SAMSON, ABRAHAM-It had long been thought that Abraham Samson was a brother to 1620 Mayflower passenger Henry Samson, but in Robert Leigh Ward's first article shown under Henry Samson below, there is no mention of Abraham in Henlow parish records. However, in "Henry Sampson's Paternal Grandfather" (TAG 56:141), Ward shows Henry's father James had a brother Laurence, who married Mary Shabery, and among their children was an Abraham Samson born at Campton, Bedfordshire, 14 August 1614, who would thus be a good candidate for the Plymouth Colony Abraham Samson. Abraham first appears in Plymouth records as a resident of Duxbury who was presented on 4 December 1638 for striking John Washburn, Jr. at the meeting house on the Lord's day (PCR 1:107). In 1646/47 he was fined for being drunk, and in 1648 he was made a surveyor of the highways for Duxbury (PCR 2:111, 124). He became a freeman in 1654 (PCR 3:48). He was one of the former servants and ancient freemen given land at Saconnet Neck in 1662 (PCR 4:18). In 1662/63 he was fined ten shillings for being drunk (PCR 4:33). Mrs. Barclay, "The Early Sampsons," TAG 28:1, shows that there is no record of his death, nor of the births of his children. Since Henry Samson named his children in his will, there is a strong assumption that the other Samsons of the right age in Duxbury must be Abraham's sons, and these include Samuel, George, Abraham, and Isaac, all of whom left descendants. Clarence Almon Torrey, "A Nash-Sampson-Delano-Howland Problem," TAG 15:165, gives indirect evidence to show that Abraham Samson had by his first wife (who was a daughter of Samuel Nash, q.v.) daughters Elizabeth, who married Philip 2 Delano, and Mary, who married Samuel 2 Howland, and he may have had other daughters. Torrey showed that Abraham's son Samuel was also by his first wife, but the other sons were probably by an unidentified second wife.

Source: Plymouth Colony Its History & People 1620-1691 by Eugene Aubrey Stratton

[p. 11] 1658 Prence Govr: Memorand: the 4th of October 1688
That Richard Sparrow of Eastham in the Jurisdiction of Plymouth in New England in America planter Doth acknowlidge that for and in consideration of a Considerable sume to__________________him already Satisfyed and fully paied by Abraham Sampson of the towne of Duxburrow in the Jurisdiction aforsaid Carpenter hee hee freely and absolutely bargained allianeted and sould unto the said Abraham Sampson a pcell of mersh meadow Containing three acres and three quarters or therabouts bee it more or lesse; lying on the East side of the great wood Iland in the township of Marshfeild betwixt a pcell of meadow somtimes graunted to Gorg Soule and Stephen Tracye; wherof two acres of the said three acres and three quarters was att first graunted to Joshua Pratt and by him sould to Josias Cooke; and and by him sould to Richard Sparrow; and the other acre and three quarters graunted to Misters Bridgett ffuller; and exchanged with Richard Sparrow for two acres in Doties meadow; the said three acres and three quarters of meadow bee it more or lesse lying and bounded as aforsaid with all and singulare the appurtenances belonging therunto to appertaine unto the said Abraham Sampson to him and his heires for ever To have and to hold the said prmises with all and singulare the appurtenances belonging therunto or to any pte or pcell therof with all the said Richard Sparrow his right title and Interest of and Into the same; unto the said Abraham Sampson his heires and assignes for ever unto the onely proper use and behoofe of him the said Abraham Sampson his heires and Assignes for ever; Acknowlidged before Mr Prence Govr: And the wife of the said Richard Sparrow hath given her Consent unto the above written sale

ABRAHAM SAMSON BORN : 1614 Compton, Bedford, England ; son of Lawrence Samson & Mary Shabery

married: 1) Ester Nash, d/o Sanuel Nash, born 1639  died 1735

Children: Mary; Samuel;Elizabeth

2) Unknown

Children: George; Abraham; Isaac; Judith


  1. General Register of Plymouth Families
    by William T. Davis
    LDS Ancestrial File
  2. LDS Ancestrial File
    "Abraham Sampson in America", Hutchinson.


Married Priscilla Mullins 1623; born 1602 Dorking,Surrey, England    d/o William & Alice Mullins

Children:  Elizabeth; John; Joseph; Sarah; Jonathan; Ruth; Rebecca; Mary; Priscilla; David


John Alden, born 1599 in Hardwick, Hampshire, England, originally a barrel cooper, was hired by the Pilgrims at Southhampton England for making repairs aboard the ship Mayflower on its voyage to America in 1620. He was one of the signers of the Mayflower Compact and was one of eight men who assumed responsibility for the Pilgrim Fathers colonial debt in 1627. Shortly after the landing at Plymouth, Massachusetts ( some say that John Alden was first off the ship Mayflower to touch the shore at Plymouth rock ) married Priscilla Mullins daughter of Mayflower Pilgrim passenger William Mullins and Alice Atwood.

The supposed involvement of his friend Miles Standish Captain of the ship Mayflower was popularized in 1858 by Authur Henry Wadsworth Longfellow with his poem "The Courtship Of Miles Standish."

John Alden became a successful land owner and farmer in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts and held numerous important official positions in the Massachusetts Colony. Magistrate for over 50 years twice governor assistant ( 1633-1641 and 1650-1686 ) and frequently served as acting governor of the Massachusetts Colony.

John Alden out lived all the other signers of the Mayflower Compact, died September 22, 1687 age 87 Duxbury, Massachusetts buried near the grave of Miles Standish.


Married 1) Rose

Married Barbara ( sister of Rose )

Children: Alexander; Charles; John; Myles; Lora; Josiah; Charles

MYLES STANDISH: A lot of research has been done on the ancestry of Myles Standish, yet nothing conclusive on his parents have
been found. It has been conclusively proven that Myles' great-grandfather was Huan Standish, who was living on the Isle of Man in 1540, having died before 1572. He was identified because Myles Standish, in his will, lists a number of properties that were detained from him by legal descent from his great-grandfather. It is Huan Standish that owned all these lands, thus identifying him as Myles' great-grandfather.

Huan was the son of Robert Standish and Margaret Croft. Robert Standish is the son of Gilbert Standish, or Ormskirk, Lancashire, England. Huan had three known children: John, Huan II, and Gilbert. Gilbert has no known children. Huan II had William and John. John I had: John II, William, Joan, Katherine, Margaret, and an unnamed son. John II married Christian Lace--proposed as the parents of Myles Standish by G.V.C. Young in Myles Standish: First Manx American (1984). However, nothing has been found to conclusively prove this.
Thomas Morton of Merrymount, in his 1637 book New England's Canaan, mentions that "Captain Shrimp"
was the son of a soldier.

The maiden names of Myles Standish's wives Rose and Barbara are not known. Rose died on 29 January 1620/1 at Plymouth, and wife Barbara arrived on the ship Anne in July 1623. By the time of the 1623 Division of Land, Myles and Barbara were already married. This probably suggests a marriage arranged by Standish, to a Barbara he either knew from home or from his stay in Leyden.

Neither of his wives were his cousins, as is sometimes stated. There is absolutely no evidence at all to suggest Barbara's maiden name was Mullins, as is sometimes claimed. There is also no evidence to suggest Myles Standish pursued Priscilla Mullins, as in the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, "The Courtship of Myles Standish". This poem was intentionally fictional and should be considered as such. Myles Standish would have been about 39 and Priscilla about 18--an unlikely couple.

Myles Standish started his military career as a drummer, and eventually worked his way up and into the Low Countries (Holland), where English troops under Heratio Vere had been stationed to help the Dutch in their war with Spain. It was certainly here that he made acquaintance with the Pilgrims at Leyden, and came into good standing with the Pilgrims pastor John Robinson. Standish was eventually hired by them to be their military captain.

Captain Standish lead most of the first exploring missions into the wintery surroundings at Cape Cod looking for a place to settle. He was elected military captain, and organized the Pilgrims defenses against the Indians, as well as protect the Colony from the French, Spanish, and Dutch. In 1622 he led an expedition to save the remaining members of the Wessagusett Colony and killed several Indians
who had led the plot to kill all the Englishmen at that Colony.

Standish befriended an Indian named Hobomok, just as Bradford befriended Squanto, and the two lived out their lives very close to one another. Hobomok was a warrior for Massasoit, and the two "military men" probably understood one another better than most.

So much could be written about Myles Standish. But here are a few selections from what contemporaries had to say about him, both the good and the bad.

William Bradford on Myles Standish:

But that which was most sad and lamentable was, that in two or three months' time half of their company died, especially in January and February . . . So as their died some times two or three of a day in the foresaid time, that of 100 and odd persons, scarce fifty remained. And of these, in the time of most distress, there was but six or seven sound persons who to their great commendations, be it spoken, spared no pains night nor day, but with abundance of toil and hazard of their own health, fetched them wood, made them fires, dressed their meat, made their beds, washed their loathsome clothes, clothed and unclothed them. . . . Two of these seven were Mr. William Brewster, their reverend Elder, and Myles Standish, their captain and military commander, unto whom myself and many others were much beholden in our low and sick condition.

Thomas Morton of Merrymount, in his New England's Cannan describing Standish, and his own arrest which
was carried out by Standish (1637):

Capt. Standish had been bred a soldier in the Low Countries, and never entered the school of our Savior Christ, or of John Baptist, his harbinger; or, if he was ever there, had forgot his first lessens, to offer violence to no man, and to part with the cloak rather than needlessly contend for the coat, though taken away without order. A little chimney is soon fired; so was the Plymouth captain, a man of very little stature, yet of a very hot and angry temper. The fire of his passion soon kindled, and blown up into a flame by hot words, might easily have consumed all, had it not been seasonably quenched. . . .

. . . But mine Host [i.e. Thomas Morton] no sooner had set open the door, and issued out, but instantly Captain
Shrimp and the rest of his worthies stepped to him, laid hold of his arms [guns], and had him down . . . Captain
Shrimp, and the rest of the nine worthies, made themselves, (by this outrageous riot,) Masters of mine Host of
Merrymount, and disposed of what he had at his plantation.

Nathaniel Morton in his New England's Memorial (1669) wrote of Myles Standish's death in 1656:

This year Captain Miles Standish expired his mortal life. . . . In his younger time he went over into the low countries, and was a soldier there, and came acquainted with the church at Leyden, and came over into New-England, with such of them as at the first set out for the planting of the plantation of New-Plimouth, and bare a deep share of their first difficulties, and was always very faithful to their interest. He growing ancient, became sick of the stone, or stranguary, whereof, after his suffering of much dolorous pain, he fell asleep in the
Lord, and was honourably buried at Duxbury.

Conspiratorial letter of John Oldham, intercepted by William Bradford:

Captain Standish looks like a silly boy and is in utter contempt.

Edward Winslow, in Good News From New England describing an retaliatory military expedition, relating to an Indian conspiracy Massasoit had alerted the Pilgrims to (1624):

Also Pecksuot, being a man of greater stature than the Captain, told him, though he were a great Captain, yet he was but a little man; and said he, though I be no sachem, yet I am a man of great strength and courage. These things the Captain observed, yet bare with patience for the present. . . . On the next day he began himself with Pecksuot, and snatching his own knife from his neck, though with much struggling, killed him therewith . . . Hobbamock stood by all this time as a spectator, and meddled not, observing how our men demeaned
themselves in this action. All being here ended, smiling, he brake forth into these speeches to the Captain: "Yesterday Pecksuot, bragging of his own strength and stature, said, though you were a great captain, yet you were but a little man; but today I see you are big enough to lay him on the ground."

A chair and a sword owned by Myles Standish are preserved in the Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts. The authenticity of the portrait of Myles Standish shown above not fully known. The inscription with the portrait reads "AEtatis Suae 38, Ao. 1625", and it is only by tradition that the portrait is of Myles Standish--a tradition, however, which dates back to at least 1812.


Robert S. Wakefield, Mayflower Families for Five Generations: Myles Standish, volume 14 (Plymouth: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1994).

George V.C. Young, Myles Standish: First Manx American, (Isle of Man: Manx-Svenska, 1984).

George V.C. Young, More on Pilgrim Myles Standish: First Manx American, (Isle of Man: Manx-Svenska, 1986).

George V.C. Young, Myles Standish was Born in Ellenbane, (Isle of Man: Manx-Svenska, 1988).

Norman Weston Standish, "Standish Lands in England," Mayflower Quarterly 52:109.

William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation, ed. Samuel Morison (New York: Random House, 1952).

William Bradford and Edward Winslow. A Relation or Journal of the Beginning and Proceedings of the English Plantation settled at Plymouth . . . (London: John Bellamie, 1622).

Edward Winslow. Good News From New England (London: John Bellamie, 1624).

Thomas Morton. New English Canaan (Amsterdam: Frederick Stam, 1637).

Nathaniel Morton. New England's Memorial (Cambridge, 1669).

Merton Taylor Goodrich, "The Children and Grandchildren of Capt. Myles Standish", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 87(1933):149-153.

Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1876-1877, p. 324 (Standish portrait information).


Descendants of Abraham Samson



Generation No. 1


1.  ABRAHAM1 SAMSON was born August 14, 1615 in Compton, Bedfordshire, England, and died 1690 in Duxbury, Ma.  He married HESTER NASH 1645 in Plymouth, Ma. 



                   i.       SAMUEL2 SAMSON, b. 1646; d. 1678.

                  ii.       ELIZABETH SAMSON, b. 1648.

                 iii.       MARY SAMSON, b. 1650.

                 iv.       GEORGE SAMSON, b. 1655; d. 1739.

                  v.       ABRAHAM JR SAMSON, b. 1658; d. 1727.

2.              vi.       ISAAC SR. SAMSON, b. 1660, Duxbury, Ma; d. 1726, Plympton, Ma.

                vii.       SARAH SAMSON, b. 1662.



Generation No. 2


2.  ISAAC SR.2 SAMSON (ABRAHAM1) was born 1660 in Duxbury, Ma, and died 1726 in Plympton, Ma.  He married LYDIA STANDISH, daughter of ALEXANDER STANDISH and SARAH ALDEN. 



                   i.       JONATHAN3 SAMSON, b. 1688; d. 1750.

3.               ii.       ISAAC JR SAMSON, b. April 18, 1688, Plympton, Ma; d. March 19, 1749/50.

                 iii.       JOSIAH SAMSON, b. 1692; d. 1781.

                 iv.       LYDIA SAMSON, b. 1694.

                  v.       EPHRAIUM SAMSON, b. 1698; d. 1786.

                 vi.       PRISCILLA SAMSON, b. 1700; d. 1750.

                vii.       PEGLEG TWIN SAMSON, b. 1700; d. 1741.

               viii.       BARBANAS SAMSON, b. 1705; d. 1740.



Generation No. 3


3.  ISAAC JR3 SAMSON (ISAAC SR.2, ABRAHAM1) was born April 18, 1688 in Plympton, Ma, and died March 19, 1749/50.  He married SARAH BARLOW October 26, 1715 in Plympton, Ma.  She was born 1688, and died 1733.


Children of ISAAC SAMSON and SARAH BARLOW are:

                   i.       HANNAH4 SAMSON, b. 1716; d. 1737.

4.               ii.       URIAH SAMSON, b. July 30, 1717, Plympton, Ma; d. May 11, 1790, Middleboro, Ma.

                 iii.       SARAH SAMSON, b. 1720; d. 1742.

                 iv.       JOHN TWIN SAMSON, b. 1728; d. 1750.

                  v.       MARGRET TWIN SAMSON, b. 1728; d. 1747.



Generation No. 4


4.  URIAH4 SAMSON (ISAAC JR3, ISAAC SR.2, ABRAHAM1) was born July 30, 1717 in Plympton, Ma, and died May 11, 1790 in Middleboro, Ma.  He married ANNA WHITE December 25, 1746 in Middleboro, Ma, daughter of BENJAMIN REV WHITE.  She was born April 25, 1729, and died August 26, 1801 in Lakeville, Ma.


Children of URIAH SAMSON and ANNA WHITE are:

                   i.       EZRA5 SAMSON, b. 1749.

                  ii.       JOHN SAMSON, b. 1751.

                 iii.       SARAH SAMSON, b. 1753.

                 iv.       HANNAH SAMSON, b. 1755; d. 1812.

                  v.       DANIEL SAMSON, b. 1758; d. 1859.

                 vi.       URIAH JR SAMSON, b. 1759.

                vii.       ELIAS SAMSON, b. 1760.

5.            viii.       ISAAC SAMPSON, b. January 08, 1762, Middleboro, Ma; d. December 07, 1846, Lakeville, Ma.

                  ix.       ANNA SAMSON, b. 1763.

                   x.       MARY SAMSON, b. 1773.

                  xi.       PHEBEE SAMSON, b. 1774.



Generation No. 5


5.  ISAAC5 SAMPSON (URIAH4 SAMSON, ISAAC JR3, ISAAC SR.2, ABRAHAM1) was born January 08, 1762 in Middleboro, Ma, and died December 07, 1846 in Lakeville, Ma.  He married DELEVERANCE SMITH August 09, 1794 in Raynham, Ma.  She was born 1763 in Raynham, Ma, and died February 09, 1821 in Middleboro, Ma.



                   i.       ISAAC6 SAMPSON, b. 1794; d. 1808.

                  ii.       SUSAN SAMPSON, b. 1796.

6.              iii.       NATHANIEL SAMPSON, b. 1798, Middleboro Mass Plymouth Co.; d. 1890, Lakeville, Ma. Plymouth Co..

                 iv.       EZRIA SAMPSON, b. 1800; d. 1802.

                  v.       LUCY SAMPSON, b. 1804.

                 vi.       FANNY SAMPSON, b. 1806.



Generation No. 6


6.  NATHANIEL6 SAMPSON (ISAAC5, URIAH4 SAMSON, ISAAC JR3, ISAAC SR.2, ABRAHAM1) was born 1798 in Middleboro Mass Plymouth Co., and died 1890 in Lakeville, Ma. Plymouth Co..  He married ZILPHA SHAW 1825 in Middleboro Mass Plymouth Co..  She was born 1802 in Raynham, Mass, and died 1853 in Lakeville, Ma. Plymouth Co..



7.                i.       ISSAC7 SAMPSON, b. July 12, 1826, Middleboro Mass. Plymouth Co.; d. May 16, 1919, Lakeville, Mass Plymouth Co..

                  ii.       TWIN BOY SAMPSON, b. 1828; d. 1828.

                 iii.       TWIN GIRL SAMPSON, b. 1828; d. 1828.

                 iv.       EMILEY SAMPSON, b. 1831.

                  v.       NATHANIEL MILLER SAMPSON, b. 1834; d. 1890.

                 vi.       ZELPHIA LOUISE SAMPSON, b. 1839.

                vii.       EMILY SAMPSON, b. 1831.



Generation No. 7


7.  ISSAC7 SAMPSON (NATHANIEL6, ISAAC5, URIAH4 SAMSON, ISAAC JR3, ISAAC SR.2, ABRAHAM1) was born July 12, 1826 in Middleboro Mass. Plymouth Co., and died May 16, 1919 in Lakeville, Mass Plymouth Co..  He married (1) JULIA SAMPSON April 18, 1853 in Middleboro, Plymouth, Ma, USA, daughter of EBENEZER D SAMPSON.  She was born September 17, 1831 in Middleboro, Plymouth, Ma, USA, and died 1904 in Lakeville, Plymouth, Ma, USA.  He married (2) JULIA SAMPSON April 18, 1853 in Middleboro, Plymouth, Ma, USA, daughter of EBENEZER D SAMPSON.  She was born September 17, 1831 in Middleboro, Plymouth, Ma, USA, and died 1904 in Lakeville, Plymouth, Ma, USA.



                   i.       JULIA ISABELLE "ISABELLE"8 SAMPSON.

8.               ii.       EUGENE HAROLD SAMPSON, b. 1856, Lakeville, Plymouth, Ma, USA; d. December 21, 1930, Lakeville, Plymouth, Ma, USA.

                 iii.       JULIA ISABELLA SAMPSON.

9.              iv.       EUGENE SAMPSON, b. 1856, Lakeville, Mass Plymouth Co.; d. 1930, Lakeville, Mass Plymouth Co..



Generation No. 8


8.  EUGENE HAROLD8 SAMPSON (ISSAC7, NATHANIEL6, ISAAC5, URIAH4 SAMSON, ISAAC JR3, ISAAC SR.2, ABRAHAM1) was born 1856 in Lakeville, Plymouth, Ma, USA, and died December 21, 1930 in Lakeville, Plymouth, Ma, USA.  He married ARDELIA BELL MERRILL in Lakeville, Plymouth, Ma, USA, daughter of NATHANIEL MERRILL and ABIGAIL THOMAS.  She was born 1871 in Turner, Me, USA, and died 1955 in Lakeville, Plymouth, Ma, USA.



                   i.       EUGENE HAROLD JR.9 SAMPSON, b. 1893; d. 1893, Lakeville, Plymouth, Ma, USA.

                  ii.       NATHANIAL MERRILL SAMPSON, b. 1894, Lakeville, Plymouth, Ma, USA; d. 1985, Lakeville, Plymouth, Ma, USA.



9.  EUGENE8 SAMPSON (ISSAC7, NATHANIEL6, ISAAC5, URIAH4 SAMSON, ISAAC JR3, ISAAC SR.2, ABRAHAM1) was born 1856 in Lakeville, Mass Plymouth Co., and died 1930 in Lakeville, Mass Plymouth Co..  He married ARDELIA BELL MERRILL, daughter of NATHANIEL MERRILL and ABIGAIL THOMAS.  She was born 1871 in Turner Maine, and died 1955 in Lakeville, Mass Plymouth Co..



                   i.       EUGENE HAROLD9 SAMPSON, b. 1893.

                  ii.       NATHANIEL MERRILL SAMPSON, b. 1894.

                 iii.       JULIA SAMPSON, b. 1896, Lakeville, Plymouth, Ma, USA; d. 1987, Lakeville, Plymouth, Ma, USA.

                 iv.       RALPH SAMPSON, b. March 30, 1898, Lakeville, Mass Plymouth Co.; d. May 04, 1971, Middleboro Mass. Plymouth Co.; m. FRANCINA MARY CROTHERS, June 15, 1920, Lakeville, Mass Plymouth Co.; b. January 22, 1900, West Medford, Ma, USA; d. March 25, 1989, Lakeville, Plymouth, Ma, USA.

                  v.       HELEN SAMPSON, b. 1900, Lakeville, Plymouth, Ma, USA; d. 1976, Lakeville, Plymouth, Ma, USA.

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