Samuel Small, Jr. (1700 - c.1776)

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Birthplace: Kittery, ME, USA
Death: Died in Scarborough, ME, USA
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About Samuel Small, Jr.

Deacon Samuel (2), second child of Samuel (1) and Elizabeth (Heard) Small, was born in Kittery, Maine, April 17, 1700. When but a lad he displayed all the sturdy characteristics of is long line of noble ancestry. He treaded the pathways of the forest to the north and west, and sailed far along the eastern coast. He was the third and last single owner of the famous Ossipee lands. He was very active in the organization of the First Congregational Church in Scarboro (where he made his home after 1726), and was its first deacon in 1728. He was chosen clerk of Scarbobo in 1727, and with the single exception of 1775, when he was probably absent from home attending to matters in connection with the coming war, he was clerk every year until 1779 - a period of fifty-two years. And strange as it may seen to us, he was usually moderator of the meetings also. He was usually one of the selectmen, and a member of all important committees. In 1786, when carrying the weight of eighty-six years, he was moderator of the meeting for the last time; and when at the ripe old age of ninety years, he for the last time served on a committee. For sixty-three years his was the most conspicuous name on the Scarbobo records.

Deacon Samuel was very active in matters which led up to the revolutionary war, and was so extremely enthusiastic in the cause of liberty that he recorded the enitre Declaration of Independence in the town clerk's book. At the age of seventy-eight years he was at the head of the committee of correspondence, inspection and safety, and at the age of seventy-nine years he was a member of the convention at Cambridge to form a state government. The date of his death is unknown, but his years probably equalled those of his grandfather Francis, who died at the age of ninety-three. He was buried in the old cemetery at Scarboro, and a stone marks the spot.

He married, Jan. 17, 1716-17, Anna Hatch, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, daughter of Captain John Hatch. A reason for this early marriage is to be found in the fact that her father died about the time of her birth; and her only brother died in August, 1716, leaving her without a home. No doubt she was welcomed to her new home by the parents of her husband.

Samuel Small Sr. deeded to his son Samuel a portion of the homestead land at Sturgeon Creek, July 9, 1719.

Children, as recorded on Kittery records:

Samuel (see forward); Anna; John; Joshua; and Elizabeth.

Others, b. in Scarboro:

Sarah, Benjamin, James and Mary.

Military Service

SMALL, SAMUEL JR

Ancestor #: A105530

Service:

MASSACHUSETTS Rank(s): CIVIL SERVICE, PATRIOTIC SERVICE

Birth:

5-26-1718 KITTERY YORK CO MAINE DIST MASSACHUSETTS

Death:

12-21-1791 SCARBOROUGH CUMBERLAND CO MAINE DIST MASSACHUSETTS

Service Source:

COLLECTIONS OF THE MAINE HIST SOCIETY, 1ST SER, VOL 3, PP 198, 201

Service Description:

1) MODERATOR; MEMBER OF COMMITTEE OF CORRESPONDENCE, SAFETY & INSPECTION

-------------------- Samuel Married at 16 years old and entered realities of life early. Life was perilous with Indian raids and he appeared with older men in organized efforts to find safety for their families. He assisted in building garrisons for protection with heavy lumber and were bullet proof.

Samuel was very active in whatever pursuits he made. He was the first Deacon of the First Congregational Church in Scarborough. He was the town clerk for 52 years and a moderator at many of the meetings. He was a selectman and a member of many important committees in town government. At 79 years old he was a member of the convention at Cambridge to form a state government.

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Deacon Samuel Small's Timeline

1700
April 17, 1700
Kittery, ME, USA
1708
May 27, 1708
Age 8
1716
January 17, 1716
Age 15
Portsmouth, NH, USA
1718
May 26, 1718
Age 18
Kittery, ME, USA
1720
September 10, 1720
Age 20
Kittery, York, Maine, USA
1722
January 10, 1722
Age 21
Scarborough, Cumberland, ME, USA
1725
February 26, 1725
Age 24
Kittery, York, ME, USA
1728
February 3, 1728
Age 27
Kittery, York, ME, USA
1729
August 29, 1729
Age 29
Scarborough, Cumberland, ME, USA
1732
June 27, 1732
Age 32
Scarborough, Cumberland, ME, USA