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John Lovewell

LOVEWELL, John, centenarian, born in England, about 1634; died in Dunstable, Massachusetts, about 1754. He was an ensign in Oliver Cromwell's army about 1653, afterward emigrated to New England, settled in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and was with Captain Benjamin Church during King Philip's war and in the Narragansett Swamp fight of 19 December, 1675. He removed to Dunstable, where he was still constant in attendance at church at the age of 110, and when 117 years old used to chase boys out of his orchard with a cane.--His son, John, Indian fighter, born in the border part of Dunstable, Massachusetts, which subsequently fell within what is now Nashua, New Hampshire, 14 October, 1691; died in the Pigwacket wilderness, near Ossipee lake, 8 May, 1725, was, like his father, a man of remarkable courage and physical vigor, and fond of adventurous enterprises; and in time of war engaged in exploring the wilderness to find the lurking-places of the Indians. At the head of a company of thirty men attractdd by a bounty of £100 that had been offered for every Indian scalp, he marched to the north of Winnipiscogee lake on 19 December, 1724, and returned with one scalp and a boy prisoner. With forty men he surprised ten Indians near Tamworth, New Hampshire, on 20 February, 1725, and marched into Dover with their scalps exhibited on poles. In his third and last expedition he led forty-six men to attack the Indian town of Pigwacket, the village of the Ossipee or Pigwacket tribe. After leaving twelve men in a fort that he built near Ossipee lake, he marched to the north of the lake with his command, reduced to thirty-four. While at morning prayers the company were alarmed by the report of a gun and the discovery of an Indian. They left their packs, and advanced, seeking the enemy in front ; but the Indians had gained their rear, and took possession of their camp. The savages outnumbered the English two to one, and were commanded by their able chief, Paugus. They were met in a sparsely wooded place, and at the first fire Captain Lovewell fell, mortally wounded. His men withdrew in good order to the lake to escape being surrounded, and the fight continued from 10 A. M. till nightfall, when the Indians, having lost their chief, retired from the field. Only nine of Captain Love-well's company escaped unhurt. The survivors and the widows and children of the slain received a grant of Lovewell's town or Suncook (now Pembroke), New Hampshire A long ballad, entitled "Lovewell's Fight," was composed at the time. Reverend Thomas Symmes published " Historical Memoirs of the Fight of Pigwacket," with a sermon on Lovewell's death (1725). This was republished, with notes by Nathaniel Bouton (Boston, 1861). See also "Expeditious of Captain Lovewell," edited by Frederick Kidder (1865).--His brother, Zaecheus, soldier, born in Dunstable, Massachusetts, 22 July, 1701; died there, 12 April, 1772, served in the French war, succeeding Joseph Blanchard as colonel of the regiment of New Hampshire volunteers in April, 1758, and was ordered to join General Prideemx at Niagara on 29 July, 1759.--Another brother, Jonathan, born in Dunstable, Massachusetts, 14 May, 1713; died in 1792, was a preacher, and in later life was appointed a judge.

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