Saturday, July 7, 2012

ASAHEL BURT 1715-1747

[Ancestral Link: Marguerite Anderson (Miller), daughter of Hannah Anderson (Anderson), daughter of Mary Margaret Edmiston (Anderson), daughter of Martha Jane Snow (Edmiston), daughter of Sarah Sawyer Hastings (Snow), daughter of Salome Burt (Hastings), daughter of Enos Burt, son of Asahel Burt.]

Asahel Burt and friend, Nathaniel Dickinson, were killed and scalped by Indians. Tombstone side by side. Apr 15, 1747, Northfield, Franklin, Massachusetts.

Asahel Burt's tombstone, killed and scalped by Indian's. "Asahel so of Joseph Burt. Companion of Dickinson, and shared of his fate. Aged about 40." Apr 15, 747, Northfield, Franklin, Massachusetts.

Johnathan Burt, s. of Miriam4[18] Elmer & Aaron Burt, gr-s. of Hezekiah3[10] Elmer, Impressions, 1810Johnathan Burt, s. of Miriam4[18] Elmer & Aaron Burt, gr-s. of Hezekiah3[10] Elmer, Impressions, 1810
Jonathan Burt, one of the elder sons of Aaron, and great grandson of David Burt was born at Northfield, Mass, on September 3, 1742. He married Thankful Deane at Windsor, Vermont on Aug 31, 1767. She was born June 1 1742 at Plainfield, CT and died December 22, 1794. They had seven sons and three daughters, and Jonathan died December 24, 1825 at the age of 83. He had remarried a second wife, a Mrs. Phelps.

This reprint of a letter was found in the late 1800's among the papers of one of his grandsons, and records the recollections of a tragedy he witnessed as a child.

Windsor Vt. April 23, 1810

"I Johnathan Burt am this day 67 years, seven months and nine days old. I have an impression on my mind since the reclamation began in Windsor to write some brief account of my life experience here. I was born in the town of Northfield, Mass. in the year 1742, Sept. 3, old style. My father's name was AARON Burt, son of JOSEPH Burt, one of the first settlers in Northfield, and my mother's name was MIRIAM ELMER, daughter of HEZEKIAH ELMER, one of the first settlers in Northfield, and as God has given me and retained a strong memory I can well remember events that took place whin I was but very young. The first thing I will menshion my Uncle Asahel Burt and Nathaniel Dickerson who was killed by the Indians in 1747, April 15th, old style.

I then being 4 years 7 months and 12 days old, well remember the alarm. My mother and aunt with their children ran up to fort toward the enemy. A solger came running with all his mite and sayeth, "Don't go this way, for God's sake," however when they broat in my uncle and Dickerson I ran out of doors to see them and did see them lying on my uncle's mare, which was not hurt. They were killed like two ded sheep with their heads hanging down on side and feet on the other side of the mare, with their scalps taken of their heads. It was almost dark then. They carried them into Mr. Averill's room within the picket, laid them on the floor side by side and the blood ran from each of their bodyes, almost across the floor. The next thing to menshon is 1748 in June. Aaron Belding, at sunrise who was returning from work, thear lay'd indians behind the board fence and one and a half rods from the path. Seven indians all fired at once and made a rideal of his Body. He ran four rods, fell down dead. They were upon him in a minute within thirty or forty rods of his brother's house where he lived. His brother and others see the indians taking of his scalp, fired at the indians, but they see them run off into the woods. These three men have I seen with their garments soaked in blood."

In the book "FINDING YOUR FOREFATHERS IN AMERICA", the author, Archibald F. Bennett, in his chapter on " The Forefather Quest In New Hampshire", tells of this family, and incident.
"A Fatherless Family. Asahel Burt and his wife, Martha Severance, and their five young children, were living in Northfield, Mass., in the spring of 1747. There were four little boys and a girl: the oldest son was just over eight and the youngest child, Enos was only a year and a half old. One evening, on the 15th of April, the father and a companion were driving some cattle home from the field, when Indians fired upon them and they were both killed.

The widowed mother sought bravely to care for her fatherless children and rear them as stalwart and worthy members of that frontier community. Seven years passed and the only daughter, Susanna, died. Two years later one of the boys followed her in death. Of the surviving three, Joseph Burt lived to be 95, Benjamin 83, and Enos 91. Among them they were the parents of 23 children, and their posterity is numbered today over a hundred thousand.

As these three sons grew to manhood they joined the westward migration. Joseph moved northward and made his home in Westmoreland, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. He apparently married his cousin Mary Burt, daughter of AARON and MIRIAM ELMER Burt. Benjamin was in Westminster, Vermont, just over the border to the west, by 1760; he became a judge. Later Joseph moved to the northwest and died at Sheldon, Franklin County, Vermont. Enos lived for some years also in Westmoreland; then moved far to the west and died in Herkimer, New York.

Enos married Sarah Sawyer of Westmoreland. Her father and mother, Caleb and Lydia Sawyer, had moved to Westmoreland shortly before from Leominster, Worcester County, Mass. Enos and Sarah had several small children when the Revolutionary War came, and he entered the service of his country. He was one of the signers of ARTICLES of ASSOCIATION, 12 June 1776. Enos Burt was on the Pay Roll of Captain Daniel Carlisle's Company, in Col. Bedel's Regiment, and in February 1776 was paid 1 months wages, 40s, bounty 15s , blanket money and a 1 d per mile billeting. He is mentioned as relinquishing a pew in church, Oct. 27, 1779. Two of his brothers-in-law, who, with Enos, are mentioned often in the History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties, were Manasseh and Ephraim Sawyer. He and Sarah had eight children, all born in Keene, New Hampshire.

(The story by Johnathan Burt was published by Henry M. Burt, but many family members, including my great grandmother, Minerva Burt, had hand written copies of it before it was published. The story was published in the History of Northfield, where it says that only Dickinson was scalped; that the bodies were carried off by the townsmen before the Indians had time to scalp Burt. M. Behnke ) Posted here with permission.
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