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Sliver-Headed Tom

Family of
Hannah Griswold,
granddaughter of
Edward Griswold

(11th generation - G1111)

HANNAH GRISWOLD was born December 11, 1658, in Windsor, Connecticut, the daughter of Francis and Mary (Tracy) Griswold. She married William Clark on March 7, 1677. William was born in 1639, the son of Thomas and Susannah (Ring) Clark.

William, with his first wife, Susan Wolcott, were living in a garrison house by the Eel River. On Sunday, March 12, 1676, while William was at a church service, the garrison was surprised by Indians. His wife, several of his children, and some others (eleven in all) were killed.

William's son, Thomas, was left for dead, but he recovered. He had a silver plate put over his exposed brain. Afterwards he was known as "silver-headed Tom".

Four months later in July 1676, 200 Indians surrendered themselves to the Plymouth Governor and were pardoned with the exception of those who were involved in the slaughter at Clark's. Those Indians were put to death by decapitation.