Capt. Simon Wainwright

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Simon Wainwright

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Birthplace: Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts
Cause of death: Killed by Indians
Immediate Family:

Son of Francis Wainwright, Colonel and Phillipa Wainwright
Husband of Sarah Wainwright; Anne Wainwright and Mary Boynton
Father of Sarah Frost; Mehitable Saltonstall; Elizabeth Breck; Mary Wainright and John Wainright
Brother of Sarah Perkins; Mary Shepard; Martha Proctor; Francis Wainwright; Elizabeth Cogswell and 1 other

Occupation: Assessor, farmer
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About Capt. 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]

Simon had three wives and five children but only one son, John born to Ann Pierce in 1690

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Capt. Simon Wainwright's Timeline

1660
November 20, 1660
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
1683
1683
Age 22
Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1685
July 17, 1685
Age 24
Haverhill, Massachusetts
1690
October 30, 1690
Age 29
Haverhill, Mass
1708
August 29, 1708
Age 47
Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts
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