Dustin, Hannah

Dustin, Hannah,

b. 1657, d. after 1729, Colonial New England heroine. She was captured (1697) in a Native American raid on Haverhill, Mass., and taken up the Merrimack River to a place near modern Concord, N.H. While their captors slept, Dustin and 10-year-old Samuel Lennardson killed and scalped 10 of their guards, and with another prisoner returned to Haverhill.
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Dustin, Hannah

(1657–?1736) colonial heroine; born in Haverhill, Mass. She married Thomas Dustin, a bricklayer and farmer, and they had 12 children. In 1697, during King William's War, Indian raiders captured Hannah, her youngest child, and a nurse. Fearing what their fate might be, Hannah and a captive boy killed 10 sleeping Indians with hatchets. She scalped the Indians, and the former captives returned to Haverhill, where they received a bounty for the scalps. She left many descendants through her 9 surviving children and two monuments were later erected in her memory (1874, 1879).
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