I Always Enjoyed History

History that is personally connected to you through your ancestors is even more interesting.

I knew next to nothing about the paternal side of my family, especially my dad's paternal side. This journey of discovery has been very exciting. I remember the feeling when I first found my grandfather and his parents in the census, it was exhilarating.

I have discovered some interesting characters among my ancestors, including Hannah Emerson Dustin, the first woman to have a statue erected in her honor in the United States.

I now see that I come from a long line of strong women, I have a lot to live up to.

WittyOne WittyOne
46-50, F
2 Responses May 28, 2007

Hannah Emerson Dustin, was a heroine of the early Indian wars in New England. At the time of the attack on Haverhill MA., Mar 15, 1697, the Indians captured Hannah and her nurse, Mary Neff, and killed the youngest Dustin child who was only a week old. Thomas, with their other seven children, managed to escape death. The captives were assigned to an Indian family of 12 persons and led to a larger village. On an island, now called Dustan's Island, near Concord, Hannah and her nurse, assisted by a captive English boy, Samuel Leonardson, killed and scalped all of their captors except one squaw and a small boy. Afterward they reached their homes in safety. Their exploit has furnished the theme for much romance and verse. The name is also spelled Dustan and Duston. http://www.hannahduston.com/index.htm<br />
I don't know if you've found this web site yet. I was interested in your story, so I looked Hannah up and found a very interesting account of her ordeal. That story is longer than the summary I posted here. There's also a family tree on the site as well that might be of interest to you as well.

How nice! keep up the search. I am, it can get frustrating but the findings are so worth it.