|Death: ||Jul. 27, 1694|
Note on "artificial" death date: The last living account and mention of Lydia was Nov 22, 1686 when she signed a deed with her husband. It is highly possible she perished in the Abenaki Indian raid on July 27, 1694 which visited the Lakin household. Her husband did not survive past 1700, and the estate was appointed to her eldest living son and one of her son-in-laws as administrators in 1707, which is possibly the latest date she could have still been alive.
From Samuel A. Green's Epitaphs, 1878, p. 242:
"William Lakin, the ancestor of the numerous families of this name that have lived at Groton, died December 10, 1672, at the advanced age of 90 or 91 years. He was born in England, and came to this country with his daughter-in-law and her two sons, William and John Lakin. Mr. Butler, in his excellent " History," (page 273), says that the family came from Redington, but as there is no such place in England, perhaps the parish of Ridling-ton is meant. They early settled at Reading, where the name was sometimes spelled Laukin. The two brothers were original pro-prietors of Groton, each owning a twenty-acre right.
William Lakin married Lydia, daughter of Abraham Brown, of Watertown, and had Lydia, born 1650; Mary, born 1652; William, born May 6, 1655; John, born January 3, 1658; Jonathan, born June 28, 1661; Abraham, born January 10, 1664; William, born May, 1665; Abraham, born September 11, 1667; and Eliab, born January 8, 1669. The first five were born at Reading, and the others at Groton.
John Lakin married Mary-----, and had the following chil-dren, born at Groton, on the dates set against their respective names: Sarah, February 4, 1661-2 ; William, May 12, 1664; Abi-gail, March 13, 1666-7; Joseph, April 14, 1670; Benjamin, November 6, 1672; and Josiah, September 14, 1675.
William Lakin was appointed October 15, 1673, Lieutenant of the military company of the town, and his brother John was con-firmed by the Governor and Council, July 13, 1689, as Ensign of the same company, though they may have acted as officers before these dates.
The murderous assault made by the Indians on the town, July 27, 1694, was begun at the house of Lieutenant William Lakin, who lived somewhere in the neighborhood of Chicopee Row."
However, from other available accounts, it was the Lakins who seemed to stand up to the attacks that killed so many other residents of Groton, including the Longleys and Sheples. (See: Groton during the Indian Wars by Samuel A. Green, p.66-70 and Old Homesteads of Groton, 1898 by Francis M. Boutwell, p. 5)
Abraham Browne (1588 - 1650)
Lydia Hodges Browne (____ - 1686)
William Lakin (1624 - 1700)*
Lydia Brown Lakin (____ - 1694)
Mary Brown Lewis Cutler (1629 - ____)**
Jonathan Browne (1635 - 1691)*
Old Burying Ground
Created by: David Shipley
Record added: Jan 23, 2012
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Diana L. Brace
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