William Filley

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

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]

Footnotes[edit]

  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.