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William Hilton, III

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Northwich, Cheshire, England
Death: Died in York, Maine, United States
Place of Burial: Charlestown, MA
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. Roger Hilton and Ellen Hilton
Husband of Ann Hilton; Mary Hilton and Frances Hilton
Father of Anne Woodhouse; Alice Walton; Poss. John Hilton; Elizabeth Hilton; William (The Elder) Hilton and 9 others
Brother of William Hilton; Arthur Hilton; Amy Hilton; Edward Hilton; Rebecca Roberts and 1 other

Occupation: The Pilgrim, Founded Dover, N.H., Emmigrated to Plymouth aboard "The Fortune" arr: 11 Nov 1621
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About William Hilton, III

Of the early life of William before he emigrated to New England, but little is known. He was in London at the date of his father's will and may be identical with a William Hilton, a vintner's assistance in Greenwich in 1613, in view of his engaging i the occuaption of taverner in the latter years of his life in Maine and New Hampshire. About 1615 he had returned to Northwich, probably married there (wife's name unknown). Two children were baptized there, the last in 1619; and a further presumption is that he again went to London where in association with his brother Edward, living in the parish of St. Botolph's Billingsgate near London Bridge, he was undoubtedly cognizant of the sailing of the Mayflower and familiar with all the tales of adventure in the New World. He decided to cast his lot with the Pilgrims and when the Plymouth Adventurers made up a passenger list for sailing in the Fortune in the summer of 1621 he decided to go in that party. After arrival he wrote to an unnamed 'loving cousin' in which he asked 'your friendly care to send my wife and children to me' Following his removal from Plymouth to Dover, N.H. about 1624, he remained there for about twenty years, during which time he was Deputy to the General Court and a Commissioner. He removed later to Kittery, residing at the Great Cove on Piscataqua River. He was licensed on June 27, 1648 to keep an ordinary there and also to operate a ferry at that point. It is probable that he married a second wife, Frances (surname unknown), and continued to reside there for the next two years preceding his removal to this town in 1650. There is no record of his purchase of land here or a grant to him from the town, but his home was situated on the opposite shore from Stage Neck and in December 1652, he was appointed to keep the ferry at that place, as stated elsewhere. He was Selectman 1652, 1653, 1654 and Grand Juror 1654, and died the following year or the year after. He must have been a man of education and ability as he was a correspondent of Governor Withrop and is gnerally called 'Mr.' in the records. When a member of the General Court of Massachusetts in 1644, as representative from Dover, he was appointed one of a committee to examine the new law book prepared by Bellingham and advise on same before printing.

He had the following children by his first wife:

1. William, bapt, June 22, 1617 at Northwich; m. (1) Sarah Greenleaf about 1640; (2) Mehitable Nowell about 1661. Had issue ten children by both wives.

2. Mary, bapt. May 11, 1619 at Northwich; m. James Wiggins.

3. John, b. (1621); living in Dover 1648

4. Magdalen, b. (1624)

5. Mainwaring, b. (1627); mariner; m. Mary Moulton

(Probably by second wife)

6. William, b. (1642); so named during the life of his elder brother William (Deeds iii, 125)

7. Anne (Agnes), b. (1644); m. Arthur Beal

His widow, Frances, married (2) Richard White of York (q.v.) The genealogy of this family will appear in Volume III. -------------------- Fishmonger and freeman, emigrated to North America in the ship Fortune in 1621, wrote a letter of impressions, settled at Plymouth. Moved to Dover, New Hampshire. -------------------- William Hilton, was the son of Roger Hilton of North Biddick Hall in the "Original" Washington, in North East England and was the Founding Father of New Hampshire in America.

He sailed on the ship "Fortune" in 1621 to rescue the Pilgrims at Plymouth, in New England, America, who had arrived on the "Mayflower" a year earlier. He decided to stay and in 1623 his wife and two children joined him. They moved to Hilton Point, on the Piscataqua river, now named Dover, where they built the first house in what is today the U.S. State of New Hampshire

His father was Roger Hilton, 4th son of William Hilton and his wife Margaret. His brother, Sir William Hilton, Knight, was heir to Hylton Castle at Monkwearmouth, now in the City of Sunderland, England, and estates in Northumberland and Yorkshire and died in 1600 A.D. His son and heir, Thomas Hilton, Esquire, had married Anne, daughter of Sir George Bowes, of Streathlam Castle near Bowes but died within his father's lifetime in 1597 A.D. Hylton Castle and the Hylton estates passed to his son Henry Hilton, then 13 years of age who became a ward of Queen Elizabeth I and was taken by the Bishop of Carlisle to be educated in London and the Bowes family took over control of the estates, until Henry Hilton came of age to inherit them.

The Hilton family had long been a sea faring family, many of them earning a living from north sea fishing or in the saltmaking industry that thrived on this part of England's coastline in Elizabethan times. Saltmaking was then a monopoly controlled by a man called Casper Seeler, and over 400 people were employed making salt by evaporating seawater in salt panns using the easily accessible coal in the region. Cod was caught out in the North Sea, landed along the Northumberland coast and at both South Shields on the River Tyne and at Sunderland on the River Wear, where the fish was salted, then shipped for sale at the salted fish market at Billingsgate in London where Edward Hilton, William's cousin, was a fish merchant and a member of the Fishmonger's Guild of London. There was also a thriving coal industry in this region where "coals from Newcastle" were shipped to London to heat the homes in the rapidly expanding capital city.

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The Hiltons of Hylton Castle had been Barons of the Palatinate of Durham, virtually a kingdom within a kingdom, ruled by the "fighting" Prince Bishops of Durham. They were of ancient lineage first recorded in the area as early as 924 A.D. and are thought to be of Viking origin as many families of North East England are. Hylton,Helton (Norman-French spelling) and Hilton descendents can be traced from family pedigrees published in Surtees' History and Antiquities of Durham and in The History of Darlington by William Hylton Dyer Longstaffe, a distinguished Durham antiquary. Many of the Hilton family held important positions throughout the County of Durham, and many descendents of the Westmoreland branch of the family had settled along the banks of the River Tees, the southern boundary of the Palatinate of Durham. For centuries, their loyalty was to the Prince Bishops of Durham and through him to King or Queen of England. -------------------- William Hilton was born circa 1589/90 in North Biddick Hall, Biddick, Durham, England.1 He was the son of Captain Roger Hilton and Ellen Mainwarring. William Hilton married Mary before 1616 in London, England.2 William Hilton married Frances circa 1636 in Dover, Strafford County, New Hampshire.3

William Hilton died between 30 June 1655 and 30 June 1656 in York, York County, Maine; he was 65 years old. Administration of the estate of William Hilton was granted 30 June 1656 to Richard White, "the said Whitte having married his widow," Frances. White posted a £100 bond as administrator.4 --------------------

THE

HILTON

FAMILY.

WILLIAM1 HILTON came from London to Plymouth, in New England, in the "Fortune," Nov. 11, 1621.* The "

Fortune " sailed for England, on her f^"'

return, within a month thereafter, and the / ^^ *

following letter which he sent by her to /

his cousin in England, was first printed 1655-

in Capt. John Smith's " New Englands Trials," edition of 1622.

Louing cousin, at our ariuall at New Flimmoth in New England,

we found all our friends and planters in good heahh,

though they were left sicke and weake with very small meanes,

the Indians round about vs peaceable and friendly, the country

very pleasant and temperate, yeelding naturally of it self great

store of fruites, as vines of diuers sorts in great abundance;

there is likewise walnuts, chesnuts, small nuts and plums, with

much varietie of flowers, rootes, and herbs, no lesse pleasant

then wholsome and profitable : no place hath more goose-berries

and straw-berries, nor better, Timber of all sorts you haue in

England, doth couer the Land, that affbords beasts of diuers

sorts, and great flocks of Turkies, Quailes Pigeons and Patri

ges : many great lakes abounding with fah, fowle, Seuers and

Otters. The sea affbords vs as great plenty of all excellent sorts

of sea-fish, as the riuers and lies doth varietie of wilde fowle

of most vsefull sorts. Mines we find to our thinking, but neither

the goodnesse nor qualitie we know. Setter grain cannot be

then the Indian corne, if we will plant it vpon as good ground

as a man need desire. We are all free-holders, the rent day doth

not trouble vs, and all those good blessings we haue, of which and

what we list in their seasons for taking. Our companie are for

most part very religious honest people ; the word of God sincere

ly taught vs euery Sabbath : so that 1 know not any thing a con

tented mind can here want, I desire your friendly care to send

T/i,y wife and children to me, where I wish all the friends I haue

in England, and so I rest

Your louing kinsman William Hilton.

His wife and two children followed in the " Anne," July or August,

1623. In the allotments of land in 1623, there was granted

to him one acre lying " to the sea, eastward," and to his wife and

two children three acres butting "against the swampe & reed- »

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ponde."* He waa of Plymouth in 1624, for the friends of John

Lyford, who came over in the beginning of that year, and who was

driven from th« colony soon after with some of liis adherents, affirmed "

that the first occasion of the quarrel with them was the baptizing

of Mr. Hilton's child, who was not joined to the church at Plymouth, "

f As his name does not appear among those present at the

division of cattle in 1627,$ he must have removed from Plymouth

before that date. His son William, who came to Plymouth in the "

Anne " in July or August 1623, states that " in a little tyme following "

his arrival, they settled themselves on the Piscataqua River

with Mr. Edward Hilton and that they were the first English planters

there. §

He was one of the witnesses, July 7, 1631, to the livery of seizin

to his brother Edward Hilton || of the lands embraced in the Squams-

cott, or Hilton's Patent,H which bears date March 12, 1629 [i.e. 1629-30] . The following letter to the Worshipful Mr. John Win- throp, the younger, at Agawam, is printed with the Winthrop papers in the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society.** Pascatque Ser Aprill 18th 1633

There ariued a ffishing shipe at Pascataque about the 15th of this p'sant moneth where in is one Richard ffoxwell whoe hath fformerly liued in this cuntery he bringeth nuse y' there were tow shipes making ready at Barsta- ple whoe are to bring passingers & catell ffor to plant in the bay he hath leters ffor mr wearom & diners others at dorchester wch hee intends to bring hi to the bay so soone as posible he can like wise he heard ffrom mr Aler- ton whoe was making ready at Bristole ffor to come ffor this cuntery other nuse he bringeth not that I can heare of onely mr Borowes purposeth to come ffor this cuntery ffrom london & soe desighring you to convey thes leters in to the bay wl* what conveniency you can desighring the lord to blesse you in your lawffull designes I humbly rest Your wor ashured to com WILLIAM HILTON. Ser I purpose eare long be if ye lord will to see you. The masters name of the shipe is John Corbin of Plimouth. To the wor mr John Wiathrope the younger at aguawam give these. The following letter, although it bears no date, was probably written in the same year, 1633

He waa made freeman, May 19, 1642, and had a grant of twenty

acres of land in Dover in that year.* At a General Court held at

Boston, Sept. 27, 1642, "

It is ordered, that the associats of Pascataque shall have power to try

any cause under 201, though no other bee sent to them. Willi: Hilton,

Willi: Wald'n, Edwa: Colcote have authority to end differences under 20sh8.

Mr Francis Williams is ioyned an associate at Pascataq."t

He was deputy from Dover to the General Court at Boston, 1644.

He conveyed to Francis Matthews, of Oyster River, 88 acres of land

in Oyster River, granted him by the town of Dover, and two parcels

of marsh land adjoining.! In this deed he styles himself of

Dover.

About this time he removed to Kittery Point, as Frances White,

wife of Richard White, in a deposition§ taken Feb. 27, 1687-8,

says " that about forty sixe years past shee leived in a house at Kittery

poynt that stood then between the house that was mr : Morgans

& the house that Mr : Greenland afterward leived in- which house

above sayd the depo* husband William Hilton did hyer of Maior

Nicholus shapligh." She must have been a second wife of William

Hilton, as she was " adged seauenty years or thereabouts " at the

time when this deposition was taken, and could not therefore have

been the wife who, with two children, came in the "Anne" to Plymouth

in 1623. At a court held at Gorgeana, June 27, 1648, " It

is ordered this Court that mr. William Hilton being lisensed for to

keep the ordnary at the mouth of the River of Pascataqua, and that

none other shall keep any private ordnary ther, nor to sell Wine

beare nor Licker upon any p'tence what so ever under ii gallons by

retaile : "|| "It is Ordered this Court that hee that keeps the ordnary

is for to keepe a ferry and to have to the great IlandlT for one

vi d if more iii d a peese to Strawbury banck for one xii d if more viii d p man to Dover or Kitterry xviii d for one if more xii d a man."** At a court held at Gorgeana Oct. 16, 1649, " It is Ordered this court: That ther shall be ahieway cut from the head of Rogers Cove, unto the head of Bray bote harber & so to the little marsh ner Unto Cap' Champauownes howse & so to mr William Hiltons the In habitance of Gorgeaua : to cut: Unto a Cove neare Unto Jon Andrews : and the Inhabitance of Pascataquacke to cut from Wm Hiltons to acknowledge that hee had assigned to Edward Colcord a Bill for pipe staves which Nathaniel! Boulter did ow to ye sd willm Hilton wch was about five hundred according to my best remembrance. Deposed the first of the 5 mo : 1059." * Dover Town Records, Lib. i. t Records of Mass., ii. p. 31. Also recorded Dover Town Records, Lib. i. fol. 20. t This deed was recorded with Rockinprham Deeds, Lib. i. fol. 95, 29th 1 mo. 1653. Its date seems to be 7 July, 1644, altered to 1641, or blotted so as to look like 1641. The same deed is also found in Dover Town Records, where its date is 7 July, 1645. 6 York Court Files. I Page 20, in unbound or stitched MS. in office of Clerk of Courts, York Co., Me. I1 This seems to be the only authority for Mr. Savage's assertion that he had " control of Great Island." ** Page 21, in unbound

or stitched MS. in

office of Clerk

of Cour

ts, Y

ork

Co.. Me.

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that cove, by so many of each towne as they shall thincke fltt; and this to

be done by the 30th Octor (49."*

John Treworthie in a deposition! taken Oct. 25, 1050, testifies "

that the cellar wch is at Pascataway now standing neere the house

wch -yym Hilton now lives in, did not any way belong to the land

wch was bought by me for my Grandffather mr Alexander Shap-

leigh." At a court held at Gorgeana, Oct. 15, 1650, "

ffor as much as the house at the Rivers mouth wher mr Shapleighs

ffather first built and mr William Hilton now dwelleth : In regard it was

first house ther bylt, and mr Shapleigh Intendeth to build and Inlarge it:

and for furder considerations, it is thought fit it should from time to time, be

for a house of Eutertayment or Ordnary wth this p'viso that the Tenant

bee such a one as the Inhabitants shall approve ui'.".i.

June 7, 1651, Mr. Nicholas Shapleigh, of Kittery, leased to Mr.

Hugh Gunison, for the term of twenty-one years from that date, "

All his Edifices Land & accomodations and Priveledges : Att

the poynt wher mr William Hilton now Dwelleth contayning ffive

Hundred ackers. "§

He thereupon removed to York, and when the Massachusetts

Commissioners arrived there to receive the submission of the inhabitants,

Nov. 22, 1652, he was one of the fifty persons who acknowledged

themselves subject to the Government of the Massachusetts

Bay, and took the oath of freeman. At a town meeting held at

York about the 8th of December, 1652, "

It is ordered that mr William Hilton is to have the use of the ferry for

the Term of one & twenty years. Lying betwixt the house where he now

liveth, and The Town of York : and he is duly to attend the sd Ferry with

Cannoos sufficient for the safe transportation both of Strangers & Townsmen

if occasion requireth. If time & tydes be Seasonable, he is to pass

persons over to & from the Stage Island : If not he is & must provide

a Canoo to Lye ready at the point of Land on his own Side the River, upon

all Such occasions to transport people without danger. In Consideration

whereof the sd William Hilton is to have allowed him two pence a peice

for Every strangers, & four pence apeace for Every beast, or horse which

he swimmeth over, or that are Swom by any Strangers themselves, he or

his servants being ready to attend, & one penny a time for Every Townsman

he f etcheth or carrioth over : unless the sd Inhabitant go over In his

own Cannoo, which Liberty remaines to Every Townsman, being made use of

to Exempt him or them from the payment of any ferriage." ||

He was one of the Selectmen of York in 1652, 1653 and 1654,

and had grants of land from the town, one July 4, 1653, and

another June 4, 1654, of twenty acres "next adjoining unto mr ' *

Page 6. in unbound or stitched MS. in office of Clerk of Court*, York Co., Me.

t Suffolk Deeds, Lib. i. fol. 128.

i Page 16, in unbound or stitched MS. in office of Clerk of Courts, York Co., Me.

J Loose sheet in unbound or stitched MS. in office of Clerk of Courts, York Co., Me.

Recorded also with York Deeds, Lib. i. fol. 18,

U York Town Records, i. p. 17.

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Edward Godfreys house."* He died 1655 or 1656, and letters of

administration on his estate were granted June 30, 1656, to Richard

White, who had married Frances, his widow.

William Hilton, was the son of Roger Hilton of North Biddick Hall in the "Original" Washington, in North East England and was the Founding Father of New Hampshire in America.

He sailed on the ship "Fortune" in 1621 to rescue the Pilgrims at Plymouth, in New England, America, who had arrived on the "Mayflower" a year earlier. He decided to stay and in 1623 his wife and two children joined him. They moved to Hilton Point, on the Piscataqua river, now named Dover, where they built the first house in what is today the U.S. State of New Hampshire

His father was Roger Hilton, 4th son of William Hilton and his wife Margaret His brother, Sir William Hilton, Knight, was heir to Hylton Castle at Monkwearmouth, now in the City of Sunderland, England, and estates in Northumberland and Yorkshire and died in 1600 A.D. His son and heir, Thomas Hilton, Esquire, had married Anne, daughter of Sir George Bowes, of Streathlam Castle near Bowes but died within his father's lifetime in 1597 A.D. Hylton Castle and the Hylton estates passed to his son Henry Hilton, then 13 years of age who became a ward of Queen Elizabeth I and was taken by the Bishop of Carlisle to be educated in London and the Bowes family took over control of the estates, until Henry Hilton came of age to inherit them.

The Hilton family had long been a sea faring family, many of them earning a living from north sea fishing or in the saltmaking industry that thrived on this part of England's coastline in Elizabethan times. Saltmaking was then a monopoly controlled by a man called Casper Seeler, and over 400 people were employed making salt by evaporating seawater in salt panns using the easily accessible coal in the region. Cod was caught out in the North Sea, landed along the Northumberland coast and at both South Shields on the River Tyne and at Sunderland on the River Wear, where the fish was salted, then shipped for sale at the salted fish market at Billingsgate in London where Edward Hilton, William's cousin, was a fish merchant and a member of the Fishmonger's Guild of London. There was also a thriving coal industry in this region where "coals from Newcastle" were shipped to London to heat the homes in the rapidly expanding capital city.



      
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William Hilton, III's Timeline

1585
1585
Northwich, Cheshire, England
1585
Witton Chapel, Northwich, Chester, United Kingdom
1594
February 19, 1594
Age 9
Witton Chapel, Northwich, Chester, England
1610
1610
Age 25
Abt. 1610
1615
1615
Age 30
New Hampshire
1617
June 22, 1617
Age 32
Norwich, Cheshire, England
1617
Age 32
England, United Kingdom
1619
May 11, 1619
Age 34
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1619
Age 34
Durham, England
1624
1624
Age 39
Abt. 1624