May birthdays… and another Sarah

Well, I was hoping to have this listed yesterday… as it was the first day of a May ancestral birthday. So to make it up to Sarah Brooks, I’ll pass on all I know of her.

Actually it isn’t much. She was born on May 4th, 1658 in Springfield, MA. She had at least 16 siblings. Her father had come from London on the ship, “Blessing”, in 1635, and eventually settled in Springfield (moving to Deerfield MA near the end of his life).

It was a dangerous time to be living in that area. Native dissent was at it’s peak. A gruesome and devastating war, known as King Philip’s War, had everyone fearing for their lives. Sarah’s family was particularily struck hard. On October 5th, 1675 (Sarah would have been 17) Springfield was burned down by the natives. The town lost everything, including the sawmill and the gristmill, so residents had to carry their grain 10 miles to Westfield for grinding. According to the diary of Rev. Edward Taylor, Sarah’s two oldest brothers, William and John, were killed by natives on the 27th of October while visiting Westfield.

A few years later, on July 11th, 1678, Sarah married Jonathan Taylor and by 1680 they had moved to Suffield, CT. Their union produced three daughters: Sarah (my ancestory), Mary and Mercy. According to the records their middle daughter, Mary, died in 1692 at the age of eight.

But the tragedy did not end there. Years later, on the 29th of February 1703/04, Sarah’s younger brother Nathaniel, of Deerfield, MA, and his wife and two children were captured during a French/Indian raid. The town was burned and 112 residents were taken captive and marched 300+ miles to Quebec. Nathaniel’s wife, Mary, died on route (miscarried) and the two children, Mary (7)  and William (6) were separated from Nathaniel and never returned. Nathaniel, himself, was released four years later in 1707 and returned to Deerfield MA alone.

 Sarah died at Suffield CT on the 6th of January 1733 at age 74, with grandchildren and great grandchildren to carry on her legacy and name.

The Birthday List…

  • Sarah Brooks: 4 May 1658
  • Samuel Hubbard: 10 May 1610
  • Resolved Waldron: 10 May 1610
  • Nicholas Knapp: 16 May 1592
  • Samuel Jr. Balch: 16 May 1678
  • (Robert) Henry Barr: 16 May 1860
  • Gilbert Hatfield Dykeman: 17 May 1769
  • Sophia Beyea: 18 May 1808
  • Bridget Eilidh Fisher Langille: 19 May 2005
  • Gerard Spencer: 20 May 1576
  • Richard Bull: 29 May 1743
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Published in: on 5 May 2007 at 11:25 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Sarah,
    Is there a particular program you use to compile
    the birthday lists? I’ve been thinking of doing one
    for my own ancestors.

    Found this site through Chris Dunham’s Genealogy
    Blog Directory and enjoyed reading it!


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