Sarah Allyn Lalonde-Lesperence

Text by Gary Edwards

Sarah Allyn, was born into a very important Puritan family on May 1, 1692 in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Her father Edward, Town clerk of Deerfield was part of a group of called the visible elect. Her mother, Mercy Allyn nee Painter was the grandaughter of Judge George Lamberton, a prominent settler of New Haven, Connecticut.

In 1704, when Sarah was twelve, the bustling colonial town was preparing for an experience that over the last forty years had occurred twice. The Frenchmen along with their Indian allies were going to attack Deerfield. Sarah was kidnapped that day and taken north to Quebec. The trek through the harsh wilderness of New England and New France was a difficult and dangerous one. Sarah survived and in 1705 was baptised a Catholic in Bellevue, Quebec.

At 18. Sarah married Guillaume LaLonde dit Lesperence. Together, they had ten children. Her seventh daughter, Marie-Josephe married Thomas Wattier, they had a daughter, Madeleine. Madeleine is my 5th gr-grandmother on one side and my 6th gr-grandmother on another.

Click here for a detailed account on the Indian attack at Deerfield.

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