Stephen Williams's Account
Stephen Williams (1693-1782), the son of the Reverend John Williams, was ten years old when he, his family and over 100 other residents from Deerfield, Massachusetts, were captured in the 1704 raid on Deerfield. Stephen survived a grueling march north. Initially treated much like any Wôbanaki boy, Stephen spent the winter in a Wôbanaki village in present-day Vermont. His Indian master, Wattanummon, then decided to send him to one of his kinsman, a Pennacook known to the English as Sagamore George. Stephen spent fourteen months among the Wôbanakiak before the Governor of New France ransomed and returned the boy to his father. Stephen wrote this captivity narrative shortly after he returned to New England. He attended Harvard College, entered the ministry and led the church at Longmeadow, Massachusetts, from 1716 until his death in 1782.
Date: circa 1706