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Elizabeth Howe (How) Keyes
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Birth: Jul. 11, 1675
Marlborough
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Aug. 18, 1764
Marlborough
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

Elizabeth Howe was born 11 Jul 1675 in the eastern part of Marlborough. Elizabeth was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Ward) Howe. Elizabeth's headstone and that of Thomas are found in the Old Spring Hill Cemetery in Marlborough.

The story of Elizabeth's capture by Indians can be found in Historical Reminiscences of Marlborough. On 1 Jul 1692, as a young girl visiting her sister, the wife of Peter Joslin of Lancaster, Massachusetts, the Joslin home was attacked by Indians. Upon his return from the field, Peter found his wife, three children and the widow Whitcomb butchered by their hatchets. Elizabeth was taken captive into Canada. She was engaged to Thomas at the time of her capture. Believing that Elizabeth would never return, Thomas took a solemn vow never to marry. Four years later she was redeemed by the Government. After her redemption, Elizabeth returned by way of the Saco River and was brought to Boston, where she told Royal Governor Phipps "that if she had been a beaver skin she would have been redeemed much earlier"! It is said that she kept certain Indian habits, such as sitting on the floor, for some years after her return from captivity.

After their marriage 23 Jan 1699, Thomas and Elizabeth settled in Marlborough, Massachusetts, later moving to Shrewsbury. Thomas died 25 Aug 1742. Elizabeth died 18 Aug 1764 at the age of 89.

Gravestone reads:

KEYES Elizabeth Keyes

Here lies ye body of

Mrs. Elizabeth Keyes

Relict of Deacon Tho's Keyes

She died Aug ye 18


KEYES Deacon Thomas Keyes

HERE LIES BURIED

BODY OF DEC

THOMAS KEYES

WHO DEPARTED

THIS LIFE

AUGUST 25

A D 1 7 4 2

In ye 68 year [?]

 
 
Burial:
Spring Hill Cemetery
Marlborough
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Created by: Ronald Keyes
Record added: Sep 07, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21419565
Elizabeth <i>Howe (How)</i> Keyes
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Elizabeth <i>Howe (How)</i> Keyes
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Elizabeth <i>Howe (How)</i> Keyes
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Elizabeth Howe Keyes is my 8th great grandmother. What a legacy she has left her numerous great grand kids!
- DebScala
 Added: Aug. 23, 2012
Rest in Peace - your 7 great granddaughter, Dawn
- Dawn Christenson
 Added: Apr. 20, 2012
Happy Heavenly Birthday; may you rest in God's eternal peace.
- Arleta ♥
 Added: Jul. 11, 2010
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