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Joseph Waite

Male 1682 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name Joseph Waite  [1
    Born Jul 1682  Hatfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I20683  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Benjamin Waite,   b. Abt 1640,   d. Deerfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Martha Leonard,   b. 15 May 1649, Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 8 Jun 1670  Hatfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • ". . .the epitome of courage and selflessness. . ." By Meredith Boissy Donatello

      My favorite ancestors are Benjamin Waite and his wife Martha Leonard Waite. Benjamin, "The Hero of the Connecticut Valley," was a courageous, loving, and capable man. When his wife and three daughters were taken captive during the Hatfield Indian Raid of September 19, 1677, Benjamin did not sit idly by but was determined to set his wife and children free or share their fate. He and another man faced the hostile French and Indians and pursued them until he returned with his family to Hatfield. During her captivity Martha gave birth to her fourth daughter, Canada Waite. Martha Leonard Waite, like her husband Benjamin, was extraordinarily courageous. She made a three hundred mile forced march to Canada while pregnant and managed to keep her three small children alive. This feat is so extraordinary because the Indians killed those captives, especially women and children, who could not keep up. This family is and was the epitome of courage and selflessness that is embedded in the American Spirit.

      Source: http://www.newenglandancestors.org/

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      Source: http://www.newenglandancestors.org/education/articles/NEXUS_eNews/76_p_659_677.asp
    Family ID F7370  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S293] Albury, James (james_albury@hotmail.com) "Ancestors of James Henry Albury, Jr.."; http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=:603723 ; Ver. Sat Aug 25 14:41:40 2001.