John Fillmore

John Fillmore (1701 - 1777)

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Capt. John Fillmore
Born in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusettsmap
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Husband of — married in Ipswich, Essex, Massmap
Husband of — married in Attleboro, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USAmap
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This person is an ancestor of President Millard Fillmore 13th US President



This person is an ancestor of President Millard Fillmore[1]

John Fillmore (son of John Fillmore and Abigail Tilton) was born March 18, 1701/02 in Ipswich, Essex, MA, USA, and died February 22, 1777 in Norwich, New London, CT, USA 1462. He married Dorcus Day on June 26, 1735 in Attleboro, Bristol, Massachusetts.

His early life at sea is well documented by Dr. Ashbel Woodward in the New England Register of 1857. Among his various exploits was the capture of the notorious pirate, Captain John Philips . [2][3]

On the 28th November, 1724 he married (1) Mary Spiller, by whom he had two sons, John and Henry and two daughters.

After his wife, Mary's death he remarried (2) Dorcas Day, probably in 1734, by whom he had a further four sons, Nathaniel, Comfort , Luther and Calvin and some eight daughters.

After Dorcas's death he remarried for a third time, a widow - (3)Mary Roach.

Story of John Fillmore

"At a early age (John Fillmore) he was apprenticed to a ship carpenter in Boston, where, constantly meeting with seafaring men, he soon imbibed a longing for their mode of life. After several years of pleading he at length wrung from his mother a reluctant consent, and shipped in the spring of 1723 for a fishing voyage upon the sloop Dolphin of Cape Anne.

The following August the Dolphin was surprised and captured off Newfoundland by the notorious pirate, Capt. John Phillips. One of the pirates crew happening to be a old acquaintance of Fillmore, represented to the Captain that he would prove a valuable acquisition to the crew if he could be induced to join them. Accordingly, young Fillmore was taken off, but promised his liberty after two months of faithful service..

At the expiration of the appointed time, he demanded his liberty, which was denied him for some frivolous reason. The captain, however, promised upon his honor to liberate him at the end of three additional months. But at the expiration of these months, Phiiips positively refused to release him, and Fillmore determined to effect his own escape at the earliest opportunity..

One night, about nine months after his capture, the pirates had a grand carousal and retired at a late hour. This seemed a favorable opportunity and Fillmore determined to secure possession of the ship with the assistance of four fellow prisoners, one of whom however, was overcome with fear at the decisive moment, so that but three individu ls were left to cope with the entire crew. They knew that the pirates after their drinking would not rise till late in the morning and made their arrangements to attack them when they should first come on deck, making use of the carpentars tools for weapons. .

About noon the Captain, Master, Boatswain and Quartermaster came upon deck. Soon the Master proceeded to take an observation, the Captain and Boatsman engaged in conversation and the Quartermaster returned to the cabin. Now was the moment. The three officers upon deck were felled by unexpected blows, and the quartermaster rushing from the cabin meets a similar fate. The officers being thus disposed of it is a easy matter to compell the surrender of the crew who are still all below..

The vessel is taken directly to Boston by this little band of heroes , where they arrived May 3, 1724. The crew was convicted of piracy by a court of admiralty. This court presented Mr.Fillmore with a gun,silver hilted sword and curious tobacco box which belonged to Captain Phillips, and also with the silver shoe and knee buckles, and two golden rings which he used to wear. These trophies of a worthy ancestor are still preserved among his descendants..

Mr. Fillmore never returned to sea. He married November 24, 1724, Mary Spiller, of Ipswich, and removed to Norwich West Farms. Here he continued to reside through a long life, strong in the confidence of his townsmen. He died feb.22, 1777."

Source of below notes: [1]

Name: John FILLMORE Capt. [2]
Sex: M
Death: 22 FEB 1777 in Norwich, New London, CT
Burial: Norwich, New London, CT
Note: Plain Hill Cemetery
Note: 1&3 From "Debrett's Presidents of the United States of America,"
[John Fillmore;s] elder son, also John, was a sea captain and later settled in Norwich, CT, where he published a work with the lengthy title, "A Narrative of John Fillmore on Board the Noted Pirate Vessel Commanded by Captain John Phillips." He married three times and had a large family, dying in Norwich on 22 February 1777.

"His (John Sr.) son, John, born in 1702, was also a sailor; he was on board the sloop "Dolphin" of Cape Ann, captured by the pirate Captain John Phillips and with three others of the crew did nine months' service on the pirate when they mutinied, killed the officers, won the ship and brought her into Boston harbor, May 3, 1774. The court approved the act and awarded to Fillmore the sword of the captain, which was thereafter kept in the family."[4]


Name: Capt John FILLMORE[5]


Birth: 18 MAR 1702 in Ipswich, Essex, MA
Father: John FILLMORE b: c. 1676 in Manchester, Lancaster, England
Mother: Abigail TILTON b: 1 APR 1679 in Ipswich, Essex, MA


Marriage 1: Mary SPILLER
Married: 28 NOV 1724 in Ipswich, Essex, MA
  1. John FILLMORE b: 1726 in Norwich, New London, CT
  2. Abigail FILLMORE b: 28 MAR 1728 in Norwich, New London, CT
  3. Mary FILLMORE b: 17 AUG 1731 in Norwich, New London, CT
  4. Henry FILLMORE b: 28 JUN 1733 in Norwich, New London, CT
  5. Marriage 2 Dorcas DAY b: 2 Feb 1714/15 in Attleboro, Bristol Co., MA
Marriage 2: Marriage 2 Dorcas DAY b: 2 Feb 1714/15
Married: 26 JUN 1735 in Attleboro, Bristol Co., MA
  1. V. Dorcas FILLMORE b: 13 FEB 1736 in Norwich, New London, CT
  2. Jemima FILLMORE b: 1 APR 1737 in Norwich, New London, CT
  3. Miriam FILLMORE b: 22 NOV 1738 in Norwich, New London, CT
  4. Nathaniel FILLMORE b: 20 MAR 1739 in Norwich, New London, CT d. September 07, 1814, Bennington, Vermont.
  5. Comfort FILLMORE b: 25 JUN 1742 in Norwich, New London, CT
  6. Amaziah FILLMORE b: 23 NOV 1743 in Norwich, New London, CT
  7. Mimee FILLMORE b: 3 JAN 1744 in Norwich, New London, CT
  8. Lydia FILLMORE b: 15 NOV 1747 in Norwich, New London, CT
  9. Luther FILLMORE b: 14 JAN 1750 in Norwich, New London, CT
  10. Calvin FILLMORE b: 24 FEB 1752 in Norwich, New London, CT
  11. Deborah FILLMORE b: 21 JUN 1755 in Norwich, New London, CT
  12. Deliverance FILLMORE b: 2 JAN 1757 in Norwich, New London, CT
Marriage 3 Mary ROACH
Married: JAN 1760


  1. Roberts, Gary Boyd; Ancestors of American Presidents. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Woodward, Ashbel, M.D. of Franklin, Conn. Memoir of Captain John Fillmore File: Connecticut Genealogies #1, Genealogy of Connecticut Families.
  3. Kevin Young Website: John Fillmore
  4. The source of the following was from James R. Wood-It was taken fro m a publication however the name is not indicated however it seems to be associated with a 150th anniversary near Norwich Connecticut. The above excerpt was taken from Note D. "Brief notices of principle original settlers of West Farms, now Franklin" -- I assume Franklin is in Connecticut. From Page 53/
  5. Ancestry Family Trees. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Capt. John Fillmore
  • Biographies of Notable Americans, 1904. The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Vol. IV. Location:

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Capt. John Fillmore & wife Dorcas (Day)
Capt. John Fillmore & wife Dorcas (Day)

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On 26 Oct 2018 at 01:18 GMT Karen (Rollet) Lorenz wrote:

Fillmore-400 and Fillmore-20 appear to represent the same person because: These two profiles are duplicates. Please merge.

On 26 Oct 2018 at 01:14 GMT Karen (Rollet) Lorenz wrote:

Fillmore-400 and Fillmore-20 appear to represent the same person because: These two profiles are duplicates. Please merge.

On 15 Mar 2015 at 19:20 GMT Vicki Norman wrote:

Proposed merge with fillmore-20. LNAB should be FILLMORE not FiLmore.

Rejected matches › John Fillmore (abt.1726-1796)

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