"The town (Woburn, Mass) was visited the following spring by two or three of their savage enemies upon a work of death, which they but too successfully accomplished. In the afternoon of April 10, 1676, as Mr. Samuel Richardson, who lived upon what has been recently called the Miller Farm in Richardson's Row, was employed in sorting manure into his field, accompanied by his son Samuel, a boy between five and six years of age, he was surprised in looking toward his house, to see feathers flying about it, and other tokens of mischief within. Apprehending that Indians might be there he hastened home, and there found two of his family murdered, viz: his wife, Mrs. Hannah Richardson, who had been lately confined; and his son, Thomas, twin brother to him who had been with him in the field.
Upon further search, it was ascertained, that the infant also, a daughter named Hannah, had been killed by the same ruthless hands. The nurse, it appeared, had snatched it up in her arms, upon the alarm of danger, and hurried away to a garrison house in the vicinity for protection. But, so closely was she pursued by the enemy, that finding she could not save herself and the babe too, she let the babe drop, and the Indians despatched it upon coming up.
Mr. Richardson now rallied some of his neighbors, who went with him
in pursuit of the enemy. After following them some time, they espied three
Indians sitting together on a rock, and discharged their muskets at them.
The Indians instantly fled to a piece of woods hard by (sic); and it being
near night, their pursuers fearing that they themselves might be waylaid
by them, or decoyed into danger, desisted from following them, and returned
home. Upon going afterwards to the place where the Indians entered the
woods, they discovered blood on their track, and upon further search, they
found an Indian buried under the leaves who was doubtless one of the three,
who had been fired upon by Mr. Richardson and company, and who, being mortally
wounded, had died upon the spot where found, and had been buried there
by his associates."
Woburn, History of, Samuel Sewell, M. A. Wiggin and Lunt, Publishers, Washington Street, 1868, Pg 119.
Editor's Note: Samuel Richarson married Phebe Richardson, his first cousin, once-removed, shortly after this incident and had one child with her before she died. So, descendants of that child are in both the Baldwin and Richardson trees in two different places.
Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Pg 535
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