Name: Deliverance CRISPE
Birth: ABT 1650 in Watertown, Middlesex, MA
Death: 27 JUL 1694 in Groton, Middlesex, MA
The following copied from Christopher Lane's World Connect db=I3187:
During King William's War, an expedition was planned against the town of Groton, Middlesex. Massachusetts, and the party of Indians attacked Oyster River (now Durham, NH) on the way down on July 18, 1694. More than 90 English settlers were killed or captured. The Indians arrived at Groton on July 27th, and the proceeded to attack a number of the homes in the area. The Longley family, with parents William and Deliverance (Crispe) and eight children, lived in a log house about a mile and a quarter from Groton. The tradition is that when they arrived at the Longley house, they let the cattle out of the barnyard and then hid in ambush. When William Longley rushed out, unarmed, he was killed and then his wife and five of his children were massacred and three taken into captivity. In 1879 a monument was erected on the site of the Longley house commemorating the massacre. In all 13 prisoners were captured in Groton.
Lydia, John and Betty were the names of the 3 children carried off by the Indians, and taken to Canada. Lydia was sold to the French and placed in the Congregation of Notre Dame, a convent in Montreal, where she embraced the Roman Catholic faith, and died July 20, 1758. Betty died soon after her capture from hunger and exposure; and John remained with the Indians more than 4 years, when he was ransomed and brought away. He was known among his captors as John Augary. After he came home his sister Lydia wrote from Canada urging him to give up the Protestant religion; but he remained true to the faith of his early instruction.
Their grandmother, the widow of Benjamin Crispe, made her will April 13, 1698, (admitted to probate in Middlesex Co., Ma. the following Dec.) and in it she remembered these absent children: "I give and bequeath unto my three Grand-Children that are in Captivity if they returne, these books one of them a bible, another a Sermon booke treating of faith and the other a psalms book". John Longley returned about the time when the grandmother died; and subsequently he filled many important offices both in the church and the town. Like his father and grandfather, he was the town clerk during several years.
Interestingly, Groton had been previously destroyed by the Indians in 1676 and then 3 years later the town was attacked again, and Stephen Holden and his two sons were taken captive for about 2 years.
Father: Benjamin CRISP b: 1611 in Frisby, Lincolnshire, England
Mother: Bridget b: ABT 1615 in England
William LONGLEY b: ABT 1638 in Lynn, Essex, MA
BEF APR 1674
in Groton, Middlesex, MA