Pepperrell, William, Sir, 1696-1759

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Birth 1696-06-27
Death 1759-07-06

Biographical notes:

Army officer and Colonial governor, of Kittery, Me.

From the description of Letter, 1755 May 2. (Portsmouth Athenaeum Library & Museum). WorldCat record id: 70950078

From the description of Letter, 1737 June 22. (Portsmouth Athenaeum Library & Museum). WorldCat record id: 70944443

Pepperrell was a merchant, politician and soldier who served in the colonial governments in Massachusetts. Israel Williams was a soldier and commander of a Hampshire County regiment in King George's War and in the French and Indian Wars.

From the description of [Letter] 1752 Jun. 5, Kittery [to] Colo. Israel Williams / Wm. Pepperrell. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 317962634

Colonial merchant and army officer; of Kittery, Me.; president of the Massachusetts Council.

From the description of Grant of arms, 1746 Nov. 22. (Portsmouth Athenaeum Library & Museum). WorldCat record id: 70976971

Justice of the peace in York County, Me.

From the description of Summons, 1724. (Maine Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 70978622

Merchant, shipowner, army officer, and governor of Massachusetts, of Kittery and York County, Me.; owner of vessels sailing out of Kittery and Portsmouth, N.H.

From the description of Pepperrell family shipping papers, 1719-1818. (Portsmouth Athenaeum Library & Museum). WorldCat record id: 71014768

Massachusetts merchant, government official, and soldier. During the French and Indian War he was made commander of all Massachusetts forces and in August 1757 was sent to raise troops along the frontier.

From the description of ALS : Springfield, Mass., to Thomas Pownall, 1757 Aug. 15. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122525210

Merchant, politician, and military leader, of Kittery Point, Me.

From the description of Papers, 1698-1801 (bulk 1712-1779). (Portsmouth Athenaeum Library & Museum). WorldCat record id: 70940735

Merchant, army officer, and colonial governor of Massachusetts; of Kittery Point, Me.

From the description of Letter, 1743 Sept. 5. (Portsmouth Athenaeum Library & Museum). WorldCat record id: 70922606

Native of Kittery, Me. (then part of Massachusetts); merchant and army colonel who fought in the Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, campaign in 1745 and during the French and Indian War in America; knighted 1747.

From the description of Sir William Pepperrell papers, 1705-1755. (Maine Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 70978480

British army officer.

From the description of Letter of Sir William Pepperrell, 1896. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79453046

Merchant, army officer, and Colonial governor of Massachusetts; of Kittery Point, Me.

From the description of Letters, 1745-1747. (Portsmouth Athenaeum Library & Museum). WorldCat record id: 70975833

Sir William Pepperrell (1696-1759) was the son of Col. William Pepperrell (1646-1734). Sir William was taught to do business, to survey land, to sail a ship, to act as clerk, and to manage men. He became very wealthy by trading in fish, lumber and West India goods, by extensive ship-building, and by the purchase and sale of large tracts of land in Saco and Scarborough, Maine. He was a commander of the Maine militia. In 1745 he was appointed to command the expedition against Louisburg in Nova Scotia. For his success there he was knighted in London.

Christopher Kilby was a merchant in Boston and was elected by the General Court as provisional agent for Massachusetts in London. He became acquainted with Sir William Pepperrell in London and became his intermediary and chief informant in matters of official and quasi-official nature.

John Bradstreet, a Nova Scotian, fought with Pepperrell at Louisburg.

From the description of Correspondence and deeds, 1741-1750. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 56094350


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