"On the morning of April 13, 1753, Abraham Kimball and Samuel Putney, both young boys, were captured by the Indians at Putney’s Hill, Hopkinton. The Indians, working in the interests of the French, intended to take the youths to Canada, where the French would pay them for their captives. After attempting to secure more captives, the Indians set out for Canada, and the following morning crossed the Contoocook River at Tyler’s Bridge, near Boscawen (now Webster), where they killed some cattle, and selected the best part of the meat to take with them.
"There were living at the time, on a hill west of Boscawen plains, two or three families by the name of Flanders. The men were noted through the whole country in those days as ëIndian hunters’, and were well known to the red-skins through that whole section to Canada, as they were frequently accompanied the celebrated Rogers and his Rangers on their excursions through those wilds. The Indians had many times attempted to kill these men, but always found them on the alert and ready to receive them. This time, they thought they would again make the attempt to destroy their deadly foe. Through one of their scouts, they learned that the Flanders men had left their barricaded homes for the day. They thought this a fit opportunity to carry their plans into effect. Accordingly the whole party secreted themselves behind a log fence in the corner of a field, and close by the path where the white men would come on their return home. Here they patiently waited for the return of their intended victims. Near night-fall, as the Flanders men were ascending the hill, their large Indian dogs showed unmistakable signs, by low growls and raised hair on their backs, that Indian were in the vicinity, and in the range of their path which led to their homes. Not knowing the number of the foes they had to contend with, they determined to make a bold charge up the hill, and dislodge their enemy, and reach their houses, where they were better provided for defense against attack. Accordingly, they ordered their dogs forward, and then gave a long, loud, unearthly yell and rushed forward, firing their guns. The Indians, who intended to waylay their enemy, were surprised themselves, and imagined that they were discovered, and were attacked by a large force from Rumford and Hopkinton, and fled from their hiding place for life. At the first sound of approaching danger, the captive boys were as much frightened as the Indians, and ran nearly as fast; but they soon began to think that they were running away from friends instead of enemies, and began to slacken their pace. The Indians were anxious to retain their captives, and tried to assist them along, but soon saw the ruse, as they did not try to hurry, and found that they must loose their prisoners or be taken themselves. One, a chief of the party, being irritated by the conduct of the boys, raised his hatchet and was in the act of burying it in the head of your Putney, when one of the dogs came up and seized the Indian by the neck, throwing him to the ground and lacerating his throat terribly. After the close of the French War, it was make known that this Indian died, from the effects of the wounds inflicted on him by the dog, before he reached Canada.
"This bold attack by the Flanders me liberated the two boys, and they returned home to their anxious parents the day after they were captured.
Source: Taken from "The Flanders Family from Europe to America" by Edith Flanders Dunbar.