

* Billerica.

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Samuel Blanchards bounds so on to sd Peters farm line
that shall make a straight Line from sd elme by ye white
oak to sd farme with sd Fetters former swamp

Laid out by us Ephraim Foster John frie, com-

1 720 March 25 Laid out to Samuell Peters half an acre
of Land with allowance for quality on the west side of the
den hill by Shawshin River to the first part of his 3rd
division : bounded on the south west comer with a red oak
tree marked at the Lower end of Joseph Osgood's meadow
then running eastly 2 1 poles to a pine tree marked by sd
Peters former land then north about thirty four poles to
a pine tree marked on former bounds of sd Samuel Peterses
Land Joyning to Ebenezer Barkers Land then westerly
abt 32 poles to a swamp oak tree marked on the bank of
Shawsheen River, then south joyning to the river about
20 poles to the first bounds

Laid out by us Ephraim Foster John frie, com-


In the Name of God Amen. I Phebe Peters of An-
dover in the County of Essex and Province of Massa-
chusetts Bay in NEW England Widow of Samuel Peters
Late of sd Andover Deceasd being Very weak in bod}''
but of a disposing mind and memory do in Consideration
of my Mortality make this my last Will and Testament.
Firstly Commiting my Sole into the hand of God who gave
it, and my Body to the Earth from whence it was taken
to be Decently buried at the discretion of my son John
Peters.* and as touching such temporal Estate as it hath
pleased God to bestow upon me I give and Dispose of it in
the following manner (viz)

Imprs I give to my son John Peters * Six pounds thir-

* Old John of Andover, (1705-17 97).

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teen Shillings and f ourpence out of my part or Sheir of the
Estate that was my son Andrew Peters late Decesd

Item : I Give to my son William * Peters my Large
pewter Dish

Item : I Give to my son Bemsley Peters ten Shillings to
be paid to him by my son Samuel Peters

Itim : I Give to my daughter Phebe Perkins the Wife
of Timothy Perkins, my wering apperrel and household
Stuf . Except what I have already or Shall here after Dis-
pose of — To some other Parson in this my Last Will and
Testament. Item: I Give to my Grandaughter Phebe
Peters Daughter of my sd son John Peters three Pounds
out of the Estate of my sd son Andrew Decesd that is to
say out of my part of sd Estate and my will is that the
Books that were miy son Andrews and are not Disposed of
may be taken as so much of my part or Sheir of sd Estate
and I give them to my Grandson John Peters f the son of
my sd son John Peters. Itim: I give to my Daughter
Phebe Perkins aforesd any note of hand that I may have
against any parson at the time of my Decese. I also order
that my sd son John Peters pay my Funeral Expences
and the Residue of my part of the -Estate that was my sd
son Andrews I give to my sons Samuel Peters William
Peters and John Peters and to my Daughter Phebe Per-
kins aforsd to be equalty divided between them. It is to
be understood and my Will is that the ten shillings giuen
to my son Bemsly and the three Pounds given to my
Grandaughter Phebe be paid by my son Samuel out of
what I have given him in this my last will which sums I
order him to pay in six months after my Decese. Lastly
I do hereby Constitute mak & ordain my son Samuel
Peters aforesd the Sole Executor of this my last Will and
Testament Ratifieing and allowing this and no other to
be so In witness whereof I have hear imto set my hand

* William of Medfield. t John of Blue Hill.

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and Seal this Sixth day of May AD 1757 and in the thirty
thd year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the
Second King &c

Signed sealed Published and Declared by the sd Phebe
Peters to be her Last Will and Testament in the Presence
of us

John Wilson Jnr Asa Foster Jnr * Daniel Foster Jnr
Phebe [her mark] Peters

Value of estate 214L 5 11 ^

A True Inventory of the Estate of Mrs Phebe Peters late
of Andover Deed taken By us the Subscribers a Commite
appointed and Sworn for that Purpose
Land at Middleton Lying Betwen Brad-
ford and the Meeting House Mow-
ing and Pastureing 23 Acres and
120 Pole Apraised at 6L o o Pr

Acre 142 10 o

Woodland By Middleton Pond 7 Acres

and 40 Pole at 3;^ 7 o Pr acre 24 5 9

Sum tot of ye Real 166 15 9


A Clock t 10 o o

A Pair of Boots 6 o

Greek and Latin Testament f 2 8

Cambrg Concorde f 12 o

29 Small Books 9 o

2 Yock Irons 4 o

4 Powder Horns 2 o

Clevice and Pin i 6

In Bonds & Notes for Money 28 o 4 1-2

39 15 6 1-2
Andover May 17 1759

* Later, husband of her granddaughter Hannah, child of Samuel.

t The clock and books she evidently inherited from her son, the
Rev. Andrew — probably also the powder-horns. As she left a very
fair amount of property it is likely that she had already given away
her personal effects to Phebe Perkins, who was her only living daughter.

Ipswich and Andover 51

2 chairs 2 6

a Large Spinning whele 3 o

34 lb of Old Iron 5 6

an old Table i 4

A Stuff Gown 8 4

a Pair of Stays 2 o

an Apron & Cap i 2

A warming Pan 4 o

an old Bible 2 o

A note of John Martin on Interest Baring
Date March the 8th 1747 Supposed

to be ye four Double Money at ... . 3 15 4

The Interest of the Same 2 9 6

7 14 8

John Johnson Juner Daniel Ingalls Benjamin
Barker Com.

13 III. Samuel, first child of Samuel, and Phebe Frie,
bom in Andover, Mass., Aug. 14, 1697, died in Andover,
, 1781 ; md. in Andover, June 11, 1722, Mary Robin-

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