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William Salisbury

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Birthplace: Denbighshire, Wales
Death: Died in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts
Cause of death: Killed in King Philip's War
Place of Burial: Palmer River Churchyard Cemetery , Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Salisbury, of Denbigh and Ann Salisbury, of Denbigh
Husband of Susannah Salisbury and Susannah Salisbury
Father of William Salisbury, Jr.; John Salisbury; Susannah Seamans; John Salisbury; Abigail Williston and 6 others
Brother of John Salisbury, of Denbigh & America

Occupation: Herdsman
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About William Salisbury, of Denbigh & Swansea

William Salisbury, the first of this line who came to America from England in 1648, was born in Wales, doubtless in Denbighshire, son of John Salisbury of Llanrhaidr, Wales, 14th Generation. He disposed on May 12, 1656, that he was 34 years of age, and if this be true he was born in 1622. He was in Dorchester as early as 1648. He was, for a time, herdsman of the town cattle.

He settled in Milton, formally part of Dorchester and he signed an agreement regarding the parsonage land May 18, 1664. He moved to Swansea, Massachusettes as early as 1671, being the first of the name in the town. A list of the men of Swansea, eight soldiers recorded at Plymouth, includes the name of William and John Salisbury. They were the first victims of King Philip's War. Both were buried June 24, 1675. John was doubtless the unmarried son of William.

William married Sussannah, who was admitted to full communion at the Dorchester church, 7 May 1677, and was dismissed to the Milton church 18 September 1681. Another marriage year is listed as 1658 (Robert Grover). Per Cutter: widow Abigail married, June 9, 1676, Williston of Milton.

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King Philip’s War (1675-1676)

An excerpt from "Plymouth Colony, Its History and People, 1620-1691," by Eugene Aubrey Stratton (ISBN-0-916489-13-2)

It actually appears that the first man killed in the war was an Indian. John Easton, deputy governor of Rhode Island, wrote a narrative in which he described events in the Swansea area of 23 June 1675. The Indians were looting various deserted houses when two white men, an old man and a boy, appeared on the scene.

Seeing three Indians run out of the house, the old man told the boy to shoot, which he did. One Indian was hit, but got away. Later, some Indians came to the garrison and asked why they shot the Indian, letting them know that he had died. The boy said it was no matter. Some of the others tried to let the Indians know that they did not feel so callous about the death, but the Indians went away in haste. Easton wrote that the next day, 24 June, Indians returned and killed the boy who had shot the Indian, his father, and five other white men.

A contemporary letter from an unidentified Boston merchant to a friend in London reported something similar, saying that a man at Swansea, his wife, and his son of about twenty were shot by Indians. The wife was defiled by the Indians, who also "skinned her head, as also the son." Richard LeBaron Bowen, in his history of Rehoboth, noted that records showed only one father and son killed, William and John Salisbury, on 24 June.

Thus, Bowen concluded that John Salisbury started the war, prompted by his father, whom Bowen called "a third rank inhabitant of Swansea." However, as is shown by her appearance in later records, Mrs. Salisbury did not die in this fight, which brings into question whether Bowen’s supposition is correct.

Vital records sent to Plymouth by Nicholas Tanner, Swansea town clerk, showed that nine males were buried on 24 June: Gershom Cobb, Joseph Lewis, John Salisbury, John Jones, John Fall, Nehemiah Allen, Robert Jones, William Lohun, and William Salisbury (a tenth, William Hamon, was killed later and buried on 29 June).

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From FindAGrave Memorial # 98399731

Birth: May 12, 1622 Death: Jun. 24, 1675

William and John Salisbury have the sad honor of being the men that started the King Phillips War 1675-1676. William Salisbury, was the first of his lineage that had come to America from England 1648. He was born in Denbighshire, Wales on May 12, 1622. The son of John Salisbury of Llanrhaidr 14th Generation. He was the town herdsman for awhile taking care of cattle. (From AncestryFile dated Jan.2,1996-Feb.1,1997). He settled in Milton, part of Dorchester and signed an agreement for the parsonage of land May 18,1664. He moved to Swansea, Massachusetts as early as 1671, being the first of the name in the town. A list of the men of Swansea, eight soldiers recorded at Plymouth, includes the names of William and John Salisbury. They were the first victims of the King Phillip's War. Both were buried June 24, 1675. The other men that had fallen at Swansea, slain by the Indians were as follows: Nehemiah Allin, William Hammond, William Cahoone, John Jones, Gershom Cobb, Robert Jones, John Druce, Joseph Lewis,and John Fall. William Hammond was ambushed and killed, he was buried on June 29. His ancestors have a site www.arq.net/~ljacobs/wmmem.htm. The memorial site for the men is located in Massachusetts very near the Massachusetts-Rhode Island border near the place in Massachusetts called North Swansea and the Rhode Island towns of Barrington and Warren. Location as follows:Near US 6 going East, before the junction of RI Route 136, there is a large yellow auto body building on the right. Just before it is a road at about a 30 degree angle off US 6 with a sign: Bridge Out. This was the bridge where William Hammond was ambushed and killed. At an intersection before the bridge, across from a big white house on the corner, is the historic plaque on a large boulder. Inscription as follows: Myles Garrison House Site near this spot stood the John Myles Garrison House. The place of meetings of the troops of Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth colonies commanded by Majors Thomas Savage and James Cudworth, who marched to the relief of Swansea at the opening of King Phillips War A.D. 1675. There fell in Swansea, Slain by the Indians: Nehemiah Allin, William Hammond, William Cahoone,John Jones, Gershom Cobb, Robert Jones, John Druce, Joseph Lewis, John Fall, John Salisbury and William Salisbury. To mark this historic site, the monument was erected by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts A.D. 1912. The following is a passage from "Plymouth Colony, its History & People 1620-1691", describing the events of June 23 & 24, 1675: The Indians were looting various deserted houses when two white men, and old man and his son, appeared on the scene. Seeing three Indians run out of the house, the old man told his son to shoot, which he did. One Indian was hit, but got away. Later some Indians came to the Garrison and asked why they shot the Indian, letting them know that he had died. The son said it was no matter. Some of the others tried to let the Indians know that they did not feel so callous about the death, but the Indians went away in haste. Benjamin Church later recalled that on a march, in June past the burned out houses South of Swansea, the English troops witnessed this gruesome sight:"And soon after,eight more at Mattapoiset,upon whose bodies they (the Indians) exercised more brutish barbarities, beheading, dismembering and mangling them and exposing them in a most inhuman manner. Which gashed and ghostly objects struck a damp on all beholders... They marched until they came to the narrow neck, at a place called Keekkauit, where they took down the heads of eight Englishmen that were killed at the head of Metapoiset Neck and set upon poles, after the barbarous manner of the savages." Vital records sent to Plymouth by Nicholas Tanner, Swansea Town Clerk, showed that nine males were buried at Swansea on 24 (sic)June:Gershom Cobb, Joseph Lewis, John Salisbury,John Jones, John Fall,Nehemiah Allin, Robert Jones, William Cahoone and William Salisbury (a tenth, William Hammond, was killed later and buried 29 June). King Philip's War came to an end on August 12, 1676 when one of Col. Benjamin Church's Indian Rangers (John Alderman) killed King Phillip. Upon inspection of Phillip's body, Church is quoted as saying, "a doleful, great, naked, dirty beast"!! Phillip was shot, drawn and quartered and beheaded. His severed head was reportedly displayed at Plymouth for twenty years.


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Spouse:
 Susannah Cotton Salisbury (1662 - 1684)*

Children:
 John Salisbury (1655 - 1675)*
 William Salisbury (1659 - 1726)*
 Susannah Salisbury Seamans (1662 - ____)*
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Inscription: Near this spot stood the John Myles Garrison House The place of meetings of the troops of Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth Colonies commanded by Majors Thomas Savage and James Cudworth who marched to the relief of Swansea at the opening of King Philips War A.D. 1675. There Fell in Swansea, slain by the indians: Nehemiah Allin, William Hammond, William Cahoone, John Jones, Gershom Cobb, Robert Jones, John Druce, Joseph Lewis, John Fall, John Salisbury, and William Salisbury. To mark this historic site, the Monument was erected by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts A.D. 1912.


Note: William and John were laid to rest in an unmarked gravesite.


Burial: Palmer River Churchyard Cemetery Rehoboth Bristol County Massachusetts, USA


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William Salisbury, of Denbigh & Swansea's Timeline

1622
May 12, 1622
Denbighshire, Wales
1648
1648
Age 25
Dorchester, Norfolk, MA
1655
1655
Age 32
1656
1656
Age 33
Milton, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1659
August 14, 1659
Age 37
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1659
Age 36
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1660
1660
Age 37
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1661
1661
Age 38
Milton, Dorchester, Massachusetts, United States
1662
April 27, 1662
Age 39
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1665
May 18, 1665
Age 43
Milton, Norfolk, Massachusetts