On the 18th September 1675 close to a small brook in the Connecticut River valley 57 colonists and militia were killed, the massacre was so horrific the brook ran red with blood.
Included in this massacre were two of my direct ancestors Samuel and his father Robert Hinsdale. My family still carry their DNA, of which my family match and share with many more descendants of Robert and Samuel. I relate to this family through my Janes Family History and their American connections.
The family line includes cousin connections with the famous Kelloggs family, Woolworths family and Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd U.S. President.
During King Phillips War bands of Indian Warriors often harassed and attacked the new settlers of the Connecticut River valley as they worked and traveled.
One such attack happened on the 18 September 1675, close to a small brook where severel hundred Indians attacked a group of teamsters and soldiers who were moving a convoy of wagons containing wheat from Deerfield to Hadley for milling.
Part of this convoy included Robert Hinsdale (1617 – 1675), my 9x great-grandfather and three of his sons, Barnabus and John Hinsdale and Samuel Hinsdale (1642 – 1675) my 8x great-grandfather.
The Battle of Bloody Brook was fought between English colonial militia from the Massachusetts Bay Colony and a band of Indians led by the Nipmuc sachem Muttawmp. The Indians ambushed the colonists and they killed at least 40 militia men and 17 teamsters out of a company that included 79 militia.
The brook was eventually re-named as “Bloody Brook” because it was said to have run red during the massacre.