SOLDIERS
 IN
 KING PHILIP'S WAR

Chapter 19, Part II 

The main part of the troops in this campaign was dismissed early in July, but about the first of September we find Capt. Sill again in command of a company and marching to the eastward to protect the frontier settlements now threatened by the many hostile Indians who had taken refuge with the tribes in those parts. At Dover, on September 6th, his company, together with that of Capt. Hathorne, found four hundred Indians who were gathered at Dover at Major Waldron's, with whom the neighboring tribes had made peace. The Captains Hathorne and Sill were commissioned to seize and kill all Indians who had been concerned in the war, and there were many of these mixed in with the peaceful tribes and had come hither under their protection and pledge. The Captains urged their commission, and Major Waldron urged his duty and pledge of hospitality; but finding them determined he compromised the matter by planning a stratagem by which some two hundred of the hostile Indians were made prisoners, while Wannalancet and his Pennacooks, Ossipees and Pequakets were allowed to depart unharmed. The account of this transaction will properly fall under the chapter concerning Major Waldron.

Two days after this affair these companies, together with some of Major Waldron's and Capt. Frost's men, marched on to the eastward as far probably as Falmouth, but, finding no enemy and all the settlements deserted or destroyed, they returned to Piscataqua, and were in these parts on October 3d, as mentioned in a letter of Gen. Denison to the Council. Capts. Sill, Hunting and Frost are said to be there under command of Capt. Hathorne. It was there, about this time, that some insubordination or other objectionable conduct occurred, which occasioned the following action of the Court on October 17th, 1676:

Whereas Capt. Joseph Scyll hath therefore binn imployed in the countrys service, as commander of a company, & that information is given that of late he hath carried himself offencively in that place, this Court doth therfore order, that the said Scyll be forthwith dischardged from that imploy, & some other meet person appointed in his room. (Colony Records, vol. vi. p. 126.)

I find no explanation of this in any other place, and no subsequent action by the Court concerning Capt. Sill, save that indicated in the answer to the petition below, which appears also in Colony Records, vol. v. p. 506. Mr. Hubbard's account indicates that Capt. Sill still held his command, and went with Capt. Hathorne on the march in November, 1676, to Ossipee and Pequaket. Sometime before November 7, 1681, Capt. Sill removed to Lyme, Conn., where he was living at that date. He died at Lyme, August 6, 1696. His son Thomas was a shipmaster, lived in Boston in 1699, and was probably the Capt. Sill who died there in May, 1709.

Credited under Capt. Joseph Syll

November 30th, 1675

Benjamin Dowse

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14

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Joshua Begalow

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14

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John Bond

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14

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James Kellon

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14

06

Samuel Cutler

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14

06

George Dell

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14

06

Jonathan Smith

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14

06

Isaac Larned

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14

02

Paul Wilson

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14

06

Nathaniel Hely

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14

06

John Chadwick

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14

06

Gershom Swan

03

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Nathl Sanger

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14

06

Samuel Peirce

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16

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Samuel Butterick

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16

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Roger Jones

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16

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Joseph Syll

03

06

09

December 20th, 1675

Daniel Warrin

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10

04

Joseph Waite

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14

06

William Sheaf

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03

08

Nathaniel Frothingham

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17

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William Bodman

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14

06

Peter Frothingham

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14

06

Amos Marrett

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14

06

Zachariah Brigden

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14

06

Samuel Cooke

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14

06

William Brown

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14

06

John Bicknell

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14

06

Thomas Moussell

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04

03

Timothy Cutler

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02

06

James Smith

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02

06

Elnathan Beeres

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14

06

Nathaniel Bersham

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14

06

John Oyne

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14

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Thomas Hamond

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14

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John Barnard

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14

06

William Richardson

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17

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Thomas Rand

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14

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Joseph Dana

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14

06

Thomas White

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04

09

January 25th, 1675-6

Andrew Stimson

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14

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Samuel Gibson

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17

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William Barret, Lt.

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03

08

John Craig

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16

02

John Hastings

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17

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Jason Russell

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14

06

John Squire

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14

06

Samuel Buck

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14

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Samuel Robins

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14

06

Abraham Spencer

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19

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Solomon Prentis

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09

06

John Simpull

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14

06

John Melven

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14

06

John Crumwell

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14

06

John Bradshaw

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05

08

James Holland

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09

04

Benjamin Rice

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12

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William Crouch

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19

04

Thomas Foster

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04

05

Josuah Eaton

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14

06

February 29th, 1675-6

Joseph Syll, Capt.

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10

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Thomas Hovey

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Benjamin Russell

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10

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Robert Burdall

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10

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John Foskett

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18

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Obadiah Searl

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10

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March 24th, 1675-6

Zachariah Sawtell

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05

04

John Barrett

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10

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