Historical Collections of the state of NJ - page 479. [It is on line as an E Book.]
It took place near Stillwater....Swartwout's Pond...Mr. Swartout was an officer in the British Colonial service and because of his service against the French and their Indian allies.....drew the vengeance of the Indians....One of the Hunt family and the head of the Harker family....had gained the particular ill-will of the Indians for his stand against them....It appears that a party of Indians from Pennsylvania had determined on capturing these three men, viz :
Thomas Hunt, Harker, and Swartwout.....Thomas Hunt and a negro named Cuffee.....were in the house...The two were captured. Continuing on page 480....the Indians went on to the Swartout place....Mrs. Swartwout, soon after their approach to the house, without a thought of danger went out to the milk-house, and was instantly shot down. Swartwout himself, being thus apprised of his danger, sprang for his loaded rifle and musket successively, and killed two or three and wounded others, before he was captured. After which they conveyed him to a place about one mile NW of his dwelling, and fastened one end of his entrails to a tree, (the stump of which was shown to me,) and then he was tortured to death, after having been compelled to witness the cruel destruction of a large family of children, except two, a son and a daughter. They beat him, etc. etc To read the whole story please go to this site link:
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Life in those days were filled with many trials and tribulations. A turbulent time. jm