Samuel Heath

Samuel Heath

Plaistow, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 13 Jun 1833 (aged 77)
Bristol, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
Burial Bristol, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 51165916 · View Source
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*Son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Call) Heath

Born: 22 Apr 1756 Plaistow, Rockingham, New Hampshire

Died: Bristol, Grafton, New Hampshire

Fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Wrote to brother Daniel that he had only 20 bullets that day he climbed the hill to fight the British and he fired 19 times.

Eight years later while living in Plymouth, NH in June 1783, he heard of a little girl lost in the isolated wilderness near Warren, NH. Her home was 20 miles north east of where he lived and for 3 nights the same dream showed him where the child was. During this time nearer neighbors had been gathering at the Whitcher home and searching the area for little Sarah. Someone reported seeing a child's footprints near those of a large bear. As the news spread, men and women came from greater distances like Wentworth, Rumney, Orford, Haverhill and even Newbury across the Connecticut River.

The men went out in search parties while the women brought food and cooked for them. It is said that one woman cooked a bushel of beans. A minister, Parson Powers, came to offer consolation. On the 4th day about noon, after a long hard trip along the trail marked only by blazed trees through the forest, Samuel arrived at the Whitcher home saying 'Give me some dinner and I will find the child'.

As he was eating he told of his dream...that he found the lost child under a big pine top a few rods south west of where the path crossed Berry Brook, guarded by a bear. Some people laughed but Joseph Patch, the first settler in the town went with him. Hours passed and then the grieving family heard three shots, the signal of success. Mr. Patch guided him up the path to where it crossed Berry Brook. Then he followed his dream and found Sarah asleep under a pine tree.

She told of the 'big dog' that came to her, sniffed about her legs, lapped blood from her scratches while she rubbed his nose and put her arm around his neck. Then comforted and warmed by his presence, she placed her head on his shoulder and went to sleep. The 'big dog' had returned every night to keep her warm. When she was safely home there was a prayer of thanksgiving and all sang Old Hundred.

A resident of Plymouth 1779-1785 when he moved to Bristol. A farmer and a teamster making trips to Boston.
(*Courtesy Find-A-Grave contributor Slowweb.)
Husband of Sarah Webster.
Soldier in the Revolutionary War.
Age at death = 78 years.

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