Hi Robin, These are my notes for Mary. Unfortunately I don,t have all my scources. I,m sure most of them came from online. DG
Mary was born July 24. 1687, in Deerfield, the first of Sheldon children to be born there.
"Mary was among the captives taken to Canada in 1704 where she remained three or four years[ not accurate DG]. Some time before her capture, when between 13 and 14 years old, she engaged to marry Jonathan Strong of Northampton. Her first inquiry on reaching home was for Jonathan, but he had married Mehitable Stebbins in 1705. Mary's husband and Hebitable Stebbins both died in 1761 and the following year the ancient lovers were. married. She was then 75 and he was 80 years of age.
She died the next year; he survived three years longer. There is a tradition that Mill River was very high at the time they married, and as no boat was at hand, the bride was ferried over in an old "hopper" from the grist mill. Another story is that she helped her husband mount his horse and then got on the pillion behind him. During her captivity she was adopted by a squaw, and some of the Canada Indians became very much attached to her. In after years these Indians came to visit her in Northampton, coming always when Clapp's corn was green, and would devour it in large quantities, roasting the ears at a fire under an apple tree...Mrs. Clapp received a grant of land from the General Court "be'tween Southampton & Glascow." *
According to the Strong genealogy, "There was a mutual attachment between Jonathan Strong and Mary Sheldon in early life with the expectation though not the pledge of marriage. On Feb. 29, 1704-5, she was carried into Canada as a prisoner by the French and Indians. When after an absence of two or three years she was restored to her home, he first question was whether Jonathan Strong was married. As her return was deemed very uncertain he had courted and married another. She also was soon married. In 1761 they both lost their partners and were married in 1762, to each other, he being 79 years old and she 75."
My Great(6)grandfather Samuel Clapp married his third wife, Mary Sheldon, March 17, 1708. They had several children, my G(5)grandfather being Samuel born Oct. 30, 1711. Mary Sheldon was carried into captivity as a young girl in the 1704 Deerfield raid and held in Canada for about 3 years This info. from The clapp Family in America 1876.
Gerald A. Thompson
Fairport, NY USA -
Husband: Samuel CLAPPBorn: 1677at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA
Married: 17 MAR 1708at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA
Died: AUG 1761at:
Other Spouses: Sarah BARTLETTThankful KINGAnna ANNABALL
Wife: Mary SHELDON
Born: 24 JUL 1687at: Deerfield, Franklin, MA
Died: SEP 1763at:
Other Spouses: Jonathan STRONG
1.Name: Samuel CLAPP
Born: 13 NOV 1711at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA
Married: 23 NOV 1732at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA
Died: 28 AUG 1775at:
Spouses: Mindwell STRONG
2.Name: Mary CLAPP
Born: 21 SEP 1713at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA
Married: 21 MAY 1733at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA
Died: 6 JUN 1744at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA
Spouses: Daniel POMEROY
3.-Name: Seth CLAPP
Born: 14 JUL 1716at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA
Married: 1740at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA
Died: 4 JUL 1754at:
Spouses: Esther SHELDON
4.Name: Thomas CLAPP
Born: 13 NOV 1724at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA
Died: 4 DEC 1724at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA
Spouses: -5.Name: Ebenezer CLAPP
Born: 13 OCT 1726at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA
Married: 10 JAN 1749at:
Died: 22 SEP 1797at: Northampton, Hampshire, MA
Spouses: Catherine CATLIN
THE OLD INDIAN HOUSE 1698 - 1848
John Sheldon built it In 1698 and lived there until 1708 when he removed to Hartford, Coon. His son Ebenezer took over and managed a tavern there until 1723 when his father gave him the property.
Ebenezer 13, and his sister Mary, age 17 had been taken after the massacre, to canada where they became proficient with the Indian dialect, either from their masters or as members of the tribes with whom they lived. These Indians, when peace was established, came down to Deerfield for long and frequent visits with their former slaves. The costs of providing at the tavern for these uninvited guests - and it was not advisable to refuse hospitality to them - became such a. burden that the General Court granted three hundred acres to Ebenezer and Mary Sheldon to compensate them for their expenditures for these non-paying guests.