Phips, William, Sir, 1651 - 1695
Sir William Phips was the son of fur trader James and Mary Phips of Nequasett, Maine. He removed to Boston in 1673 as a shipwright. In 1684 he became an adventurer seeking sunken treasure and for significant success in that regard was knighted by James II three years later. Phips was appointed provost marshal general for the Dominion of New England in 1688 and major-general of the New England’s forces in the Arcadian campaign of 1690. He later became governor of the Province of Massachusetts in 1692 but was recalled by the Privy Council two years later to face charges of corruption and assault. ODNB.