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KEANE, ROGER
MA

[First Lieutenant, Massachusetts Navy]
First Lieutenant, Massachusetts Privateers
Commander, Pennsylvania Privateers

Roger Keane was born in Newry, Ireland. He lived in Boston, Massachusetts at the beginning of the war and was a merchant captain. Keane was in command of the merchant vessel Newport in January 1778. He sailed to Charlestown, South Carolina, but was captured by HMS Experiment on 16 February 1778. She was taken into New York, New York with Keane. Keane was out of captivity by 27 January 1779, when he was appointed to the First Lieutenancy on the Massachusetts Privateer Ship Charming Sally (Commander Alexander Holmes). In June 1779 Charming Sally was taken up by Massachusetts for the Penobscot Expedition. Keane became thus, technically, a First Lieutenant in the Massachusetts Navy. Charming Sally joined the fleet at Townshend, Massachusetts [Maine] on 22 July 1779. She was burned to prevent capture on 14 August 1779, in the debacle that ended the expedition. Keane went to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There, on 26 July 1780, he was commissioned to the Pennsylvania Privateer Brig Holker, and began a fabulous career in that money-maker. In his twenty-one months of command of the brig, Keane captured or cooperated in the capture of thirty-seven prizes. Following the war Keane commanded merchant vessels, including a voyage to Canton, China in 1787. [McManemin, Privateers, 325-336]


KEEL, ISAIAH [EZZIAH]
PA

Commander, Virginia Privateers
First Mate, Maryland Privateers

Isaiah [Ezziah] Keel, possibly a resident or native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, [NRAR, 494] was First Mate on the Maryland Privateer Sloop Mercury (Commander JOHN HILL) on 14 September 1778, appearing as Ezziah Keel. [NRAR, 390] He was commissioned to the Virginia Privateer Schooner York on 13 April 1782. [NRAR, 494]


KEEL, EZZIAH

[see KEEL, ISAIAH]


KELLY, [---]
(P)

Lieutenant, Continental Marines


KELLY, JOHN
MA

Prize Master, Massachusetts Privateers

John Kelly was listed as a prize master on the Massachusetts Privateer Ship Pilgrim (Commander JOSEPH ROBINSON) on 14 August 1780.[Howe, Beverly Privateers, 414]


KELLY, MATTHEW

[see KELLEY, MATTHEW]


KELLY [KELLEY], S.
RI

Prize Master, Rhode Island Privateers

S. Kelly [Kelley]was aboard the Rhode Island Privateer Ship Marlborough (Commander GEORGE WAIT BABCOCK) in December 1777. He participated in her first cruise, from December 1777 to June 1778, along the African coast. During the cruise, two small actions were fought and many prizes were captured.[see Marlborough for references]


KELLEY, MATTHEW
MA

Commander, Massachusetts Privateers

Matthew Kelly (or Kelley) was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Schooner General Ward on 19 December 1775. [NDAR, II, 1316 and note; III, 165]


KERR, JOHN

[see CARR, JOHN]


KEYBOLD, DANIEL

[see REYBOLD, DANIEL]


KILBOURN, SAMUEL
CT

Owner, Connecticut Privateers

Samuel Kilbourn was a resident of Hartford, Connecticut. He was associated with the following vessels:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

10/17/78

CT

Sloop Betsey (9/20)

Elisha Brown

Samuel Kilbourn et al

Elisha Brown, Samuel Kilbourn, Deodat Williams

[NRAR, 235]









KILTON, JOHN

RI

Second Lieutenant, Rhode Island Privateers


John Kilton, presumably of Rhode Island, was listed as Second Lieutenant aboard the Rhode Island Privateer Sloop Yankee Ranger (Commander JOHN WARNER) when she was commissioned on 19 July 1776. [NDAR, V, 1142-1143 and 1143 note] He served on her first cruise, 3 August 1776 to about 10 September 1776, during which three prizes were captured. [see JOHN WARNER]


KING, JAMES

MA

[Owner], Massachusetts Privateers


James King was a resident of Salem, Massachusetts. The privateers with which King was associated were:

As security:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

8/20/82

MA

Brig Adventure (4/10)

Jonathan Tucker

John Norris et al

Jonathan Tucker, John Norris, James King

[NRAR, 222]


KING, NATHANIEL

SC

Commander, South Carolina Privateers


Nathaniel King was in command of the South Carolina Privateer Sloop Friendship in 1777. [Coker, 300]


KING, THOMAS


CT

Commander, Connecticut Privateers


Thomas King was a resident of Groton, Connecticut. He was commissioned to the Connecticut Privateer Brigantine Defiance on 4 September 1779. On 9 October 1779 King captured the British Transport Ship Badger, but lost his prize the next day. He left the Defiance in November 1779. While in command of another vessel on a voyage to the West Indies, King was caught in a tropical storm in January 1782 and his vessel wrecked. He and his crew were captured by the British and taken into Antigua, British West Indies. [Middlebrook, MCR, II, 68]


KIRKPATRICK, HUGH

(P)

Lieutenant, Continental Marines


KIRTLAND, WILLIAM

CT

Second Mate, Connecticut Privateers


William Kirtland sailed from New London, Connecticut on 20 February 1783 as Second Mate aboard the Connecticut Privateer Brigantine Thetis (Commander ROBERT COLFAX). When the schooner Trimmer was re-captured, on 6 March 1783, Kirtland was assigned as her prize master and safely brought her into port at New London. [Middlebrook, II, 232]


KNOTT, WILLIAM

[see NOTT, WILLIAM]


KNOX, ROBERT

PA

Owner, Pennsylvania Privateers


Robert Knox was a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was associated in privateering with JOSEPH C. FISHER, GEORGE HENRY, JOHN WHARTON, and JAMES JOSIAH. Vessels associated with Knox were:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

8/1/78

PA

Brig Betsey (4/10)

Christopher Bradley

Joseph C. Fisher, Robert Knox & Co.

Joseph C. Fisher, John D. Mercier

Robert Craig, James Trimble [NRAR, 234]

11/15/80

PA

Ship Anne (10/30)

James Josiah

George Henry, Robert Knox & Co.

George Henry, James Josiah

James Trimble [NRAR, 226]

1/18/81

PA

Brig Navarro (10/)

Woolman Sutton

Robert Knox & Co.

Robert Knox, John Wharton

James Trimble [NRAR, 401]

4/21/81

PA

Brig Pilgrim (4/14)

Matthew Strong

Robert Knox, John Wharton & Co.

Robert Knox, John Wharton

James Trimble [NRAR, 415]

12/22/81

PA

Ship Queen of France (12/50)

John Hunn

George Henry, Robert Knox & Co.

George Henry, John Hunn

James Trimble [NRAR, 424]

8/10/82

PA

Ship Washington (18/100)

James Josiah

George Henry, James Josiah, Robert Knox

James Josiah, George Henry

James Trimble [NRAR, 490]

As security:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

3/13/80

PA

Ship General Greene (16/45)

William Burke

George Henry, James Wharton & Co.

George Henry, Robert Knox

James Trimble [NRAR, 310]

1/7/82

PA

Ship Anne (10/30)

John Ashmead

George Henry, David Lenox et al

Robert Knox, John Ashmead

James Trimble [NRAR, 226]


KRAINSBY, JOHN

PA

First Mate, Pennsylvania Privateers


John Krainsby was born about 1756. [NOAR, 177] He was a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when he was appointed First Mate on the Pennsylvania Privateer Boat Anti Traitor (Commander John Macpherson), commissioned 17 May 1781. [NRAR, 228] He listed his age as 25. [NOAR, 177]


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