Sutton Massachusetts

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An Exchange with the Indians - 1720s

The below story was provided in the History of Sutton.

Story by Mr. Daniel Dike
Took place near the farm at south end of Ramshorn Pond

When the first settlement was made in this vicinity, the Indians used to shoot around the pond, and showed considerable hostility to the early settlers, who came to the conclusion that they must take some measures to rid themsleves of them. They accordingly collected on a high hill, east of the pond, called Potter Hill; the Indians collected on a small island at the south end of said pond, situated a little north of the Dike house.

The parties commenced firing upon each other; after exchanging a few shots the Indians withdrew, leaving one of their number dead and started as though they were going to Grafton. The inhabitants started after them, going between Ramshorn and Crooked (Singletary Lake) ponds, expecting to cut them off at the lower end of the latter, and capture them. But instead of going to Grafton, as the first appearance seemed to indicate, they turned their course to Dudley, where there was an encamptment of the tribe. Ever after they kept away; or if any of them came around they behaved peacefully. But the settlers not feeling quite safe, fearing the Indians might engage in farther hostilities, built a block-house of logs to which they could flee in case of sudden attack. This fort was situated about half a mile from the place where the skirmish above mentioned occurred, on the farm then belonging to Theophilus Kenney, who was the first settler.

Note - Ramshorn Pond is barely in modern Sutton - on the map below, it is the pond in the northwest corner, in Millbury, that barely pokes down into Sutton. Singletary is the larger lake that is half in Millbury, half in Sutton, to the east of Ramshorn.

Ramshorn Pond photos and information

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