The account of Stephen Williams’s captivity has been called a
journal, but it is not a diary of events recorded day by day. It
bears internal evidence of having been written by the captive boy
after his return, and before 1709. The original manuscript was given to our Association by his lineal descendant, Miss Eunice Stebbins
Doggett of Chicago. In her interesting letter, transmitting it through
Miss. C. Alice Baker, she speaks of it as a "precious document,
which, from my first glimpse of it, I felt should go to the P.V.
M. Association for safe keeping."
The manuscript, in brown paper cover, on which is written by
another hand, "Account of the Captivity of Revd. Doctor Williams,
wrote by himself," covers sixteen closely written pages, nearly six
by three and one-half inches in size. Through the liberality of
Charles Deane, LL.D., of Cambridge, the contents are now put
into a useful and permanent form.
Rev. Dr. Stephen Williams was a son of Rev. John Williams,
the "Redeemed Captive." He was born at Deerfield, May 14, 1693;
taken captive February 29, 1703-4; graduated at Harvard in 1713;
was settled minister of Longmeadow, in 1716; was interpreter for
Governor Belcher in the treaty made by him with the Indians, at
Deerfield, August, 1735; was chaplain under Sir William Pepperell
in the Louisburg expedition in 1746; and the Canada land campaigns of 1755, under Sir William Johnson, and 1756, under Gen.
Winslow. He died at Longmeadow, June 10, 1782, aged eightynine.
The donor of this relic is descended from Stephen Williams,
through his daughter Eunice, born September 1, 1733, who married, May 1, 1753, William Stebbins of Longmeadow. Their
daughter, Eunice Stebbins, married Rev. Joseph Barker of Middleboro. Eunice Barker, their daughter, and Elkanah Doggett, married in 1816, were the parents of Eunice Stebbins Doggett.
A portion of the papers given in the Appendix have been printed in mutilated form. All are now given verbatim—save the
substitution of capitals at the beginning of sentences—from the