THOMAS CHAMBERLAIN of Groton, Massachusetts, a miller, was my 9th Great-Grandfather. He was killed in Chelmsford on the 11th of May, 1709, assaulted by Israel Procter (Proctor) of Chelmsford, who used a bayonet (then spelled baggonett) or short sword to inflict several mortal wounds against Chamberlain on his side and groin area, who died instantly.
Proctor was subsequently arrested, and pled not guilty. The case went by quickly, as jurors entered a judgment on July 28th of the same year.
Israel Proctor, the son of Robert Proctor of Concord and Chelmsford, Massachusetts, died 9 June 1755. He was the brother of Sarah (Proctor) Chamberlain, the deceased Thomas' mother.
The widow ABIGAIL (NUTTING) CHAMBERLAIN was six months pregnant at the time of her husband's murder. She gave birth to daughter SARAH CHAMBERLAIN, my 8th Great-Grandmother, on 4 Aug 1709, a week after the verdict was announced. Abigail died some time after 1713 [Middlesex County Probate, File 4200].
-Suffolk County Court: File #7783 (on Family Search)
- Court Record #7713 (warrant for holding Proctor in jail), #25013 (bill of constable Jonathan Hill of Chelmsford, who arrested and delivered Proctor), #27946 (Barnes testimony), #28051 (testimony on a piece of neckcloth)
- Superior Court of Judicature, 1700-1714 (film 945843): pages 239-240 (Family Search)
- A genealogy of descendants of Robert Proctor of Concord and Chelmsford, Mass (pg 5, 8)
- Memorials of the Descendants of William Shattuck (pg 372: Chamberlain Memorials)