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Nicknames: "Henry Sameson", "Pilgrim Henry Sampson"
Birthplace: Henlow, Bedfordshire, England
Death: Died in Duxbury, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Occupation: Constable
Managed by: Lloyd Raymond Worster
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About Henry Samson

Henry Samson was born in Henlow, Bedford, England, and came on the Mayflower at the age of about 17 with his uncle & aunt, Edward and Ann(Cooper) Tilley.

He married Ann Plummer in 1635/36 at Plymouth, became a freeman in Plymouth around that time, and volunteered for service in the Pequot War of 1637, but Plymouth's company was not called into service. By 1643 he had moved to Duxbury, where he became constable in 1661, and tax collector for 1667 and 1668. He was on a large number of juries and grand juries, and was appointed a surveyor on a couple of occasions. His wife died between 1668 and 1684: Henry died in 1684 at Duxbury.

Henry Samson married Ann Plummer at Plymouth on 6 February 1635. The couple moved to nearby Duxbury where he became a person of standing in the community. Henry died 24 December 1684 at Duxbury. His will and inventory of his estate are on record at Plymouth.

Henry Samson and Ann Plummer had nine children, but descent has been proven through only seven of them: Stephen, James, Caleb, Elizabeth, Hannah, Dorcas, and a daughter (name unknown) who married John Hanmer.

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HENRY SAMPSON IN THE 17TH CENTURY RECORDS:

Henry Sampson: Mayflower passenger

The names of those which came over first, in the year 1620, and were by the blessing of God the first beginners and in a sort the foundation of all the Plantations and Colonies in New England: and their families....

"Edward Tilley and Ann his wife,and two children that were their cousins, Henry Sampson and Humility Cooper"

William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647.ed.

Samuel Eliot Morison(New York: Knopf, 1991). p.442

Henry Sampson & the 1623 Division of Land. Recorded in the handwriting of Governor William Bradford. The lands of " Henerie Samson" were among those designated as "their grounds which came first over in the May Floure, according as their lotes were case" and described this way "these lye one the north side of the towne nexte adjoyning to their gardens which came in the Fortune."---Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 12, p 5

--Henry Sampson: A 1626 "Purchaser"

Henry Sampson: 1650

"And seeing it hath pleased Him to give me(William Bradford) to see thirty years completed since these beginnings, and that the great works of His providence are to be observed, I have thought it not unworthy my pains to take a view of the decreasings and increasings of these persons and such changes as hath passed over them and theirs in the thirty years....

"Edward Tilley and his wife both died soon after their arrival, and the girl Humility, their cousin, was sent for into England and died there. But the youth Henry Sampson is still living and is married and hath seven children"

William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647,ed.

This is an"old style" date. According to the modern calandar, his date of death would be January 3, 1685

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In 1620 Henry Samson came to Massachusetts on the Mayflower with his relstives Edward and Anne Tilley and Humility Cooper.

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He came on the Mayflower at the age of about 17 with his uncle and aunt, Edward and Ann (Cooper) Tilley. He married Ann Plummer in 1635/6 at Plymouth, became a freeman in Plymouth around that time, and volunteered for service in the Pequot War of 1637, but Plymouth's company was not called into service. By 1643 he had moved to Duxbury, where he became constable in 1661, and tax collector for 1667 and 1668. He was on a large number of juries and grand juries, and was appointed a surveyor on a couple of occasions. His wife died sometime between 1668 and 1684; he died in 1684 at Duxbury.

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Henry Samson was born in Henlow, Bedford, England, and came on the Mayflower at the age of about 17 with his uncle and aunt, Edward and Ann (Cooper) Tilley. He married Ann Plummer in 1635/6 at Plymouth, became a freeman in Plymouth around that time, and volunteered for service in the Pequot War of 1637, but Plymouth's company was not called into service. By 1643 he had moved to Duxbury, where he became constable in 1661, and tax collector for 1667 and 1668. He was on a large number of juries and grand juries, and was appointed a surveyor on a couple of occasions. His wife died sometime between 1668 and 1684; he died in 1684 at Duxbury.

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Pilgrim

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Henry Samson came as a young sixteen year old boy on the Mayflower, under the care of his aunt and uncle Edward and Ann (Cooper) Tilley. Henry Samson volunteered and fought in the Pequot War of 1637, and during his life took on several civil positions including constable of Duxbury, property surveyor, and tax collector. Henry Samson married Ann Plummer, whose ancestry is unknown. However, Ann had a sister Mary Plummer, who married John Barnes in Plymouth on 12 September 1633.

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From The Giles Memorial. Genealogical Memoirs of the Families Bearing the Names of Giles, Gould, Holmes ... Also Genealogical Sketches of the Pool, Very ... and Other Families, with a History of Pemaquid, Ancient and Modern; Some Account of Early Settlements in Maine, and Some Details of Indian Warfare (Google eBook) John Adams VINTON 1864.  Page 374-5

HENRY SAMPSON was one of the company of Pilgrims who came in the world-renowned MAYFLOWER to Plymouth in 1620. He was a member of the family of his uncle, Edward Tilley, and was too young to sign the immortal compact of November 11, in the cabin of that vessel, while at anchor in the harbor of Provincetown. He was, however, enumerated in the assignment of land, 1623, and in the division of cattle, 1627, and was admitted a freeman of Plymouth Colony in 1637.  

He early removed to Duxbury—probably with the first settlers of that town; and married ANN PLUMMER, Feb. 6, 1635-61 He was one of the original grantees of Bridgewater, 1645, but did not remove thither. He was constable of Duxbury, 1661. 

“This,” says Winsor, “was an office of high trust and responsibility, and none were elected to it but men of good standing."

He died Dec. 24, 1684. 

In his will, bearing date the same day, he mentions no wife, but to his sons Stephen, John, and James, gives a tract of land he had purchased in Dartmouth; to each of them a third part. To his son Caleb he gives one shilling. He also gives one shilling each to dau. Elizabeth, wife of Robert Sproat; to dau. Hannah, wife of Josiah Holmes; to his dau. [name not given] “now wife of John Hammond ;" to dau. Mary, wife of John Summers; to dau. Dorcas, wife of Thomas Boney. 

Mr. Wiswall [Rem Ichabod Wiswall, pastor of Duxbury from 1676 to 1700] was to be overseer of the will. Thomas Delano and Joseph Chandler were witnesses. The will was exhibited before the [General] Court of Plymouth, March 5, 1684—5: and may be found in the Old Colony Records, Wills, Vol. 4, p. 94.

The will thus indicates that the property of the testator, all but the Dartmouth purchase, had already been distributed among the heirs.

Guided by the will, we make out the children of Henry Sampson, at the time of his death, to have been as follows:

  • 2. Elizabeth,2 m. Robert Sproat, who was of Scituate, 1660, and died at Middleborough, in 1712.
  • 3. Hannah.  m. Josiah Holmes2 of Duxbury, March 20. 1665-6. For all account of her descendants, see p. 185, and sequel, of this volume.
  • 4. A daughter, whose name is not given; m. John Hammond.§ See above.
  • 5. John, b. about 1645; m. Mary Pease.
  • 6. Mary,2 m. John Summers!
  • 7. Dorcas,2 m. Thomas Bonney of Duxbury. In the will, and in the early records, the name is Boneg. Thomas Boney was a shoemaker; had land in Duxbury, 1640; constable, 1643-4; d. about 1693. The husband of Dorcas was probably his son.
  • 8. tJames, m. —.
  • 9. fStephen, m. Elizabeth —-.
  • 10. tCaleh,2 at. Mercy Standish.

Footnotes

  • 1. We learn this fact from Governor Bradford’s List of passengers in the Mayflovver, at the end of his longllost and lately-recovered History, published bytho Massachusetts Historical Society in 1856, Bradford, in 1650, says—“the youth Henery Samson is still liveing, and is maried, and bath 7. children." From this we inter that all the children of Henry Samson in the above list were born before 1650, except Stephen and Caleb, who must have been born after that date.
  • tThe will of John Barnes of Plymouth, dated March 6, 1667-8, names his “cousen” the wife of Henry Sampson.
  • The only John Hammond known to me, who could be the husband of this daughter of Henry Sampson, was born in England, 1627, son of William and Elizabeth Hammond, who settled in Watcrtown as early as 1642. Assuming this to be a son-in-lnw of Henry Sampson, the name of the daughter was Sarah, I). 1643, d. Jan. 14, 1688, a. 45. See Bond’s Watertown, p. 270.
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Henry Samson,"Mayflower" Passenger's Timeline

1603
January 15, 1603
Henslow, Beds, England
1604
January 15, 1604
Henlow, Bedfordshire, England
January 15, 1604
Henlow, Bedfordshire, England
1620
November 11, 1620
Age 16
Mayflower Passenger
November 11, 1620
Age 16
Mayflower Passenger
1635
February 6, 1635
Age 31
Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
1638
1638
Age 33
Duxbury, Plymouth , Massachusetts
1642
1642
Age 37
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1643
1643
Age 38
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1645
1645
Age 40
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA