Lovewell, John

LOVEWELL, John, captain, the hero of Pigwawkett, was a native of New Hampshire. In the Indian wars a large bounty being offered for scalps, captain Lovewell at the head of a volunteer company of 30 men, marched to the north of Winipisiogee lake, and killed an Indian, and took a boy prisoner Dec. 19, 1724. Having obtained his reward at Boston, he augmented his company to 70, and marched to the same place. There dismissing 50 men for the want of provisions, he proceeded with 40 men to a pond in Wakefield, now called Lovewell's pond, where he discovered ten Indians asleep by a fire; they were on their march from Canada to the frontiers. He killed them all, Feb. 20, 1725, and with savage triumph entered Dover with their scalps, hooped and elevated on poles, for each of which one hundred pounds was paid out of the public treasury at Boston. He marched a third time with 46 men. Leaving a few men at a fort, which he built at Ossapy pond, he proceeded with 34 men to the north end of a pond in PigwawketT, now Fryeburg in Maine, and there a severe action was fought with a party of 42 Indians, commanded by Paugus and Wahwa, May 8, 1725. At the first fire Lovewell and eight of his men were killed; the remainder retreated a short distance to a favorable position and defended themselves. With the pond in their rear, the mouth of an unfordable brook on their right, a rocky point on their left, and having also the shelter of some large pine trees, they fought bravely from 10 o'clock till evening, when the Indians, who had lost their leader, Paugus, killed by Mr. Chamberlain, retired and fled from Pigwawkett. Ensign Robbins and two others were mortally wounded ; these were necessarily left behind to die. Eleven wounded but able to march, and nine unhurt, at the rising of the moon quitted the fatal spot. Jonathan Frye, the chaplain, lieut. Farwell, and another man died in the woods in consequence of their wounds. The others with the widows and children of the slain, received a grant of Love well's town, or Suncook, now Pembroke, N. H. in 1728, in recompense of their sufferings. The bodies of 12 were afterwards found by col. Tyng and buried.
1. A General Biographical Dictionary, Comprising a Summary Account of the Most Distinguished Persons of All Ages, Nations and Professions, 1843, page 580.

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