NOTE: History of Chatham - p. 330-331: On Sunday the 15th of November 1772, Capt. Joseph Doane Jun. sailed from Chatham Harbour on the Back of Cape Cod and soon after viz: about ten o'clock in the Forenoon, saw a Schooner with a Signal of Distress and, going on board, found one man only in her, who appeared to be in a great Fright and gave the following Account viz: That the Day before the said Schooner, Thomas Nickerson, Master, sailed from Boston Harbour bound to Chatham - that at two o'clock the next morning they saw a topsail Schooner - that the man who gave this Account, fearing he should be Impressed, slung himself with a Rope and let himself over the Stern - that four Boats with armed men came on board - that whilst he was there hanging over the Stern, he judges by what he heard that the Master, Mate and one Man were murdered and a Boy carried away alive - that he heard talk of burning the Vessel, but it was finally agreed to leave her to drive out to Sea with her Sails standing - that after they left her, he came up on Deck, found none of the Crew, but saw the marks of their being murdered, and Capt. Doane says that when he came on board, the Decks were bloody, the Chests all broke open and plundered and the Head knocked out of a Barrell of Rum and two or three Gallons only left in it." Capt. Doane brought the Schooner to the Harbour at Chatham and early the next day repaired to Barnstable and gave this account to Edward Bacon Esq., who forwarded it to the Governor and the same day went to Chatham to examine the person found on board. His name was Ansel Nickerson, a cousin of the captain.

History of Chatham - p. LXXXVII: Thomas Nickerson with three others was murdered on their passage from Boston to Chatham on a clear night, when the moon was full. (Two of others were Sparrow Nickerson, Thomas' brother and Elisha Newcomb who was a brother-in-law to both Sparrow and Thomas as he was married to their sister, Phebe Nickerson.



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