Maj William Phillips

Cowbit, South Holland District, Lincolnshire, England
Death Sep 1683 (aged 80–81)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 111173582 · View Source
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Major William Phillips, for whom Phillipstown was named, was a resident of Charlestown, but removed to Boston in 1646, where he was a vintner. Moving to Saco he became a large land proprietor and engaged extensively in lumbering operations. He owned mills upon the Saco, at Saco Falls, which were on what was then considered frontier, and were exposed to attacks of the Indians. Phillips fortified these, and in 1675 defended them with a courage and valor that gave him his well-earned title. His mills were burned and he removed to Boston soon after.

In Hubbard's "Indian Wars," a graphic description of the fight is given, in which Phillips received a wound in his heroic defence. He was an officer and magistrate in 1663 and was confirmed by royal commissioners in 1665. At one time a lieutenant, he was promoted to a major in 1675. He died in Boston in 1683.

Major Phillips had three wives: Mary, by whom he had one son and two daughters; Susanna, widow of Chris. Susanna Stanley, on 10 Sep 1650, by whom he also had one son and two daughters, probably; and Bridget, on 10 Mar 1657, widow of John Sanford, by whom he had three sons. His third wife survived him. At the time of the marriage to Phillips, Bridget had three sons and one daughter. One of Phillips's daughters, Elizabeth, married for her first husband Abiel Everill, and second in 1660, son of the famed John and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden, of the old Plymouth Colony

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