Henry AXTELL

Henry AXTELL

Male 1641 - 1676  (34 years)

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  • Name Henry AXTELL  [1
    Born 14 Oct 1641  Herefordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Christened 15 Oct 1641 
    Gender Male 
    Ancestor Interest MEDIUM 
    Descendant Interest MEDIUM 
    _UID FFE4E7EB82D9491C9F26E165F4A5121E4960 
    Buried 1676  Wadsworth Cemetery, Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
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    Died 21 Apr 1676  Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I1284  Our Blended Family
    Last Modified 22 May 2016 

    Father Thomas AXTELL,   b. Abt 26 Jan 1619, Berkamstead, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1646, Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 27 years) 
    Mother Mary STARR,   d. Bef 22 Apr 1659, Ashford, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1638 
    Family ID F558  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hannah MERRIAM,   b. 14 Jul 1645,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 14 Jun 1665 
    Children 
     1. Samuel AXTELL,   b. 27 Mar 1666,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Hannah AXTELL,   b. 18 Nov 1667,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Mary AXTELL,   b. 8 Aug 1670,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +4. Thomas AXTELL,   b. 16 Apr 1672,   d. 18 Dec 1750  (Age 78 years)
    +5. Daniel AXTELL,   b. 4 Nov 1673, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1735, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     6. Sarah AXTELL,   b. 28 Sep 1675,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 8 Mar 2015 
    Family ID F556  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Oct 1641 - Herefordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1676 - Wadsworth Cemetery, Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Apr 1676 - Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Axtel Henry 1641-1676 Sudbury
    Axtel Henry 1641-1676 Sudbury
    Kiung Phillip's War Monument; This monument is erected by the COMMONWEALTH of MASSACHUSETTS and the town of SUDBURY in grateful remembrance of the services and sufferings of the founders of the state, and especially in honor of CAPT. S. WADSWORTH of MILTON, CAPT. BROCKLEBANK of ROWLEY, LIEUT. SHARP of BROOKLINE, and twenty six others, men of their…
    Axtel Henry 1641-1676 Sudbury
    Axtel Henry 1641-1676 Sudbury
    Wadsworth Cemetery; The street sign says "Wadsworth Cemetery," the only sign at the cemetery.

  • Notes 
    • See reference under Thomas Axtell, b. ABT January 26, 1619.

      Henry was a boy of five when his father died. In 1660 a tract of land lying west of Sudbury was incorporated as a town by the name of Marlborough. Edmond Rice was a prime mover in the formation of the new town. Henry Axtell, then only nineteen, became one of the proprietors and received fifteen acres of land in the central part of the town as his portion for what was called "a house lot." Besides this, he probably had a portion of meadow and other out-lying land. On June 14, 1665, he married Hannah, the daughter of George and Susan Merriam who came from Kent, England in the ship "Castle" in 1638.

      In the spring of 1676 the Indians, led by King Phillip of Mount Hope, Rhode Island, made a general war on the white settlements. They attacked several of the smaller places in the interior of Massachusetts and killed many of the settlers; among those from Marlborough was Henry Axtell.

      One account states he was killed within a couple weeks of the town being attacked as he worked in his fields, other accounts place him in or near Sudbury around April 19-21, 1676. What is sure is that Henry Axtell died among many others and was buried in an unmarked grave near Wadsworth cemetery where 29 soldiers were also buried and a memorial to those who died during those attacks stands today.

      The bridge was located a short distance north of the present bridge carrying Old Sudbury Road over the Sudbury River. The Native American attackers used this bridge to attack the east side of Sudbury (the present Town of Wayland). The more heavily populated eastern part of Sudbury was defended by the bulk of the eighty-man Sudbury militia.

      The militia would have been active in protecting the fortified church/meeting house near the bridge since it was the principal Town storehouse for emergency supplies of guns, shot, and gunpowder, and it also served as a place of refuge for civilians at times of attack.

      The militia was able to protect the east-side civilians and some of their property, but they did not have sufficient manpower to force the Native American attackers back across the bridge.

      The roughly 200 hostile Native Americans did not go long distances from the bridge during their destructive raids on the eastern side of the river, since they needed to be able to retreat quickly back to the western part of Town if major military assistance from other Towns arrived.

      However, some structures in the far western part of what is now the Town of Weston were burned by the hostile Native Americans.

      A group of soldiers from Watertown did arrive in the middle of the day, and the combined force of these soldiers and the Sudbury militia was able to drive the hostile Native Americans back across the bridge into the western part of the Town.

      Excerpt from a description of the battle from town of Sudbury MA US website and the Soldiers in King Philip's War by George Madison Bodge.
      The inventory of his property is dated April 1, 1676. The famous Sudbury fight, when the captain and his men were caught in ambush by the Indians and many of them were slain, took place three weeks after the death of Henry Axtell. His widow married Will Taylor July 16, 1677. [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S517] Axtell, 1945, TMG Src#: 55.

    2. [S684] Henry Axtell, Find A Grave, Compiler: InSearchOf, (15 Feb 2014), TMG Src#: 709.

    3. [S684] Henry Axtell, Find A Grave, Compiler: InSearchOf, (15 Feb 2014), TMG Src#: 709., Buried in unmarked grave where 29 soldiers were also buried and a memorial to those who died during those attacks stands today. (Reliability: 2).


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