Simon Wainwright (1660 - 1708) MP

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Birthplace: Ipswich, Mass
Death: Died in Haverhill, Mass
Cause of death: Killed by Indians
Occupation: Assessor, farmer
Managed by: James WEBSTER
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About Simon Wainwright

Simon Wainwright (Francis), son of Francis Wainright & Phillipa Sewall, was killed in Haverhill 29 Aug., 1708.

Capt. Simon Wainwright was a high-minded and influential citizen. He conducted an expedition against Port Royal in 1689; was one of three first assessors in Haverhill in 1694. He was supposed to be very rich; it was said he buried much of his money on his farm and part of the ground has been dug over by treasure hunters to find it unavailingly. In 1684 he was permitted to sell "liquors out of doors." He had a valuable apple orchard and boys are reported to have cut down some of his apple trees. In 1688 he made twenty barrels of cider from his orchard which were taken from him by Andros' excise officers. In 1690 he had a "valuable horse stabbed by Sam Swan" who was sent to jail. His house was one of the block "houses of refuge" fortified in 1680 against the Indian raids, and in front of [ref 81:27] his own house he was murdered in the memorable attack of 1708 in which 18 were slain and 30 or 40 made prisoners.

When the Indians attacked the house, Mrs. Wainwright (Mary3 Williams) fearlessly unbarred the door and let them in. She spoke kindly, waited on them and promised to procure them whatever they desired. They demanded money and upon her retiring "to bring it," as she said, she fled with all her children except one daughter, Mary, who was taken captive. He m. (1) 6 Oct., 1681, Mrs. Sarah Gilbert; m. (2) 2 Oct., 1688, Mrs. Ann Pierce. [ref 81:28]


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Simon Wainwright's Timeline

November 20, 1660
Ipswich, Mass
October 2, 1688
Age 27
Haverhill, Mass
October 30, 1690
Age 29
Haverhill, Mass
August 7, 1700
Age 39
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts
August 29, 1708
Age 47
Haverhill, Mass