Pirates of America List

 

Pirates by Jean Leon Ferris

Pirates by Jean Leon Ferris

   

Peter Alston (??-1804) – A late 18th Century and early 19th Century counterfeiter, horse thief, highwayman, and river pirate, who was believed to be the associate of serial-killer, Little Harpe and partner, in the murder of notorious outlaw, leader Samuel Mason in 1803.

Alexander Amand (??-1718) – From Jamaica, Amand was part of Major Stede Bonnet’s crew in the Royal James. He was hanged on November 8, 1718, at White Point, Charleston, South Carolina, and buried in the marsh below the low watermark.

John Rose Archer – He served in the crew of Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge. Later he became an honest fisherman but turned pirate again.

Job Baily (??-1718) – Originally from London, England, Baily sailed with Stede Bonnet. He was hanged on November 8, 1718, in Charleston, South Carolina.

Captain Charles Bellamy – Bellamy began his career in the West Indies before capturing and plundering numerous vessels off the coasts of Carolina and New England. He was noted as an orator, sometimes entertaining his prisoners with flowery speeches. His pirate fleet wrecked on Massachusetts coast in 1726 and only Bellamy and seven of his crew A members were saved. They were tried, condemned, and hanged in Boston that same year.

James Blake (??-1718) – A member of Blackbeard’s crew, Blake was hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1718.

Major Stede Bonnet

Major Stede Bonnet

Major Stede Bonnet, aka: Captain Thomas, Edwards (??-1718) – Known as “The Gentleman Pirate”, Bonnet was born into wealth and owned a plantation on Barbados, but threw it away to become a pirate. After Bonnet retired from the army with the rank of major, he began a piratical career on the island of Barbados. In the Revenge he captured prizes off the Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Carolina coasts. 

Anne Bonny (or Bonney) (1700-1782) – A female pirate, Bonny was born in County Cork, Ireland. She was the daughter of a lawyer, who migrated to “Carolina” and became the owner of a prosperous plantation. Anne fell in love with a handsome young sailor, ran away to the West Indies with him. Leaving her husband, Anne sailed on Captain “Calico Jack” Rackham’s ship, where she gained fame as a bloodthirsty pirate.

John Boon – Technically, Boon was not a pirate, but he was expelled from the Council of Governor James Colleton in 1687 “for holding correspondence with pirates.”

Samuel Booth(??-1718) – From Charleston, South Carolina, Booth was A member of Stede Bonnet’s crew. He was hanged on November 8, 1718, at Charleston, South Carolina.

Robert Boyd(??-1718) – From Bath, North Carolina, Boyd was a member of Stede Bonnet’s crew. He was hanged on November 8, 1718, at Charleston, South Carolina.

John Brierly, aka Timberhea (??-1718) – From Bath, North Carolina, Boyd was a member of Stede Bonnet’s crew. He was hanged on November 8, 1718, at Charleston, South Carolina.

Joseph Brooks, Sr. (??-1718) – A member of Blackbeard’s crew, he was killed on November 22, 1718, at Ocracoke Inlet in the fight with Lieutenant Maynard’s crew.

Joseph Brooks, Jr. (??-1718) – A member of Blackbeard’s crew, he was taken prisoner by Lieutenant Maynard’s crew at Ocracoke Inlet. He was then taken to Williamsburg, Virginia, where he was hanged in 1718.

Pirates

Pirates

Dixie Bull (or Dixey Bull) – An English sea captain and the first pirate known to prey on shipping off the New England coast, especially Maine. A native of London, he came to Boston in 1631 and started sailing the Maine coast with a small vessel, trading with the Indians.

Captain Samuel Burgess – Captain Samuel Burgess was a member of Captain William Kidd’s crew in 1690 when the Blessed William was seized.

Caesar – A black member of Blackbeard’s crew, he was much liked and trusted by Blackbeard, and was entrusted with the job of blowing up the Adventure if the pirates were defeated by Lieutenant Maynard’s crew. He attempted to carry out this order but was prevented by two of the frightened pirates. Caesar was hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1718.

Thomas Carman – From Maidstone in Kent, England. A member of Stede Bonnet’s crew. He was hanged on November 8, 1718, in Charleston, South Carolina.

John Carnes – A member of Blackbeard’s crew, he was hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1718.

Thomas Child – A member of Captain Edward Low’s crew. At the age of 15, he was tried for piracy at Newport, Rhode Island in 1723 and found not guilty.

John Churchill – A member of Captain George Lowther’s crew, Churchhill was captured in West Indies and hanged on March 11, 1722, on the island of St. Kitts.

Jonathan Clarke – From Charleston, South Carolina, he was a member of Stede Bonnet’s crew. He was tried for piracy at Charleston in 1718 but was acquitted.

Edward Coates – A colonial American privateer in English service during the King William’s War and later a pirate operating in the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean during the mid-1690s.

Samuel Cole – A member of William Fly’s crew, he was hanged at Boston, Massachusetts on July 12, 1726.

George Condick – A cook with the crew of William Fly, he was convicted in a trial at Boston, Massachusetts but later, was pardoned.

Patsy Conroy

Patsy Conroy

Patrick Conway (1846-??) – Commonly known by his alias Patsy or Patsy Conroy, was an American burglar and river pirate. He was the founder and leader of the Patsy Conroy Gang, a gang of river pirates active on the New York waterfront in the old Fourth Ward and Corlears’ Hook districts during the post-American Civil War era.

Stephen James De Cossey – He was tried and hanged for piracy at Charleston, South Carolina in 1717.

Joseph Curtice (??-1718) – A member of Blackbeard’s crew, he was killed on November 22, 1718, at Ocracoke Inlet during the fight with Lieutenant Maynard’s crew.

Stephen Daniel (??-1718) – A member of Blackbeard’s crew, he was hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1718.

Captain Robert Deal (??-1718) – A one time shipmate of Captain Charles Vane, he was later placed in command of a small sloop. After taking many prizes off the coasts of Carolina and New England, he was captured in West Indies and hanged in Jamaica in 1718.

Jonathan Delve (??-1722) – A member of Captain George Lowther’s crew on the Happy Delivery, he was hanged at St. Kitts in 1722.

George Dunkin (??-1718) – Of Glasgow, Scotland, he was a member of Stede Bonnet’s crew. He was hanged at Charleston, South Carolina, on November 8, 1718.

William Eddy(??-1718) Of Aberdeen, Scotland, he was a member of Stede Bonnet’s crew. He was hanged at Charleston, South Carolina on November 8, 1718.

Emanuel Ernados (??-1717) – A Carolina pirate who was hanged at Charleston, South Carolina in 1717.

Sadie "The Goat" Farrell

Sadie “The Goat” Farrell

Sadie “The Goat” Farrell – Flourishing in the late 1860s, Sadie was a gang leader and river pirate known under the pseudonym Sadie the Goat. She first came to prominence as a vicious street mugger in New York’s “Bloody” Fourth Ward before leading the Charlton Street Gang into piracy.

Captain William Fly (??-1726) – From Jamaica, Fly was also an ex‑prizefighter. After heading a successful mutiny and killing the officers, Fly was elected captain of the Elizabeth. The next prize was the John and Hannah captured off the Carolina coast. His budding career as a pirate lasted just one month. He was hanged in Boston on July 17, 1726.

James Ford (1775-1833) – A civic leader and business owner in western Kentucky and southern Illinois in the late 1790s-mid 1830s. Despite his clean public image, as a “Pillar of the Community”, Ford was secretly a river pirate and the leader of a gang, that would come to be known as the “Ford’s Ferry Gang”. His gang was the river equivalent of highway robbers; they would hijack flatboats and Ford’s “own river ferry” for tradable goods from local farms, coming down the Ohio River.

Matthew Freebarn (??-1722) – A member of Captain George Lowther’s crew, he was hanged at St. Kitts on March 11, 1722.

Thomas Gates  (??-1718). A member of Blackbeard’s crew, he was hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1718.

Joseph Gayles (1844-1873) – Also known as Socco the Bracer, he was one of the leaders of the Patsy Conroy Gang which plagued the dockyards of the New York City waterfront during the 1860s and 1870s. He was described by New York police as one of the most vicious criminals on the docks.

Thomas Gerrard – From the Island of Antigua, he was a member of Stede Bonnet’s crew. He was tried for piracy at Charleston, South Carolina, in 1718, but was acquitted.

Garrat Gibbens (??-1718). Boatswain on board Blackbeard’s Adventure. Killed at Ocracoke Inlet, November 22, 1718, in the fight with Lieutenant Maynard’s crew.

Charles Gibbs (1798–1831) – An American pirate, whose real name was James D. Jeffers, he was one of the last active pirates in the Caribbean during the early-19th century and was among the last executed for piracy by the United States.

John Gills (??-1718). A member of Blackbeard’s crew, he was hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1718.

Roger Grange – A member of Captain George Lowther’s crew on the Happy Delivery, he was tried for piracy at St. Kitts in 1722 and acquitted.

Richard Greensail (??-1718) – A member of Blackbeard’s crew, he was hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1718.

Henry Greenville (??-1726) – A member of William Fly’s crew, he was hanged at Boston, Massachusetts on July 12, 1726.

John Halsey (??-1708) – A colonial American privateer and a later pirate who was active in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans during the early 18th century.

Israel Hands, aka: Basilica Hands – Sailing master for Blackbeard. After the death of Blackbeard Hands was captured in Bath, North Carolina. He was tried for piracy in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1718 and was convicted but later pardoned. When last heard of he was begging on the streets of London.

Notorious Harpe Brothers

Notorious Harpe Brothers

Harpe Brothers –  Serial killers, murderers, highwaymen, and river pirates, who operated in Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Mississippi, in the late 18th century. The Harpes’ crimes appear to have been motivated more by blood lust, than financial gain.

David Herriot (??-1718) – Master of the Adventure of Jamaica, which was captured by Stede Bonnet. He then joined Bonnet’s crew as sailing master. He turned King’s evidence against former shipmates and escaped with Bonnet. He was killed on Sullivan’s Island when Bonnet was recaptured.

William (or Hewet or Hewit) Hewett (??-1718) – From the island of Jamaica, he was a member of Stede Bonnet’s crew. He was hanged at Charleston, South Carolina, on November 8, 1718.

Albert W. Hicks (1820-1860) – Also known as William Johnson, John Hicks and ‘Pirate Hicks’, he was a triple murderer, and the last person executed for piracy in the United States.

Dr. John Hincher – Of Edinburgh, Scotland, he graduated from the University of Edinburgh. At the age of 22 he was tried for piracy in Newport, Rhode Island, in July 1723. He was acquitted when he proved that he was taken off a prize by Captain Edward Low and forced against his will to act as the ship’s surgeon.

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