William Filley

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Early map of Windsor, Connecticut; William Filley's home is in the upper left corner.
William Filley
Personal details
Born 1617
Died Windsor, Connecticut, United States

William Filley was one of the founders of Windsor, Connecticut, USA.[1] He helped establish a trading post on the Connecticut River near present-day Hartford despite Dutch threats. The local tribe of Algonquian-speaking Native Americans resented the location of the town site, as they considered the ground it stood on to be sacred. However, the tribe remained somewhat friendly for a time as the settlement served as a buffer against the more war-like Pequots and Mohawks.[2]

Filley fought in the Pequot War. All of the children Filley had with his wife Margaret survived to adulthood, an unusual circumstance in the 17th century.[2]


  1. ^ "William Filley". http://mysite.verizon.net/marcinia/id9.html. Accessed 7 July 2007.
  2. ^ a b "The Filley Family from Great Britain to America". www.thebigdeacon.com. [1]. Accessed 7 July 2007.