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BRACKETT, Anthony, soldier, died 21 September, 1689. He was a son of Anthony Brackett, of Greenland, New Hampshire, and as early as 1662 settled in Portland (then Casco), Maine, where he had a farm of 400 acres. On 11 August, 1676, the Indians made an attack on Casco, and captured or killed thirty-four persons, Brackett, his wife and five children, and a Negro servant, being among the prisoners. They were taken to Arrousie Island, and in November managed to escape in a leaky birch-bark canoe, which Mrs. Brackett had mended with needle and thread. They boarded a vessel bound to Piscataqua, and, after peace had been made, returned to Casco, 12 April, 1678. In 1682 Brackett was given the command of Fort Loyall, and in 1688 held the command of the three forts erected by Governor Andros. He met his death at the hands of the Indians.
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