Copy of E-Mail - conversation about the Content Hadsell who married Asa Eggleston in 1786 in New York & the one who married Ebenezer Reynolds in 1787 in Preston, Connecticut.
At first, I doubted the story of the massacre, but later was convinced it was true. The trouble with the story was - the folks who put the Hadsall genealogy online had some inaccurate data (such as the age of James Hadsall Jr) which they put online. They stated he was about 8 yrs of age when it happened. James Jr. was probably closer to 18/19 yrs of age when it happened. The reason - 8 year olds can't lug around extemely long muskets, lift them up, hold them in place and fire them (reload) [not tall enough & arms long enough - to ramrod the ball down the barrel with the powder]. A full adult has trouble doing that with some of the muskets of that day. Nobody has an accurate date of birth for James Jr., only an approximate date of birth. He had to be one of the first children born to the family. I squeezed him in between the first and second child's birth.
Secondly, the way the story was written, some of it was made up - by the author for dramitization purposes. Someone telling the story (for real), would not have recorded a few of the things included in the story. However, that the massacre did happen - there was no doubt. Thirdly, Ebenezer Reynolds was not married to the Content Hadsall who married Asa Eggleston Jr. as stated online. It was a different Content Hadsall. According to the Stonington marriage records, Ebenezer Reynolds married a Content Hadsall on 13 May 1787 in Stonington. The Content Hadsall who married Ebenezer Reynolds was his second wife or it was different Ebenezer Reynolds altogether. His first wife was Sarah Eggleston whom he married on 27 Oct 1759 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut. Ebenezer Reynolds was born on 24 Sep 1738 in Preston, New London, Connecticut according to someone's research on the IGI on Familysearch.org. They recorded the marriage to Sarah Eggleston as well. Sarah was with Ebenezer in 1778 when the massacre happened. She was about 40 years old then. The Content Hadsall who married Asa Eggleston Jr. was only 11 years of age in 1778, for she was born in 1767. She was a young daughter of James Hadsall when the massacre happened. Sarah Eggleston died sometime before 1787 when Ebenezer Reynolds was recorded as marrying a Content Hadsall in Stonington, Connecticut. To further add to the confusion, the researcher who put Sarah Eggleston born in abt 1738 in Stonington, Conn as dying 26 Aug 1823 [on IGI - familysearch]. That could not be true, unless a divorce had occurred with Ebenezer Reynolds or we have a different (younger) Ebenezer Reyolds marrying a Content Hadsall in Stonington. The Content Hadsall married to Asa Eggleston Jr. married Asa on 27 Mar 1786 in Oswego, Dutchess County, NY (part of the Beekman Patent) and had 13 children by Asa Eggleston Jr. born from 1787 thru 1814 all born in Hebron, Washington County, New York. So it was a different Content Hadsall who married Ebenezer Reynolds in Stonington, Connecticut in 1787. Whose daughter she was, is anybody's guess. Why do I think Asa Eggleston Jr. married the daughter of James Hadsall who lived in the Beekman Patent before he departed for Wyoming Valley in 1769 - 1770 was because there were Egglestons who lived in the same tax district in Beekman patent before they left in 1770. Those who put the Hadsall genealogy online say they arrived in the Wyoming Valley earlier than 1769 are mistaken, for their are tax records stating they were in Beekman from 1765 - 1767.
My supposition is this - after the massacre, Content Worden [wife of James Hadsall] left the Wyoming Valley (for fear of another attack by the Indians) and came back to Beekman Patent where two of her children - William married Elipha Eggleston and Content married Asa Eggleston. Oswego is a tiny village in Dutchess County, New York that was only part of the Beekman Patent. I have no proof of that - except the marriages of William & Content Hadsall seem to indicate that is what happened. You may put this conversation online as well.