Men and Officers who served in King Philips War

Major Samuel Appleton and the Forces Under Him

Samuel Appleton, the father of Major Samuel Appleton, was descended from the ancient family of Appulton of Waldingfield, Suffolk, England. He was the son of Thomas, and was born at Little Waldingfield in 1586; married Judith Everand, by whom he had six children born in England. John born 1622; Samuel born 1624, Sarah born 1629; Mary; Judith and Martha. With his family he came to New England in 1635 and settled at Ipswich, where he was admitted freeman, May 25, 1636. He was chosen deputy to the General Court, May 17th, 1637, and was prominent in the affairs if his town thereafter, and died at Rowley in June, 1670. The eldest son John became an influential man in the colony. Was successively lieutenant, captain, and major, and deputy to the General Court for fifteen years between 1656 and 1678, and was honorably prominent in opposition to the Andros government. He married Priscilla Glover, by whom he had a large family, and died in 1699. Of the daughters above mentioned, Judith married Samuel Rogers, son of Rev. Nathaniel, of Ipswich. Martha married Richard Jacob, of Ipswich. Sarah married Rev. Samuel Phillips, of Rowley, 1651.

Major Samuel Appleton was born at Waldingfield and came with his father to Ipswich at the age of eleven years. His first wife was Hannah Paine, of Ipswich, by whom he had Hannah, Judith and Samuel. By his second wife, Mary Oliver (at marriage, Dec. 8, 1656, aged sixteen), he had John, Major Isaac, Oliver anf Joanna. He was chosen deputy to the General Court in 1668, under the title Lieut.; also in 1669 to 1671, in company with his brother Capt. John, and again by himself in 1673 and 1675.

In early September Captain Appleton was given command of a foot company totaling 100 men. He marched to Hadley, Mass. arriving around September 6th.On October 5, 1675 the Indians attacked Springfield destroying about 30 houses and other property including Major Pynchon's, the army commander, mills and several of his houses and barns. After the destruction of his property and not feeling that he could properly maintain command, Major Pynchon asked to resign his post. This request was granted and on October 12th and Captain Appleton assumed command of all the forces in the Connecticut River area. He held this command until he was ordered home with his men on November 24. When the troops mustered on Dedham Plain on December 9, 1675 for the start of the Naragansett campaign, Major Samuel Appleton was given command of the Massachusetts regiment while also commanding the First Foot Troop.

Soon after the battle of Narragansett Major Appleton retired from his protracted and arduous service from the field. On the 19th of October, 1676, the Court appointed him to command an expedition to Pascataqua; but he probably declined, as the order was rescinded on October 23rd. He was reelected deputy in 1676, and subsequently, except 1678, until 1681, when he was chosen Assistant, and remained in that office till the coming in of the Andros government in 1686. He was proscribed by Sir Edmund's officer, Randolph, as one of the "factious." He was arrested on the general complaint of being "evil disposed and seditious," October 19th 1687, and refusing to submit and give bonds for his good behavior, was committed to Boston jail, where he kept many months till his age and increasing infirmities forced a reluctant submission, and he was set at liberty, March 7, 1688. In a new charter of William and Mary, in 1691, he was made one of the Council. He died May 15, 1696.


Credited under Capt. Samuel Appleton

December 10, 1675
Thomas Davis John Ford Israel Thorn
Thomas Waite Francis Young, Corp Ezekiel Woodward
Samuel Rust Sylvester Hayes Stephen Gullifer
Thomas Hastings Roger Vicar Stephen Butler
Robert Sibly William Knowlton Thomas Brown
Thomas Ferman Isaac Ilsley Samuel Brabrook
Athur Neale John Boynton Israel Henerick
Robert Simson Samuel Very Philip Mattoone
Philemon Dean Gershom Browne Andrew Heding
Robert Downes Robert Pease Thomas Tenny
Thomas Hazen William Webb Solomon Watts
Nathaniel Masters Isaac Ellery Daniel Ringe, Corp
John Pengally, Corp Stephen Greenleaf Richard Hancock
John Whicher, Serg William Williams Joseph Blancher
George Stedman Thomas Sparke John Raymond
Samuel Foster Henry Cooke Samuel Hebard
John Davis Samuel Ierson Joseph Eaton
James Brearly Abial Sadler William Wainwright
Benjamin Webster John Warner Ephraim Cutter
Thomas Abbey John Dennis Josiah Bridg
Roger Markes Timothy Breed Thomas Chase
John Parker John Wheeler John Conant
Edmond Sheffield John Robins Anthony Williams
John Gamdig Elias Tatingham Eleazor Flagg
Samuel Pepar Seth Story Nathaniel Wood
John Newell Joseph Mansfield Benjamin Chadwell
John Pickering, Lt Richard Sutton, Corp John Riley
Michael DeReeke Jeremiah Swaine, Lt Benjamin Langdon
Richard Bryar William Stanly Joseph Richardson
Henry Bedwell John Tappin Caleb Richardson
Edward Ardway Thomas Parlor Daniel Hawes
Robert Dutch Samuel Ingolls Jonathan Copp
William Bateman Stephen Greenleaf

January 25, 1676
William Hawlins, Dr John Warner Ralph Powell
Jonathan Copp

March 24, 1676
Thomas Kylam Samuel Peirce Edward Ardway
John Thomas Samuel Foster John Harvey
Edmund Brown Samuel Tiler Lewis Zacharius
Philemon Dane William Hodgkin John Perkins
Thomas Palmer Joseph Bigsby Robert Downes
John Layton John Stickney Thomas Hazen
Simon Gawin Ephraim Cutter William Brown
Thomas Waite William Russell William Sawyer

April 24 1676
Francis Young Samuel Browne Gershom Browne
Solomon Watts Stephen Gullipher Manasseh Kempthorne
Thomas Abby

June 24, 1676
John Thorp Joseph Eaton John Mors, Commisary
John Dodge Edward Neland Edward Marston
Ambros Dawes Jonathan Emery Christopher Keniston
Thomas Dow Eleazor Flagg John Davis
George Stedman Thomas French James Butterick
Seth Story Eliah Tottingham John Pengilly
Henry Poore John Raymant Isaac Ashby
James Spike Samuel Poore John Cutler, Chirurigon
Robert Simson  Robert Leech John Lovell
Abiell Sadler Philip Mattoon Thomas Sparkes
Jacob Willer, Chirurgion Samuel Appleton, Major

July 24th 1676
Richard Godfrey Morgan Jones Joshuah Boynton
Nicholas Rawlins

August 24th 1676
Zacheus Newmarch Richard Way Benjamin Newman
Abraham Fitch Samuel Perkins Richard Prior
David Bennett John Lovitt Israel Blake
Abraham Drake Morris Hobbs Francis Gennings
John Sleeper Israel Clifford Micael Towsley
William Samborn Thomas Roby John Browne

The roll of Major Appleton's company in the Naragansett campaign. Jeremiah Swain of Reading was Lieutenant
Serg't Ezek Woodward Serg't John Whicher Serg't ffrancis Young
Serg't Daniel Ringe Corp John Pengille Corp James Brarly
Clarke Phillemon Dean Trump John Wheeler Trump Josiah Bridges
Steven Buttler Samuell Verry Steven Gullever
Daniel Hall Thomas Wayte Israel Henricks
Thomas Sparkes Abiell Sadler Gershom Browne
Thomas Tennie Thomas Hazon Robert Downes
Richard Briar Joseph Richardson Thomas Chase
William Williams Thomas Abbey John Rayment
Robert Leach Samuell Hebbart Anthonie Williams
William Waynright Samuell Foster Henry Cooke
Robert Simson Israel Thorne Samuell Ierson
John Newhalle Timothie Breed Samuel Pippin
Phillip Matoone Nath Wood Robert Sibbly
Will. Webb Joseph Eaton Roger Vicar
Arthur Neale Isaac Ellirie Ben Chadwell
John Davis Samuel Brabrooke Isaack Ilsley
Roger Markes Ben Leington John Reylie
Solomon Watts Eliezer Flagg John Warner
Thomas Firman Will Knowlton Nath Masters
Michaele Derrick Thomas Davis Calleb Richardson
John Boynton Seth Story Ben Webbster
Edward Ardaway Samuel Ruste Silvester Haz
Will. Russel Sam. Peirce Sam. Buttrick
Ephraim Cutter George Stedman Edmund Sheffield
Roger Joans 75

Those yt are wanting
John Ford Thomas Parlor John Davis
Robert Peas

The men yt now listed
Mosses Pengrie John Denison John Perkins
Abraham Knowlton Thomas ffossey Lewis Zachariah
John Lovwell Sam Pierce George Stimson
Thomas Dow Thomas ffrensh Sam. Hunt
John Thomas Abraham Fitts Richard Bedford
Thomas Killam Isaack Cummins Richard Partsmore
Samuel Perkins Peter Emmons Nath Emerson
Symond Adams Zacheus Newmarsh John Hobkins
John Sticknie Joseph Jewett Joshua Boyenton
John Leyton John Jackson Will Brown
Caleb Jackson Sam. Tyler Thomas Palmer
Joseph Bigsby Simond Gowin Daniell Somersby
Christopher Bartlet Edmond Browne Jonathan Emerie
Christopher Kenniston Christopher Cole John Straton
John Harvey George Maier Nicholaz Rollings
Thomas Roggers Cornelius Davis Jonathan Clarke
Will'm Sayward William Warrin John Shepard
John Guylie Morgain Joanes Richard Priar
Ben Newman Will Hodskin Sam Taylor
Amos Goddin Samuell Lovewell Steven Swet
Izrah Roff Sam. Poore Henry Poore
61 new men 75 old souldjers 136

A List of Major Saml Apleton Souldjers yt slayne & wounded The 19th Decemb '75 at the Indian fort at Narragansett

Samuell Taylor of Ipswich, Isaac Illery of Glocester, Daniel Rolfe on Newberry, Samuel Taylor of Rowley*- 4 men slayne

Lieft. Jerrimyah Swayne of Redding, Roger Markes of Andiver, Isaac Ilsley of Newberry, Wm Standley of Newberry, Dani. Somersby of Newberry, Jonathan Emery of Newberry, Jn Dennison of Ipswich, Jn Harvey of Newberry, George Timson of Ipswich, Tho: Dowe of Ipswich, Symon Gowen of Rowley, Benj. Webster of Salem, Ellja Thathan of Oborne, Tho: Abey of Wenham, Benj. Langdon of Boston, Solomon Watts of Roxbury, Jn Warner of Charlestowne, Samuell Boutericke of Cambridge- eighteen men wounded who are at Road Island except ye Left. & Roger Marks - January 6 '75

* In the list of killed appear two Samuel Taylors. In the credits is found Samuel Tiler. In a list of men impressed at Rowley, Nov. 29, 1675, I find Samuel Tiler. Among the wounded, Timson undoubtedly meant Stimpson, and Illja Thathan of Oborne was what the clerk made out of Ellijah Tattingham of Woburn.

Captain Joseph Gardiner and His Men

Joseph Gardiner was the son of Thomas and Margaret Gardner of Salem. He married before August, 1656, Anne Downing, daughter of Emnauel Downing and niece of the first Gov. Winthrop (Register, xxxviii. 199)

He was a man of energy and ability and held many positions of honor and importance in Salem. In May, 1672, he was appointed by the General Court of Massachusetts, lieutenant of the foot company under Capt. William Price of Salem (Mass. Colony Records, V, 517).

On May 12, 1675, the militia of Salem was divided into two companies by order of the Court, and by the same order the election of Joseph gardiner as captain of the First Company in Salem was confirmed. When the expedition against the Naragansetts was organized, Capt. Gardiner was appointed, November 3, 1675, to command a company raised at Salem and the adjoining towns, and mustered his men, ninety-five strong, at Dedham Plain, December 10th , and marched with his army towrds the rendezvous at Wickford. During the march several skirmishes took place, and Mr. Hubbard relates that some of Stone-wall-John's crew "met with some of Capt. Gardiner's men that were stragling about their own business contrary to order, and slew his Sergeant with one or two more." In "Capt. Oliver's Narrative" it is related that on this occasion the Indians "killed two Salem men within a mile of our quarters and wounded a third so that he his dead." The fall of Capt. Gardiner is thus related in Church's "Entertaing History":

"Mr. Church spying Capt. Gardiner of Salem amidst the Wigwams at the east end of the Fort, made towards him; but on a sudden while they were looking each other in the face, capt. Gardiner settled down, Mr. Church stepped to him, seeing the blood run down his cheek lifted his cap and calling him by name, he looked up in his face but spake not a word, being mortally Shot through the head."

After the death of Capt. Gardiner, the command of his company fell upon his lieutenant, William Hathorn, under whom the men served the remainder of the campaign, until disbanded about February 7th to 10th. It is thus that the men were credited sometimes under Gardiner, sometimes under Hathorn, occasionally both; the latter's name signed to the voucher on "debenter" which each soldier presented to the paymaster, doubtless confused the clerks and caused this appearance of double command.

His widow, then aged about thirty-four, married June 6, 1676, Gov. Simon Bradstreet, whose age was about seventy-three. She died April 19, 1713, aged 79. Leaving no children, Capt Gardiner's Naragansett claim fell to the oldest male heir of his eldest brother Thomas. This heir was Habkkuk Gardiner, son of the Captain's nephew Thomas, who in the list of claimants claims in the "right of his uncle, Capt. Joseph Gardiner."


Capt. Joseph Gardiner and his men

February 29th 1675 & 6
William Hathorne, Capt. Samuel Gray Peter Cary
Jeremiah Neall Peter Cole Joseph Price
Samuel Tarbox Sam. Beadle Benjamin Hooper
Rice Husband Marke Stacy William Hollis
John Clark Thomas Weymouth William Hutchins
Christopher Read William Bassett Samuel Graves
John Farrington William Driver Andrew Townsend
Jonathan Looke Charles Knight John Prince
Andrew Sargeant Edward Haradine John Trask
Joseph Houlton Isaac Welman William Pritchett
John Matson Benjamin Chadwell Stephen Greenleaf
Amos Gurdon Peter Emmons William Webb
Robert Sibly Andrew Ringe Benjamin Langdon
James Briarly Benjamin Webster Freegrace Norton
Israel Thorne Ezekiel Woodward John Wheeler
William Wainwright John Boutwell Jonathan Clark
William Williams Samuel Rust Benjamin Sweet, Lieut
Henry Dow Sylvester Hayes Thomas Tenney
Joseph Jewett John Boynton Peter Coomes
Jonathan Copp John Mann

March 24th 1675-6
John Vowden Lawrence Majore Thomas Flynt
Thomas Greene John Read Adam Gold
Zacheus Perkins William Pabody Joseph Gardiner, Capt.
James Fry Leonard Toser

April 24th 1676
Thomas Kenny John Stacy

June 24th 1676
Francis Jefford Samuel Phelpes John Presson
Joseph Abbott Samuel Pickworth Abraham Snitchell
Michael Towsley Thomas Kemball Thomas Blashfield
William Allen Edward Whittington John Parker
Phillip Butler James Wall John Ballard

July 24, 1676
William Hathorne, Capt. Amos Gourdin Damiel Johnson
Jeremiah Neal, Lieut

August 24th, 1676
Edward Counter Ebenezer Parker Thomas Russell
Joseph Jeffords Thoma Vely Eleazor Linsey
Thomas Bell

Sept. 23rd 1676
Mark Bachelor Robert Cocks Moses Morgaine

Credited under Capt Hathorne
Samuel Story Peter Ashamaway Jacob Knight
William Wainwright Samuel Moulton James Creeke
James Cox

Source- Soldiers in King Philps War, George Madison Bodge, pub. 1906, pages164-166

A list of ye names of Capt. Gardiner's Souldiers for this p'sent Expedition

Serjeant Jeremiah Neall Serjeant William bassett Ser Samuel bradell
Corp. Samuell Pikworth Charls Knight John boden
William holess Marck Stace Samuell Gray
Larance Magery John Polott Philip butteler
Benimen Lemon Rdward Counter Lenard Tossier
Willaim Hind Joseph Price Tho Flint
Pelter Prescote Issack Read Tho Buffingtog
John Stacey Henery Tich Tho. Greene
James Wall Joseph Holton jun Joseph Dees-wounded
Abraham Switchell Samuell ffrail-not apearing ffrances Jefford
Clem. Rumeall Adam Gold Samuel Tarbox

Petter Coll Henry Codner Auguster fferker
David Shapligh Petter Cary Edward severy
Robertt Cooks Ephraim Jones Lenerd Belinger
Philip Brock

Thomas Weymouth, Thomas Weymouth, Thomas Russell-These menwanting of their Comp'y

William Peabody Zacheus Curtis Zacheus Perkins
Robertt Andrews Isek burton

Nathan Stevens James Fry eben barker
John Parker Josaeph Abett John balard
John Lovejoy Edward Whittington Samuell Philips
John prston

John Prince Andrew Serjant Joseph Somes
Vinesont Davis Moses duday

Christopher Brown John Trask Thomas Blashfield
Lott Cunant Christopher Read William fferyman
Moses Morgine John Clark William Allen
William Bath Richard Hussband

Nicholas Hutchin John Linsey Robert driver
Daniell Huchin John Davis Samuell Graves
Andrew townsend Thomas baker Johnathan Looke
Iseck Welman Isaack Hart John Farington
Samul Rods Mark Bacheler Richard Hutten
Thomas Kemball Philip Welsh John Hunkens

Mass. Archives, vol.68, p.93

Source- Soldiers in King Philips War, George Madison Bodge, pub. 1906, pages 166-167

A Lyst of Capt. Joseph Gardiner Company yt wounded and Slayne of his Company, some ye 16 Decr & Other 19th dec 75

Joseph Rice of Salem, Samuel Pikeworth of Salem, Mke Batchiler of Wenham- wch. 3 were slayne….. abroad from ye garrison

Capt. Joseph Gardiner of Salem, Abr. Switchell of Marblehead, Joseph Soames of Cape Anne, Robert Andrews of Topsfield- 4 men Slayne more

Charles Knight of Salem, Nicholas Huchins of Salem, Thomas flint of Salem, Jn Harrington of Lynne, Robert Cocks of Marblehead, Eben Baker (Barker) of Andiver, Edwd Mardin of Cape Ann, Joseph Read of Beverly, John Abett of Andiver, Joseph Holeton of Salem- 10 men wounded

Mass. Archives, vol 68, p. 104

Source- Soldiers in King Philips War, George Madison Bodge, pub. 1906, page 167


Isaac John was the son of John of Roxbury. He was born in England and came to Massachusetts with his father's family, probably in the company with Gov. Winthrop. He was admitted freeman March 4, 1635.

He was of the Artillery Company in 1645, and was its captain in 1667. He was ensign of the "Rocksberry" military company previous to 1653, and on June 13th of that year was elected captain. He was representitive 1671.

He married Elizabeth Porter, of Roxbury, January 20, 1637, and had Elizabeth, born Dec. 24, 1637; John born Nov. 3, 1639, died 1661; Mary born Apr. 24, 1642; Isaac baptized Jan'y 7, 1644; Joseph baptized Nov. 9, 1645, died soon; Nathaniel born May 1, 1647. The daughter Elizabeth married Henry Bowen, who became lieutenant of his company and was in the Swamp Fight. The Bowens, with many other Roxbury people, removed sometime after 1686 to the township of New Roxbury, granted them by Massachusetts Colony, but afterwards found to be within the Connecticut bounds and was renamed Woodstock. The eldest son Isaac married Mary Harris and removed to Middletown, Conn. Isaac's son Joseph inherited his grandfather's Naragansett claim, being then of Woodstock. The captain's daughter Mary married in 1663, William Batholomew, and removed to Branford, Conn. The youngest son Nathaniel, married Mary Smith in 1667, and sometime after 1683 removed, probably to Marlborough. His widow died August 13, 1683

On July 6, 1675, Capt. Johnson was sent with a small escort to conduct 52 friendly Indians to the army at Mount Hope. On July 15, 1675, on news of the attack upon Mendon, he was sent out there to relieve the town and was ordered back on July 26th. Upon mustering at Dedham Plain for the Naragansett campaign, Capt. Johnson was placed in command of a company made up of men from Roxbury, Dorchester, Milton, Braintree, Weymouth, Hingham, and Hull, numbering 75 all told. At the battle of the Great Swamp fight Capt. Johnson was killed when leading his men against the barrier at the entrance to the fort. After his death and the mortal wound of Lt. Upham, the command of the company passed to Ensign Henry Bowen, later promoted to lieutenant. Some of the men below are credited with serving under Capt. Johnson and Captain Jacob, the latter is probably Captain John Jacob of Hingham who assumed command of the company.

Credited under Capt. Isaac Johnson
August 27 1675
Benjamin Wilson John Gates John Barnes
William Gemmison (Jamison) Thomas Hunt Experience Orris
Richard Cowell Isaac Johnson Capt. James Couch
David Landon John Rugles
Sept 3rd
Ephraim Child George Walden Nathaniel Toy
Sept. 14th
John Whaley Thomas Wadduck
Nov. 30th
John Ireson William Jacques
Jan'y 25th 1676
Nathaniel Beale
February 29
John Langsley William Hasey Samuel Lincolne
Joshua Lazell
March 24th 1676
Joseph Richards Allin Dugland Thomas Thaxter
John Burrell

Under Capt. Johnson and Capt. Jacob
March 24th 1676
Francis Gardnett Ephriam Lane James Read
William Mellowes John Whitmarsh John Read
James Humphreys John Lovell Isaac Cole
Issac Prince George Vicary John Bosworth
Christopher Wheaton Joseph Benson Isaac Morris
April 24, 1676
John Fenner William Davenport

Under Capt. Johnson, June 24th
John Scott Benjamin Bates Samuel Gardner
Joseph Goard Nathaniel Wilson Samuel Basse
Joseph Tucker Ebenezer Owen William Savall
Francis Nash Thomas Copelane Martin Sakins
Jonathan Pitcher James Atkins Isaac John Capt
William Lincolne John Watson John Langley
Hezekiah King Henry Bowen Lieut. Ebenezer Hill
July 24
John Plum Zachariah Gurney Charles Cahan
Onesiphorous Stanly John Spurr
August 24
Henry Bartlett Hopestill Humphries Thomas Grant
John Watson
Sept. 23rd
John Bull Thomas Davenport

The following list of Capt. Johnson's company, made at Dedham December 10th 1675, is preserved in Mass. Archives, vol. 67, p. 293
Henry Bowen John Watson Wm Lincolne
Abiel Lamb John Scot Onesiphorous Stanly
Isaack Morrice Wm Danforth Joseph Goad
Saml Gardiner Nath. Wilson John Hubbard
Tho: Baker- wanting Thom. Cheney John Corbin
John Newel
Heny Mare his man Hopestill Humphrey John Spurre
Ebenezer Hill Nicholas Weymouth John Plummer
Charles Cahan Tho. Grant Tho. Davenport
Robert Stanton- wanting Henry Withington George Minot
Isaac Ryall
John Fennow Obadiah Wheaton Joseph Tucker
Benj. Crane
Ebenezer Owen Sam. Basse Wm Sable
Tho. Holbrook Rich Thayer Martin Saunders
Francis Nash Increase Niles Henry Bartlet
Tho. Copeland James Atkins Jonathan Pitcher
Hezek. King Jonas Humphrey Joseph Richards
Allin Dugland John Whitmarsh Peeter Gurnay
Edward Kingman John Read James Read
John Lovet Will Mellis John Hollis
John Buril
Benj. Bates John Jacob John Langley
Edward Wilder Tho. Thaxter Ebenezer Lane
Sam. Lincolne Ephraim Lane Joahua Lazel
John Bull Wm Hearsey Francis Gardiner
Nath Beales Nath Nicholas Humphrey Johnson- wanting
Wm Woodcock
George Vicar John Bosworth Joseph Benson
Wm Chamberlain Christo. Wheaton Isaack Prince
Isaack Cole Henry Chamberlain 
75 appeared 8 appeared not

The following is a list of those soldiers yt slayne & wounded of Capt. Johnson's Compa December 1675

Capt. Isa: Johnson of Roxbury; Jonathan Pitcher, Bran, (Braintree); Tho: Davenport, Dr (Dorchester); Allin Dugland of Weymouth- 4 slain

Joso Watson of Roxbury; Wm Linckorn of Roxbury; John Spur of Dorchester, Benj. Crane of Milton; Jno Langley of Hingham; Jno faxton of Hingham; Isaack King of Weymouth; Left. Phineas Upham of Malden- wounded eight, and were taken to Road Island Jan. 6th 1675-6.

Source: Bodges History of King Philips War, pages 158-163


Capt. Nathaniel Davenport was born in Salem, Mass., and was the son of Richard Davenport and his wife Elizabeth Hathorn. Richard came to Salem with Endicott in 1628, from Weymouth in Dorsetshire, was admitted a freeman September 3, 1634, was an ensign in the local militia same year, and served in 1637 as a lieutenant in the Pequod expedition, where he was wounded. He was representitive in 1637 and joined the Artillery company in 1639. Removed to Boston in 1642 and was appointed Captain at the Castle, which post he filled for many years, and was there killed by lighting on July 15, 1665. His children were Nathaniel; Truecross, born in 1634-5; Experience, baptized August 27, 1637; John, baptized September 19, 1641 at Salem; Samuel, baptized June 28, 1656 at Boston; Sarah, September 30, 1649; Elizabeth, September 13, 1652; William, born May 11, 1656. The widow died June 28, 1678. Nathaniel married Elizabeth Thacher, daughter of Thomas.

In December 1675 Nathaniel Davenport was serving on the jury at the Court of Assistants when he was summoned to take command of the 5th Company in the Massachusetts Regiment for the Naragansett Campaign. This company was made up chiefly of men from Cambridge and Watertown. The company mustered at Dedham Plain and marched to Naragansett with the army. On December 19th , at the Great Fort fight, Capt. Mosely and Capt. Davenport led the way and were the first officers to enter the fort.

The death of Captain Davenport follows: "Before our men came up to take possession of the fort, the Indians had shot three Bullets through Capt. Davenport, whereupon he bled extreamly, and immediately called for his Lieutenant, Mr. Edward Ting, and committed the charge of the Company to him, and desired him to take care of his Gun, and deliver it according to Order and immediately died in his place….. And it is very probable the Indians might think Capt. Davenport was the General because he had a very good buff Suit on at the Time and therefore might shoot at him." Capt. Davenport left no children, and his nephew, Addington Davenport, inherited his Naragansett claim.

Lieutenant Ting (or Tyng) commanded the company during the rest of this campaign, and many credits are given under him as Captain. He was the son of Capt. Edward Tyng of Boston, and was born March 26, 1649. He removed to Falmouth in 1680, and soon after married Elizabeth, daughter of Thaddeus Clark and great-grandaughter of George Cleeves. He was in command of Fort Loyal 1680 and 1681; was counsellor and magistrate for Maine under President Danforth, and in 1686 was appointed by the King one of the council of his brother-in-law Joseph Dudley, and afterward under Andros, who made him lieutenant-colonel and placed him in command in the province of Sagadahoc in 1688 and 1689, and after the reduction of Nova Scotia was appointed governor of Annapolis, but on his way to that place his vessel was captured by the French, and he was taken to France where he died.

Credited under Capt Nathl Davenport & Capt. Ting
February 29 1676
Nathaniel Sanger Thomas Hall John Cutler
Caleb Simons William Pierce John Baldwin
Nathaniel Davenport Capt. Theodor Atkins Edward Ting Capt
Gershom Cutter (Cutler) Thomas [Nicho]is Stephen Farr
Samuel Lamson John Shelden Moses Whitny
Jonathan Smith Joseph Smith Daniel Warrin
Isaac Lerned Thomas Parker John Polly
William Roberts John Baker Joshua Bigalo
March 24 1676
Joseph Buss John Wheeler Nathaniel Healy
George Herington William Wade Thomas Rutter
John Haws Samuel Swan John Frury Lt
William Price
April 24th 1676
John White Timothy Rice James Smith
Jacob Ballard Maththew Gibbs
June 24th 1676
Joshuah Woods Daniel Woodward James Haughton
Abraham Temple Ambros Mackfassett Jonathan Remington
Peter Bateman Samuel Dymon John Taylor
John Wood Zachariah Snow Isaac Emsden (Almsden)
William Gleson Samuel How Thomas Brown
John Slater Jacob Amsden Jeremiah Toy
George Hayward Dennis Hedly
July 24th 1676
Joseph Wheeler John Baker John Parker
James Mathewes
August 24th 1676
John Priest Nathaniel Lunn Jonathan Lawrence

The following is preserved in the Mass. Archives, vol. 68, p. 104

The List of those yt slayne and wounded of Capt. Nathl Davenport

Capt. Nath: Davenport, Sargt. Theod Atkinson, George Howard Of Concord, Jn Hager of Watertown- 4 men slayne

Sam Swayn of Cambridge, Sam. Read of Cambridge, Samuel Stocker of Meadford, Nath Healy of Watertowne, Isaac Learned of Watertowne, Tho. Browne of Concord, Abra: Temple of Concord, David Batchelor of Redding, Caleb Symon of Ooburne, John Backer of Woborne, Zachary Snow of Wooborn- 11 men wounded

George Howard of Concord probably George Hayward; Samuel Swayn probably Samuel Swan.

The following lists of men impressed in several towns where Capt. Davenport's company was raised will serve to identify many of the names. Of course, many impressed were either excused for disability or escaped from the service in some other manner. The returns were dated from Nov. 25 t0 Dec. 3, 1675.

Mass. Archives, vol. 68, p. 100
From Cambridge
Corp. Jonathan Remington James Hubbart Edward Winship juni
Issack Emsden Nathaniel Patten William Glesson
John With Jacob Emsden Jonathan Laurenc
John Salter Samuel Swan  Daniel Woodward
Samuel Read Gershom Cutter
From Watertown
Daniell Warrin Sr John Bigulah Sr Nathaniell Hely
Joseph Tayntor Jr John Whettney Sr George Herrington
James Cutting William Hagar Jr John Parkhurst
Michaell Flegg Jacob Bullard Isaack Learned
Joseph Waight George Dill Jonathan Smith
Willyam Price Jr Nathaniel Sangar Moses Whettny
Enoch Sawtell John Bright John Hastings
John Bacon John Chadwick John Windam
Ben Douse Nath Barsham John Barnard
Ephraim Gearffield Joseph Smith
From Woburn
John Carter William Johnson John Convars
John Cutler William Pierce John Baker
Zachariah Snow John Polly John Preist
John Berbeane John Shilden Thomas Hale
John Bolen Caleb Simons Peter Bateman
Jeremiah Hood
From Sudbury
William Wade Samuell Bush John White Jun
Tho. Rutter Peter Hopes Jr James Smith
Dannis Hedley Matthew Gibbs Jr Daniel Herrington
From Cambridge Village
Samuell Hides Jr Peter Henchet Joshua Woods
Jonathan Bush
From Reading
Samuel Lamson David Bachelder James Carr
Samuel Daman Seabred Taylor Thomas Nichols
William Robards Nicholas Lunn
From Meadford
James Stokes Jeremiah Toy
From Concord
Joseph Busse Abraham Temple Samuel How
John Wood Joseph Wheeler Thomas Browne
John Wheeler Timothy Rice George Hayward
John Taylor Stephen Farre

Source: Bodges History of King Philips War, pages 168-173


James Oliver was the son of Thomas and Ann, who came from England, Bristol, Somersetshire, in the ship "William and Francis" March 8, 1632 with their family of six sons and two daughters. They settled in Boston, where Thomas died June 1, 1658. James was admitted freeman on October 12, 1640. He was a selectman in 1653 and inspector of the port of Boston. He was a member of the Artillery Company and chosen Ensign, 1651; Lieutenant 1653; Captain 1656 and again in 1666. He was a member of the First Military Company of Boston and elected Captain, probably, in 1673. On November 17, 1675 he was appointed to command the Boston company for the Naragansett campaign. He was one of the few officers who made it through the Swamp Fight uninjured.

In a petition to the Court, May 19, 1680 he ask to be relieved as captain of the Boston company due to age and "Lameness" and also aske to be granted " the Island wheron the Indian Wianenset lately dwelt lying neer Dunstable." In answer the Deputies passed a vote " he dweling with his kinsman Nathaniel Barns Doe for the Relife of ye petitioner, give grant unto sd Barns, his heires and Assignes forever, a small Island of upland Containing about twenty acres wch lyeth in the Merimak Tiver near to Mr. Jonathan Tings farme, wch Isalnd hath been Commonly Caled & knowne by y name of Tinker's Island."

James Oliver married between 1641 and 1655, Mary, widow of John Frend, and daughter of Thomas Dexter, who died before he did and left no issue to him; at his death in 1682, two of his nephews, John and Nathaniel Oliver, administered his estate, and his nephew, Daniel Oliver, inherited his Naragansett claim.

Ephraim Turner, lieutenant of Captain Oliver's company, was the son of Robert Turner, who came to Boston, September 4, 1633, in the ship Griffin, with Rev. John Cotton. Robert and his wife Penelope had their eldest son Ephraim who was born December 13, 1639. He was a freeman in 1666 and a member of the Artillery Company. From 1675 to 1680 he was an Ensign in Capt. Oliver's First Boston company. He married Sarah Philips, daughter of Major William, of Charlestown, Boston and Saco, and through her came into possession of large tracts of land in what is now Sanford, Alfred and Waterboro. His children, all born in Boston, were: Derlow born Dec. 3, 1663; Robert born June 17, 1665; Sarah born March 24, 1666-7; Abigail born June 8, 1669; Ephraim born Nov. 23, 1670; Elizabeth born August 19, 1672; Deliverance born August 1, 1673.

Credited under Capt. James Oliver
February 29 1676
Ezekiel Gilman Alexander Boyle Richard Cowell
Daniel East Thomas Hunt David Landon
James Couch John Cann Samuel Measy
Richard Read Jeffrey Jeffries Patrick Moroone
Thomas Warren William Baker Rowland Boulter
John Kendall Josiah Belcher Robert Emans
Alexander Mckenney Samuel Jenkins Thomas Hansett
John Casey John King James Lindall
Samuel Lane
March 24th 1676
Thomas Bingly Thomas Brown Thomas Burch
Richard Drue Joseph Knight Alexander Forbs
Henry Timberlake Richard Barnam John Harwood
Aaron Steevens Thomas Stanes
April 24, 1676
William Backaway James Harrington William Dinsdell
Gamaliel Rogers James Harris Henry Critchett
Roger Brown William Mandrill Mark Round
John Cooke
June 24, 1676
Daniel Clough John Verin Ephraim Turner Lt
Benjamin Pickering Henry Kerby Gilbert Foresight
James Knott Joseph Barber John Wilkens
July 24th 1676
William Kemball Roger Prosser
August 24, 1676
Richard House
Sept. 23rd 1676
Ralph Powell Archabald Forrest

The following is a list of men who were impressed from other Boston companies to fill Captain Oliver's company. The men are listed under the names of their captains.

A List of Souldiers undr Command of Capt. James Oliver
Capt. Ollivers 
Capt. James Olliver Lieut Turner Tho. Bingley
Sergt Bennitt Sergt Ingram Sergt. Timberleys
Sergt. Meares Charles Lidgett James Butler
James Coutch Mr. Symon Lynds Wm Midleton
Rich: Crispe Will: Douglis Natt: Ellkin
Rich: Burford James Lendall
Major Savidge
Willm Elliott Jn Brigs Jo: Knight
Samll Laine Patraick Moraine Gilbert fforesyth
Jn Kendall
Major Clark
Will: Blackwell Splande Decroe Tho: Burch
Henry Timberley Henry Kerbee Joseph Wakefield
Willm Kemble Willm Backua Rich: Travis
Peter Ingsbee Will: Drue Jn Allen
Capt. Hudson
Gamaliel Rodgers Tho: Brown Danll East
Roger Procer Jn ffielder James Thomas
David Landon Willm Dinsdell Jn Wilkens
Cpt. Richards
Ezekiel Gillman Jn Cann Danll Cluff
Eliezar Gilbert Hugh Prize Will: Madareell
Henry Critchitt Marke Rounds Jo Bevis
Willm Dolliver
Cpt. Hinchman
James Whippo samll Jenkins Tho: Staines
Jn Verin Robt Emins Ralph Powell
Capt. Clark
Rowland Bowlter Tho: Hunt Jefrey Jeffers
Aron Stevens James Harrington Houell Davis
Rich: Drue Rich: Cowell
Capt. Hull
James Harris Allexander Bogwell Wm Baker
Archibell fforest Josiah Bellcher Danll Harris
Henry Lizonby Jn Hudson Jn Case
Jn Cleares

A List of ye Slayne & wounded in Capt. Olliver's. 19th of December, 1675

Thomas Broune for Paul Bat of Boston, Alexander fforbes, Splende Decroe Servt to Dani,___, James Thomas, Hen: Hall for Mr. Ligett, lost ___--- 5 men Slayne

Sargt Peter Bennett, Sargt Timberley, James Lendall, Wm Kemble Servt to Jn Cleere, Ezekiel Gilman, Marke Rounds Servt to Hen: Kemble, Alexander Bogwell, John casey Servant to Tho: Gardiner, Muddy River- 7 men wounded and are at Roaf Iland

Mass. Archives, vol. 68, pp. 103-4

Source: Bodges History of King Philips War, pages173- 178


Capt. John Holbrooke was the son of Thomas, and the following list from the N. England Hist. And Gen. Register, Vol. Xxv, p. 14, serves to fix the date of the family's arrival at Weymouth, Mass.

Waymouth [England] ye 20th of March 1635[-6]

Bound for New England

[No] 66 Thomas Holbrooke of Broudway aged 34 yeare

67 Jane Holbrooke his wife aged 34 Yeare

68 John Holbrooke his sonne aged 11 yeare

69 Thomas Holbrooke his sonne 10 yeare

70 Anne Holbrooke his daught aged 5 yeare

71 Elizabeth Holbrooke his daughtr aged 1 yeare

All the data we have concerning Capt. John show the above age to have been some six years less than given upon his headstone, and to have been incompatible with many points in history. He married Elizabeth Stream, who died June 25th, 1688, aged 64 years; and second, widow Mary Loring, who survived him. His children were- John, married Abigail Pierce, daughter of Capt. Michael; a daughter, married Simon Whitmarsh; Abiezer; Hannah, married Ephraim Pierce, son of Capt. Michael; Grace, married Joseph Nash of Boston; Samuel; Lois and Eunice, twins; Eunice, married Benjamin Ludden; Experience, married Joseph Edson; Ichabod, married Sarah Turner.

Capt. Holbrooke was a very enterprising man of business, and his real estate operations were quite extensive for his day. He was also prominent in military affairs, was Lieutenant of the local company, and, August 8th, 1664, was chosen to go upon some service as Lieutenant in the company of Capt. Hudson, but his wife and family being sick at the time, Ensign John Thurston, was appointed in his stead. In the time of Philip's war he was in command of the local company, and in the spring of 1676 was appointed to command one of the companies raised and sent out to suppress the "Insolences" of the Indians and to "range the woods towards Hassanamesit". Capt. Holbrooke died November 23, 1699.

In a letter written from Concord on April 29, 1676:

These are to Certife ye Hond Major Generall Denison or whome it may Conserne Being ordered to take 82 men under my Command together with 28 horses & 14 men to tend them, viz. Being order by Major Clarke

39 men from Boston 4 horses 2 men

9 men from Roxbury 4 horses 2 men

9 men from Dorchester 4 horses 2 men

6 men from Dedham 4 horses 2 men

7 men from Brantry 4 horses 2 men

6 men from Weymouth 4 horses 2 men

6 men from Hingham 4 horses 2 men

Defects from Boston for non-appearance Jn Pemberton, Jn Porter & Richard Knight. From Dorchester non-appearance, Consider Atherton, Henry Wedarton [Withington], Ebezar Clape. From Waymouth, Zachary Gorney. From Hingham, Jn Feres & Arthur Sherman.

p. me John Holbrooke Capn

Credited under Capt. John Holbrooke

June 24th 1676
Daniel Adams Samuel Adams Denis Sihy

August 24th 1676
Samuel Davis Joseph Lyon Moses Knapp
Roger Prosser Paul Gilford Daniel Adams
Joseph Walters John Scott John Plum
John Harker John Randall Samuel Wales
James Sinkler Jeremiah Conah Benjamin Molton
Benjamin Bates James Atkins Samuel Blake
Thomas William Isaac How Samuel Spencer
John Whitney Caleb Rey John Ellenworth

Sept 23d 1676
Joseph Tucker Thomas Hoppen  James Hadlock
Thomas Bull John Craft Benjamin Merifield
Joshuah Child Richard Puffer John Parker
Benjamin Phillips William Deane Daniel Harris
William Field Thomas Betell John Holbrooke, Capt.


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