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SCADLOCK, William 1

  • Born: Sutton-In-The-Forest, Yorkshire, England 2
  • Marriage: Elinor
  • Died: Abt 1661, Saco, ME

bullet  General Notes:

Emigrant from Sutton in the Forest, Yorkshire, England to Saco, Maine: Banks, Charles Edward. Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650 (Baltimore, 1957) p. 189 7 Sept. 1636: listed in the 'booke of rates for the minister' to pay 1 pound. This is the first list that would indicate the earliest settlers of Saco. p32 1637: in court with Morgan Howell p123

West Saco, Cape Porpus - had a house on the West side of Saco River adjacient to the Andrews land in 1638.

He was before the Saco court in 1636 for drunkenness, and in 1640 was fined for misdemeanor. No other adverse records appear in the court records.

1640: He was a witness for a Mr. Winter in his suit against Cleeve for slandering his wife some six years before. Tr.j. (???) 1640; gr.j. (???) 1653,1654, 1657, 1660.

1653: Saco Clerk of the Writs or town clerk. 1661: Wm. Phillips confirmed the 300 acre grant to him by Cape Porpus in 1653. 24 April 1661: a member of a jury to inquire into the death of Thomas Latimer of Wells. p108 Lists 242, 243ab, 244bc, 249(2), 252, 24 (??) Jan. 7, 1661/1662 Will, of Cape Porpus, names wife Elinor and 'our children',, p612

His personal property amounting to 100 pounds, and his real estate, which was of considerable value, he gave to his wife; to his children he made small bequests, as set forth in the following extracts: "I bequeath my bible unto my son William. I bequeath unto my son John 3 yards of broadcloth, he upon that consideration to buy 3 yds. and a half of good kersey of 10s. per yard for a suit for my son Samuel, and silk and buttons unto both: I bequeath unto my daughter Rebecca my worsted stockings. I bequeath unto my son William my new hat, he buying Samuel another of 10 or 12s. price. I bequeath unto my daughter Susanna Mr. Cotton's work upon the new covenant of grace. I bequeath a book entitled Meat out of the Eater, to my son William; and to my son John I bequeath a book concerning Justifying Faith; and the the Practice of piety to Rebecca; and to my daughter Susanna a Suckling Calf called Trubb. I bequeath unto my daughter Sara one yard of Holland: and to the end that all things be performed according to my mind and will, I hereby make, consitute and appoint my loving wife Ellbor my executrix, and my son William executor, unto all which I set my hand and heart."p123-4

One of the earliest settlers in Maine, William is found at Saco in 1636. Saco is perhaps the oldest settlement in the state of Maine. While William Scadlock was a 'planter', this settlement consisted largely of fishermen and trappers or traders of pelts with the Indians. It was a rough place evidently, and he was before the court for drunkeness also in 1636. There were no more adverse appearances before the court, however, and he became somewhat of a town father, becoming the Clerk of Writs, or the Town Clerk in 1653. When he died his personal property was valued at approximately 100 pounds, and the real estate, which was considered of considerable value, was left to his wife Elinor. By 1830, when a history of Saco was written, the name Scadlock was extinct in that region, although a small falls on the Little River was still called Scadlock Falls. 1 3


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

He was employed. Planter


William married Elinor. (Elinor was born circa 1615 and died after 1671.)



1 Folsom, George,History of Saco and Biddeford (Saco, ME, 1830; facsimile edition 1984, Heritage Books, Bowie, MD).

2 Banks, Charles Edward, Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650 (Baltimore, 1957).

3 Noyes, Libby and Davis, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire (Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1972).

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