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This person is an ancestor of President Millard Fillmore 13th US President
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.
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.
"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: 
[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."
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