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Hon. William Lithgow
File:Col William Lithgow.jpg
Born 1715
Died December 20, 1798(1798-12-20)
Place of birth Derry, Ireland
Place of death Georgetown of the Province of Massachusetts Bay (Present-day Maine)
Allegiance Red Ensign of Great Britain (1707-1800).svg British America
Service/branch Massachusetts Massachusetts Bay Colonial Militia
Years of service
  • 1734 – 1746, Captain
    * 1751 – 1758, Colonel
    * 1758 – 1760, Justice of the Peace
    * 1760 – 1798, Judge in court of Common Pleas
Commands held
  • Fort Richmond
    * Fort Halifax
  • Relations Sarah (Noble) Lithgow, wife

    Hon. William Lithgow (c. 1715 – December 20, 1798) was a judge for the Court of Common Pleas of Lincoln County, when Maine was under the jurisdiction of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. Lithgow also served in the Massachusetts Bay Colonial Militia for twenty years before and during the French and Indian War.

    Biography[]

    William Lithgow’s family, emigrated from Derry, Ireland, to Boston on the ship "Olive", chartered by Robert Temple. William was just three years old when he and his family came to the Americas. From Boston, the Lithgows traveled north to present day Maine, at the mouth of the Kennebec River near Merrymeeting Bay, where William's father, Robert, prospected land in Topsham territory around 1720. However, due to incessant Indian attacks, the Lithgow family was forced to flee, seeking refuge at Fort George in Brunswick, about four miles distance.[1]

    Like his father, William joined the Massachusetts Bay Colonial Militia when he was about 19. He was attached to the garrison of Fort George, and then promoted to command Fort Richmond on the Kennebec. In 1746, Lithgow settled in Georgetown, where he married Sarah Noble, the daughter of Lt. Col. Arthur Noble, who fought to the death against the French Canadians at the Battle of Minas in Nova Scotia. In 1754, Lithgow was commission Colonel and was appointed by Gov. William Shirley to command the garrison at Fort Halifax,[2] established near the junction of the Sebasticook and Kennebec Rivers. After a few years, Lithgow became a justice of the peace and then appointed as a judge for the court of Common Pleas, in Lincoln County. He died December 20, 1798 and it was spoken of him that “he was a cultivated and courteous gentleman, as well as an energetic and faithful officer.” [3]

    See also[]

    Sources[]

    • Descendants of John Bridge, by William Frederick Bridge, 1884
    • "The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record" Vol.XXIX, 1898, The Lithgow Family
    • The Maine historical and genealogical recorder, Volume 7, By Stephen Marion Watson, 1893, p. 236
    • Maine and its role in American art, 1740-1963 By Gertrud A. Mellon, 1963

    References[]

    1. New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1898 p.1
    2. Mellon, 1963 p.16
    3. Bridge, 1884 p.79

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