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William (The Younger) Hilton

Birthplace: York, York, ME
Death: Died in York, ME, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of William Hilton and Frances Hilton
Husband of Anne Parsons; Anne Hilton and Anne Beales
Father of Hannah Hilton; Lt. William Hilton, III; Hannah Shepard; Patience Day; Dorcus Hilton and 1 other

Managed by: Carole (Erickson) Pomeroy,Vol. C...
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About William (The Younger) Hilton


  1. Ann Beale Parsons (1646 - ____), daughter of John Parsons. (1)

   Children include

  1. Patience Hilton Day (1692 - 1737)* *Calculated relationship (1)
  2. Hanna Hilton b 1687. M1- Sergt. John Cole; M2- Mark Shephard (2)


  • See article by John T. Hassam, "Some of the Descendants of William Hilton," New England Historical and Genealogical Register (Vol. 31, 1877, Pages 184).

This William Hilton is described as being a mariner. In a deposition by Major JohnDavess and Capt. Charles Frost, dated 30 May 1683, William Hilton is called the son of William Hilton, Senior, who "formerly lived in Yorke abo[ ] on ye Tract of Land, ye lyeth on the South, or South West side of ye River [ ] yorke over against the fishing flakes, & next the Ferry." Noyes, Libby & Davis, in their "Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire," indicate that he grew up with his stepfather, William White, without benefit of education. He was sued by Captain Francis Raynes in 1675, with judgment for the defendant. He wasin King Philip's War, in November 1677, and went on a looting expedition to "Cape Porpus." He had a grant of land from the town of York, ME on 25 Aug 1679 and another, which is not dated, "upon the neck of Land on the South Side of York River, between Arthur Bales Land, & major Shapleights, and James Wiggens &William mores Land, & the Land that was formerly mr William Hiltons, providedit be free from any mans propriety or former grant." He was one of the 46 menwho took the oath of allegience to the King on 22 Mar 1680. Another grant of land was made to him on 18 Mar 1695/6. He died between March, 1699, and June, 1700, leaving a widow Ann or Anne. In 1700 she was living on the homestead "between Thos. Trafton's and the Harbor's Mouth," land formerly called Inglesby's Point, later Hilton's Point.


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  2. 872. Edmund West, comp., Family Data Collection - Births, Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2001, Edmund West, comp. Family Data Collection - Births [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2001.
  3. 873. OneWorldTree, Ancestry.com. One World Tree (sm) [database online]. Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc.
  4. 874. Ancestry.com, One World Tree (sm), Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, n.d., Online publication - Ancestry.com. OneWorldTree [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc.
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of York, mariner, was the

son of the William first above named, as appears from the following

deposition : "

The Deposition of Major John Davess aged 70 years, or yr abouts, &

Cap' Charles F[rost] aged 52 years or there abouts, these Deponents respectively

testify, & Say y' "Willia[m] Hilton now rescident in yorke, in

the province of Mayne, was Coinonly known, & [repujted, to bee ye sonn

of William Hilton Senior deceased, & formerly lived in Yorke abo[ ] on

f' Tract of Land, y1 lyeth on the South, or South West side of ye River ] yorke over against the fishing flakes, & next the Ferry, & further

Sayth no[t]

Taken upon oath in Court this 30th of May 1683 : p Edw : Rishw[orth]


He had a grant of land from the town, Aug. 25, 1679, and another,

which bears no date, " upon the neck of Land on the South

Side of York River, between Arthur Bales Land, & major Shap-

leighs, and James Wiggens & William mores Land, & the Land

that was formerly mr William Hiltons, provided it be free from any

mans propriety or former grant. "§ He was one of the forty-six

men who took the oath of allegiance to the King, March 22, 1680.

Another grant of land was made to him, March 18, 1695-6. He

died between March, 1699, and June, 1700

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.

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William (The Younger) Hilton's Timeline

June 28, 1653
York, York, ME
Age 24
York, York, ME
October 1683
Age 30
York, Maine, United States
Age 34
York, Maine
Age 37
Dover, Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States
Age 38
Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire, USA
Age 44
Dover, Strafford, NH
March 1699
Age 45
York, ME, USA