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William Phipps (1651 - 1695)

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Sir William Phipps aka Phips
Born in Phipps Point, Woolwich, Mainemap
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [half], [half], [half], [half] and [half]
Husband of — married about in Boston, MAmap
[children unknown]
Died in London, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Sep 2010
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William Phipps was involved in the Salem Witch Trials.
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Preceded by
14th Governor
of Plymouth Colony

Thomas Hinckley
21st Governor
of Massachusetts Bay Colony

Simon Bradstreet
Sir William Phipps
1st Governor
of the Province of Massachusetts Bay

1692 —1694
Succeeded by
Acting Governor
William Stoughton



Sir William Phips (or Phipps; February 2, 1650/51 – February 18, 1694/95) was a shipwright, ship's captain, treasure hunter, military leader, and the first royally-appointed governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. He is perhaps best remembered for establishing, and later over-ruling and disbanding, the court associated with the infamous Salem Witch Trials.

Of humble origin and poorly educated, he was a shipbuilder in Boston before embarking on several treasure hunting expeditions to the West Indies. About a year after arriving in Boston he married Mary Spencer Hull, widow to John Hull (unrelated to Massachusetts mint-master John Hull). Mary's father, Daniel Spencer, was a merchant and landowner with interests in Maine, and Phips may have known her from an early age. By all accounts, the couple exhibited "genuine affection" for one another

He became famous in London when he recovered a large treasure from a sunken Spanish galleon, a feat that earned him instant wealth and a knighthood. In 1690, during King William's War, he led a successful military expedition against the capital of Acadia, Port Royal, and then made a disastrous attempt to capture Quebec later the same year.

Despite the military setback and his crude country manner, his connections in London and with the influential Mather family gained him the governorship of Massachusetts. He was not politically sophisticated, and became enmeshed in controversies (including physical altercations with other officials) that led to his recall to England to answer a variety of charges. He died in London before the charges against him were heard. source: Wikipedia William Phips

This person was created through the import of 124-DeCoursey.ged on 13 September 2010.


Date: 2 FEB 1650/1651
Place: Phipps Point, Woolwich, ME

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William was the royally appointed governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay from 1692 to 1694. He established and then later disbanded the court associated with the Salem Witch Trials [1]


  1. Wikipedia Entry for William Phips

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On 27 Aug 2015 at 15:00 GMT Michael Spencer wrote:

Phipps-182 and Phipps-13 appear to represent the same person because: William Phips/Phipps is a complicated profile, but there is only ONE profile needed for the humble shepherd, wealthy treasure hunter, not so successful Provost Martial and Admiral, and 1st Governor of the Massachusetts Colony who died under a cloud in England. Please combine these profiles and work out the details as discussions on the surviving page. Don't forget that his adopted son became the 2nd Governor of the Mass Colony

William is 23 degrees from Neil Armstrong, 30 degrees from Gaile Connolly and 16 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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