W




WADDY, SHAPLEIGH
VA

Midshipman, Virginia Navy

According to NOAR, 322.


WADE, FRANCIS
PA

Victualer of Commissary Stores

Francis Wade was appointed as Victualer of Commissary Stores to the Pennsylvania Navy on 7 December 1775. [NOAR, 322]


WADE, JOHN
PA

Captain, Pennsylvania Navy


He was commissioned on 1 July 1778 to the Pennsylvania Navy Sloop Speedwell. On 7 November 1778 Wade was ordered to precede the French frigate Chimere down Delaware Bay. [NOAR, 323]


WADE, JOSEPH
PA

Captain, Pennsylvania Navy


Joseph Wade was a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On 4 March 1777 he was commissioned as a Captain in the Pennsylvania Navy, and assigned to the Pennsylvania Navy Sloop Speedwell. Wade's pay was fixed by the Pennsylvania Navy Board at £7.10.0 per month, with two rations. [NDAR, VIII, 30-31] On 1 September 1777 he was commissioned to the Pennsylvania Navy Sloop Speedwell. [NOAR, 323]


WADE, ROBERT

PA

Captain, Pennsylvania Navy


Robert Wade was commissioned to the Pennsylvania Navy Shallop Black Duck on 1 September 1779. [NOAR, 323]


WADE, JOHN
PA

Captain, Pennsylvania Navy


He was commissioned on 1 July 1778 to the Pennsylvania Navy Sloop Speedwell. On 7 November 1778 Wade was ordered to precede the French frigate Chimere down Delaware Bay. [NOAR, 323]


WADSWORTH, JEREMIAH

Colonel, Continental Army


Commissary-General of Purchases in 1778.


WADSWORTH, JOSEPH
[PA]/(P)

Lieutenant, Continental Marines


Joseph Wadsworth was commissioned as Lieutenant of Marines and assigned to Continental Navy Brig Andrew Doria on 10 May 1776. [NOAR, 323] [NDAR, 5, 30] He was listed as one of the "New Marines" borrowed from the Continental Army. Exactly how long Wadsworth served aboard the Andrew Doria is unknown. [Smith, Marines, 475]


WADSWORTH, PELEG
MA

Owner, Massachusetts Privateers


Peleg Wadsworth, of Boston, Massachusetts, was a co-owner of the following privateers:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

4/16/82

MA

Boat Black Snake (0/20)

David Jenks

 

John Lucas, Peleg Wadsworth, David Jenks

Benjamin Coolidge, Samuel Torrey [NRAR, 241]

4/16/82

MA

Sloop Seaflower (6/40)

David Nye

 

David Nye, Peleg Wadsworth, John Gray

Lewis Carnes, David Tyler, George Tyler [NRAR, 457]










WAINWRIGHT, JOHN

MD

Commander, Maryland Privateers


John Wainwright was, possibly, from Annapolis, Maryland. He was commissioned to the Maryland Privateer Sloop Ranger on 8 October 1778. [NRAR, 429]


WAITT [WAIT], AARON

MA

Owner, Massachusetts Privateers


Aaron Waitt, of Salem, Massachusetts, is associated in privateering with JOHN LEACH and BENJAMIN GOODHUE. He is associated with the following privateers:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

8/16/77

MA

Schooner Spy (8/20)

Thomas Philips

 

Thomas Philips, Aaron Waitt, Timothy Chamberlain

John Dudley, John Wentworth, Jr. [NRAR, 462]

8/19/77

MA

Schooner Union (8/25)

John Blackler

 

John Blackler, Aaron Waitt, Timothy Chamberlain

George Gains, John Dudley [NRAR, 482]

4/6/78

MA

Schooner Cutter (/20)

David Smith

Aaron Waitt et al

David Smith, Aaron Waitt, Jeremiah Roale

Fitch Pool [Allen, MPR, 107]

4/6/78

MA

Schooner Tatnibush (†/25)

Jeremiah Rolls [Roale]

Aaron Wait et al

Jeremiah Rolls, Aaron Wait et al

Fitch Pool [Alle, MPR, 296]

12/19/80

MA

Ship Harlequin (18/60)

Daniel Needham

 

Daniel Needham, John Dutch, Joseph Howard

John Rand, Jonathan Moore [NRAR, 327]

5/7/81

MA

Schooner Greyhound (8/35)

Jacob Wilds

 

Jacob Wilds, Aaron Waitt, Joseph Howard

George Calder, Eleazer Wyer [NRAR, 321]

11/15/82

MA

Brig Mermaid (14/11)

Jonathan Tucker

 

Jonathan Tucker, Eliezer Wheelwright, Joseph Howard

William Lambert, David Spear [NRAR, 391]

As bonder:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

10/30/80

MA

Ship Two Brothers (8/30)

Daniel Sanders

John Leach

Daniel Sanders, John Leach, Aaron Waitt

Jonathan Waldo, Robert Leach [NRAR, 479]

10/31/81

MA

Ship Robust (12/25)

Jonathan Tucker

Benjamin Goodhue

Jonathan Tucker, Benjamin Goodhue, Aaron Waitt

G. Holman, John Tucker [NRAR, 445]

11/1/81

MA

Schooner Elizabeth (4/10)

Samuel West

Benjamin Goodhue

Samuel West, Benjamin Goodhue, Jr., Aaron Waitt

Caleb Low, William Shillaber [NRAR, 281]

12/20/81

MA

Schooner Elizabeth (4/10)

Clifford Byrne

Benjamin Goodhue

Clifford Byrne, Aaron Waitt, Benjamin Goodhue, Jr.

John Tucker, William Shillaber [NRAR, 281]


WAITT, JOHN

MA

[Owner, Massachusetts Privateers]


John Waitt [or Wait], of Boston and Marblehead, Massachusetts, was associated in privateering with SAMUEL PERKINS and NATHANIEL BROOKHOUSE. He is associated with the following privateers:

As bonder:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

9/21/80

MA

Brigantine Huntington (6/15)

Samuel Skinner

Samuel Perkins

Samuel Skinner, John Wait, Samuel Perkins

John Boit, Benjamin Hammatt, Jr. [NRAR, 348]

8/28/81

MA

Schooner Dart (2/25)

Lemuel Perkins

Nathaniel Brookhouse

Lemuel Perkins, Nathaniel Brookhouse, John Waitt

Daniel Jones, Nathaniel Barber [NRAR, 262]


WALCH [WALSH], RICHARD

MD

Commander, Maryland Privateers


Richard Walch [NRAR, 388] (or Walsh) [NOAR, 323] was a resident of Baltimore, Maryland. On 10 May 1781 he was commissioned to the Maryland Privateer Sloop Mataponi. [NRAR, 388. Given as Nataponi in NOAR, 323]


WALDO, ALBEGENCE [ALBIGENCE]

CT

Surgeon, Connecticut Navy


Albegence (or Albigence) Waldo was aboard the Connecticut Navy Ship Oliver Cromwell as Surgeon on 25 February 1777, according to the crew list. [NDAR, VII, 1283-1287] Dr. Waldo was one of those officers who roomed and boarded ashore during the time the ship was fitting out, from about 10 October 1776 to 12 December 1776. [NDAR, VII, 459] He treated one of Connecticut Navy Brig Defence's crew in February 1777. [NDAR, VII, 1220-1221]


WALDON, JACOB

SC

Owner, Pilot


Owned South Carolina pilot boat schooner leased to South Carolina Navy. Paid *200 for her use on 19 December 1775 (Hawke). Vessel lost 5 February 1776. In conference on 6 February concerning eliminating land marks on the bar.


WALDRON, JONATHAN

CT

Owner, Connecticut Privateers


Jonathan Waldron was probably a resident of New Haven, Connecticut. He was associated in privateering with EBEN TOWNSEND, WILLIAM HELMS, and ENOCH BROWN, among others. Privateers associated with Waldron were:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

3/8/80

CT

Sloop Vengeance (14/80)

William Dennis

Jonathan Waldron

William Dennis, Jonathan Waldron, Thomas Mumford

Gurdon Saltonstall, David Mumford [NRAR, 484]

6/2/80

CT

Brig Sally (6/12)

Israel Bishop

Eben Townsend, William Helms, Enoch Brown, Jonathan Waldron

Israel Bishop, William Helms, Eben Townsend

Jonathan Fitch, Elizabeth M. Fitch [NRAR, 452]

6/23/81

CT

Brigantine Resolution (10/20)

Peleg Eldred

Jonathan Waldron & Co

Peleg Eldred, Edward Hallam, David Trumbull

John Porter, Joseph Abel {NRAR, 437]

7/2/82

CT

Schooner Jolly Robin (4/25)

Isaac Sheffield, Jr.

Jonathan Waldron & Co.

Isaac Sheffield, Jr., Jabez Perkins, John Alden

William Williams, William Hillhouse [NRAR, 360]


WALES, SAMUEL

MA

Captain of Marines, Massachusetts Marines


Samuel Wales enlisted as a Sergeant of Massachusetts Marines on board the Massachusetts Navy Brig Hazard. He was promoted to Lieutenant of Marines and assigned to Massachusetts Navy Ship Protector. Wales was promoted again, serving as Captain of Marines on the Massachusetts Navy Ship Tartar. In August 1781 Tartar was captured by the British. [NOAR, 323]


WALKER, BENJAMIN

[NY]

Commissioner of Accounts of the Marine Department


Benjamin Walker was an official empowered to settle accounts of the Continental Navy with the title Commissioner of Accounts of the Marine Department. On 8 October 1786 he was in New York, where he issued recommendations in regard to Captain Abraham Whipple’s accounts.  On 2 November he enquired of Captain John Barry regarding the books of the Alliance after 1781. [NRAR, 211] He issued various recommendations from there on other matters until 10 July 1787. [NRAR, 212, 213]


WALKER, DAVID

NY

Second Lieutenant, New York Navy


David Walker was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the New York Navy in 1776. He served aboard New York Navy Schooner General Putnam. [NOAR, 323]


WALKER, JOHN

MD

First Mate, Maryland Privateers


John Walker was appointed as First Mate on the Maryland Privateer Schooner James (Commander JOHN HANSON) on 12 February 1779. [NRAR, 355]


WALKER, ROBERT

Prize Master, Continental Navy


Robert Walker was aboard the Alfred. He was captured by the British and committed to Fortun Prison on 18 July 1778, from which he escaped. [NOAR, 323-324]


WALKER, SAMUEL

PA

Commander, Pennsylvania Privateers


Samuel Walker was aboard the Virginia Privateer Ship General Washington (Commander FRANCIS SPEAKE) in September 1778, as First Lieutenant. The ship was to carry dispatches to France. She sailed and made a remarkably fast eighteen day passage, arriving in Paimboeuf. In March 1779 the General Washington sailed to Brest and then to sea with a large French fleet. After cruising off the Spanish coast she headed home and arrived at Hampton, Virginia on 30 June 1779, bringing in one prize. Samuel Walker was commissioned to the Pennsylvania Privateer Ship General Washington on 3 August 1779. [NRAR, 315] This was the same vessel with a new commission. Under Walker, General Washington sailed for Amsterdam in the spring of 1780, capturing the British ship Albion en route. She sailed from Amsterdam about 10 September 1780. On 18 October 1780, General Washington had a long hard fight with two British vessels, with six killed and several wounded. Walker brought her in to Boston on 27 October. He sailed again from Newport, Rhode Island about 25 April 1781, cruised for six weeks and took one prize, which was re-captured. On 9 June 1781 General Washington was captured by HMS Chatham and taken in to New York. Walker and some of his crew were sent to England in irons, [see General Washington for references.]


WALKER, THOMAS

MD

Lieutenant, Maryland Marines


Thomas Walker was commissioned as a Lieutenant of Maryland Marines in 1776. On 24 August 1776 while he was serving on the ship Defence, he was sent on a mission to bring gunpowder from Virginia to Baltimore. [NOAR, 324]


WALKER, THOMAS

MD

Captain, Maryland Navy

Commander, Maryland Privateers


Thomas Walker, possibly from Annapolis, Maryland, [NRAR, 270]  was commissioned as Captain in the Maryland Navy on 17 May 1777 and assigned to the Maryland Navy Galley Baltimore. [NOAR, 324] On 21 June 1779 he was commissioned to the Maryland Privateer Sloop Dispatch. He was re-commissioned to the Dispatch on 29 February 1780. [NRAR, 270]


WALKER, THOMAS

VA

Owner, Virginia Privateers


Thomas Walker of Virginia was possibly the same as either or both of the Thomas Walkers listed above. He was associated in privateering with JAMES BRADE as Walker, Brade & Co. Vessels associated with Walker were:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

10/1/81

VA

Brigantine Grand Turk (14/60)

Cornelius Schermerhorn

James Brade, Thomas Walker & Co.

Walker, Brade & Co., Richard Baker

John Dandridge [NRAR, 321]


WALL, RICHARD

[First] Mate, [Continental Navy]


Richard Wall was a [First] Mate on the Richard. He was captured by the British and sent to Fortun Prison (at Gosport, near Portsmouth) on 14 October 1779. On 11 December 1779 he was pardoned, pending exchange. [NOAR, 324]


WALL, WILLIAM

MD

Commander, [Maryland] Privateers


William Wall was in command of the [Maryland Privateer] Sans Peur, nineteen guns, in 1781. He captured two privateers off England. [NOAR, 324]


WALLACE, CHARLES

MD

Owner, Maryland Privateers


Charles Wallace was a merchant of Annapolis, Maryland. He was associated in privateering with ROBERT MORRIS, ISAAC VAN BIBBER, DANIEL WEEMS, JOHN MUIR, JOHN DAVIDSON, STEPHEN STEWARD, WILLIAM LUX, DANIEL BOWLEY, SAMUEL PURVIANCE, ROBERT PURVIANCE, WILLIAM HAMMOND, THOMAS STEEL, THOMAS RUSSELL, JOHN McLURE, JOHN STERETT, DAVID STEWARD, JESSE HOLLINGSWORTH, ALEXANDER MURRAY, JOHN DUMESTRE, and PETER LEMAIGRE. Vessels associated with Wallace were:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

4/1/77

MD

Schooner Montgomery (8/25)

John Burnell

Charles Wallace et al

John Burnell, Charles Wallace, William Wilkins

Richard Ridgely [NRAR, 396]

10/19/77

MD

Sloop Morris and Wallace (8/15)

Nicolas Martin

Charles Wallace, Robert Morris

Nicolas Martin, John Davidson

Thomas Johnson, Jr. [NRAR, 398]

10/20/77

MD

Schooner Williaminta (4/10)

Thomas Waters

Isaac Van Bibber, Charles Wallace, Daniel Weems, John Muir

Thomas Waters, Isaac Van Bibber

Thomas Johnson, Jr. [NRAR, 493]

11/17/78

MD

Schooner Montgomery (6/6)

James Belt

Wallace, Davidson and Johnson

James Belt, John Muir

John Davidson [NRAR, 396]

6/14/79

MD

Brigantine Revenge (12/40)

James Buchanan

Charles Wallace et al

James Buchanan, Robert Purviance

Thomas Johnson, Jr. [NRAR, 440]

1/1/81

MD

Sloop Porpoise (10/18)

William Weems

John Davidson, Charles Wallace, Stephen Steward, Robert Morris

William Weems, Charles Wallace

[NRAR, 419]

As bonder:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

4/15/77

MD

Schooner Revenge (8/35)

William Gosnold

William Lux, Daniel Bowley et al

William Gosnold, Charles Wallace

Richard Ridgely [NRAR, 440]

4/19/77

MD

Sloop General Mercer (10/50)

Thomas Timpson

William Lux & Co.

Thomas Timpson, Charles Wallace

Richard Ridgely [NRAR, 312]

5/26/77

MD

Schooner Harlequin (12/20)

Benjamin Joline

William Lux et al

Benjamin Joline, Charles Wallace

Richard Ridgely [NRAR, 327]

6/17/77

MD

Schooner Gist (2/6)

Henry Geddes

William Hammond et al

Charles Wallace, Henry Geddes

Richard Ridgely [NRAR, 317]

8/5/77

MD

Brig Sturdy Beggar (28/80)

James Campbell

Samuel Purviance, Robert Purviance, Lux, Bowley et al

James Campbell, Charles Wallace

Thomas Johnson, Jr. [NRAR, 465]

10/20/77

MD

Sloop General Gates (6/15)

Thomas Steel

Thomas Steel, William Hammond, Thomas Russell, John McLure

Thomas Steel, Charles Wallace

Thomas Johnson, Jr. [NRAR, 309]

8/18/78

MD

Brig Burling (18/50)

Robert Caulfield

John Sterett, Daniel Bowley et al

Robert Caulfield, Charles Wallace

Thomas Johnson [NRAR, 245]

2/12/79

MD

Schooner James (8/12)

John Hanson

David Steward et al

John Hanson, Charles Wallace

William Hyde [NRAR, 355]

7/19/79

MD

Schooner Felicity (6/25)

Jeremiah Yellott

Jesse Hollingsworth et al

Jeremiah Yellott, Charles Wallace

William Hyde [NRAR, 292]

8/18/79

MD

Sloop Bennington (10/15)

Robert Craige

Alexander Murray et al

Robert Craige, Charles Wallace

William Hyde [NRAR, 234]

8/17/80

MD

Schooner Antelope (14/40)

Jeremiah Yellott

John Sterrett, Jesse Hollingsworth et al

Jeremiah Yellott, Charles Wallace

William Hyde [NRAR, 227]

8/17/80

MD

Schooner Felicity (10/25)

Frederick Folger

John Sterett, Jesse Hollingsworth et al

Frederick Folger, Charles Wallace

William Hyde [NRAR, 292]

7/8/81

MD

Brigantine Spitfire (10/20)

Claude Besse

John Dumestre, Peter Lamaigre

Claude Besse, Charles Wallace

Thomas Johnson, Jr. [NRAR, 461]


WALLACE, NATHANIEL

PA

Second Lieutenant, Massachusetts Privateers


Nathaniel Wallace (supposed to be from Pennsylvania) was appointed as Second Lieutenant aboard the Massachusetts Privateer Brig Hancock (Commander WINGATE NEWMAN) in 1776. On 7 December 1776 Wallace volunteered to serve with the Army during emergencies. [NOAR, 324]


WALLER, EDWARD

VA

[Major, Continental Marines]


Edward Waller served as a Major of Continental Marines (according to NOAR, 324). This is definitively incorrect.


WALLER, EDMUND

VA

Third Lieutenant, Virginia Marines


Edmund Waller was commissioned on 30 October 1776 as Third Lieutenant of Virginia Marines under Captain Alexander Dick. [NOAR, 324]


WALLEY, ZEBEKIAH

MD

Captain, Maryland Navy


Zebekiah Walley was a Captain in the Maryland Navy (according to NOAR, 324).


WALLINGFORD, SAMUEL

RI/(P)

Lieutenant, Continental Marines


Samuel Wallingford was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Continental Marines and assigned to the Continental Navy Ship Ranger (Captain John Paul Jones). On 24 April 1778, during the battle with HM Sloop Drake, Wallingford was killed. [NOAR, 325]


WALLINGSWORTH, SAMUEL

(P)

[See WALLINGFORD, SAMUEL]


WALMSLEY, JOHN

NH

Owner, New Hampshire Privateers


John Walmsley was a native of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He is associated with the following vessels:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

5/5/81

NH

Ship Mercury (12/50)

Samuel Storer

John Walmsley et al

Samuel Storer, Caleb Sanborn, Samuel Weare

Zebulon Hilyard, Bedford Weare [NRAR, 390]

7/31/81

NH

Brigantine Fair American (8/30)

John Frost

John Walmsley et al

John Frost, John Walmsley, George Libbey

John Simes, John Parker, Jr. [NRAR, 287]


WALSH, JOHN

PA

Commander, Pennsylvania Privateers


John Walsh was born about 1743. [NOAR, 325] He was commissioned to the Pennsylvania Privateer Schooner Dolphin on 16 June 1781, [NRAR, 272] listing his age as 38. [NOAR, 325] On 21 September 1781 he was commissioned to the Pennsylvania Privateer Brigantine Black Prince. [NRAR, 240]


WALSH, KEYRAM [HEYRAN]

MA

Commander, New Hampshire Privateers


Keyram Walsh was a native of Newburyport, Massachusetts. On 27 May 1780 he was commissioned to the New Hampshire Privateer Boat Success. [NOAR, 325] This is almost certainly the man named “Heyran” Walsh who witnessed the bond of Massachusetts Privateer Brigantine Neptune on 1 June 1781. [NRAR, 403]


WALSH, RICHARD


[See WALCH, RICHARD]


WALTERS, JACOB

MD

Commander, Maryland Privateers

Commander, Pennsylvania Privateers


Jacob Walters was born about 1751. [NOAR, 325] He was a resident of Baltimore, Maryland. He was commissioned to the Maryland Privateer Schooner Camden on 15 June 1779. [NRAR, 245] Walters was subsequently commissioned to the Pennsylvania Privateer Schooner Hartford on 9 October 1781, [NRAR, 326] listing his age as 30. [NOAR, 325]


WAND, WILLIAM

MD

[See WAUD, WILLIAM]


WANTON, GEORGE

RI

Commander, Rhode Island Privateers


George Wanton, probably of Rhode Island, was commissioned to the Rhode Island Privateer Schooner Barton in 1778. About August 1778 one prize was captured by the Barton, the schooner Hawke. [see Barton]


WARD, BENJAMIN, Jr.

MA

[Owner, Massachusetts Privateers]


Benjamin Ward, Jr. was a resident of Salem, Massachusetts. He was associated with GEORGE WILLIAMS and JOHN LOVIET in privateering. Vessels associated with Ward were:

As bonder:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

12/20/80

MA

Brigantine Salem (12/20)

Henry Williams

George Williams et al

Henry Williams, George Williams, Benjamin Ward, Jr.

Henry Williams, Jr., Samuel Williams, Jr. [NRAR, 450]

As witness:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

9/19/80

MA

Snow Diana (8/23)

William Herrick

John Loviet

William Herrick, Larkin Thorndike, Silas Meriam

Benjamin Ward, Jr., Jan Demont [NRAR, 267]


WARD, JAMES

[CT]

Commander, [unknown] Privateers


James Ward was in command of the [unknown] Privateer [unknown] Venus. About May 1781 he was captured by the Terror. [NOAR, 325] If this is the James Ward who witnessed the bond for Connecticut Privateer Schooners Suffolk and Humbird on 11 April 1778, then he was from Connecticut. [NRAR, 346, 467]


WARD, JOSHUA

MA

Owner, Massachusetts Privateers


Joshua Ward was a resident of Salem, Massachusetts. He was associated with SIMON FORRESTER, NATHAN GOODALE, NATHANIEL SILSBEE, SAMUEL FLAGG, BARTHOLOMEW PUTNAM, JOSEPH SPRAGUE, and MILES WARD, Jr. in privateering. He was associated with the following privateers:

As petitioner: Brigantine Sturdy Beggar, on 30 August 1777

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

12/15/75

MA

Schooner Dolphin

Richard Masury

Joseph Sprague, Henry Rust, Joshua Ward

Richard Masury, Bartholomew Putnam, Joseph Sprague, Joshua Ward, Jr.

Jonathan Webb, Jeremiah Shepard [Allen, MPR, 116]

7/8/77

MA

Sloop Black Snake (12/60)

William Carlton

Simon Forrester, Joshua Ward

William Carlton, Simon Forrester, Josiah Gilman

George Gains, Nicholas Gilman [NRAR, 240]

2/5/78

MA

Brigantine Montgomery (16/100)

Nathan Brown

George Williams, Joshua Ward, Jr.

Nathan Brown, George Williams, Joshua Ward, Jr.

Daniel Hopkins [Allen, MPR, 225]

5/23/80

MA

Ship Junius Brutus (20/120)

Johm Leach

Joshua Ward, Henry Rust et al

John Leach, Andrew Cabot, Henry Rust

Thomas Prince [Allen, MPR, 196]

4/16/81

MA

Brigantine Tyger (14/70)

Samuel Croel

Joshua Ward, Nathan Goodale

Samuel Croel, Joshua Ward, Edward Rolland

Nathaniel Silsbee, Titus Morgan [NRAR, 481]

4/9/82

MA

Ship Dispatch (10/60)

John Felt

Joshua Ward et al

John Felt, Daniel Bigelow, Josiah Spear

Samuel Goff, Sampson Rea [NRAR, 271]

4/11/82

MA

Ship Julius Caesar (14/40)

Jonathan Haraden

Joshua Ward et al

Jonathan Haraden, Joshua Ward, John Norris

Miles Greenwood, William Vans, Jr. [NRAR, 362]

7/27/82

MA

Schooner Salem (6/30)

Edward Stanly

Joshua Ward et al

Edward Stanly, Joshua Ward, Joseph Hathorne

G. Burchmore, Edward Ritters [NRAR, 451]

11/16/82

MA

Ship Friendship (6/20)

Gideon Henfield

Joshua Ward et al

Gideon Henfield, Joshua Ward, John Norris

G. Burchmore, Joseph Bartlett [NRAR, 307]

As bonder:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

10/22/78

MA

Brigantine Montgomery (16/100)

Thomas Benson

George Williams et al

Thomas Benson, Peter Lander, Joshua Ward

Thomas Downing, W. Prosser [Allen, MPR, 225]

5/24/80

MA

Brigantine Speedwell (6/16)

John Ingersoll

Joseph White et al

John Ingersoll, Robert Stone, Joshua Ward

Benjamin Moses, Jonathan Fay, Jr. [Allen, MPR, 283-284]

4/16/81

MA

Ship Marquis (16/80)

Richard Cowell

Samuel Flagg et al

Richard Cowell, Jeremiah Shepard, Joshua Ward

Edward Rolland, Titus Morgan [NRAR, 383]

3/4/83

MA

Ship Julius Caesar (14/100)

Thomas Benson

John Haraden et al

Thomas Benson, Joshua Ward, John Norris

Samuel Ward, Robert Leech [NRAR, 362]

As witness:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

11/10/82

MA

Schooner Catchall (6/15)

Moses Chase

Miles Ward, Jr. et al

Moses Chase, Miles Ward, Jr., Joshua Goodale, Jr.

Hubbard Oliver, Joshua Ward [NRAR, 247]


WARD, MILES, Jr.

MA

Owner, Massachusetts Privateers


Miles Ward. Jr. was a resident of Salem, Massachusetts. He was associated with JOSHUA GOODALE, JR., NATHAN GOODALE, and DAVID FELT in privateering. He was associated with the following privateer vessels:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

11/10/82

MA

Schooner Catchall (6/15)

Moses Chase

Miles Ward, Jr. et al

Moses Chase, Miles Ward, Je., Joshua Goodale, Jr.

Hubbard Oliver, Joshua Ward [NRAR, 247]

As bonder:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

12/12/81

MA

Schooner Dolphin (6/20)

William Gray

Nathan Goodale et al

William Gray, Nathan Goodale, Miles Ward, Jr.

Miles Ward, Nathan Ward [NRAR, 273]

7/10/82

MA

Schooner Dart (8/22)

Zenas Cook

Nathan Goodale et al

Zenas Cook, Miles Ward, Jr., Joshua Goodale, Jr.

William Presson, Joshua Ward [NRAR, 263]

7/30/82

MA

Schooner Cato (8/30)

James Pickman

David Felt et al

James Pickman, Miles Ward, Jr., David Felt

Joseph Wiggin, Joshua Goodale, Jr. [NRAR, 248]

12/9/82

MA

Schooner Dart (4/25)

Thomas Dexter

Nathan Goodale et al

Thomas Dexter, Miles Ward, Jr., Joshua Goodsale, Jr.

Thomas Burton, Nathan Ward [NRAR, 263]


WARD, SAMUEL

MA

[Owner], Massachusetts Privateers


Samuel Ward was a resident of Salem, Massachusetts. Vessels associated with Ward were:

As bonder:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

7/25/80

MA

Brigantine Cutter (10/40)

Samuel Croel

Samuel Page et al

Samuel Croel, John Page, Samuel Ward

Eben Wales, Caleb Davis [Allen, MPR, 107]


WARD, SIMON RAY

CT

Midshipman, Connecticut Navy


Simon Ray Ward was a Midshipman in the Connecticut Navy, serving from 1778 in the Connecticut Navy Ship Oliver Cromwell (Captain Timothy Parker). In August 1779 the Oliver Cromwell was captured by the British. [NOAR, 325]


WARD, THOMAS

PA

Commander, Pennsylvania Privateers

[First] Mate, Maryland Privateers


Thomas Ward was a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On 19 December 1778 he was appointed as [First] Mate on the Maryland Privateer Brigantine Salisbury (Commander GEORGE BUCHANAN). On 18 August 1779 he was commissioned to the Pennsylvania Privateer Schooner Hope. [NOAR, 325]


WARNER, ELISHA

(P)

Captain Continental Navy


By 1 November 1776 Elisha Warner, promoted from First Lieutenant, was in command of the Continental Navy Sloop  Fly. His orders from the Continental Marine Committee, dated 1 November, instructed Warner to take the Fly to Shrewsbury, New Jersey. He was to patrol in that vicinity, capturing as many transports and provision vessels as possible. Warner was to co-operate with Lieutenant John Baldwin of Continental Navy Schooner Wasp on this service. [NDAR, VII, 10-11] In early October 1777 Fly was part of the mixed Pennsylvania Navy-Continental Navy force defending the Delaware River, under command of Commodore Hazelwood of the Pennsylvania Navy. The Continental vessels were commanded by Captain Isaiah Robinson of the Continental Navy Brig Andrew Doria. Upon intelligence of a new British attack on Fort Mifflin on the night of 7/8 November, the Andrew Doria and the Fly moved from the anchorage at Red Bank (Fort Mercer) and guarded the mouth of the Schuykill River and Timber Creek. [NDAR, X, 434-435 and 435 notes. The vessels are identified by the editors, not in the letter.] On 14 November Robinson and all his captains attended a council-of-war held aboard the Pennsylvania Navy Galley Chatham. Warner signed the official recommendations. [NDAR, X, 488 and 489 notes] Following the fall of Forts Mifflin and Mercer, on the morning of 21 November 1777, according to previously made plans all the Continental vessels were set on fire: Continental Navy Brig Andrew Doria, Continental Navy Xebecs Champion and Repulse, and Continental Navy Sloops Surprize and Fly. [NDAR, X, 568-569 and notes] The officers and crews got safely up to Bordentown, New Jersey. [NDAR, X, 666 and notes] Warner sat on the court-martial of five deserters from Continental Navy Xebec Repulse, held aboard the ship Lion at Bordentown on 25 November. [NDAR, X, 598-601]


WARNER, HOLIMAN

RI

First Lieutenant, Rhode Island Privateers


Holiman Warner was probably a kinsman of JOHN WARNER of Providence, Rhode Island. John Warner was commissioned to the Rhode Island Privateer Sloop Yankee Ranger on 19 July 1776. Holiman Warner was listed as Yankee Ranger’s First Lieutenant. [NDAR, V, 1142-1143 and 1143 note] Yankee Ranger sailed on a successful cruise on 3 August 1776 and returned to port before 13 September 1776. Three prizes were captured. [see JOHN WARNER] Nothing more is known of Holiman Warner.


WARNER, JOHN

RI

Commander, Rhode Island Privateers


John Warner was a resident of Providence, Rhode Island [NDAR, VI, 803-804] when he was commissioned to the Rhode Island Privateer Sloop Yankee Ranger on 19 July 1776. [NDAR, V, 1142-1143 and 1143 note] Yankee Ranger sailed on 3 August 1776 and soon met and sailed with Rhode Island Privateer Sloop Montgomery (Commander WILLIAM RHODES). The pair captured the brig Bee (Thomas Davis) on 21 August, the brigantine Sally (Jacob Snowball), and the brigantine John (John Ahier). Warner returned to port before 13 Septemnber. [NDAR, VI, 803-804, 820-821; VII, 165-168, 642-647, 706] Warner left the Yankee Ranger after this cruise.


WARNER, SETH

CT

Captain, Continental Army Lake Champlain Squadron


Seth Warner was a native of Haddam, Connecticut. He was mentioned by Arnold, on 24 July, as being a desirable person to raise a company of seamen for service on the lakes, and to command a vessel. [ndar, 5, 1197-1198] He was among those requested from Connecticut by Schuyler on 1 August 1776. [NDAR, 6, 3-4] Warner accepted the assignment on 12 August 1776, conferred with Governor Trumbull of Connecticut, fixed pay rates for the seamen, and began raising the sailors. He was advanced money by the Connecticut Council of Safety for the recruiting. [NDAR, 6, 165-166 and 166 note] Warner had arrived at Fort Ticonderoga by 12 September 1776. [NDAR, 6, 791-792] "He rode out of the woods in an ox-cart, seated on his sea chest, his sextant in its wooden box on his knee." [Bird, Navies, 173] Warner was duly appointed to the Continental Army Galley Trumbull, also Colonel EDWARD WIGGLESWORTH's flagship, and sailed from Fort Ticonderoga on the evening of 26 September 1776. [NDAR, 6, 1006-1007, 1061-1062] First Lieutenant EBENEZER BASS and Master ZEPHAN FULLER served under Warner. [Warner was not the same person as the Lt. Col of the Green Mountain Boys] Warner joined the fleet on 30 September 1776. [Bird, Navies, 184] He was commissioned as commander of the Connecticut Privateer Sloop Sally on 12 October 1779 and captured a brig with a cargo of lumber. On 1 June 1780 Warner assisted in the capture of the brig Cornelia, which was brought into East Haddam, Connecticut. [Claghorn, 326]


WARREN, BENJAMIN

MA

Commander, Massachusetts Privateers


Benjamin Warren was a resident of Salem, Massachusetts. He was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Sloop Revenge on 14 September 1776, and to the Massachusetts Privateer Brigantine Hampden on 5 July 1777. [Howe, Beverly Privateers, 434] On 28 November 1777 he was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Brigantine Lyon. [Allen, Massachusetts Privateers of the Revolution, 206] Warren’s next appearance is as the First Lieutenant aboard the Massachusetts Privateer Schooner Modesty (Commander WILLIAM CARLTON) on 6 August 1779. On 14 August 1780 he is on the crew list of the Massachusetts Privateer Ship Pilgrim (Commander JOSEPH ROBINSON) as Second Lieutenant. [Howe, Beverly Privateers, 414. On p. 434 the date is given as 14 August 1782, which is incorrect.]


WARREN, JAMES

(P)

Lieutenant, Continental Marines


WARREN, JAMES

(P)

Lieutenant, Continental Marines


Listed twice in Paullin [515].


WATERMAN, WILLIAM

(P/A)

Lieutenant, Continental Marines


William Waterman was born about 1759, a native of Cranston, Rhode Island. Waterman was commissioned as First Lieutenant of Marines on 4 March 1778 [Allen, ii, 712], at age 19, and assigned to the Continental Navy Ship Providence (Captain ABRAHAM WHIPPLE), then at Field's Point in the Providence River. Waterman filled a vacancy which had been empty since First Lieutenant STEPHEN EARL had been promoted Captain of Marines about September 1777. He reported aboard on 29 April 1778. [Smith, Marines, 476, gives this as his commission date.] Waterman had no long wait for action. On 30 April the Providence sailed to run the blockade of Narragansett Bay and proceed for France. She had a running fight with HM Frigate Lark and another blockader before getting out of the bay. Waterman participated in her subsequent cruises to France, her return to Boston, and the fabulous cruise of June-August 1779, during which eight prizes worth over $1,000,000 were captured. On 23 November 1779, Providence, with Continental Navy Ships Queen of France, Boston, and Ranger, sailed for Charleston, South Carolina, to assist in the defense of that port against an expected British attack. Waterman participated in the various engagements there, and was captured on 12 May 1780 when the town surrendered. Waterman was kept a prisoner for twenty months, at the end of which he was paroled and exchanged. He was next assigned to Continental Navy Ship Deane, entered on board on 29 October 1781. Waterman participated in the subsequent cruises of the Deane (late Hague) until her final arrival at Boston in May 1783. Waterman returned to Cranston, and married Esther Field on 13 July 1783. He was paid his final wages on 5 December 1783. He lived in Cranston until his death, 18 June 1821. [Smith, Marines, 476-477]


WATERS, DANIEL

(P)

Captain, Continental Navy


WATERS, THOMAS

MD

Commander, Maryland Privateers


Thomas Waters was a resident of Baltimore, Maryland. He was commissioned to the Maryland Privateer Sloop Baltimore Hero on 16 September 1776. Waters sailed to the West Indies and was at St. Eustatius, Netherlands West Indies late in the year. He provoked a small political tempest there when he captured the brigantine May in Dutch territorial waters. Waters stayed in the West Indies through most of 1777. Returning to Baltimore in September 1777 he engaged and captured the Catherine [see Baltimore Hero] On 20 October 1777 Waters was commissioned to the Maryland Privateer Schooner Willaminta. [see Williaminta] Waters was commissioned to the Maryland Privateer Sloop Lark on 11 March 1780. [see Lark]


WATKINS, WILLIAM

PA

Captain, Pennsylvania Navy


William Watkins was commissioned as a Captain in the Pennsylvania Navy on 27 May 1776 and assigned to the Pennsylvania Navy Boat Brimstone. [Jackson, 342] Watkins may have received his actual commission on 1 July 1776. [NOAR, 327] Watkins’ boat was one of five ordered to Lewes, Delaware on 11 August 1777 to strengthen the alarm post there. [Jackson, 114-115] As captain of the Brimstone Watkins participated in the Delaware River campaign of September-November 1777. Watkins was among those captains who salvaged articles from the destroyed HMS Augusta. [Jackson, 203] His boat was among those who escaped upriver on the morning of 20 November 1777. [xx] He was discharged on 17 August 1778. [Jackson, 342]


WATSON, JAMES

First Lieutenant of Marines, Continental Army Lake Champlain Squadron


James Watson enlisted in Benedict Arnold's Massachusetts regiment for service on Lake Champlain about 3 May 1775. He served aboard the Continental Army Sloop Enterprise in the capacity of Lieutenant of Marines from 20 May 1775 until 1 July 1775, when Arnold's men were discharged. [NDAR, "Pay Roll of the Continental Sloop Enterprise," 1, 797 and note]


WATTERS, WILLIAM

See WILLIAM WATTLES


WATTLES, HENRY

CT

Second Lieutenant, Connecticut


Henry Wattles was appointed as a Lieutenant on the Connecticut Privateer Schooner Young Cromwell under Commander WILLIAM REED. He apparently served aboard during Reed’s tenure (June-November 1781) and was prize master of the brig Peggy, taken 13 October 1781. [ Middlebrook, MCR, II, 248]


WATTLES [WATTERS], WILLIAM

CT

Commander, Connecticut Privateers


William Wattles (or Watters) was a resident of Norwich, Connecticut. [NRAR, 494] He was commissioned to the Connecticut Privateer Sloop Nancy on 5 October 1776. [NRAR, 398] During the winter of 1776-1777 or the spring of 1777 the Nancy made a trading voyage to Martinique, in the French West Indies. [NDAR, VIII, 320] During her outward passage she captured a brigantine, bound from Ireland to the West Indies, laden with salt and provisions. The prize was sent into Charleston, South Carolina. [NDAR, VIII, 403, 426-427, 455] Nancy returned to New Bedford, Massachusetts, then pushed on to Dartmouth, Massachusetts, arriving before 11 April 1777. [NDAR, VIII, 320, 426-427] On 5 June 1779 Wattles was commissioned to the Connecticut Privateer Schooner Young Cromwell. [NRAR, 494] In this schooner he captured the sloop Peggy, and with Connecticut Privateer Sloop Retaliation (Commander Azariah Whittlesey) the brigs Walpole and Endeavour. Young Cromwell was at sea in April 1780, sailing with Connecticut Privateer Schooner Bunker Hill (Commander Sanford Thompson). On 14 April  Bunker Hill and Young Cromwell fell in with the British Privateer Sloop Dolphin (David Hunter), and had a sharp fight with her. Wattles had three men wounded in the fight. On 12 May 1780 Young Cromwell captured a British sloop off Sandy Hook, but she was re-captured. [Middlebrook,Maritime Connecticut, II, 246-247] Wattles (as Watters) was commissioned to the Connecticut Privateer Sloop Phoenix on 1 May 1781. [NRAR, 414] Connecticut Privateer [unknown] Comet was at sea under Commander William Wattles in early 1782. He made a voyage to the West Indies. On the return voyage, in March 1782, he was captured by the British. He was exchanged. [Middlebrook, MCR, II, 66] On 3 July 1782 Wattles (again as Watters) was commissioned to the Connecticut Privateer Brigantine Thetis. [NRAR, 474] In the Thetis Wattles made a voyage to The Netherlands, arriving at The Texel on 18 October 1782. He made a safe return voyage. [Middlebrook, MCR, II, 65, 232]


WATTLES, WILLIAM HENRY

CT

Prize Master, Connecticut Privateers


William Henry Wattles was aboard the Connecticut Privateer Brigantine Marshall (Commander NOAH SCOVELL) on 6 March 1783, in the position of Prize Master. He may have been the Master. Wattles was described as 5′11′′tall with a light complexion, brown hair and firmly built. When the brigantine Hope was captured on 2 April 1783, Wattles was assigned as her prize master. He brought her in to New London, Connecticut on 10 April.[See Marshall]


WAUD [WAND], WILLIAM

MD

Captain, Maryland Navy

Commander, Maryland Privateers


William Waud [NDAR, IV, 239-240] (or Wand) [NRAR, 370] was commissioned as a Captain in the Maryland Navy and assigned to the Maryland Navy Schooner Tender Resolution  on 8 March 1776. [NDAR, IV, 239-240]  Waud served for a time but was apparently gone by the fall of 1776. He was a resident of Baltimore, Maryland when he was commissioned to the Maryland Privateer Brig Burling on 18 August 1778. [NRAR, 245] On 9 May 1780 he was commissioned to the Maryland Privateer Schooner Laurens. [NRAR, 370]


WEBB, JOSEPH

CT

Mate, Connecticut Privateers


Joseph Webb was Second  Mate on the Connecticut Privateer Sloop Revenge (Commander JOSEPH CONKLING), commissioned 19 January 1777. [NOAR, 329] He was aboard the Connecticut Privateer Sloop Eagle (Commander WILLIAM LEEDS), commissioned 4 May 1782, as a Mate. One prize was captured on the following cruise. Eliza was sold at Havana, Cuba about August 1782. [Middlebrook, II, 80]


WEBB, LEWIS

VA

[Second] Lieutenant of Marines, Virginia Marines


Lewis Webb was appointed as a [Second] Lieutenant of Marines in the Virginia Marines and assigned to the Virginia Navy Ship Cormorant (Captain JAMES MAXWELL), presumably about May 1782. [Stewart, 265; conclusion, see JOHN HARDYMAN] He served in Captain of Marines John Hardyman’s company and helped recruit Marines for the Cormorant, then lying at Hampton. [Stewart, 122] Webb was presumably in service until the Cormorant was ordered sold in October 1782. [Cross, 79; Stewart, 126]


WEEMS, DAVID

MD

Owner, Maryland Privateers


David Weems was a resident of Baltimore, Maryland. Weems was also a member of Isaac Van Bibber & Co. (Isaac Van Bibber and David Weems of Baltimore, Maryland; and John Muir of Annapolis, Maryland). Vessels associated with Weems were:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

12/17/76

MD

Schooner General Lee (10/50)

James Phillips

David Weems

James Phillips, David Weems

[NRAR, 311]

8/3/78

MD

Sloop Washington (14/20)

John Burrows

Isaac Van Bibber & Co.

John Burrows, John Muir

[NRAR, 489]

2/4/79

MD

Sloop Little Sam (12/12)

William Weems

Richard Curson, David Weems, Samuel Chew

William Weems, John Muir

[NRAR, 375]


WELCH, HEZEKIAH

MA

First Lieutenant, Continental Navy


Hezekiah Welch was born in 1734. He was commissioned on 19 October 1776 as a Lieutenant in the Continental Navy. Welch served on the Continental Navy Ship Boston (Captain SAMUEL TUCKER) on 15 February 1778. When the 16-gun Martha was captured, he was assigned as prizemaster. Welch next went to the Continental Navy Ship Alliance (Captain JOHN BARRY). [NOAR, 331] Welch was aboard the ship when it sailed from New London on 4 August 1782. During the cruise nine prizes were captured, including four very valuable ones. Alliance put into L'Orient, France on 18 October 1782. Welch managed to avoid being involved in the "officer's mutiny" that ocurred there. [Smith, Marines in the Revolution, 286-287] Welch was aboard the Alliance when she sailed for America on 9 December 1782, but was listed as a “pro tem” lieutenant. She arrived at Martinique on 9 January 1783. She soon sailed for Havana, stopping at St. Eustatius and Cap Francois, and arriving at Havana on 31 January. Alliance and Continental Navy Ship Duc de Lauzun (Captain JOHN GREEN) sailed from Havana on 6 March 1783. Welch was aboard Alliance during the Battle of the Florida Straits on 10 March 1783. Alliance arrived in Rhode Island on 20 March. Since the end of the war was very near, most of her crew was discharged. It is possible that Welch was retained aboard the Alliance however. If so, he was aboard the ship when she sailed for Virginia in late June. When Alliance sailed for Europe from Virginia she began leaking and put into Philadelphia in late August. An examination showed she needed extensive repair and her crew was ordered to be discharged. Presumably this included Welch, if he was still aboard. [Numerous citations for the ship] Welch died in 1797. [NOAR, 331]


WELCH, JOHN

(P)

Captain, Continental Marines


WELCH, WILLIAM

MA

Master, Massachusetts Privateers


William Welch was Master on the Massachusetts Privateer Schooner Freedom (Commander JAMES COLVEN), commissioned on 5 May 1777. [NDAR, VIII, 914-915]


WELDEN, RICHARD

[see WHELLEN, RICHARD]


WELDON, RICHARD

[see WHELLEN, RICHARD]


WELLS, CHARLES

PA

Commander, Maryland Privateers

Commander, Pennsylvania Privateers


Charles Wells was a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when he was commissioned to the Maryland Privateer Boat Rebecca and Sally (Commander Thomas Russell) as First Lieutenant on 24 June 1776. Rebecca and Sally may have been the first privateer commissioned in Maryland in the war. [NDAR, V, 715-716]  Wells was commissioned as commander of the Maryland Privateer Brig Bacchus on 8 June 1778. She made a voyage to France and was there in July 1778. Wells was again commissioned, on 8 June 1779, to the same vessel, although her name was now given as the Bantrus. In early 1780 Wells and Bacchus were captured by the British and taken in to Antigua. [see Bacchus] On 22 December 1781 Wells was commissioned to the Pennsylvania Privateer Ship Nonsuch. [NRAR, 407]


WENTWORTH, JOSHUA

NH

Continental Army Agent, Continental Army Boston Squadron

Owner, New Hampshire Privateers


Joshua Wentworth was a merchant of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He served as the Portsmouth agent for the Continental Army Squadron organized by George Washington to operate around Boston. On 21 March 1777 Wentworth was notified by the Continental Congress of the appointment of commissioners to settle his accounts. [NRAR, 40] Wentworth was associated with several privateers operating out of Portsmouth.

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

5/17/77

NH

McClary

Thomas Dalling

 

JACOB TREADWELL JOHN PENHALLOW; JOSEPH SIMES

[NRAR, 381]

As bonder:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

4/13/81

MA

Royal Louis

Nathan Nichols

 

Nichols, JAMES HACKETT; JOSIAH GILMAN, Jr.[NRAR, 449]

[NRAR, 449]

As witness:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

6/28/82

MA

Iris

Stephen Clay

 

BENJAMIN WEST ; JOHN HAVEN

[NRAR, 353]


WEREAT, JOHN

GA

Continental Agent, Georgia


John Wereat was a merchant of Savannah, Georgia. He was appointed by the Marine Committee on 14 November 1776 as the Continental Agent for Georgia. Wereat received this notice when the Continental Navy Schooner Georgia Packet (Lieutenant ISAAC BUCK) arrived with a cargo in December 1776.


WESCOTT, WRIGHT

[See WESTCOTT, WRIGHT]


WEST, NATHANIEL

MA

Second Lieutenant, Massachusetts Privateers


Nathaniel West was, presumably, a resident of Beverly, Massachusetts. He was appointed as Second Lieutenant aboard the Massachusetts Privateer Brigantine Terrible Creature (Commander ROBERT RICHARDSON) on 10 March 1778. [Howe, Beverly Privateers, 419, 426]


WESTCOT, NICHOLAS

MD

First Mate, Maryland Privateers


Nicholas Westcot, possibly of Baltimore, Maryland, was aboard the Maryland Privateer Sloop Bennington (Commander ROBERT CRAIGE) as First Mate on 18 August 1779. [see Bennington]


WESTCOTT [WESCOTT], WRIGHT

VA

Wright Westcott [Stewart, 265] (Wescott) [NOAR, 332] was commissioned on 18 June 1776 to command the Virginia Navy Sloop Scorpion, on the Potomac River. On 7 September 1776 he was ordered to Portsmouth, and then to join Commodore BOUCHER in Chesapeake Bay. On 11 September he was ordered to transport troops to New York. [NOAR, 332] He was aboard the Scorpion in December 1776. [Stewart, 265] Westcott later commanded the Virginia Navy Galley Norfolk Revenge. On 28 May 1778 the Norfolk Revenge was sunk in Nansemond River with a loss of prisoners, including Lieutenant EDWARD MORTON. [Stewart, 53] Westcott and the members of the crew who escaped were ordered by the Virginia Navy Board to proceed to Jamestown for reassignment. [Stewart, 53] After the Norfolk Revenge was sunk Westcott transferred to the Virginia Navy Galley Henry. He was one of the retained officers of the Navy. He was the guardian and near relative of Stephen Wright, who started with him to Martinique. They were captured by HMS Cereberus and put in prison [Stewart, 265] Westcott died 1 February 1784. [Stewart, 266]


WHELDON, RICHARD

[see WHELLEN, RICHARD]


WHELLEN [WHELLON, WHELDON, WELDON, WELDEN], RICHARD

Captain, Massachusetts Navy

Commander, Massachusetts Privateers

Commander, Rhode Island Privateers


Richard Whellen [Whellon, Weldon, Welden] was a resident of Edgartown, Massachusetts. He was commissioned as a Captain in the Massachusetts Navy on 22 June 1776 and assigned to the Massachusetts Navy Brigantine Rising Empire. [NOAR, 333] He left the Massachusetts Navy about 12 September 1776. [NDAR, VI] Whellon was commissioned to the Rhode Island Privateer Broome on 17 September 1776. [Sheffield, 59] He captured five prizes in the Broome, two of which were the brig General Wolfe and the ship Capel. [see Broome] Whellon was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Brigantine Venus on 9 August 1779, and to the Massachusetts Privateer Ship General Washington on 24 April 1780. In both cases he listed his address as Boston, Massachusetts. [qv]


WHELLON, RICHARD

[see WHELLEN, RICHARD]


WHIPPLE, ABRAHAM

RI/(P)

Captain, Continental Navy


Abraham Whipple was appointed as a “commander” in the Rhode Island Navy on 12 June 1775, with the “rank and power of commodore of both vessels” authorized for the Rhode Island Navy. He was assigned to the Rhode Island Navy Sloop Katy. [NDAR, I, 664-665] He was presumably a relative of Captain CHRISTOPHER WHIPPLE.


WHIPPLE, CHRISTOPHER

RI

Captain, Rhode Island Navy


Christopher Whipple (presumably a relative of ABRAHAM WHIPPLE) was appointed as a “commander” in the Rhode Island Navy on 12 June 1775 and assigned to the Rhode Island Navy Sloop Washington, the smaller of two vessels authorized on the same day. [NDAR, I, 664-665] He declined the appointment and was replaced by JOHN GRIMES on 28 June 1775. [NDAR, I, 769]


WHIPPLE, JABEZ

RI

Commander, Rhode Island Privateers


Jabez Whipple was commissioned to the Rhode Island Privateer Sloop Independence on 24 July 1776. [Sheffield, 59]


WHITE, HENRY

MA

Commander, Massachusetts Privateers


Henry White was a native of Salem, Massachusetts. He was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Brigantine Ranger on 21 May 1779. [see Ranger] He was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Sloop Banter (Bontram) on 25 May 1782. White captured or re-captured three prizes in the sloop. Banter was captured in July 1782 in the Strait of Belle Isle and apparently taken in to the Orkney Islands. [see Banter]


WHITE, JACOB

(P)/[CT]

Third Lieutenant, Continental Navy

First Lieutenant, Continental Marines


Jacob White was presumably from Connecticut. He was commissioned as First Lieutenant of Marines (16 October 1776) aboard the Continental Navy Ship Trumbull (Captain DUDLEY SALTONSTALL), launched at Portland, Connecticut on 5 September 1776. White's superior officer was Captain of Marines GILBERT SALTONSTALL. Trumbull proved unable to get out of the Connecticut River. White was listed on one of her muster rolls, sometime in 1777, as a Navy Third Lieutenant. In September 1780, when the brig Little William was captured, White was also listed as a naval lieutenant. [Snith, Marines, 478]


WHITE, JOSEPH

VA

Pilot, Virginia Navy


Joseph White was aboard the Virginia Navy Brig Liberty (Captain Thomas Herbert) as her “Master Pilot” in late 1777. He was made prizemaster of a vessel captured by the Liberty and brought her safely into Little York, Virginia. [Stewart, 49] In 1780 White went in a privateer bound to St. Eustatius, recently conquered by the British. The British had kept the Dutch colors flying, thus luring inbound shipping to the island. White’s privateer was thus captured. He died in prison at St. Eustatius. [Stewart, 266]


WHITE, SAMUEL (Major)

MA

Owner, Massachusetts Privateers


Major Samuel White was a resident of Boston, Massachusetts. He was associated in privateering with JOHN GRUSH of Marblehead, Massachusetts, and, possibly, with JAMES MUGFORD of Marblehead. Vessels associated with White were:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

1/1/78

MA

Brig Bellona (14/75)

Nicholas Ogelbe

Samuel White, John Grush

Nicholas Ogelbe, Samuel White, John Grush

[Allen, MPR, 79]


WHITTLESAY, AZARIAH

CT

Master, Connecticut, Navy


Azariah Whittlesay was a resident of Saybrook in 1776 when he was appointed, on 31 July 1776, by the Governor and Council of Safety of Connecticut as Master on the Connecticut Navy Ship Oliver Cromwell. [NDAR, 5, 1303-1304 and note] Whittlesay was one of the men recommended by Brigadier General Benedict Arnold to raise a company of sailors in Connecticut and command a galley on Lake Champlain (24 July 1776). [NDAR, 5, 1197-1198] He was succeeded by LEVI YOUNG. He was Commander of the Connecticut Privateer Brig Fanny, at Martinique on 10 March 1777. [NDAR, 8, 81] Fanny was reported to have taken three prizes by 12 April 1777. [NDAR, 8, 326] [953, 977, 1021; 9, 173]


WICKES, LAMBERT

(P)

Captain, Continental Navy


Lambert Wickes was from Kent County, Maryland. He was aboard Continental Navy Ship Reprisal by April 1776, as Captain. He was lost at sea when the Reprisal foundered about 1 October 1777. [Clark, lambert Wickes, 375]


WICKES, RICHARD

Third Lieutenant, Continental Navy


Richard Wickes was from Kent County, Maryland. He was aboard Continental Navy Ship Reprisal by April 1776, as Third Lieutenant. Wickes was killed in action on 29 June 1776. [Clark, lambert Wickes, 375]


WICKHAM, THOMAS

CT

Commander, Connecticut Privateers


Thomas Wickham was a resident of New London County, Connecticut. He was commissioned to the Connecticut Privateer Sloop Hampton Packet on 23 October 1781, being one of the co-owners of the privateer. Wickham captured the unknown two-masted boat (or schooner) on 23 December 1781 and the  schooner Peggy on 2 March 1783. [Middlebrook, Maritime Connecticut During The Revolution, II, 105-106; NRAR, 323]


WILCOCKS [WILCOX], JOHN

Owner, Pennsylvania Privateers


John Wilcocks [Wilcox] was a merchant of Philadelphia, frequently associated with NICHOLAS LOW. He was associated with the following privateers:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

5/21/79

PA

Brigantine Active (14/40)

Charles Alexander

John Wilcocks & Co.

John Wilcocks, Charles Alexander

J. Bullock, William Brown [NRAR, 218]

4/26/79

PA

Schooner Liberty (6/15)

Henry Hawkins

 

Henry Hawkins, John Wilcocks

James Trimble [NRAR, 372]

8/28/79

PA

Brigantine Achilles (12/30)

George Thomason [Thomson]

Samuel & Thomas Morris

Samuel C. Morris

James Trimble [NRAR, 217]

12/3/79

PA

Sloop Friendship (8/20)

John Ball

 

John Ball, John Wilcocks

Samuel Wilcox, Samuel Clarkson [NRAR, 305]

9/6/80

PA

Brigantine Friendship (12/40)

John Ball

George Meade & Co, Richard Low, John & Robert Harper

Nicholas Low, John Ball

James Trimble [NRAR, 306]

11/11/80

PA

Brigantine Fayette (18/60)

Samuel Davison

George Meade, Thomas Fitzsimons

John Wilcocks, George Meade

James Trimble, Samuel Davison [NRAR, 292]

1/6/81

PA

Brigantine Ajax (8/23)

John Harr

 

John Harr, John Wilocks

James Trimble [NRAR, 223]

6/28/81

PA

Ship Hope (16/50)

William Hayman

George Meade, Thomas Fitzsimons

Thomas Fitzsimons, William Hayman

James Trimble [NRAR, 342]

8/11/81

PA

Brigantine Financier (6/15)

John Harr

Thomas Fitzsimons & Co, Abraham Markoe

John Wilcocks, John Harr

James Trimble [NRAR, 293]

9/3/81

PA

Schooner Kitty Meade (7/15)

William Paul

 

William Paul, John Wilcocks

James Trimble [NRAR, 366]

11/28/81

PA

Ship Hyder Ally (12/40)

Henry Hawkins

John Wright Stanly, Nicholas Low

William Allibone, Henry Hawkins

James Trimble [NRAR, 348]

6/20/82

VA

Schooner Tamany (12/20)

Thomas Hooke

Wilcox, Low & Co.

Thomas Hooke, James Heron

Archibald Blair [NRAR, 472]

As bonder:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

7/10/80

PA

Brig Fayette (14/60)

Robert Shewell

Meade, Fitsimons & Co

John Wilcocks, Robert Shewell

James Trimble [NRAR, 291]


WILCOT, JOHN

CT

First Lieutenant, Continental Army Lake Champlain Squadron


John Wilcot (Wilcott) was enlisted by Captain FREDERICK CHAPPEL on 25 August 1776 for service on the lakes as a Seaman. [NDAR, 6, 985-986] He was promoted during the winter of 1776-1777. When Captain Chappel was ordered to raise a new company of sailors for the lakes, on 15 January 1777, he apparently signed on Wilcot as First Lieutenant. [NDAR, 7, 961-962] Wilcot was First Lieutenant aboard the Continental Army Lake Champlain Squadron Galley Gates, at Fort Ticonderoga on 26 June 1776. [NDAR, 9, 174] When the British attack began on Fort Ticonderoga, Gates escorted the fleeing convoy to Skenesborough, where Gates was burned and blown up to prevent capture on 6 July 1776. [NDAR, 9, 225]


WILLETT, ENOCH [HOPE]

PA

Commander, Pennsylvania Privateers


Enoch (or Hope) Willett was born in 1757 [NOAR, 338] and was a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was commissioned to the Pennsylvania Privateer Boat (or Galley) Black Joke [NRAR, 239] (or Black Joak) [Middlebrook, Maritime Connecticut During The Revolution, II, 62] on 30 July 1781. [NRAR, 239] In August 1781 Black Joke, operating in Long Island Sound, captured the “pettiaugre” Betsey (John Mathews) and the sloop Polly (William Jones) and sent them in to port in Connecticut. [Middlebrook, Maritime Connecticut During The Revolution, II, 62]. He died in 1804. [NOAR, 338]


WILLIAMS, EDWARD

CT

Lieutenant, Connecticut Privateers


Edward Williams served as a Lieutenant aboard the Connecticut Privateer Sloop America (Commander ASA PALMER) in May of 1777. Under Palmer America captured five British prizes in the summer of 1777. On 18 July 1777 America was captured by the British and taken into Newport, Rhode Island. Williams was sent to the prison ship, where he died in August 1777.[Middlebrook, Maritime Connecticut During The Revolution, II, 48-49; see America]


WILLIAMS, GEORGE

MA

Owner, Massachusetts Privateers


George Williams was a resident of Salem, Massachusetts. He was associated with the following privateers: [see also GEORGE WILLIAMS, JR.]

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

12/20/80

MA

Brigantine Salem (12/20)

Henry Williams

George Williams et al

Henry Williams, George Williams, Benjamin Ward, Jr.

Henry Williams, Jr., Samuel Williams, Jr. [NRAR, 450]

7/nd/81

MA

Sloop Hazard (4/25)

Nathaniel Coit Webb

George Williams et al

Nathaniel Coit Webb, George Williams, Archelaus Putnam

Thomas Barrett, Jonathan Smith [NRAR, 331]

8/13/81

MA

Ship Marquis de La Fayette (16/100)

Ebenezer Reed

George Williams et al

Ebenezer Reed, George Williams, Joshua Dosge

Belcher Noyes, Jr., Williams Frost [NRAR, 384]

11/23/81

MA

Brigantine Comet (6/15)

Samuel Waters

George Williams et al

Samuel Waters, George Williams, Archelaus Putnam

Nathan Pierce, John McMillan [NRAR, 255]

3/5/82

MA

Sloop Hazard (4/25)

Edward Smith, Jr.

George Williams et al

Edward Smith, Jr., George Williams, Archelaus Putnam

Arthur Jeffry, John Jeffry [NRAR, 331]

4/15/82

MA

Ship Marquis de La Fayette (16/100)

John Buffinton

George Williams et al

John Buffinton, George Williams, Samuel Blanchard

Benjamin Moses, William West, Jr. [NRAR, 385]

8/22/82

MA

Sloop Hazard (6/25)

Hugh Helme

George Williams et al

Hugh Helme, George Williams, Archelaus Putnam

Samuel Carlton, Samuel Williams, Jr. [NRAR, 331]

As bonder:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

7/12/81

MA

Brigantine Romulus (14/25)

Joseph Waters

Joshua Grafton et al

Joseph Waters, George Williams, Joseph Grafton

Thomas Appleton, Barent Bleecker [NRAR, 447]

4/5/82

MA

Sloop Rainbow (10/40)

Nathaniel Coit Webb

Nathaniel Silsbee et al

Nathaniel Coit Webb, George Williams, Nathaniel Silsbee

Samuel West, Samuel Williams, Jr. [NRAR, 426]

As witness:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

10/9/80

MA

Brigantine Union (8/20)

Jonathan Gardner III

Jonathan Gardner, Jr. et al

Jonathan Gardner III, Jonathan Gardner, Jr., Samuel Ward

George Williams, George Dodge, Jr. [NRAR, 482]


WILLIAMS, GEORGE JR.

MA

Commander, Massachusetts Privateers

Owner, Massachusetts Privateers


George Williams Jr. was a resident of Salem, Massachusetts. He was appointed commander of the Massachusetts Privateer Brigantine Rambler on 5 July 1779. [NOAR, 338] His next privateer command was the Massachusetts Privateer Brigantine Aurora, on 27 December 1781.  Williams was at least a part-owner of the Aurora. [NRAR, 231] Williams' final privateer command was the Massachusetts Privateer Brig Experiment, commissioned 7 December 1782. [NRAR, 286]


WILLIAMS, JAMES

MD

Owner, Maryland Privateers


James Williams was a resident of Annapolis, Maryland. He was associated in privateering with WILLIAM HAMMOND, THOMAS RUSSELL, WILLIAM POLLARD (of Philadelphia), JOSEPH WILLIAMS, RICHARD BARNABY, DAVID ROBINSON, WILLIAM AVERY and STATIA HEPBURN. Vessels associated with Williams were:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

7/7/77

MD

Schooner Beggar’s Benison (4/6)

Thomas Steel

James Williams, William Hammond, Thomas Russell, Statia Hepburn

Thomas Steel, James Williams

[NRAR, 233]

10/20/77

MD

Schooner Adventure (0/7)

Thomas Robinson

James Williams, Joseph Williams, Richard Barnaby, David Robinson, William Avery

Thomas Robinson, James Williams

[NRAR, 221]

As security:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

11/17/78

MD

Brig Betsey (2/12)

Benjamin Bradhurst

William Pollard (et al of Baltimore)

Benjamin Bradhurst, James Williams

[NRAR, 235]


WILLIAMS, JACOB

MA

Owner, Massachusetts Privateers


As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

10/13/77

MA

Brig Active (12/70)

John Foster Williams

Jacob Williams, Nehemiah Somes, Charles Sigourney, James Foster Candy

John Foster Williams, Jacob Williams, Nehemiah Somes

[Allen, MPR, 65, 66]


WILLIAMS, JOHN

MA

Master, Massachusetts Privateers


John Williams was aboard the Massachusetts Privateer Schooner Buckram (Commander JOHN CROSS) as Master on 21 August 1777. [NRAR, 243; Allen, MPR, 89; NDAR, X, 347-349] Buckram sailed about mid-September. [Allen, MPR, 89] On 16 September 1777 she was captured by HM Frigate Diamond. [NDAR,  IX, 931 and note] She was sent to Halifax on 22 September 1777. [NDAR, IX, 950] Williams went to Halifax jail on 25 October 1777. [NDAR, X, 347-349]


WILLIAMS, JOHN FOSTER

MA

Captain, Massachusetts Navy

Commander, Massachusetts Privateers


John Foster Williams of Boston, Massachusetts was commissioned in 1776 as the commander of the Massachusetts Navy Sloop Republic. On 17 July 1777 he was appointed to the [Massachusetts Navy] Brigantine Wilkes. [NOAR, 339] On 13 October 1777 he was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Brig or Brigantine Active [Allen, Massachusetts Privateers of the Revolution, 65] On 8 November 1777 he and his owners gave bond not to enlist certain sailors. [Allen, Massachusetts Privateers of the Revolution, 66] Active was captured on 18 November 1777 by HM Frigate Mermaid (Captain James Hawker), some  228 miles south of Cape Sambro, Nova Scotia (39°52'N). [NDAR, X, 528] Proposals for Williams’s exchange were being made by 23 February 1778. [NDAR. XI, 406 and note] Williams next commanded the Massachusetts Navy Ship Protector. In a hard-fought engagement with the British [privateer] vessel Admiral Duff on 9 June 1780, Williams sunk his opponent. Protector was captured by the British in May 1781. Williams was taken to New York. [NOAR, 339] On 4 January 1783 he was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Ship Alexander. [NRAR, 223]


WILLIAMS, JONATHAN

Continental Agent, Nantes, France


Furnishes John Paul Jones with account of the sales of the prize brig Mary. [NRAR, 66]


WILLIAMS, JOSEPH

CT

Owner, Connecticut Privateers

Commander, Connecticut Privateers


Joseph Williams was a resident of Norwich, Connecticut. He was commissioned to the Connecticut Privateer Sloop Lydia on 10 November 1777, [NRAR, 379] of which vessel he was part-owner. As an owner he was associated with the following vessels:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

11/10/77

CT

Sloop Lydia (4/15)

Joseph Williams

Joseph Williams & Co.

Joseph Williams, Jacob De Witt, John Alden

John Trumbull, Ephraim Carpenter [NRAR, 379]

6/5/79

CT

Schooner Young Cromwell (10/45)

William Watters [Wattles]

Joseph Williams et al

William Watters [Wattles], William Coit, Joseph Williams

Jonathan Huntington, William Wattles [NRAR, 494; Middlebrook, II, 246]

2/18/80

CT

Ship Recovery (16/120)

Samuel Smedley

Joseph Williams & Co.

Samuel Smedley, John Grenell, Joseph Williams

Gurdon Saltonstall, David Manwaring [NRAR, 435]

6/11/81

CT

Brigantine Favourite (14/75)

Jonathan Buddington

Joseph Williams & Co.

Jonathan Buddington, Normand Morison, Aaron Olmsted

Ralph Pomeroy, Isaac Peet [NRAR, 291]

7/16/81

CT

Schooner Young Cromwell (10/45)

William Reed

Joseph Williams & Co.

William Reed, William Coit, Jr., John Alden

Hooker St. John, Ebenezer Mead [NRAR, 495; Middlebrook, II, 246]

11/6/81

CT

Schooner Young Cromwell (12/45)

John Cook

Joseph Williams & Co.

John Cook, Seth Harding, Elisha Coit

John Porter, Isaac Fitch [NRAR, 495; Middlebrook, II, 246]

4/10/82

CT

Brigantine Pilgrim (16/90)

Humphrey Crary

Joseph Williams & Co.

Humphrey Crary, William Torrey, John Alden

Eliphalet Dyer, Nathaniel Wales [NRAR, 415]

4/26/82

CT

Schooner Turn of Times (4/25)

William Reed

Joseph Williams & Co.

William Reed, Joshua Huntington, Joseph Williams

Stephen Colver, Jabez Perkins [NRAR, 479]

6/24/82

CT

Boat Vermont (1/12)

George Spooner

Joseph Williams & Co.

George Spooner, Joseph Williams, John Porter

John Trumbull, David Blackman [NRAR, 486]

9/30/82

CT

Sloop Prudence (10/45)

Timothy Parker

Joseph Williams & Co.

Timothy Parker, Joseph Williams, Benjamin Ellis

David Trumbull, William Little, Jr. [NRAR, 423]

As security:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

9/4/78

CT

Brig Nancy (4/15)

Alpheus Davidson

Sarph Williams & Co.

Alpheus Davidson, Joseph Howland, Joseph Williams

Jonathan Huntington, Andrew Craige [NRAR, 399]

9/4/79


CT

Brigantine Defiance (12/70)

Thomas King

Howland & Coit

Thomas King, Joseph Howland, Joseph Williams

Jonathan Huntington, Alpheus Billings [NRAR, 264]


WILLIAMS, JOSEPH

MD

Owner, Maryland Privateers


Joseph Williams was a resident of Annapolis, Maryland. He was associated with the following vessels:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

10/19/77

MD

Schooner Swift (2/7)

William Kennedy

Joseph and James Williams, Thomas Londunny, William Neel

William Kennedy, James Williams

Thomas Johnson, Jr. [NRAR, 470]

10/20/77

MD

Schooner Adventure (3/7)

Thomas Robinson

James Williams, Joseph Williams, Richard Barnaby, David Robinson, William Avery

Thomas Robinson, James Williams

Thomas Johnson, Jr. [NRAR, 221]

3/28/78

MD

Brig Delaware (10/30)

John Angus

Joseph Williams et al

John Angus, Joseph Williams

Thomas Johnson, Jr. [NRAR, 265]

10/19/80

MD

Schooner Lady Lee (4/14)

Robert Dashiell

Joseph Williams, Isaac Harris, John Muir

Robert Dashiell, John Muir

Thomas Johnson, Jr. [NRAR, 367]

As security:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

5/8/78

MD

Boat Lark( 4/6)

Joseph Dority

Samuel and Robert Purviance et al

Joseph Dority, Joseph Williams

Thomas Johnson, Jr. [NRAR, 369]

9/14/78

MD

Sloop Abingdon (12/14)

James Handy

Samuel and Robert Purviance & Co.

James Handy, Joseph Williams

Thomas Johnson, Jr. [NRAR, 217]

7/7/81

MD

Schooner Dragon (6/25)

James Handy

Hugh Young & Co.

James Handy, Joseph Williams

William Hyde [NRAR, 277]

7/7/81

MD

Schooner Maria (5/12)

Peter Milhaut

James Durand & Co.

Peter Milhaut, Joseph Williams

William Hyde [NRAR, 383]


WILLIAMS, JOSHUA

PA

Second Lieutenant, Pennsylvania Navy


Joshua Williams was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Pennsylvania Navy on 1 February 1776 and assigned to the Pennsylvania Navy Galley Camden. [NOAR, 339]


WILLIAMS, LEMUEL

MA

Owner, Massachusetts Privateers


Lemuel Williams was a resident of Bedford in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He was associated with the following vessels:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

8/27/82

MA

Schooner Rover (6/30)

Levi Young

Lemuel Williams et al

Levi Young, Leonard Jarvis, Joseph Russell

Robert Elliot [NRAR, 448]

3/19/83

MA

Boat Spitfire (6/20)

Samuel Hawley

Lemuel Williams

Samuel Hawley, Ebenezer White, Moses Bradley

John Hay, Timothy Tupte [NRAR, 462]

As security:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

4/14/81

MA

Brigantine Hound (6/20)

Nathaniel Hathaway

Samuel Emery et al

Nathaniel Hathaway, Daniel Epes, Lemuel Williams

James Howland, William Crocker [NRAR, 345]


WILLIAMS, MOSES

CT

Owner, Connecticut Privateers


Moses Williams was a resident of Wethersfield, Connecticut. He was associated with the following vessels:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

1/14/78

CT

Sloop Hero (6/40)

Jacob Riley

Jacob Riley, Moses Williams, Ephraim Williams

Jacob Riley, Moses Williams, Ephraim Williams

Jedidiah Stronge, Ezekiel Williams [NRAR, 333]


WILLIAMS, SAMUEL

MA

Owner, Massachusetts Privateers


Samuel Williams was a resident of Salem, Massachusetts. He was associated with the following privateers:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

4/12/82

MA

Brigantine Fox (12/60)

John Donaldson

Samuel Williams et al

John Donaldson, Samuel Williams, Samuel Ward

Thomas Russell, Samuel Deming [NRAR, 302]

7/23/82

MA

Schooner Viper (2/25)

Benjamin Hilton

Samuel Williams et al

Benjamin Hilton, Henry Williams, Samuel Williams

James Carvel, Henry Williams [NRAR, 487]

9/30/82

MA

Schooner Viper (8/25)

Thomas Coburn

Samuel Williams et al

Thomas Coburn, Samuel Williams, Robert Stone

Benjamin Ward, John Jenks [NRAR, 487]

11/20/82

MA

Schooner Hawke (4/30)

Jacob Wilds

Samuel Williams et al

Jacob Wilds, Robert Foster, Joseph Churchill

Benjamin Dunham, David Churchill [NRAR, 330]

As security:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

8/29/81

MA

Brigantine Fox (10/50)

Jonathan Neall

Jonathan Peele et al

Jonathan Neall, Samuel Williams, Jonathan Peele

Joseph Cloness, Robert Peele [NRAR, 301]

11/20/82

MA

Brigantine Fox (8/30)

William Gray

Joseph Sprague et al

William Gray, Joseph Sprague, Samuel Williams

Samuel Williams, Samuel Barton [NRAR, 303]

As witness:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

12/15/80

MA

Ship Thomas (10/20)

Francis Boardman

Bartholomew Putnam et al

Francis Boardman, Bartholomew Putnam, Jonathan Ingersoll

John Turner, Samuel Williams [NRAR, 474]

12/20/80

MA

Brigantine Salem (12/20)

Henry Williams

George Williams et al

Henry Williams, George Williams, Benjamin Ward, Jr.

Henry Williams. Jr., Samuel Williams, Jr. [NRAR, 450]

4/14/81

MA

Ship Pilgrim (18/150)

Joseph Robinson

John and Andrew Cabot

Joseph Robinson, Andrew Cabot, Zachariah Burchmore

Samuel Williams, W. Pickman [NRAR, 415]

11/8/81

MA

Ship Pilgrim (20/130)

Joseph Robinson

John Cabot et al

Joseph Robinson, John Cabot, Andrew Cabot

Samuel Williams, M. Lafitte [NRAR, 415]

4/5/82

MA

Sloop Rainbow (10/40)

Nathaniel Coit Webb

Nathaniel Silsbee et al

Nathaniel Coit Webb, George Williams, Nathaniel Silsbee

Samuel West, Samuel Williams, Jr. [NRAR, 426]

8/22/82

MA

Sloop Hazard (6/25)

Hugh Helme

George Williams et al

Hugh Helme, George Williams, Archelaus Putnam

Samuel Carlton, Samuel Williams, Jr. [NRAR, 331]


WILLIAMS, SAMUEL

PA

Commander, Pennsylvania Privateers


Samuel Williams was born about 1725 [NOAR, 339] and was a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [NRAR, 416] However, he may have been a native of Salem, Massachusetts. [NOAR, 339] He was commissioned to the Pennsylvania (or Massachusetts) Privateer Schooner Polly on 18 June 1779, [NOAR, 339] and to the Pennsylvania Privateer Brigantine Polly on 6 November 1779. [NRAR, 416] These two were probably the same vessel. He was commissioned to the Pennsylvania Privateer Brigantine Tristram Shandy on 4 October 1781. [NRAR, 477]. At this time he listed his age as fifty-six. Williams was 5 feet 8 inches tall, with brown hair and a fresh complexion. [NOAR, 339]


WILLIAMS, SAMUEL

PA

Lieutenant, Pennsylvania Navy

Commander, Pennsylvania Privateers


This Samuel Williams was born about 1742 [NOAR, 339] and was a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [NRAR, 356] He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Pennsylvania Navy in 1776. On 2 December 1776 he was appointed as an aide to George Washington. [NOAR, 339] On 1 July 1782 he was commissioned to the Pennsylvania Privateer Schooner James. [NRAR, 356] At this time he was described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, with brown hair and a fresh complexion, and listed his age as 40. [NOAR, 339]


WILLIAMS, SARPH

CT

Owner, Connecticut Privateers


Sarph Williams was a resident of Norwich, Connecticut. He was associated with the following privateers:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

9/4/78

CT

Brig Nancy (4/15)

Alpheus Davison

Sarph Williams & Co.

Alpheus Davison, Joseph Howland, Joseph Williams

Jonathan Huntington, Andrew Craige [NRAR, 399]


WILLIAMS [WILLIAMSON], THOMAS

MD

Commander, Maryland Privateers


Thomas Williams [Williamson] was, perhaps, a resident of Prince George’s County, Maryland. He was commissioned to the Maryland Privateer Brig Willing Lass on 3 May 1780. [NRAR, 493] Williams was re-commissioned to the Willing Lass on 1 March 1781. [NOAR, 339]


WILLIAMS, THOMAS

PA

[First] Mate, Pennsylvania Privateers


Thomas Williams was a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was aboard the Pennsylvania Privateer Brigantine Polly (Commander ALEXANDER CAIN) as First Mate on 19 July 1781. [NRAR, 417]


WILLIAMS, WILLIAM

MA

Commander, Massachusetts Privateers


William Williams was a resident of Boston, Massachusetts. He commanded the Massachusetts Privateer [unknown] Montgomery and was captured by the British. On 8 August 1777 he was committed to Fortun Prison. Williams later escaped. He was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Brigantine Gerard on 23 March 1779. He next commanded the Massachusetts Privateer Nantz. Before July 1779 he was captured by the British vessel Shaftsbury. He was later exchanged, and, on 9 May 1780 Williams was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Ship Viper. [NOAR, 340] She sailed from Boston on 22 October 1780. [Maclay, 208] In early November 1780 [Maclay, 208. Claghorn, 340, gives the date of the ensuing battle as 22 October 1780] she was off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina in the early morning. A sail was seen bearing down. When Williams turned to chase, the stranger (British New York Privateer Hetty) took flight. About 1200 the two vessels were within pistol shot and Williams showed his colors and delivered a broadside. A "spirited" duel began which lasted for thirty minutes, when the British drew ahead. Williams "ported his helm" and delivered a raking broadside. Just then he was shot in the chest, which threw the Viper into confusion, and the British vessel escaped. Williams died six hours later (he was the only American casualty). [Maclay, 208]


WILLIAMSON, DAVID

MD

[Owner], Maryland Privateers


David Williamson was a resident of Baltimore, Maryland. He was associated with the following privateers:

As security:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

5/28/78

MD

Schooner Johnson (5/8)

William Yeardsley

Daniel Bowley et al

William Yeardsley, David Williamson

Thomas Johnson, Jr. [NRAR, 360]


WILLIAMSON, JOHN

MA

Commander, Massachusetts Privateers


John Williamson was a resident of Marblehead, Massachusetts. [NRAR, 230] He served as a Lieutenant aboard a privateer in 1778, when the vessel was captured by the British. On 24 September 1778 he was sent to Fortun Prison, at Gosport, near Portsmouth, England. [NOAR, 340] Williamson was later commissioned to command the Massachusetts Privateer Ship Argo on 15 December 1781. [NRAR, 230]


WILLIAMSON, THOMAS

[See WILLIAMS, THOMAS]


WILLIAMSON, WILLIAM

PA

Second Lieutenant, Pennsylvania Navy


William Williamson was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Pennsylvania Navy on 1 October 1776 and assigned to the Pennsylvania Navy Convention. [NOAR, 340]


WILLIAMSON, WILLIAM

SC

Member, Committee of Three for Planning a Powder Expedition


Appointed 13 July 1775 to a Committee to confer with Clement Lempriere on a proposed expedition to obtain powder.


WILLING, THOMAS

PA

Owner, Pennsylvania Privateers


Thomas Willing was a very important merchant and political figure in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the senior member of the firm of Willing & Morris, the other partner being ROBERT MORRIS. For the details concerning Willing’s privateers see MORRIS, ROBERT.


WILLIS, BENJAMIN

MA

Commander, Massachusetts Privateers


Benjamin Willis was a resident of Boston, Massachusetts. He was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Brigantine Betsey on 26 September 1780. [NRAR, 236]


WILLIS [WILLS], WILLIAM

PA

Commander, Pennsylvania Privateers


William Willis [Wills] was a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was commissioned to the Pennsylvania Privateer Brigantine Carolina on 28 May 1779. [NRAR, 246] Willis was commissioned to the Pennsylvania Privateer Schooner True Blue on 18 October 1779, [NRAR, 478] and, on 4 January 1780, to the Pennsylvania Privateer Ship Jane. [NRAR, 356]


WILLIS, WILLIAM

PA

[First] Lieutenant, Pennsylvania Privateers


William Willis was a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On 5 March 1782 Willis was aboard the Pennsylvania Privateer Sloop Dolphin (Commander JACOB DE HART) as First Mate. [NRAR, 274] Willis listed his age as 22, and was described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, with light hair and a fresh complexion. [NOAR, 340]


WILLS, JOHN SEK

VA

Owner, Virginia Privateers


John Sek Wills was a resident of Virginia. He was associated with the following vessels:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

9/28/81

VA

Brigantine Governor Nelson

Nathaniel Parker

Josiah Parker, John Sek Wills

Parker & Wills, James M. Simmons

John Dandridge [NRAR, 320]


WILLS, WILLIAM

[see WILLIS, WILLIAM]


WILLSON, HUGH

[See WILSON, HUGH]


WILLSON, JAMES

[See WILSON, JAMES]


WILLSON, JOHN

[See WILSON, JOHN]


WILSON, ALEXANDER

MA

Commander, Massachusetts Privateers


Alexander Wilson was a resident of Boston, Massachusetts. He was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Brigantine Edward on 5 November 1780. [NRAR, 280]


WILSON [WILLSON], HUGH

PA

Commander, Pennsylvania Privateers

Commander, Maryland Privateers


Hugh Wilson [Willson] was a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On 24 March 1781 he was aboard the Pennsylvania Privateer Brigantine Don Francisco (Commander JOHN GIFFORD) as First Mate. Wilson listed his age as 27. He was commissioned to the Don Franciso on 27 October 1781. Wilson was commissioned to the Pennsylvania Privateer Schooner Renown on 25 May 1782. On 14 March 1783 Wilson was commissioned to the Maryland Privateer Schooner Greyhound. [NOAR, 341]


WILSON [WILLSON], JAMES

MD

Second Lieutenant, Continental Navy


James Wilson [Willson] was aboard the Continental Navy Schooner Wasp in January 1776 as Master’s Mate. [NOAR, 340] He had joined the Continental Navy Sloop Independence (Captain JOHN YOUNG) as a Second Lieutenant by October 1776. [Clark, The First Saratoga, 153] Wilson served aboard Independence during her voyage to Martinique and her return. He was transferred to the sloop Morris in December 1776. [ Clark, The First Saratoga, 153-154] He served in the sloop Morris, which was taken and carried in to Halifax, where Wilson was imprisoned. He escaped and made his way to Borden Town about early October 1777, where he delivered letters for Robert Morris to the Navy Board of the Middle District. [NDAR, X, 59 and note. The Morris may have been the ship Morris, blown up on 11 April 1777.]


WILSON, JAMES HOOD

(P)/PA

First Lieutenant, Continental Marines


James Hood Wilson was presumably a Philadelphia area native, as were most of the early Marine officers recruited in 1775. On 4 January 1776 Wilson was aboard the Continental Navy Brig Cabot (Captain JOHN BURROUGHS HOPKINS) as First Lieutenant of Marines, under Captain of Marines JOHN WELSH. Wilson sailed on the Cabot and participated in the New Providence Expedition. On 6 April the returning Continental fleet encountered HM Frigate Glasgow. Cabot was the first vessel to fire, beginning the Battle off Block Island. Wilson was mortally wounded at Glasgow's first broadside. [Smith, Marines, 72, 478]


WILSON [WILLSON], JOHN

MA

Commander, Massachusetts Privateers


John Wilson [Willson] was a resident of Boston, Massachusetts. He was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Schooner General Arnold on 20 December 1777, and, on 15 June 1778, to the Massachusetts Privateer Brig General Stark. On 29 September 1778 Wilson was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Schooner General Heath. He was next commissioned, on 18 January 1779, to the Massachusetts Privateer Sloop Royal Louis. Wilson was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Brigantine Rebecca on 4 September 1779. [NOAR, 340]


WILSON, JOHN

PA

Commander, Pennsylvania Privateers


John Wilson was, possibly, a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was aboard the Maryland Privateer Sloop Franklin (Commander JAMES TATE) as First Mate on 11 March 1779. [NRAR, 303] He may be the same John Wilson who served as a witness on the bond for the Pennsylvania Privateer Brigantine Gustavus (Commander GEORGE FLEMING), commissioned on 8 November 1780. [NRAR, 322] Wilson was commissioned to the Pennsylvania Privateer Brigantine Queen of Sweden on the same day. [NRAR, 425]


WILSON, JOHN

PA

Second Lieutenant, Pennsylvania Navy


John Wilson was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Pennsylvania Navy on 6 March 1776 and assigned to the Pennsylvania Navy Galley Ranger. [NOAR, 341] He may be the same man as the privateer commander above.


WILSON, JOHN

VA

Midshipman, Virginia Navy


John Wilson was a Midshipman aboard the Virginia Navy Brig Liberty (Captain THOMAS HERBERT) in July 1777. He was aboard the Tempest on 7 December 1779. [Stewart, 269]


WILSON, JOSEPH

VA

[First] Mate, Virginia Navy


Joseph Wilson was a Master’s Mate [First Mate] aboard the Virginia Navy Brig Liberty (Captain THOMAS LILLY) from 18 May 1776 to 30 July 1776. [Stewart, 269] Wilson was one of the officers who complained about Lilly on 11 October 1776. [Stewart, 44-45] He had apparently been promoted to Master (although listed as JOHN WILSON) by late 1776. [Stewart, 45 note]


WILSON, JOSEPH

VA

Midshipman, Virginia Navy


Joseph Wilson is listed as a Midshipman in the Virginia Navy, with no additional information. [Stewart, 269]


WILSON, JOSEPH

VA

[Owner], Virginia Privateers


Joseph Wilson was associated with the following vessels:

As security:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

11/6/81

VA

Brig Prosperity (14/40)

Alexander Murray

Hugh Young & Co.

Alexander Murray, Joseph Wilson

Charles Hay [NRAR, 422]


WILSON, NATHANIEL

CT

Second Mate, Connecticut Navy


Nathaniel Wilson was aboard the Connecticut Navy Ship Oliver Cromwell as Second Mate on 25 February 1777, according to the crew list. [NDAR, 7, 1283-1287]


WILSON, PHILIP

PA

Owner, Pennsylvania Privateers


Philip Wilson was a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was associated with the following vessels:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

5/5/81

PA

Brigantine Hibernia (4/14)

John Baxter

John Pringle and Philip Wilson & Co.

John Pringle, Philip Wilson

James Teimble [NRAR, 338]


WILSON, ROBERT

PA

First Lieutenant, Pennsylvania Navy


Robert Wilson was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the Pennsylvania Navy on 22 August 1776 and assigned to the Pennsylvania Navy Galley Washington. [NOAR, 341]


WILSON, WILLIS

VA

Captain, Virginia Navy


Willis Wilson was commissioned as a Captain in the Virginia Navy on 25 October 1776 and assigned to the Virginia Navy Galley Caswell. [NOAR, 341]


WINDER, WILLIAM

PA

Commissioner, Navy Board of the Middle District


William Winder was a commissioner on the Navy Board of the Middle District. On 7 October 1779 he signed a report to the Marine Committee on the actions of John Anderson in selling public stores. The report included an inventory of the stores on hand. [NRAR, 119] On 4 December 1780 Winder wrote to Samuel Huntington, the President of the Continental Congress, requesting a leave of absence without pay from the Navy Board of the Middle District, until Congress should decide how that board was to be reorganized. The request was granted. [NRAR, 167]


WINDSHIP, AMOS

MA

Surgeon, Massachusetts Navy


Amos Windship was appointed as Surgeon on the Massachusetts Navy Brig Massachusetts (Captain DANIEL SOUTHER) on 5 November 1776. [NOAR, 341]


WING, JOHN

MA

Second Lieutenant, Massachusetts Privateers


John Wing was born in Dartmouth, Massachusetts in 1755. On 26 May 1778 he was appointed as Second Lieutenant on the [Massachusetts Privateer] Sloop America. Wing died at Dartmouth in 1832. [NOAR, 341]


WING, JOSHUA

MA

Commander, Massachusetts Privateers


Joshua Wing was a resident of Boston, Massachusetts. He was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Schooner Marisheete on 7 April 1777. Wing was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Boat Scotch Trick on 3 September 1782. Wing was captured by the British Privateer Admiral Digby, subsequently re-captured by Alexander Smiley of Philadelphia and released on board his brigantine Iris in February 1783. [NOAR, 341-342]


WING, MOSES

MA

Surgeon's Mate, Continental Navy

Surgeon, Massachusetts Privateers


Moses Wing was a native of Pocasset, Massachusetts. After the fight at Lexington he went to Boston and tried to join the American Army. His parents forced him to return home. In January 1776, he joined Captain Diamond Morton's company in a regiment or artillery commanded by Colonel Henry Knox, as a drummer. Wing was wounded on Long Island and lost his leg. He was discharged in November/December 1776, returned home and began studying medicine. In May/June 1778 he became a Surgeonís Mate on the Continental Navy Sloop Providence (Captain JOHN RATHBUN). [Wing, George W., The Owl, Wing Family of America Incorporated, Kewaunee, Wisconsin: 1916, v 18, no. 4, pp. 1691-1693] In August 1778, Wing served as Surgeon on the privateer Vagrant (Malvin). In October/November he was on another privateer, brig Stark (Hubbard). [Massachusetts Society of the Sons of the American Revolution: Register of Members, April 19, 1907, and Records of their Revolutionary Ancestors with the Constitution and By Laws and Proceedings of the Society and Managers, F. A. Baggette Company: Springfield, 1907, 191. I am unable to further identify this privateer.] Alternatively, the privateer is listed as the sloop Vagrant, and the master as Maloon [perhaps Malone]. [http://worldcupcafe.pbworks.com/Moses+Wing+I1000000]. In June, 1779, he again entered a hospital at Boston and there served six months as surgeon's mate to Dr. John Warren, one of the most eminent of the Revolutionary surgeons. Wing again entered military service and served in militia regiments until December 1781, as a Surgeonís Mate and Surgeon. [Wing, The Owl, v 18, no. 4, pp. 1691-1693]


WING, PETER

Commander, Pennsylvania Privateers

First Mate, Maryland Privateers


Peter Wing was a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [NRAR, 228] He was born about 1757. [NOAR, 342] He was appointed as First Mate on the Maryland Privateer Schooner Antelope (Commander Frederick Folger), commissioned on 20 January 1781. [NRAR, 228] Wing was commissioned to the Pennsylvania Privateer Schooner Felicity on 17 November 1781. [NRAR, 292] He listed his age as 24. [NOAR, 342]


WINGATE, EDMUND

PA

First Mate, Pennsylvania Privateers


Edmund Wingate of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, listed his age as 23 [NOAR, 342] when he was appointed as First Mate on the Pennsylvania Privateer Brigantine Virginia (Commander PETER HODGKINSON) on 18 June 1781. [NRAR, 488] The Virginia was captured by the British vessel New Adventure about March 1782. [NOAR, 342]


WINN, GEORGE

VA

Owner, Virginia Privateers


George Winn was a resident of Richmond, Virginia. He was associated with the following vessels:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

4/25/82

VA

Schooner Hazzard (16/75)

Daniel Conant

George Winn & Co.

Daniel Conant, James Hunter

Archibald Blair [NRAR, 331]


WINNING, JOHN

MD

Commander, Maryland Privateers

Commander, Pennsylvania Privateers


John Winning was a resident of Baltimore, Maryland. He was commissioned to the Maryland Privateer Sloop Fly on 14 September 1778. [NRAR, 295] Winning was commissioned to the Pennsylvania Privateer Ship Experiment on 4 October 1780. [NRAR, 285]


WINSHIP, JONATHAN

MA

[Owner], Massachusetts Privateers


Jonathan Winship presumably lived in the Salem, Massachusetts area. He was a presumptive owner of at least one privateer.

As security:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

10/11/82

MA

Schooner Tartar (10/18)

Thomas Dexter

Joshua Convers et al

Thomas Dexter, Joshua Convers, Jonathan Winship

Laban Bates, John Howard [NRAR, 391]


WINTHROP, JOHN

MA

Owner, Massachusetts Privateers


John Winthrop was a resident of Boston, Massachusetts. He was associated with the following vessels:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

6/28/81

MA

Brigantine Lark (4/13)

Robert Stonehouse

Isaac Phillips, John Winthrop et al

Robert Stonehouse, Isaac Phillips, John Winthrop

Joseph Ingraham, Jere Webb [NRAR, 369]

10/1/81

MA

Brigantine Lark (4/12)

Joseph Tilden

John Winthrop et al

Joseph Tilden, Isaac Phillips, Benjamin Jepson

David Phillips [NRAR, 369]

As security:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

2/11/82

MA

Brigantine Queen of Spain (6/15)

Tristram Barnard

Benjamin Jepson et al

Tristram Barnard, Benjamin Jepson, John Winthrop

John Welsh, Jr., Abraham Forst [NRAR, 425]

As witness:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

11/8/80

MA

Brigantine Venus (6/15)

Michael Leslie

Daniel and Robert McNeill

Michael Leslie, Robert McNeill, Ebenezer Lane

John Winthrop, Samuel Perkins [NRAR, 485]


WIRT, MARTIN

PA

Captain, Pennsylvania Navy


Martin Wirt was commissioned on 1 July 1776 as a Captain in the Pennsylvania Navy and assigned to the Pennsylvania Navy Sloop Sally. [NOAR, 342]


WISE, GEORGE

MD

Second Lieutenant, Maryland Navy


George Wise was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Maryland Navy on 8 March 1776 and assigned to the Maryland Navy Schooner Resolution. [NOAR, 342]


WISENTHALL, JOHN

MS

Surgeon, Continental Navy


John Wisenthall may have been a resident of Baltimore, Maryland. In January 1776 he was the Surgeon aboard the Continental Navy Schooner Wasp. [NOAR, 342]


WISICKINSON, JAMES

NJ

Owner, New Jersey Privateers


James Wisickinson was associated with the following vessel:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

3/20/78

NJ

Boat Chance

Timothy Shaler

Timothy Shaler, John Cox, Richard Westcot, James Wisickinson

Timothy Shaler, Richard Westcot

Bowes Reed [NRAR, 249]


WITEAR, RICHARD

Commander, [unknown] Privateers


Richard Witear commanded the [unknown] Privateer [unknown] Vigilant, fitted out at Dunkerque, France. She sailed from Dunkerque about 29 May 1777, and proceeded down to the Portugese coast. Vigilant was chased by HMS Worcester off the French coast, but escaped in the night. On 9 June 1777 she captured the brig Mayflower. The next day Vigilant encountered HM Frigate Levant (Captain George Murray). After a two hour chase the Levant got alongside and a ten minute action ensued before Vigilant struck her colors. One man was killed and three wounded aboard the Vigilant. The British sent eighteen of their sailors aboard as a prize crew. Vigilant was sent into Gibralter, arriving before 27 June. [NDAR, IX, 436-437]


WITHAM, BENJAMIN

[see WITHEM, BENJAMIN]


WITHEM [WITHAM], BENJAMIN

MA

Commander, Massachusetts Privateers


Benjamin Withem [Witham] was a resident of Cape Ann, Massachusetts. He was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Schooner Medium on 21 March 1781. [NRAR, 389]


WITHERLE, JOSHUA

MA

Owner, Massachusetts Privateer


Joshua Witherle was a resident of Boston, Massachusetts. He was associated with the following privateers:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

4/18/82

MA

Schooner Free Mason (6/25)

Ebenezer Coombes

Jacob Fox, Joshua Witherle

Ebenezer Coombes, Joshua Farrington, Nathaniel Gardner

Eliphus Baralett, Levi Gibbs [NRAR, 304]

As security:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

6/29/82

MA

Boat Fly (1/14)

John Perry

Israel Mead et al

John Perry, Joshua Witherle, Joshua Farrington

Israel Mead, Samuel Bowles, John May [NRAR, 297]

6/29/82

MA

Boat Wasp (1/18)

Thomas Thompson

Israel Mead et al

Thomas Thompson, Joshua Witherle, Joshua Farrington

Israel Mead, Samuel Bowles, John May [NRAR, 297]

8/12/82

MA

Schooner Ranger (6/20)

Joshua Burges

John Low wt al

Joshua Burges, Nehemiah Somes, Joshua Wetherle

Bartholomew Kneeland, Ebenezer Perry [NRAR, 431]


WOLCOTT, SIMON

CT

[Owner], Connecticut Privateers


Simon Wolcott was a resident of New London, Connecticut. He was associated with the following vessels:

As security:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

10/9/76

CT

Sloop American Revenue (12/100)

Samuel Champlin, Jr.

Nathaniel Shaw, Jr. & Co.

Samuel Champlin, Jr., John Tilley, Simon Wolcott

William Alden, William Capron [NRAR, 225]

5/26/80

CT

Brigantine Le Despenser (16/100)

Nathaniel Saltonstall

Nathaniel Shaw

Nathaniel Saltonstall, Thomas Shaw, Simon Wolcott

Simon Wolcott, Gurdon Saltonstall [NRAR, 370]

5/1/81

CT

Sloop Phoenix (14/75)

William Watters [Wattles]

Howland, Coit & Co.

William Watters [Wattles], Simon Wolcott, John Alden

Joel Loomis, Joseph Abel [NRAR, 414]

As witness:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

6/15/76

CT

Sloop American Revenue (8/25)

Stephen Tinker

Nathaniel Shaw, Jr.

Nathaniel Shaw, Jr., Stephen Tinker, Thomas Shaw

Simon Wolcott, John Clark [NRAR, 225]


WONICUTT [WONYCUTT, WOYNCUTT, WORRYCOTT], EDWARD

VA

Captain, Virginia Navy


Edward Wonicutt [Wonycutt, Woyncutt, Worrycott] was appointed as First Mate in the Virginia Navy under Captain Richard Taylor. He was commissioned on 5 December 1776 to command the Virginia Navy Brig Greyhound, being built at Mingles Ferry. [NOAR, 344] He is not listed in Stewart, Virginia’s Navy of the Revolution. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Virginia Navy in 1777. He commanded the Greyhound. [NOAR, 342]


WONYCUTT, EDWARD

[see WONICUTT, EDWARD]


WOOD, BENJAMIN

MA

Captain of Marines, Massachusetts Privateers


Benjamin Wood was appointed as Captain of Marines on 15 June 1776, aboard the Massachusetts Privateer Brig Hancock (Commander WINGATE NEWMAN). [NOAR, 342]


WOOD, MATTHEW

MA

Commander, Massachusetts Privateers


Matthew Wood was a resident of Barnstable, Massachusetts. On 17 May 1780 he was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Brigantine Count D’Estaing. [NOAR, 342]


WOOD, THOMAS

[see WOODS, THOMAS]


WOODBERRY, ASA

MA

Commander, Massachusetts Privateers


Asa Woodberry was a resident of Salem [NRAR, 471] or Beverly, [NOAR, 343] Massachusetts. He was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Brigantine Swift on 3 January 1781. [NRAR, 471]


WOODBERRY [WOODBURY], HERBERT

MA

Owner, Massachusetts Privateers

Commander, Massachusetts Privateers


Herbert Woodberry [Woodbury] was a resident of Beverly, Massachusetts. He was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Brigantine Fanny on 19 August 1780. [NRAR, 290] Woodberry was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Brigantine Hope on 28 May 1782, a vessel of which he was part owner. [NRAR, 343] Hope was one of the four privateers that conducted the celebrated raid on Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Hope was captured by a British 16-gun brig. Off the coast of Labrador, Woodberry and his crew rose and re-captured the Hope, arriving at Salem in July 1782. [NOAR, 343] Ownership details were:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

5/28/82

MA

Brigantine Hope (6/35)

Herbert Woodberry

Herbert Woodberry et al

Herbert Woodberry, Job Prince, Samuel Holbrook, Jr.

Edward Blanchard, George Lewis [NRAR, 343]


WOODBERRY, THOMAS

MA

Owner, Massachusetts Privateers


Thomas Woodberry was a resident of Beverly, Massachusetts. He was associated with the following vessels:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

9/7/80

MA

Ship Resource (10/24)

Richard Ober

Thomas Woodberry

Richard Ober, Ebenezer Parsons, Thomas Woodberry

Mark Fitz, William Parsons [NRAR, 437]

As security:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

1/3/81

MA

Brigantine Swift (8/20)

Asa Woodberry

William Homan wt al

Asa Woodberry, William Homan, Thomas Woodberry

Henry White, Ephraim Pickard [NRAR, 471]


WOODBRIDGE, DUDLEY

CT

Owner, Connecticut Privateers


One privateer is associated with “Dudley Woodbridge & Co.” of Conecticut:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

2/7/81

CT

Snow Black Princess (10/12)

Humphrey Crary

Dudley Woodbridge & Co.

Humphrey Crary, Clement Miner, Thomas Seymour

William Nichols, Thomas Y. Seymour [NRAR, 240]


WOODBURY, HERBERT

[see WOODBERRY, HERBERT]


WOODBERRY [WOODBURY], WILLIAM

MA

Commander, Massachusetts Privateers


William Woodberry [Woodbury] was a resident of Boston, Massachusetts. Woodberry commanded the Massachusetts Privateer Ship Mars. On 14 October 1778 he was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Schooner Hope, and, on 12 June 1780, to the Massachusetts Privateer Ship Neptune. [NOAR, 343] As William Woodbury, Jr., he was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Ship Neptune on 7 September 1780. He now listed his address as Salem, Massachusetts. [NRAR, 403]


WOODBURY, WILLIAM

[see WOODBERRY, WILLIAM]


WOODBURY, WILLIAM, JR.

[see WOODBERRY, WILLIAM]


WOODBRIDGE, TIMOTHY

CT

Midshipman, Connecticut Navy


Timothy Woodbridge was aboard the Connecticut Navy Ship Oliver Cromwell (Captain TIMOTHY PARKER) in 1777 as a Midshipman. [NOAR, 343]


WOODCOCK, BARNABAS

First Lieutenant, Continental Army Lake George Squadron


Barnabas Woodcock was at Fort George on 26 June 1777, assigned to the vessel commanded or to be commanded by Captain ISAAC SEAMAN. [NDAR, 9, 174]


WOODHULL, ABRAHAM COOPER

CT

Commander, Connecticut Privateers

Owner, Connecticut Privateers


Abraham Cooper Woodhull was a resident of Fairfield, Connecticut. He was commissioned to three privateer boats on 11 July 1782: Connecticut Privateer Boat Firebrand, Connecticut Privateer Boat Fox. Woodhull was also a part owner of the three boats. [NRAR, 293, 302] Vessels associated with Woodhull as an owner were:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

7/11/82

CT

Boat Firebrand (1/10)

Abraham Cooper Woodhull

Abraham Cooper Woodhull & Co.

Abraham Cooper Woodhull, Joseph Squire, Hezekiah Nichols

Thaddeus Burr, Elijah Abel [NRAR, 293]

7/11/82

CT

Boat Fox (1/100

Abraham Cooper Woodhull

Abraham Cooper Woodhull & Co.

Abraham Cooper Woodhull, Joseph Squire, Hezekiah Nichols

Thaddeus Burr, Elijah Abel [NRAR, 302]

7/11/82

CT

Boat Spy (1/100

Abraham Cooper Woodhull

Abraham Cooper Woodhull & Co.

Abraham Cooper Woodhull, Joseph Squire, Hezekiah Nichols

Thaddeus Burr, Elijah Abel [NRAR, 463]


WOODMAN, JONATHAN

MA

Commander, Massachusetts Privateers


Jonathan Woodman was commissioned, on 24 December 1777, to the Massachusetts Privateer Schooner Hammond. [NOAR, 343]


WOODRUFF

GA

Captain, Georgia Navy


Commanded a galley at Sunbury in January 1777. He was decoyed aboard a Loyalist privateer and captured on 2 January 1777. He commanded a schooner with forty men on 5 August 1776 at St. Mary’s River. [47]


WOODS, BENJAMIN

MA

Second Mate, Massachusetts Privateers


Benjamin Woods was aboard the Massachusetts Privateer Brig Hancock (Commander WINGATE NEWMAN) as Second Mate on 15 June 1776. [NOAR, 343]


WOODS [WOOD], THOMAS

MA

Second Lieutenant, Massachusetts Privateers


Thomas Woods [Wood] was Second Lieutenant on the Massachusetts Privateer Schooner Freedom (Commander JAMES COLVEN), commissioned on 5 May 1777. [NDAR, VIII, 914-915]


WOODWARD, EBENEZER

MA

Owner, Massachusetts Privateers


Ebenezer Woodward was a resident of Boston, Massachusetts. Vessels associated with Woodward were:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

3/31/81

MA

Schooner Resolution (6/25)

Amos Potter

Ebenezer Woodward et al

Amos Potter, Jonathan Nutting, Ebenezer Woodward

William Doggett, Thomas Howard [NRAR, 437]

5/18/81

MA

Schooner Resolution (6/25)

William Morgan

Jonathan Nutting, Ebenezer Woodward

William Morgan, Jonathan Nutting, Ebenezer Woodward

Abraham Crawley, Thomas Howard [NRAR, 437]

10/3/81

MA

Brig Prospect (12/50)

Amos Potter

Ebenezer Woodward et al

Amos Potter, Ebenezer Woodward, Jonathan Nutting

Robeert Gardner, John Butler [NRAR, 422]

5/25/82

MA

Schooner Industry (4/12)

Charles Cole

Ebenezer Woodward et al

Charles Cole, Ebenezer Woodward, Isaac Sears

William Doggett, John McLure [NRAR, 352]

2/8/83

MA

Brig Revenge (8/30)

Amos Potter

Ebenezer Woodward & Co.

Amos Potter, Jonathan Nutting, Nathaniel Chadwick

William Doggett, Benjamin Slator [NRAR, 442]

As security:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

2/20/81

MA

Schooner Hope (8/30)

Samuel Trask

Jonathan Nutting et al

Samuel Trask, Jonathan Nutting, Ebenezer Woodward

William Doggett, John Woodward [NRAR, 341]

5/18/81

MA

Schooner Hope (6/25)

Nathan Plimpton

Jonathan Nutting et al

Nathan Plimpton, Jonathan Nutting, Ebenezer Woodward

Abraham Crawley, Ebenezer Oliver [NRAR, 342]

8/20/81

MA

Sloop Hermione (6/12)

Silas Rand

Isaac Sears et al

Silas Rand, Paschal Nelson Smith, Ebenezer Woodward

Eliakim Raymond, George Scott [NRAR, 333]

2/12/82

MA

Ship Virginia (10/25)

William Claghorn

Jonathan Nutting et al

William Claghorn, Jonathan Nutting, Ebenezer Woodward

William Bartlet, Robert Gardner [NRAR, 488]

As witness:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

10/11/80

MA

Brigantine Polly (6/14)

George Leacey

George Leacey et al

George Leacey, William Burke, Richard Hayden

Samuel Trask, Ebenezer Woodward [NRAR, 417]


WOODWORTH, JONATHAN

(P/A)/CT

Second Lieutenant, Continental Marines

Midshipman, Connecticut Navy


Jonathan Woodworth was probably a native of New London, Connecticut. [Smith, Marines, 478] He was aboard the Connecticut Navy Ship Oliver Cromwell (Captain SETH HARDING) on 8 July 1777 as a Midshipman. Woodworth was appointed as prize master of the brigantine Honor, captured on that date, and brought her into port at Dartmouth, Massachusetts before 23 August 1777. Woodworth turned her over to Agent SAMUEL ELIOT, JR. and traveled up to Hartford to give information to the Council of Safety on 23 August. [NDAR, IX, 786, 879 and note, 972 and note] On 1 April 1778, John Deshon, of the Navy Board of the Eastern Department, sent Woodworth to Captain ABRAHAM WHIPPLE of the Continental Navy Ship Providence, with twenty men he had enlisted as Marines, and for which he was paid a bounty of $1,200. [Smith, Marines, 149, 306n105, 478] Woodworth was commissioned as Second Lieutenant of Marines, succeeding STEPHEN EARL, who had been promoted in May 1777. Woodworth presumably sailed with Providence to France on 30 April or 1 May 1778, participating in the action with HM Frigate Lark, where she arrived on 30 May. Woodworth probably returned with her to America, arriving at Providence, New Hampshire on 15 October 1778, and at Boston about 25 October. Nothing further is known of his career. [Smith, Marines, 478] He may have left the Providence in 1779, however, being succeeded by ZEBEDIAH FARNHAM.


WOOLSEY, GEORGE

MD

Owner, Maryland Privateers


George Woolsey of Baltimore, Maryland, was associated in privateering with DANIEL BOWLEY, WILLIAM LUX, and JOHN PRINGLE, JAMES CALDWELL, and JOHN BAYARD of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was associated with the following privateers:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

7/6/76

MD

Schooner Harlequin (6/21)

William Woolsey

George Woolsey, Daniel Bowley & Co.

William Woolsey, William Lux, Robert Purviance

Richard Ridgely [NRAR, 326]

10/11/76

MD

Schooner harlequin (6/21)

James Handy

George Woolsey, Daniel Bowley & Co.

James Handy, John Davidson

Richard Ridgely [NRAR, 326]

2/7/77

PA

Ship Oliver Cromwell (24/150)

Harman Courter

George Woolsey, John Pringle et al, James Caldwell, John Bayard

Harman Courter, James Caldwell, John Bayard

[Photograph of bond]


WOOLSEY, WILLIAM

MD

Commander, Maryland Privateers


William Woolsey was a resident of Baltimore, Maryland. [NRAR, 326] He was commissioned, on 6 July 1776, to the Maryland Privateer Schooner Harlequin. [NDAR, VIII, 139] Sailing with Maryland Privateer Schooner General Greene (Commander JOHN GRAZIA) they captured the brig St. James, loaded with sugar and rum, before 7 September 1776. [NDAR, VI, 924 and note; VII, 642-647] Woolsey also captured the ship Caroline [NDAR, VI, 1140-1141 and note; VI, 1028 and note] He returned to Baltimore about 15 September 1776, [NDAR, VI, 1140-1141] He was commissioned to the Maryland Privateer Schooner Centurion on 18 March 1780. [NRAR, 248]


WOOSTER, THOMAS

CT

[Owner, Connecticut Privateers]


Thomas Wooster was a resident of New Haven, Connecticut. He was associated in privateering with PIERPONT EDWARDS. Wooster was associated with the following privateers:

As bonder:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

3.9/80

CT

Schooner Swallow (10/60)

James Hovey

Pierpont Edwards & Co.

James Hovey, Thomas Wooster

Samuel Bishop, Abraham Bishop [NRAR, 469]


WOOTTEN & HAMBLETON

See HAMBLETON & WOOTTEN


WOOTTEN, WILLIAM

VA

Commander, Virginia Privateers


William Wootten was commissioned on 15 September 1781 to command the Virginia Privateer Cutter Lincoln. [NRAR, 374]


WORMELL, BENJAMIN

MA

Commander, Massachusetts Privateers


Benjamin Wormell  was commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Schooner Viper on 9 September 1776. He was a resident of Boston, Massachusetts. [NOAR, 344] Viper sailed from Boston on 17 September. On 26 September Viper met a convoy in the Atlantic, at 41o14'N, 52o29'W. The convoy was scattered, which may account for Wormell not noticing the escort vessel, HM Frigate Perseus (Captain George Keith Elphinstone). By 1000 Viper had worked herself into the convoy, which Perseus was busy trying to collect. Perseus sighted Viper and began chasing her at once. Soon Perseus was "gaining very fast on the Chace with every Sail out possible." The Americans were hard pushed and got out Viper's oars, to add a little speed to her flight. At 1600 Perseus began firing her bow chasers. Finally, about 2000 the Perseus approached the Viper: "fir'd many great Guns Swivels and Small Arms at the Chace which struck." The prisoners were brought aboard and the frigate's gunner, another petty officer, and six men manned the prize. [NDAR, VI, 1018-1019 and 1019 note]


WORMSTED, ROBERT

MA

Commander, Massachusetts Privateers


Robert Wormsted of Marblehead was commissioned on 31 August 1780 to command the Massachusetts Privateer Brigantine Hope. [NRAR, 340] He was re-commissioned to the Massachusetts Privateer Schooner Hope on 10 September 1781. [NRAR, 342. These may be the same vessel.]


WORRYCOTT, EDWARD

[see WONICUTT, EDWARD]


WORRYCUTT, EDWARD

[see WONICUTT, EDWARD]


WORTHEN, EZEKIEL

MA

Owner, Massachusetts Privateers


Ezekiel Worthen was a resident of Salisbury, Massachusetts. He was associated in privateering with JOHN BARTLETT, WILLIAM HACKETT, and JOHN STICKNEY. He was associated with the following privateers:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

8/13/82

MA

Brigantine Resolution (4/11)

John Odiorne

John Bartlett, William Hackett, Ezekiel Worthen, John Stickney

John Odiorne, James Bayley, Ezekiel Worthen

Michael Hodge, William Armstrong [NRAR, 437]


WORTHINGTON, CHARLES

Surgeon, Maryland Navy


Charles Worthington was a Surgeon in the Maryland Navy according to the Society of the Cincinnatti. [NOAR, 344]


WORTHINGTON, ELIAS, JR.

CT

[Owner, Connecticut Privateers]


Elias Worthington, Jr. was a resident of Hartford, Connecticut. He was associated in privateering with ISAAC PHELPS and JOEL JONES. Vessels associated with Worthington were:

As security:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

10/16/81

CT

Sloop Dolphin (6/20)

Isaac Phelps

Isaac Phelps

Isaac Phelps, Joel Jones, Elias Worthington, Jr.

William Hubbard, Henry Caldwell [NRAR, 273]


WOYNCUTT, EDWARD

[see WONICUTT, EDWARD]


WRAY, GEORGE

VA

Acting Midshipman, Virginia Navy


George Wray was an Acting Midshipman on the Virginia Navy [Ship] Tempest in 1777, and again on 7 October 1779. However he was listed as a Seaman on 7 December 1779. [Stewart, Virginia’s Navy of the Revolution, 270]


WREN, NATHAN

VA

Ensign, Virginia Navy.


Nathan Wren was an Ensign in the Virginia Navy according to NOAR, 344, from the Society of the Cincinnatti. He is not listed in Stewart, Virginia’s Navy of the Revolution.


WRIGHT, ABRAHAM

CT

Commander, Connecticut Privateers


Abraham Wright of Farmington, Connecticut commanded the Connecticut Privateer Boat Betsey. On 23 June 1780 the Betsey and Connecticut Privateer Sloop Snake (Commander ACKLEY RILEY) captured a British vessel. The prize was taken in and condemned. [Middlebrook, MCR, II, 61]


WRIGHT, DUDLEY

CT

[Owner, Connecticut Privateers]


Dudley Wright of New London, Connecticut was associated with JOSEPH PACKWOOD and JOSEPH CONKLING in privateering. He was associated with these vessels:

As security:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

6/16/80

CT

Brigantine Whim (12/40)

Joseph Conkling

Joseph Packwood

Joseph Conkling, Joseph Packwood, Dudley Wright

Jonathan Truman, Gurdon Saltonstall [NRAR, 492]


WRIGHT, JOHN

CT

Owner, Connecticut Privateers


John Wright, of Wethersfield, Connecticut, was associated with the following privateers:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

11/20/78

CT

Sloop Eagle (6/80)

Edward Conkling

John Wright, John Foster, Uriah Rogers, Joseph & Edward Conkling

Edward Conkling, Joseph Conkling

Gurdon Saltonstall, Ann Saltonstall [NRAR, 279]

8/17/79

CT

Sloop Nancy (4/6)

Moses Tryon

John Wright & Co.

Moses Tryon, John Bulkley, Jr., Nathan Sage

John Porter, David S. Stark, Jr. [NRAR, 399]

8/17/79

CT

Brigantine Samuel (8/20)

John Bulkley, Jr.

John Wright & Co.

John Bulkley, Jr., Nathan Sage, Moses Tryon

John Porter, Daniel Welch, Jr. [NRAR, 454]

9/2/79

CT

Sloop Gates (8/40)

Timothy Sage

Justus Riley and John Wright & Co.

Timothy Sage, Justus Riley, John Wright

Garshom Walcott, Ezekiel Williams [NRAR, 308]

9/7/79

CT

Sloop Washington (8/40)

Israel Deming

Justus Riley, John Wright & Co.

Israel Deming, Barnabas Deane, John Wright

Thomas Newson, Ezekiel Williams [NRAR, 489]

7/18/80

CT

Sloop Right and Justice (8/30)

Dan Scovell

Justus Riley, John Wright

Dan Scovell, Justus Riley, John Wright

Samuel W. Williams, Ezekiel Williams [NRAR, 444]

11/27/80

CT

Brigantine Jason (10/25)

Samuel Stillman

John Wright & Co.

Samuel Stillman, Justus Riley, John Wright

Elisha Williams, Eliza Williams [NRAR, 357]

5/22/81

CT

Sloop Active (10/60)

Charles Bulkley

Wright & Co.

Charles Bulkley, John Wright, Justus Riley

Charles Caldwell, Jonathan Trumbull, Jr. [NRAR, 219]

6/2/81

CT

Brigantine Jason (10/25)

Moses Tryon

John Wright & Co.

Moses Tryon, Justus Riley, John Wright

Thomas Mumford, Charles Caldwell [NRAR, 357]

9/6/81

CT

Brigantine Mary Anne (12/35)

William Packwood

John Wright & Co.

William Packwood, Joseph Packwood, Thomas Mumford

David Mumford, David Mumford, Jr. [NRAR, 388]

4/17/82

CT

Brigantine General Green (16/100)

Gideon Olmsted

John Wright & Co.

Gideon Olmsted, William Brown, Jonathan Edwards

Abigail Hyde, John Trumbull [NRAR, 310]

As bonder:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

10/21/78

CT

Schooner Humbird (4/20)

Oliver Goodrich

John Bulkley, Jr et al

Oliver Goodrich, John Wright, John Bulkley, Jr.

Joseph Webb, Hezekiah Wyllys [NRAR, 346]

3/15/81

CT

Brigantine Deane (18/100)

Dan Scovell

Barnabas Deane & Co

Dan Scovell, Justus Riley, John Wright

Elisha Williams, Josiah Robbins [NRAR, 263]


WRIGHT, OBAHIAH

CT

Commander, Connecticut Privateers


Obahiah Wright of Saybrook, Connecticut, commanded the Connecticut Privateer Schooner General Gates. On 5 August 1780 he captured the British schooner Oarker in Gardiner’s Bay. In September 1780 he captured another British vessel. On 16 January 1781 he was captured in Gardiner’s Bay by Prosper Brown. In May 1782 he was captured again and lost his vessel for illicit trading since his commission was signed by Governor William Greene of Rhode Island. [NOAR, 344]


WRIGHT, PATRICK

VA

Midshipman, Virginia Navy


Patrick Wright was appointed as a Midshipman in the Virginia Navy and assigned to a new galley in May or June 1776. He served until 2 August 1777, when he entered the artillery service. [Stewart, Virginia’s Navy of the Revolution, 270]


WRIGHT, STEPHEN

VA

[Volunteer], Virginia Navy


Stephen Wright was an Ensign in the Virginia Navy according to NOAR, 344, from the Society of the Cincinnatti. He was a resident of Norfolk. He crossed to Yorktown as an Ensign on a vessel commanded by Captain JOHN ARCHER. He later acted as an aide to Captain WRIGHT WESCOTT of the Virginia Navy Sloop Scorpion. He was aboard the Scorpion as a volunteer when she sailed for Martinique. She was captured by HMS Cerberus. The prisoners were taken to Bermuda, where Wright was kept until the end of the war.  [Stewart, Virginia’s Navy of the Revolution, 105, 106 note, 175, 187, 222, 265-266, 271]


WRIGHT, WESCOTT

VA

Captain Virginia Navy


Wright Wescott was a Captain in the Virginia Navy.


WRIGHT, WILLIAM

CT

Commander, Connecticut Privateers


William Wright, a resident of Norwich, Connecticut, was commissioned to the Connecticut Privateer Sloop Brilliant on 10 October 1778. [NRAR, 242]


WROTH, WILLIAM

[CT]

Acting Third Lieutenant, Continental Navy


William Wroth enlisted aboard the Continental Navy Ship Alliance (Captain JOHN BARRY) on 12 July 1782 at New London, Connecticut. Alliance sailed from New London on 4 August 1782 and captured nine prizes, including four rich ones, during her cruise. She put into L'Orient, France on 18 October 1782. A dispute over prize money arose there, during which six or eight officers refused to do duty and were arrested, including two naval lieutenants. Wroth was selected by Barry as a “pro tempy” officer from 8 December. [Smith, Marines, 393]  Alliance sailed for America on 9 December 1782, and arrived at Martinique on 9 January 1783. She soon sailed for Havana, stopping at St. Eustatius and Cap Francois, and arriving at Havana on 31 January. Alliance and Continental Navy Ship Duc de Lauzun (Captain JOHN GREEN) sailed from Havana on 6 March 1783. Wroth was aboard Alliance during the Battle of the Florida Straits on 10 March 1783. Alliance arrived in Rhode Island on 20 March. Since the end of the war was very near, most of her crew was discharged. Wroth was probably discharged at this time. [Smith, Marines in the Revolution, 393]


WYBERT, ANTOINE FELIX

Captain of Marines, Continental Marines


Antoine Felix Wybert is listed in Allen as a Captain of Marines in the Continental Marines with no date given. [NOAR, 345]


WYER, WILLIAM

MA

[Owner], Massachusetts Privateers


William Wyer was a resident of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Wyer was a presumptive owner, serving as security for two privateers. He was associated with JOHN BABSON and JACKSON, TRACY & TRACY in privateering. Vessels associated with Wyer were:

As security:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

7/22/77

MA

Schooner Gloriosa (10/50)

John Babson

Jackson, Tracy & Tracy

John Babsob, William Wyer, Noah Emery

Nicholas Gilnan, John Wentworth, Jr. [NRAR, 317]

11/23/82

MA

Ship Queen of France (8/20)

Thomas Tracy

Nathaniel and John Tracy

Thomas Tracy, John Tracy, William Wyer

Michael Hodge, Sarah Hodge [NRAR, 425]


WYLLY, ALEXANDER

VA

[Owner], Virginia Privateers


Alexander Wylly was a resident of Virginia. He was a presumptive owner of the privateer Capitol Landing’s Revenge. Wylly was associated with THOMAS PAUL and THOMAS MATHEWS in privateering. Vessels associated with Wylly were:

As security:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

5/29/81

VA

Boat Capitol Landing’s Revenge (2/12)

William Roan

Thomas Mathews, William Roan

William Roan, Alexander Wylly, Thomas Paul

Archibald Blair [NRAR, 246]


WYNCOOP, CORNELIUS

See WYNKOOP, CORNELIUS


WYNCOOP, JACOBUS

See WYNKOOP, JACOBUS


WYNKOOP [WYNCOOP], CORNELIUS

First Lieutenant, Continental Army Lake George Squadron


Cornelius Wynkoop was at Fort George on 26 June 1777, assigned to the vessel commanded or to be commanded by Commodore JACOBUS WYNKOOP. [NDAR, 9, 174]


WYNKOOP, HENRY

PA

Owner, Pennsylvania Privateers


Henry Wynkoop was a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was associated in privateering with SAMUEL YOUNG and ROBERT CORRY. Vessels associated with Wynkoop were:

As owner:

Date

State

Rig/Name/Guns/Crew

Commander

Co-owners

Security

Witness

8/10/82

PA

Brigantine Industry (6/20)

Samuel Young

Henry Wynkoop, Samuel Young, Robert Corry

Henry Wynkoop, Samuel Young

James Trimble [NRAR, 352]


WYNKOOP [WYNCOOP], JACOBUS

NY

Commodore, Continental Army Lake Champlain Squadron

Commodore, Continental Army Lake George Squadron


Jacobus Wynkoop was commissioned as a Captain in the “Naval Department” on 5 February 1776, to hold command under “Commodore” WILLIAM DOUGLASS. On 18 August 1776 he commanded the Royal Savage under Benedict Arnold. [NOAR, 345] He was ordered to proceed to Fort George by General Schuyler, on 24 March 1777, and get the carpenters busy on two schooners, and three other vessels. Wynkoop was to coordinate with other officers and examine the stores carfefully, to make his needs known in time. [NDAR, 8, 187-188] at Fort George on 26 June 1777, acting in the capacity of Commodore, but not shown as assigned to any particular vessel. [NDAR, 9, 174] That same day, General Schuyler ordered Wynkoop to arm and fit out the schooner already launched at Fort George, and use her and two armed bateaux to secure the harbor. [NDAR, 9, 176] 187, 366


WYTHE, GEORGE

Judge, Continental Court of Appeals


George Wythe was appointed as a Judge on the Continental Court of Appeals for prize cases on 22 January 1780. [NRAR, 131]



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