Saturday, August 20, 2011

King Phillip War (1675 - 1676)

John Wolcott, Jr. (1636-1690) 
John was a carpenter.  He was a trooper in 1675.  He commanded the Garrison in Brookfield in 1688.

John Wolcott III (1660)
In August 1676 John Wilcott of Newbury is listed as having been paid 4L 10s for military service in King Phillips War.  John's family was paid this same amount by the town of Marblehead for his being absent on military duty.  His name is found on military rosters of February and August 1676 during the Narragansett Conflict.  His service may have not been entirely voluntary, because in August of 1676 an order was issued to the Constable of Marblehead to impress six men for military service, one being John Woolcott.  In 1676 John WIlcott and Mary his wife gave testimony at Marblehead, giving their ages as 24 and 18 respectively.  Both John and his father took the Oath of Allegiance at Newbury in 1678, giving their ages as 18 and 45 respectively.  Despite the discrepancy in age this appears to be the same John because in 1679 John gave testimony concerning a windmill built at Marblehead by his father, John Woolcott of Newbury.  John and a Henry Codner were judged guilty of taking a chest from another person's house.  There seems to have been money involved, but it is possible that this escapade involved papers in the chest that may have been connected to his father's numerous disputes with his neighbors. (Taken from John Wolcott's story on the Internet)

Joseph Wolcott (1663-1710) 
His wife and his 3 children were killed in an Indian assault of Brookfield in 1693.
Joseph escaped with his son, Joseph.

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