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MS Am 969

Storer, John, 1694-1768. John Storer papers concerning the Louisbourg campaign, 1744-1747: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 969
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Storer, John, 1694-1768.
Title: John Storer papers concerning the Louisbourg campaign,
Date(s): 1744-1747.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Manuscript documents and letters relating to Colonel John Storer and his company of men who served in the Louisbourg Expedition to Cape Breton in 1744-1745.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of Ernest Lewis Gay; received: 1927 June 15.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

John Storer Papers Concerning the Louisbourg Campaign, 1744-1747 (MS Am 969). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See also: Maine Historical Society for: John Storer. A journal of Col. John Storer of Wells, Me. in the expedition against Louisburg, 1745. Coll. S-6116, [Misc. Box 171/6].

Biographical / Historical

In 1744-1745, William Shirley, the governor of the colony of Massachusetts issued a call for volunteers in the surrounding British colonies to join an expedition to take the French Fortress of Louisbourg in Nova Scotia. The expedition set sail from Boston in March 1745. The French forces at Louisbourg capitulated on June 16, 1745.
John Storer (1694-1768), from Wells, Maine was the son of Joseph Storer (1648-1730) and Hannah Hill (1664-1748). He had siblings: Sarah Storer Coburn (1682 - 1770); Hannah, Mary, Abigail, Joseph, John, Keziah, Ebenezer, and Seth. John was known as the "chief Indian fighter of the region, the owner of the local sawmills, and a pillar of the church." He was a captain, later a colonel, with a company of men (Third Company, First Regiment of Massachusetts Troops) during the Louisbourg Expedition. He married Elizabeth Hill (m.1722) and they had a number of children including: Colonel Joseph Storer (1725-1777, Harvard AB 1745); and Captain John Storer (1727-1764, Harvard AB 1745) a shipbuilder and trader, who held a captaincy in the local militia and was married to Mary Langdon. Neither sons John nor Joseph accompanied their father on the Louisbourg Expedition, rather they remained home in Wells. [Source: Clifford K. Shipton. Sibley's Harvard Graduates. Volume XI, 1741-1745. Massachusetts Historical Society: Boston, 1960, pp 580-582].
Sir William Pepperrell (1696-1759) was a justice of the peace and representative of Kittery, Maine in the Massachusetts General Court, a merchant and commander of the American forces on the Louisbourg Expedition.

Arrangement

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Scope and Contents

Contains enlistment records for those serving in the company under John Storer in the Louisbourg Expedition, correspondence concerning the campaign with family and with military officers, printed notices and orders and returns concerning the Expedition, financial documents and accounts of the regiment, manuscript buildings plan of the fort, and other items.

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