Captain Joseph Cilley1

#128, b. 6 October 1701, d. 1786
Captain Joseph Cilley|b. 6 Oct 1701\nd. 1786|p128.htm|Captain Thomas Cilley|b. bt 1670 - 1675|p733.htm|Ann Stanyan|b. 17 Feb 1678\nd. b 1718|p734.htm|Thomas Sealey|b. 28 Jul 1638\nd. 1686|p740.htm|Martha Blaisdell|b. 1644\nd. a 1 Apr 1707|p741.htm|John Stanyan|b. 16 May 1642\nd. 27 Sep 1718|p745.htm|Mary Bradbury|b. 17 Mar 1642\nd. 29 May 1724|p746.htm|
Captain Joseph Cilley was born on 6 October 1701 at Hampton, New Hampshire.2,1 He was the son of Captain Thomas Cilley and Ann Stanyan.1 He married Alice 'Else' Rawlins, daughter of Benjamin Rawlins Sr. and Sarah Palmer, in 1724/25 at Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts.2,1 He died in 1786.2
Captain Joseph Cilley was also known as Ceilley.1
Captain Joseph moved to Nottingham, was one of the early settlers, a farmer, agent for the proprietors of the grant, and a captain of militia.1
Captain Joseph and his wife Alice removed to Nottingham about 1727, and settled on Rattlesnake Hill, erecting for himself at first a log cabin. He brought with him all his effects of every description upon the back of one horse, himself and family accompanying on foot. A clearing was soon effected; and through industry and economy, with blessings on his labors, his means increased, and he built a large house near where the red house stood on the farm now owned (1878) by Theodore Edgerly's family. He multiplied his acres, built other houses, and became noted for his possessions among the dwellers of Nottingham. In his old age, his father, Thomas Cilley, came to spend his last days with a son whose filial affections had not grown cold through lapse of time or uninterrupted prosperity, and fell asleep in the arms of that son, and amid the tender ministrations of the affectionate houseold, whom the old man blessed, "leaning in his staff." Captain Cilley was of medium height, compact frame, active temperment, with great powers of endurance and quickness of perception. With these he combined great cheerfulness and generous hospitality, as well as remarkable fearlessness in danger and hopefulness under discouragements. Such a man seemed indispensable to a new settlement like that of Nottingham.2

Children of Captain Joseph Cilley and Alice 'Else' Rawlins


  1. J. P. Cilley. The Cilley Family. Augusta, ME:, 1878.
  2. Rev. Elliott C. Cogswell. History of Nottingham, Deerfield, and Northwood, NH. Manchester: John B. Clark, 1878.