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 Hannah <I>Hunter</I> Handy

Hannah Hunter Handy

Voluntown, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Death unknown
Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
Burial Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 123857343 · View Source
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"In the morning of October 16 in 1760, a band of 300 Indians led by British troops raided farms near South Royalton, Vermont, stealing men and boys to sell for the bounty offered by the British. The Hendee family had been warned, and the husband set off to warn others downstream. Hannah picked up her young daughter (Lucretia) and ran to the woods with her 7 year old son Michael. The Indians caught them and took Michael. When she demanded to know what they would do with the boy, one of the Indians who spoke English replied, "make a soldier of him." As they dragged away her sobbing little boy, Hannah carried her screaming daughter toward the road and headed toward Lebanon, sixteen miles away.
She had not gone far when she was filled with a surge of uncommon resolve, a fierce determination. She returned upriver and found the British and the Indians gathering their captives....
Oblivious of the danger, she demanded her little boy. Capt. Horton said he could not control the Indians; it was none of his concern what they did. She threatened him. "You are their Commander, and they must and will obey you. The curse will fall upon you for whatever crime they commit, and all the innocent blood they shall shed will be found in your skirts when the secrets of men's hearts are made known, and it will cry for vengeance upon your head".
When her young son was brought in she took him by hand and refused to let go. An Indian threatened her with cutlass and jerked her son away. She defiantly took him back and said that she would never give up, they would not have her little boy.
"Finally, when the captives were assembled for the long march to Canada, Mrs. Hendee somehow crossed the river with her daughter and nine small boys...Two of them she carried across. The others waded through the water with their arms around each other's necks, clinging to her skirts. As the cold October night closed in, Mrs. Hendee huddled in the woods with the soaking-wet little brood she had rescued from certain death".
From History of Royalton, Vt, by Evelyn Wood Lovejoy
Children Hannah saved:
Her son, Michael Handy
Rufus Fish
Joseph Rix

Daughter of William Hunter and Mary Larkin.
Wife of Robert Hendee (Handy)
Mother of Michael and Lucretia Hendee (Handy)
Hannah is said to have remarried to Gideon Mosher and lived in New York. The death date for Gideon appears to be 4 February, 1818, in Sharon.
The 1820 census, dated 7 August, 1820, for Sharon, Windsor, Vermont lists a Hannah Mosher, female, over age 45. She is listed directly under her brother-in-law, Matthew Herington It is very probable that Hannah Hunter Handy Mosher lived out her last days in Sharon, with Gideon, and is buried in the family plot.
D.A.R. Patriot # A051013. Very few women become D.A.R. Patriots.
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 123857343
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Hannah Hunter Handy (5 Oct 1753–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 123857343, citing Day District Cemetery, Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by nancy robison (contributor 47058011) .