Last Updated: 26 March, 1996

Honeywell Heritage

Vol. 2, No. 1

Richard, Indian fighter

"While mowing on the marsh at Greenleaf's Point, Richard Hunnewell spotted the movements of Indians on Blue Point. Separated from them by the river and a considerable body of marsh, he concluded that he was not in danger and placed his gun by a saddle of hay. While mowing at some distance from his gun, an Indian had crossed the river and under its bank crept up through the thatch and secured Richard's gun. Richard, at length seeing his desperate situation, continued his mowing as if he had not discovered the Indian. When the Indian had advanced to within a few yards, Richard suddenly sprang forward with his scythe and roared out at the Indian. Startled, the Indian could not get control of the gun and retreated backwards as Richard advanced.

The Indian, while in his haste, stepped into a muddy salt pond and fell. Richard swung his scythe, cutting off the Indian's head. He held up the head, brandishing it in view of the other Indians challenging them to come over as he would serve them in the same manner." (History of Saco and Biddeford, Maine, George Folsom, Saco, 1830)

What caused Richard Hunnewell's hatred of Indians? Tradition has said that his first wife and children were massacred by Indians on the spot where the little red house stands at the forks of the road near Plummer's Neck. Richard, after seeing the vision of his murdered wife, swore an oath of vengeance and "hunted and slew the Indians as if they were wild beasts."

Richard built a home around 1702 which is still standing along Black Point Road. It is the oldest house in Scarborough, and one of the oldest in Cumberland County, Maine.

Richard remarried by March 1674 to Elizabeth Stover, daughter of Sylvester and Elizabeth (Norton) Stover of Scarborough. They had four children, Roger, John, Elizabeth, and Patience. I shall reserve the continued story of their children for another time.

It is Richard's military career that furnishes the greatest of his accomplishments. He was first a farmer, then became a selectman around 1671, and later in 1680 was the constable of Scarborough. The remainder of his life seems to have been spent in the service of the military beginning in the Indian King Philip's War (1675-76).

The first account of this service is that on October 12, 1676 he was an inhabitant of the historic Black Point Garrison, just prior to its surrender.

In August, 1677 he was a Corporal and soon gained promotion to Ensign in 1680 while serving under Captain Joshua Scottow. By 1681 he was serving under Sergeant Major Richard Walderne who was under Major Brian Penolton in the York Regiment.

No further record was found until July 2, 1687 when Richard was commissioned a Lieutenant by New England Governor Sir Edmund Androse. On November 11, 1689 he was ordered to command twenty soldiers at the "Blew Point", Black Point, and Spurwinck Garrisons. During this period, he served under the command of Major Benjamin Church, the well known Indian fighter, who was in command of the forces at the Eastward (Maine).

In 1690 there were many skirmishes which eventually led to the complete depopulation of the area. In one of these at the Saco River near Winter Harbor, Church wrote in a letter dated September 17, 1690, "At this skirmish Lt. Hunnewell was shot through the thigh." In a letter dated November 27, 1690, Church wrote, "My kind respects to Maj. Frost, Capt. Walton, Lieut. Hunnewell, with due respects to all Gentlemen by friends in the Eastward parts..." On August 7, 1691 Richard, as Lieutenant and "Pilott", was reported as wounded "in the late expedition Eastward."

Richard was promoted to the rank of Captain on July 24, 1693. In 1696, again with Major Church in the expedition to St. John, the only mention of this being found in the latter's account, which speaks of Captain Hunnewell as "one of the commanders of the forces belonging to the Eastward parts."

His wounds seem to have been rather serious, as in 1697 he petitioned the General Court that he, "for some time hath been employed in his Majesties and this countries service against the common enemy, in which service he hath been wounded several times in his arm by divers shot, which rendered him incapable of any servile labor whereby to produce a lively hood for himself and poor family with children who are now in great want of necessaries..." He signed this petition by his mark, and was granted ten pounds "for his present relief."

The Indians at length sought their vengeance against Richard, the "Indian fighter". Perhaps it was inevitable that he came to an end at their hands. " On October 6, 1703 Captain Hunnewell and a detachment of some twenty men, unarmed and without thought of danger, sauntered from the stockade to fetch their cattle or swine and work in their meadows at Black Point. At the southerly end of Massacre Pond a body of some 120-200 savages lay in ambush. In one concerted effort they way-laid and killed the Captain and nineteen of his men. Only one, John Boden, who escaped by flight, survived. The body of the deceased Hunnewell was horribly gashed and mangled. The slain were buried together in a single grave and covered with a high mound of earth. 'The Great Grave' was conspicuous for many years and is noted upon an old map."

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Honeywell place names

Have you been to Hunnewell, Kansas? It is right below Wichita on the Oklahoma border. No Hunnewell now lives there, but you can bet they once did. Do you know the story of this town?

Scarborough, Maine has a Honeywell Avenue, Honeywell Road, Honeywell Street, and Honeywell Hill. Ottawa, Ontario has a Honeywell Avenue.

Between Broadabin and Amsterdam, New York is Honeywell Corners. You guessed it; these places were all named for our family members. If you know others, please share them.

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Where are we now?

From just a few immigrant Hunnewell/Honeywells the families now bearing that name have propagated to over 500 families. When you include the female side of the family bearing non-Honeywell names, the list of descendants becomes amazingly long.

The Honeywell-named families are much more easy to trace. Where are they located now? Right where they started, and all over the United States.

Maine, where Roger and Ambrose Hunnewell raised their families, is still number one with 59 families, all spelled Hunnewell.

New York is second with 54 families, mostly spelled Honeywell.

Massachusetts, Florida, and Pennsylvania each have almost 40 Honeywell families.

California and Michigan have between 20 and 30.

Ten to nineteen families live in each of Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

No other state has more than nine Honeywell families as of this count.

Canadian Honeywell families number about 40, with most being in Ontario.

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Mail bag

"I think that the organization and its newsletter is a wonderful idea ..." Matthew V. Honeywell, Seattle, WA (IS)

"We were pleased to receive the Honeywell Heritage newsletter and to learn that a Honeywell Family Association has been organized." Mable I. Honeywell, Bronson, MI (IS)

"...I like the attitude your newsletter exhibits. I've read some things I've received from people who sell information on families, but I always got the feeling they are only trying to make some money and really didn't have a sincere interest in the people. But your group is clearly different, based upon family contacts with a healthy interest to establish and preserve the history of our family and its fascinating name." Roy D. Honeywell, Baldwinsville, NY (JO)

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Ancestor hunt

Wanted: Descendants of Joshua B. Hunnewell (Hunawill). He was born 16 Jan 1846 at Woolwich, ME, went to Dakota Territory and California and was married there but returned to Maine and died 26 Apr 1918 at Auburn, ME. He is buried in Murphy's Corner Cemetery at Woolwich. The probate of his estate lists the following children: Ethel R. Hunnewell, living Ann Arbor, MI Gertrude H., mar. WW Tracy, lvg. Ft. Collins, CO Richard C. Hunnewell, living Ann Arbor Viva H., mar. Mr. Ratti, living Ann Arbor Ursa H., mar. Mr. Stevens, living Ft. Collins Neil O. Hunnewell, RFD 4, Box 1315, Skowhegan, ME 04976-9406, would like information about this line. Please contact him or the Editor.

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Edward Honeywell, 33 yrs., Charleston, SC, 1821 Eliza Honeywell, 28 yrs., Charleston, SC, 1821 (Passengers who arrived in the United States, Sept 1821-Dec 1823, Magna Carta Book Company, Baltimore, 1969) Agnes Honywell, n.a., Maryland, 1674 (The Early Settlers of Maryland, Skordas, p 235) Joseph Honywell, 30 yrs., Maryland, 1684 Thomas Honywell, 18 yrs., Barbados or Nevis (Some Early Emigrants to America, Nicholson)

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Freeman report

We are pleased to observe that the following Honeywells were made freemen, conveying to them full civil and political rights. Congratulations!

John Honeywell: 3 Sep 1459, Hugh Honeywell: 12 Nov 1580, and Peter Honeywell: 30 Jan 1597.

Their relationships to American Honeywells are not known at this time. Perhaps sometime soon. (Exeter Freemen from 1266 to 1967, Marjorie M. Rowe and Andrew M. Jackson, Editors, Exeter Record Office, published by Devon and Cornwall Record Society, 1973.)

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Farms of Devonshire

Want to visit a farm in England where your ancestors may have once lived? Drink from a spring of sweet water after which we were named? There were five Honeywell Farms in Devonshire, according to The Place Names of Devon, published by the English Place-Names Society, Cambridge University Press, 1932, two parts. These farms are named Honeywell, and are at the villages of Marwood, Halwell, Ilsington, Luppitt, and Kingsteignton. If you go, let us know. Around 1249, Huniwell appears in the Assize (Assessment) Rolls of England for the first two farms; Hunewyll appears for the other three.

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Odds 'n' ends

Harry E. Honeywell, Sept 19, 1871-Feb 10, 1940. Noted American balloonist and Spanish- American War veteran won the national balloon races three times and took second place in seven other competitions. (NY Times p40 F 11 '40)

Miss M. A. Honeywell, silhouettist; born probably Lempster, NH, circa 1787. Born with no hands and only three toes on one foot; she learned to make paper cut-outs and silhouettes, embroider and write with her mouth and toes. She had a career as a prodigy, 1806-circa 1848, in Salem, MA, Charleston, SC, and Louisville, KY. Miss Honeywell performed her skills at the Rochester Museum, NY. (Rochester Daily Democrat, May 7, 1852 2-5)

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