Migrated to America and settled in New Hampshire in 1747 from the highlands of Scotland with his mother and brother.
Father was killed at the Battle of Culloden in 1745 fighting for the clans.
A bad leg wound at the St Francis raid became infected after a few days on Rogers return to Fort 4. Janette, one
of the women Indian prisoners, was said to have stopped the infection by applying medicine from plants she
acquired on the journey back to the fort.
The French claim it was a Scottish Ranger who warned them of the imminent attack. On scout for the Rangers,
Dave found the Indian camp to be comprised mostly of women and children. Not wishing any harm to come upon them,
he warned the tribe of the attack. The women and children fled northward to safety just before the Rangers came upon
Janette knew of his kindness for her people, and repaid it by saving his leg. Dave's leg healed miraculously,
and eventually returned to 100%.
He fell deeply in love with a young women named Emily shortly after the return, who lived alone with her father just
outside Fort 4. Being a widow, and a bit of a scalawag, her father would not approve Emily's hand in marriage,
wishing instead for her to continue to work on the farm. He finally agreed to sell her for 100 shillings.
After two years of saving, Dave approached the father with the money only to be rebuffed,
"Any man who would pay 100 shillings, would certainly pay 150 shillings." Lord Thomas, a fellow ranger who survived
the St Francis raid, came to Dave's rescue and gave him the necessary 150 shillings and then some to buy some land
and build a house.
Dave was mustered out of Rogers Rangers in December 1759. He and Emily were married December 24 in the year 1761.
He and Emily lived just outside the confines of the fort. He built rafts for
settlers traveling up and down the Ct. River, and canoes for fishing. Emily was clubbed to death by a drunken Iroquois indian in
1764. Broken hearted, he joined the first New Hampshire Volunteers under former ranger John Stark in 1775.
Was said to have pushed forward in a "reckless" manner at the battle of Saratoga with Benedict Arnold. Strangely
disappeared shortly after the battle of Saratoga and was never seen from again.