Person:Hannah Emerson (2)

m. 1 Apr 1657
  1. Hannah Emerson1657 - bef 1737/38
  2. John Emerson1659 - 1659
  3. Mary Emerson1660 -
  4. Lieutenant John Emerson1661/62 - 1745
  5. Elder Samuel Emerson1663 - bet 1739
  6. Elizabeth Emerson1665 - 1693
  7. Abigail Emerson1667 - 1667
  8. Jonathan Emerson1669/70 - 1736
  9. Abigail Emerson1671 - abt 1720
  10. Judith Emerson1673 - 1673
  11. Judith Emerson1674 - 1677
  12. Joshua Emerson1675/76 - 1676
  13. Ruth Emerson1677 - 1677
  14. Joshua Emerson1678 - bet 1742
  15. Susanna Emerson1680 - 1680
  • HThomas Dustonabt 1652 - bef 1732
  • WHannah Emerson1657 - bef 1737/38
m. 3 Dec 1677
  1. Hannah Duston1678 - aft 1754
  2. Elizabeth Duston1680 - 1746
  3. Mary Duston1681 - 1696
  4. Thomas Dustin1682/83 - 1767
  5. Nathaniel Dustin1685 - 1762
  6. John Dustin1686 - 1689
  7. Sarah Dustin1688 -
  8. Abigail Dustin1690 - 1727
  9. Jonathan Dustin1691 - Bef 1757
  10. Mehitable Dustin1694 - 1694
  11. Timothy Dustin1694 - bef 1741
  12. Martha Dustin1696/97 - 1696/97
  13. Lydia Dustin1698 -
Facts and Events
Name[4] Hannah Emerson
Married Name Hannah Duston
Gender Female
Birth[2] 23 Dec 1657 Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Marriage 3 Dec 1677 Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United Statesto Thomas Duston
Will[3] 19 Sep 1733
Reference Number? Q155325?
Death[3] bef Mar 6 1737/38 Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States (probably)Between date of will and date of probate.
Probate[3] 6 Mar 1737/38 Will Proved
Burial[4] Pentucket Cemetery, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States

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Hannah Duston (Dustin, Dustan, and Durstan) (born Hannah Emerson, December 23, 1657 – c. 1737) was a colonial Massachusetts Puritan mother of nine who was taken captive by Abenaki Native Americans during King William's War with her newborn daughter during the Raid on Haverhill (1697), in which 27 colonists were killed. While detained on an island in the Merrimack River in present-day Boscawen, New Hampshire, she killed and scalped ten of the Native American family members holding them hostage, with the assistance of two other captives.

Duston's captivity narrative became famous more than 100 years after she died. Duston is believed to be the first American woman honored with a statue. During the 19th century, she was referred to as "a folk hero" and the "mother of the American tradition of scalp hunting". Some scholars assert Duston's story only became legend in the 19th century because America used her story to define its violence against Native Americans as innocent, defensive and virtuous.[1]

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Hannah Emerson was the oldest of the 15 children born to her parents. At age 20, she married Thomas Duston, a farmer and brick-maker. The Emerson family had previously been the subject of attention when Elizabeth Emerson, Hannah's younger sister, was hanged for infanticide.

During King William's War, Hannah, her husband Thomas and their nine children were residents of Haverhill, Massachusetts in March 1697 when the town was attacked by a group of Abenaki Native American from Quebec. (In this attack, 27 colonists were killed and 13 were taken captive to be either adopted or held as hostages for the French.) When their farm was attacked, Thomas fled with eight children, but Hannah, her newborn daughter Martha, and her nurse Mary Neff (nee Corliss) were captured and forced to march into the wilderness. According to the account of Cotton Mather (who interviewed Hannah), along the way the Native Americans killed the six-day-old Martha by smashing her against a tree.

Hannah and Mary were assigned to a Native American family group of 13 persons and taken north. The group included Samuel Lennardson, a 14-year-old captured in Worcester, Massachusetts the year before.

Six weeks later, at an island in the Merrimack River at the mouth of the Contoocook River near what is now Penacook, New Hampshire, Hannah led Mary and Samuel in a revolt. She used a tomahawk to attack the sleeping Native Americans, killing one of the two grown men (Lennardson killed the second), two adult women, and six children. One severely wounded Native American woman and a young boy managed to escape the attack.

The former captives immediately left in a canoe, but not before taking scalps from the dead as proof of the incident and to collect a bounty. They traveled down the river only during the night and after several days reached Haverhill. The Massachusetts General Court later gave them a reward for killing Native Americans; Hannah Duston received 25 pounds, and Neff and Lennardson split another 25 pounds (various accounts say 50 or 25 pounds, and some accounts mention only Duston's receiving an award).

Hannah lived for nearly 40 more years.

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  1.   Hannah Duston, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849. (Topsfield, Mass.: Topsfield Historical Society, 1910), 1:122.

    Emmerson, Hannah, d. Michael and Hannah (Webster), [born] Dec. 23, 1657.

  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hoyt, David W. "The Duston Family of Haverhill", in Essex Institute Historical Collections. (Salem, Massachusetts: Essex Institute Press), 46:350.

    Thomas Duston, m. 3 Dec 1677 Hannah Emerson. Will of wid. Hannah dated 19 Sep 1733, proved 6 Mar 1737-38.

  4. 4.0 4.1 Pope, Charles Henry. The Haverhill Emersons. (Boston, Mass.; Cambridge, Mass.: Murray and Emery, 1913; 1916), 1:19-20.

    Hannah2 (Emerson), one of the most famous women of early New England, was b. at Haverhill Dec. 23, 1657; m. Dec 3, 1677, Thomas Duston. She was captured by the Indians in one of their attacks on the settlement, March 15, 1697, taken from her bed with her infant of 6 days, and compelled to march with her captors. Seeing her child dashed to death against a tree; worn, with long marching and cruelties, after going with the Indians for two weeks she and Mrs. Neff and a boy, Samuel Lennerson, rose in the night, killed and scalped ten Indians and made their way home through intolerable hardships. She carried the scalps to Boston and was paid the regular bounty. Her deed was one of the chief means of checking the cruelties of the Indians, showing them that "weak women" would meet their atrocities in kind. She was at no other time in her life found lacking in the gentleness and peaceful character of woman; this deed was the product of maddening experience. Mr. Duston, who first tried unsuccessfully to induce Hannah to let him carry her to a place of safety when he saw the savages approaching, bent his energies to the saving of their nine children; and by keeping them running and firing back at the pursuing Indians, managed to get them all to a place of safety.

  5.   Hannah Emerson Duston, in Find A Grave.

    She may well have been buried in Pentucket Cemetery, but there is no record and no surviving headstone. She may as easily have been buried in a family plot on the farm of one of her sons or sons-in-law.--jaques1724 (a descendant). 22:19, 4 December 2012 (EST).