William Moulton (1720 - c.1793) MP

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Birthplace: Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Marietta, Washington, Ohio, United States
Occupation: Goldsmith, silversmith, landholder
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About William Moulton

William Moulton

Although most of the Moultons carried on their craft in Newburyport, some went to other communities where they established themselves as silversmiths. The third William moved in a covered wagon to Marietta, Ohio, carrying his silversmith's tools with him.

Biographical notes

Travelling overland in a covered wagon, he was one of the forty-eight pioneers to settle in the Northwest Territory. His wife, two daughters, and youngest son joined him in 1789. The Founders of Ohio: Brief Sketches of the Forty-Eight Pioneers, by Julia P. Gutter, published in 1888, gives an eyewitness account of an Indian raid on the town in 1791:

". . . next [came in], old Mr. William Moulton from Newburyport, Mass., aged seventy, with his leather apron full of old goldsmith's tools and tobacco. Close at his heels came his daughter, Anna, with the china teapot, cups and saucers. Lydia brought the great Bible. But when all were in, the mother was missing: where was mother? She must be killed. "No," says Lydia, "mother said she would not leave the house looking so. She would put things away and a little more to rights, and then she would come." Directly mother came, bringing the looking glass, knives and forks, etc." 1


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William Moulton's Timeline

July 12, 1720
Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts
September 16, 1742
Age 22
Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts
September 1, 1744
Age 24
Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts
March 6, 1750
Age 29
Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts
May 9, 1751
Age 30
Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts
March 30, 1754
Age 33
Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts
February 11, 1757
Age 36
Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts
January 16, 1759
Age 38
Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts
November 2, 1762
Age 42
Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 72
Marietta, Washington, Ohio, United States