History of William Winchester

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William Winchester, colonial proprietor of the town of Winchester, later named Westminster, was born in London, England, in the borough of Westminster, December 22, 1720. He came to the Colonies as an indentured servant and arrived in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1729. In 1764 he purchased a tract of land called White's Level, about 1000 acres, and laid out the city of Winchester. The Maryland General Assembly later changed the name of his town from Winchester to Westminster in order to avoid confusion with the town of Winchester in Frederick County, Virginia.