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The Catlin and Corse families of Deerfield Massachusetts

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John Catlin = Mary Baldwin

John Catlin, the son of John Catlin and Isabel (Ward?), was born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, on 28 June 1643. He married 23 September 1662 Mary Baldwin, his stepsister, a daughter of Joseph Baldwin and his first wife Hannah ---.

In company with others from Bramford he settled the town of Newark, New Jersey, in 1665. In 1675 he was granted 120.5 acres of upland and meadow. In 1676 he was appointed to teach reading, writing, and arithmetic. In addition to being the first schoolmaster in Newark, he was appointed town attorney to forward the business of the town. In Joseph Baldwin's will, dated 1680, this couple is mentioned as being of "Arthur Kill, New Jersey". In 1681 he was appointed justice of the peace for Newark to assist at the county court.

He apparently sold his property in Newark about 1683 and moved to Hartford, CT, briefly. In 1684 he was one of the settlers of Deerfield, Massachusetts. There he was one of the prominent settlers, took an active part in the affairs of the town, and was dignified with the title of "Mr." His memory is perputated in the following marker tablet erected in 1911 at the corner of Broad and Commerce Streets in Newark.

On this Site
John Catlin
Newark's first schoolmaster
opened his School in 1676, holding
it in his home as was the custom
in those days. By vote of the
town's men he was engaged to
"Do his faithful honest and true endeavour
to teach the children or servants of those
as have subscribed...English and also much as they are capable
to learn and he capable to teach them."

He was a man of mark in the
community, serving as town's attorney
and later as town's man.
In 1683 he became one of the early
permanent settlers of Deerfield, Mass.
where his services gained for him
the honorable title of "Mr."
He was killed Feb. 29, 1704, in the
defence of his home against an
attack of French and Indians.

He was a guide of youth
and a leader of men

Erected by the Newark Schoolmen's Club
Newark Day, Nov. 6, 1911

No family suffered more than his in the destruction of the town on 29 February 1704. He was killed trying to defend their house. Their sons Joseph and Jonathan were also killed. Their married daughters Mary French and Elizabeth Corse were killed during the subsequent march to Canada.

Mary (Baldwin) Catlin, "being held with the other prisoners in John Sheldon's house, gave a cup of water to a young French officer who was dying. He was perhaps a brother of Hertel de Rouville. May it not have been gratitude for this act that she was left behind when the order came to march? She died of grief a few weeks later."

John Catlin (born 8 January 1687) and his sister Ruth (born 1684?) survived the rigors of the trip to Canada and back. According to tradition Ruth was a delicate girl, yet equal to the journey. When she was tired of a burden she would throw it back as far as possible. He brother feared that the Indians might kill her, but they laughed and went back for it. They acted as though she were a great lady. When others were hungry she had plenty and gave food to John. The same tradition says that he spent his two years of captivity with a priest, who was unable to convert him, but who supplied him with money and necessary articles when they parted.

John and Ruth Catlin were redeemed in 1706 and 1707. He returned to Deerfield. He married Jemima Allen on 1 March 1715 and fathered a numerous progeny.


born 21 July 1663 at Wethersfield, died young.
married 18 October 1683 to Thomas French. She was killed 9 March 1703/4 during the march to Canada. All five of their children were taken to Canada; two returned and three remained there.
married about 1690 to James Corse. Their descent is continued.
born 24 February 1670, married about 1691 to Thomas Bascom of New Haven
born about 1675, married about 1694 Ebenezer Smead
married Thomas (or Michael?) Mitchell about 1694
born about 1677, he married 26 June 1701 to Hannah Sheldon. "He was one of the seven brave men who defended the Benoni Stebbins house in 1704, and one of the nine who fell in the meadow fight."
born about 1680, died with his father defending their house
taken to Canada, returned in 1707
born 8 January 1687, taken to Canada and returned in 1706. He married Jemima Allen on 1 March 1715.


  1. Emma Lewis Coleman, New England Captives Carried to Canada, ..., Volume II, pp. 73, 74
  2. James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England ..., Volume I, p. 348, 349
  3. George Sheldon, A History of Deerfield ..., Volume II, (1896), pages 104-105
  4. Louise Catlin Cleaver Roloson, The Catlin Genealogy, 1981, pages 100-105, copy in L.A. City Library
  5. William Nelson (editor), Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey, Volume XXI, 1899, pages 21, 31, 40, 45, 53, 245, 246, 256, 263
  6. Virginia Alleman Brown, Abstracts of Essex County, New Jersey, Partitions and Divisions of Estates 1793 - 1881 Recorded at Newark, New Jersey, 1981
  7. A History of the City of Newark, New Jersey, Volume I, Lewis Historial Publishing Co., 1913 -- plate of the Catlin Tablet
  8. Some Descendants of Michael and Sarah (Catlin) Mitchell of CT & MA 1694 - 1988, Marilyn Jordan-Solari, Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 1988

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James Corse = Elizabeth Catlin

James Corse was born in England about 1666, the son of Ebenezer Corse and Sarah Warner. The latter was the daughter of Jonathan Warner and Sarah ---. He moved to Deerfield, Massachusetts, before 1690 and there married Elizabeth Catlin, the daughter of John Catlin and Mary Baldwin. He died 15 May 1696, aged about 30. His estate was valued at 79 pounds, 14 shillings, and 6 pence.

His widow and daughter, both named Elizabeth were taken captives back to Canada after the attack on Deerfield. The older woman was killed on the way by the Indians. The daughter became a convert to Catholicism, married, had children, and lived her life as a French subject.

Elizabeth's brothers agreed that in the division of their mother's estate Ebenezer should have two-thirds and James one-third. What came from grandfather Catlin should be divided equally. `They alsoe agreed that whereas they have a sister in Canada who hath a reasonable share' they will pay her or her agent on demand #17 4d. This agreement was made in 1716 when James was twenty-one. We do not know if Elizabeth demanded, but no one can read the inventory of her mother's possessions without wishing that the little daughter might have had the `three yards of lace, one child's coat, and one box & what was in it.'

In 1730 James Corse went from Deerfield `to recover her out of captivity where she had for a long time been.' How could she, with children and a second husband, wish to be recovered?


born 7 April 1692
born 20 March 1693
born 6 February 1696, taken captive to Canada in March 1704. She was baptized a Catholic on 14 July 1705. She married firstly 11 June 1712 Jean Dumontet (dit Lagrandeur). Their descent is continued. She married secondly Pierre Monet on 19 January 1730. She appears in the French records as Elisabeth Casse.


  1. Emma Lewis Coleman, New England Captives Carried to Canada, ..., Volume II, pp. 74-77
  2. James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England ..., Volume I, p. 459
  3. George Sheldon, A History of Deerfield ..., Volume II, (1896), page 133
  4. Louise Catlin Cleaver Roloson, The Catlin Genealogy, 1981, pages 100-105, copy in L.A. City Library

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Jean Dumontet = Elisabeth Casse

Jean Dumontet, dit Lagrandeur, was the son of Jean Dumontet of La Prairie and Georgette Foran. He was born about 1659. He married, at La Prairie, Elisabeth Casse on 6 November 1712. Jean Dumontet was buried on 22 May 1729 at La Prairie.

Elisabeth Casse was born Elizabeth Corse, daughter of James Corse and Elizabeth Catlin, in Deerfield, Mass., on 6 February 1696. She was captured in the Indian and French raid of 29 February 1704 and carried away captive to Canada. She was baptized a Catholic on 14 July 1705. In the next year, aged ten, she asked to become a citizen. In 1712 she had an illegitimate daughter by an unknown father. This daughter died very young. It was later that year that she was married for the first time. After a marriage of almost seventeen years her first husband died.

Elisabeth must have been an attractive widow, for in less than a year she married a man younger than herself. She married secondly Pierre Monet, the older brother of one of her sons-in-law. This marriage took place at La Prairie on 16 January 1730. After an eventful life she passed away at the age of 70 and was buried on 30 January 1766 at La Prairie. This Pierre Monet had been baptized 19 March 1704. He was buried at La Prairie on 16 February 1774.


  1. Emma Lewis Coleman, New England Captives Carried to Canada, ..., Volume II, pp. 74-77
  2. Cyprien Tanguay, Dictionnaire Genealogique de Familles Canadiennes, Sixieme Volume, pp. 64, 65
  3. Fleur-Ange Demers, private communication, 6 November 1965
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