Rev. Rowlandson was in Boston at the time of the raid. Children were aged 14, 10 and 6.
Mary and Sarah (6) were captured together. Joseph (14) and Mary (10) were taken to other encampments.
Joseph Rowlandson managed to ransom his wife 3 months after her capture for 20 English pounds. Returned to Massachusetts on May 2, 1676. Joseph and Mary were returned soon after. Sarah died in captivity.
Family relocated to Connecticut where Rev. Rowlandson began preaching sermons which used his wife’s narrative as a basis for the belief that the Puritans could be forsaken by God. He died suddenly.
Mary Rowlandson married Captain Samuel Talcott in 1679 and lived until 1710 or 11.
Narrative was published in 1682 and was widely popular in England.
King Phillip’s War – See www.pilgrimhall.org. Go to “The Pilgrim Story” and click on the Subject Heading for King Phillip’s War.