Major Charles Frost of Eliot was hated by the
Indians because of his activity and success in fighting
them, and they resolved upon his death. He was shot
while returning from Great Works on July 4, 1697.
Dennis Downing and the wife of John Heard were
killed at the same time. Mr. Heard escaped.
We are told that the Indians dug up Mr. Frost's
body and hoisted it upon a pole at the top of Frost's
His grave was afterward covered over by a very
heavy fiat stone which bore a plain inscription. The
spot where he was slain is now known as "Ambush
He was ambushed by indians on his way home from meeting.
in Europe. The French in Canada ami their Indian allies, under the inspiration of the Jesuit Fathers, snuffed the battle from afar, and entered upon the fray the sum- mer before. In the first year of King William, soon after the news of his coronation had crossed the ocean, and had been celebrated in Boston with such pageantry as was never known there before, Major Waldron was murdered by the Indians, by stealth, and with cruel torture, in his own house. Upon him, after thirteen years, the savages wreaked their full measure of revenge. At the same time they killed or carried cap- tive fifty-two other persons. Two months after the death of Major Waldron, Charles Frost, who hud lost favor and standing under Governor Andros, was appointed Major of the Military forces of Maine. The Indians and French were now spreading desolation far and near. Many families abandoned their homes. â€” York, Wells, Portland, Salmon Falls, and Durham suffered the extreme horrors of sava...
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COMMEMORATION OF MAJOR CHARLES FROST on the Two Hundredth Anniversary of his Massacre by the Indians Sunday, July Fourth, i697 PREFATORY. On February 8, of this year, the Eliot Historical Society was formed, for the purpose of ascertaining and putting in enduring form, the almost forgotten facts of our old town's history. The first Field Day of the society was on Monday, July 5, in honor of Maj. Charles Frost, who was killed by Indians, Sunday, July 4, 1697. The exercises were on the western slope of Frost's Hill, and were attended by about one thousand people, citizens of the town, and descendants of Maj. Frost from various parts of the country. The following pages contain a complete account of the proceedings of the day. Eliot, Maine, July, 1S97. J. L. M. W. ORDER OF EXERCISES. At 11 o'clock A. M. Concert on the grounds by the North Berwick Band. At 12 o'clock, Basket Lunch. AFTERNOON. Exercises of the Eliot Historical Society at two o...
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THE POEM. Dr. William Hale, Gloucester, Mass. THE ELIOT (MAINE) HISTORICAL SOCIETY. THE HERO OF GREAT HILL. 0, sixteen hundred and ninety-seven ! Lean from Thy heights, Thou Lord of Heaven ! Upon our saddened lives have heed ; Protect us in our hour of need, And in Thine own good season bless The widow and the fatherless!" Thus prayed the people of Kittery, Full of anguish and misery, When far and wide the news was spread, That Major Frost of Great Hill lay dead ; And that the Indians once more With terror filled the Quamphegan shore. Never, since with his followers rash Searching our shores for sassafras Came thet marauder, Martin Pring, Hath there happened a bloodier thing Between settler and settled, red and white, Skirmish or fray or open fight. In all the fair Quamphegan vale Than that which is told in this sad tale. Between red man and while man nothing worse Do the horrid Indian wars rehearse, Than that which befell one fair Lord's day On the banks of the...
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AT AMBUSH ROCK.
UNVEILING OF THE TABLET.
Francis Keefe, Esq.,
First Vice President of The Eliot Historical Society.
Mr. President and F'riends:
It would be strangely interesting if all
the legends of Rocks could be gathered
into a volume. Rocks are centres of His-
tory. Even legends become historic.
The Hebrew Jacob evidently believed in
the " Testimony of the Rocks," for he used
one for his pillow and saw the skies divide
in his dreams. He made a rock, too, a
"pillar of witness" and benediction; and
he called it Mizpah, â€” a name that from him
has been adopted as one of the sacred
words, and is in common use to-day.
That strangely occult man, Moses, â€”
educated among the Egyptians, familiar
with the lore of an age that has hardly been
excelled, â€” saw, pent up in a cliff at Horeb,
a spring of water, to meet an intense need.
Eor aught we know that spring pours forth
its stream to-day.
Later still, in Roman history, we see
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A Major Charles Frost was living in Eliot and was a well known Indian fighter. In the year of 1658, he was the Commander-in Chief of the Militia of Maine. He was hated by the Indians as they knew him as an Indian killer. He had many narrow escapes in his life through the years. Finally, on a Sunday afternoon, July 4, 1697, he and his groups were returning home from church and were ambushed by Indians. Most of his group were killed on Route #101 (Goodwin Road) and there is a memorial at the site with information about the incident, and with names of ambushed embossed on a bronze tablet.
CONFLICTS WITH THE INDIANS.
For nearly half a century the first settlers of Kittery lived in peace and friendship with the Indians. South Berwick was a trading post, where the Indians often came in great numbers, yet there is no record of depredations or murders committed by them before the time of King Philip's War. Their chiefs, Runacwitts and Rowles, sold land to some of the settlers, and Rowles continued to live in the midst of the white men. It is to be feared that the settlers were not always just in business transactions and that fire-water was sometimes a poor compensation for valuable lands and furs. Wc read in Court records of trials for selling rum to the Indians.
The tradition has been published that the wife and daughter of Nicholas Frost were killed by Indians near the mouth of Sturgeon Creek. One account says this was in 1648; another says it was 4 July 1650. It is a noticeable coincidence that Major Charles Frost was killed by Indians 4 July many ye...
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The small section to the left is the original garrison where the Frost's lived.
This is a sketch of the original Frost house aka garrison on Frost Hill.
Charles Frost was killed by the Indians July 4, 1697, at what is now Eliot, Maine, and a tablet marks the spot. He was a soldier at 16 and rose to the rank of Major, and commanded all the troops in the Province of Maine. His commission was dated Aug. 23, 1689, and was signed by President Thos. Danforth. (See "Old Eliot," Vol. 2, Page 137.) Major Chas. Frost was a Representative to the General Court, 1658-1663, 1672 1674 and 1678-1693; Town Clerk, 1669-1670; Selectman, 1667-1670; Councillor to Pres. Danforth 16801685, and a Justice of Peace at the same time. He was a Councillor from 1693, until his death in 1697. Williamson in his "History of Maine" said, "Charles Frost was one of the most eminent and public spirited men of his age within the Province of Maine. His death was deeply lamented as it occurred in the height of his usefulness and fame, and at a time when his services were greatly needed." Much about him can be found in the publications, "Old Eliot;" N. E. Historic-Genealogical Register," II., 249-262; X., 30; XII., 139 and 258; "Maine Wills;" Maine Hist. Soc. Children: