Chapter 23, Part IV 


July 24, 1677

Edward Cowle

Sam. Libby

John Starts


August 1st 1677

Henry Libby



John Gibson

Will: Burridg

Nath Willet

John Robin

John Starts

James Ogleby

Richard Barrett

Christopher Edgecomb

Robert Edgecomb

Saml Jordan

John Markany

John Churchill

Michael Edgecomb

Thos Cummings

Thos: Irons

Anthony Libby


John Courser

Lewis Price

Andrew Brown

John Brown

John Augur

John Lewis

Thos Rogers

John Bezoon


Edward Hounsel



Job Tooky

Joseph Hide

January 1677-8

David Middleton

Andrew Johnson

February 1677-8

William Milles

Henery Libby

March 1677-8

Thos: Bull

Saml Jordan

Richard Honywell

Nathaniell Willitt

John Browne

Stephen Wolfe

Ambross Bowden

Michael Edgecomb

John Tinney

Richd Honywell

Will Smith


In October, 1677, upon the petition of Capt. Scottow and others of his townsmen, all the arms and ammunition then in the fort at Blackpoint were granted them for their proper defence, the same or like amount to be returned upon the order of the Court, and the inhabitants, while engaged in the defence of the garrison, were freed from all country rates.

After the close of the war Capt. Scottow returned and engaged in the development of his estate, and in building up the interests of the settlement. In 1679 he was chosen an Associate for York County. In 1681 the inhabitants at Blackpoint accepted his offer to give the town a hundred acres of land "upon the Plains between Moors Brook and the South East end of the Great Pond," as a site for the building of a fortification for the defence of the town. The land about this fort was to be laid out in lots convenient for the most compact settlement of the people, all of whom were to build upon these and pay to Capt. Scottow one shilling yearly for ever as being their "demesne Lord." The people took hold with a will, and all working together soon erected a very large and strong fortification. Here the people lived, apparently in harmony, until 1686, when for some reason they declared their agreement with Capt. Scottow "null and void," but at the same time were ready enough to use the protection of his garrison in times of danger; and their opposition to him, on this as well as former occasions, is strange from our standpoint, and must probably remain unaccounted for, except for the reasons above noted, and perhaps arbitrary and eccentric manners, of which some intimations may be gathered from the petitions of his friends noted above, as well as from his writings. The people never forgot the old charge of his being the indirect cause of the death of the Nicholses in 1675; and in 1681 he was accused of the murder of one Nathan Bedford, who was shown at the inquest to have been drowned, and the charge was probably due to the hostility of his enemies. He still held his leading position at Blackpoint until the evacuation in May, 1690, when he retired to Boston where he probably spent the rest of his days. He died January 20th, 1698, aged 83 years. His gravestone was found, October, 1850, in the tower of "The Old South Church," by workmen making repairs upon the wall under the north dial, some fifty feet from the ground. How it came there is not, I believe, yet explained. Another stone, that of William Middleton, died 1699, was found at the same time and place. Mr. Sewall, in his Journal, Jan. 21st and 22d, 1697-8, writes:

"It seems Capt Scottow died last night. Thus the New England men drop away." Jan. 22; "Capt Joshua Scottow is buried in the old burying place: Bearers Major Genl Winthrop, Mr. Cook, Col. Hutchinson, Sewall, Sergeant, Walley: 'Extream Cold. No Minister at Capt. Scottow's Funeral nor wife nor daughter."

Capt. Scottow was the author of two very curious tracts, one in 1691, entitled, "Old Men's Tears for their own Declensions mixed with Fears of their and posterities further falling off from New England's Primitive Constitution. Published by some of Boston's Old Planters and some others." Another tract, published in 1694, has a title similar in character, but too long for insertion here except the first part, "A Narrative of the Planting of the Massachusetts Colony Anno 1628," etc. Besides these tracts there are many intimations of eccentricity in the character of Mr. Scottow. See "Memoir of Joshua Scottow," by Hon. Hamilton A. Hill, A.M. Also Sibley's "Harvard Graduates."

The accounts of Capt. Scottow for disbursements during the war were still unsettled in 1685, when the amount claimed was over two hundred pounds; the Court that year voted him a grant of five hundred acres of land in the "Province of Mayne in any free place;" and in 1686, some delay and trouble about this former grant having arisen, he was granted five hundred acres in addition in same place and under the same conditions.

Capt. Scottow left numerous descendants, by his daughters; in his will, probated March 3d, 1698, he mentions sixteen grandchildren. Thomas Scottow, only surviving son of the Captain, after graduating at Harvard in 1677, seems to have associated himself with his father; he was Recorder of York County in 1686, and signs as Deputy Register, after that until 1688. In his father's will he is bequeathed a double portion, which, if he dies without issue, shall go to his sister Elizabeth Savage. In Mr. Waters's "Genealogical Gleanings," Part I., page 210, is found Thomas Scottow's will, which declares him to be "of Boston, Chirurgeon, now bound forth to sea in the Ship Gerrard of London, Capt. William Dennis, commander, 14 November 1698," proved 4 September, 1699. Gives his sister, Elizabeth Savage, of New England, all his real and personal estate in New England. To his "loving friend Margaret Softley of the Parish of St. Paul, Shadwell, in the County of Middlesex, widow," all his goods and chattels and estate in the said ship, and all wages that may be due him for service on the said ship at the time of his death, in satisfaction of what he shall owe her, at his death. He appoints her executrix.

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