Thomas Duston [55539]
Hannah Emerson [55540]
Hannah Duston [55538]


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Hannah Duston [55538]

  • Marriage: Daniel Cheney [55537]

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Hannah Duston: This Hannah Duston, wife of Daniel Cheney, is the daughter of the famous Hannah (Emerson) Duston, "the remarkable woman whose experiences and exploits are a striking episode in the history of our colonial days, [and who was] was the daughter of Michael and Hannah (Webster) Emerson, born December 23, 1657. She was married, in Haverhill, December 3, 1677, to Thomas Duston.
The spelling of his name, it must be said, is given in a great many ways: Judge Sewall, in his diary wrote it "Dunstan", which is the way the famous St. Dunstan's name was spelled; another excellent authority spelled it Durstan: the attorney who wrote the wills of the good couple gave the style "Dustin," which was probably the way it was usually pronounced, but the best authorities, in the opinion of the writer, spell it as it is uniformly given in this volume, Duston.
Hannah who became the wife of Daniel Cheney, was the oldest of the nine children who had been born to this couple before the dreadful day when the Indians swooped down on Haverhill. The youngest was a babe of but six days. Mr. Duston learned that the savages were close at hand and rushed first to the house to save the mother, still feeble and in bed. But she utterly refused to go or have him stay to attempt to defend her and the little one; she insisted on his making every effort to save the children and his intrepid guardianship saved the whole fleeing band. But the poor woman and Mrs. Neff, her nurse, were cruelly captured and driven into the wilderness in spite of her weak condition, and the infant dashed in pieces. After sufferings of a dreadful sort, the women and a boy named Samuel Lennerson rose in the night, captured a gun and a tomahawk, killed and scalped the ten Indians who then guarded them, and made their way back to Haverhill. The General Court paid them fifty pounds as a reward for their bravery: it was believed that so bold an act had a great effect on the Indians, making them feel that the white people possessed the same qualities which they counted heroic, and Hannah Duston's name became a thrilling word in all the colonies. It as a terrible experience for the poor woman: a horrible necessity laid on her, and we will believe she realized that the fate of many other mothers on the border would be affected by her action: may no descendant of hers ever reach so awful a crisis. But Thomas Duston deserves as high praise for that magnificent work of his, when he saved seven young lives by simply firing back towards his pursuers from his saddle, while he bade his beloved children run for their lives, until they reached a safe place.
The daughter Hannah was eighteen years old when that terrible day, March 15, l697, and that thrilling 25th of April, the day of her mother's exploit and return, occurred. No doubt she was of great assistance to her father in the saving of the little ones, and a comfort to her mother in her after burdens. Naturally the mother reposed confidence in her, making her joint executrix of her will.
The Cheneys of this branch have always taken great interest in this strain of their ancestry.
The Cheney Genealogy, Charles Henry Pope

Type: Book
Title: The Cheney Genealogy
Author: Charles Henry Pope
Publisher: Charles H. Pope, Boston, Massachusetts
Date: 1897


Hannah married Daniel Cheney [55537] [MRIN: 551614565], son of Daniel Cheney [55531] and Sarah Bailey [55532]. (Daniel Cheney [55537] was born on 2 Dec 1670 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony.)

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