Note: "He lived in the West Parish, and his house stood on the spot where the West Parish Church now (1889) stands. " The following is taken from the "History of Haverhill": "On the 22 February [1697/98], a party of Indians fell upon Andover, killed five of the inhabitants, and captured as many more. On their return past Haverhill the same party killed Johnathon Haynes and Samuel Ladd, capturing a son of each. Haynes and Ladd, who lived in the western part of the town, had started that morning, with their teams, consisting of a yoke of oxen and a horse each, and accompanied by their eldest sons, Joseph and Daniel, to bring home some of their hay, which had been cut and stacked the preceding summer, in their meadow in the extreme western part of town. While they were slowly returning, little dreaming of present danger, they suddenly found themselves in the bushes on each side of their path. There were seven on each side. With guns presented and cocked. The fathers seeing that it was impossible to escape, begged for 'quarter'. To this the Indians twice replied 'boon quarter, boon quarter' (good quarter). Young Ladd, who did not relish the idea of being quietly taken prisoner, told his father that he would mount the horse and endeavor to escape. But the old man forbid him to make the attempt, telling him it was better to risk remaining a prisoner. Daniel then cut his father's horse loose and giving him the lash, the horse started off at full speed. Though repeatedly fired at by the Indians, succeeded in reaching home and was the means of giving an immediate and general alarm. Two of the Indians then stepped behind the fathers and dealt them a heavy blow upon the head. Mr. Haynes who was quite aged, instantly fell but Ladd did not. Another of the savages then stepped before Samuel and raised his hatchet as if to strike. Samuel closed his eyes, expecting the blow would fall--but it came not-and when he again opened his eyes, he saw the Indian laughing and mocking at his fears. Another immediately stepped behind him and felled him at a blow. The Indians on being asked why they killed the old men said that they killed Haynes because he was 'so old he no go with us' and they killed Ladd who was a fierce, stern looking man because 'he so sour'." - Ladd Genealogy
Samuel Ladd was the father of three children born out of wedlock to Elizabeth Emerson, the last two being twins who were either dead at birth or died within 24 hours. Elizabeth was subsequently hanged in the Boston Commons after having been convicted of killing her twins. There is no evidence that Samuel assumed any responsibility with respect to Elizabeth and her children.
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