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Williams, Stephen 1693-1782 Clergyman; born in Deerfield, Mass., May 14, 1693; was carried captive by the Indians to Canada with his family in 1704; redeemed by the French governor and sent to Boston in 1705. He wrote a narrative of his experiences in captivity; graduated at Harvard College in 1713; taught in Hadley in 1713-14; was ordained in the Congregational Church and took a charge in Longmeadow, Mass., in 1716; visited the Housatonic Indians, in Stockbridge, Mass., and established a mission among them in 1734; and was chaplain of a regiment in the expedition against Louisburg in 1745 and in the campaign of 1756. He died in Longmeadow, Mass., June 10, 1782.