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John Rogers Homestead

1630 - 1930

 

John Rogers Homestead

 

Near this spot stood the John Rogers homestead, which was destroyed in the Indian massacre of 1695, and the entire family killed.

 

Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Commission

  

The phrase "and the entire family killed" has been painted over. According to An Historical Memoir of Billerica, in Massachusetts by John Farmer, 1816, the entire family wasn't killed, an interesting discrepancy form the original historical marker:

 

"They entered the house of John Rogers while he was sleeping, and discharged an arrow at him, which entered his neck and pierced the jugular rein. Awakened with this sudden and unexpected attack, he started up, seized the arrow, which he forcibly withdrew, and expired with the instrument of death in his hand, A woman being in the chamber, threw herself out of the window, and though severely wounded, effected her escape by concealing herself among some flags. A young woman was scalped and left for dead, but survived the painful operation and lived for many years afterwards. A son and daughter of Mr. Rogers were taken prisoners."

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Taken on May 2, 2008