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Samuel Dunham, Sr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Leyden, South Holland, The Netherlands
Death: Died in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Dea. John Dunham, of the Plymouth Colony and Abigail Dunham
Husband of Martha Dunham and Sarah Dunham
Father of Sarah King; NN Dunham and Samuel Dunham Jr.
Brother of Abigail Atwood; Joseph Dunham; Rev. Jonathan Dunham; Hannah Rickard; Persis Shaw and 3 others
Half brother of John Dunham, Jr.; Humility Dunham and Rev. Thomas Dunham

Occupation: Town Officer, Planter
Managed by: Eric Michael ANDERSON
Last Updated:

About Samuel Dunham, of Plymouth

Samuel Dunham was born in 1624 in Leyden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands.1 He was the son of Deacon John Dunham and Abigail Balliou.1,2,3. Samuel Dunham died on Wednesday, 20 January 1711/12 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, at age 88 years.1,2

from SAMUEL DUNHAM of Plymouth Compiled by Kim Baker

The earliest entry for Samuel (Samuell) Dunham in the records is 1643, when he is listed as "able to bear arms for Plymouth." From this point on, there is not much recorded about his personal or family life. From Anderson's The Great Migration Begins (1995), we know that Samuel Dunham of Plymouth was born to John Dunham Sr. (also of Plymouth) and Abigail Barlow around 1623; one of eight children born to Abigail, John's second wife. Also in this entry it states that Samuell led a particularly long life -- "in his 89 years of age". He was married on 29 of June 1649 to Martha (Beals) Falloway, daughter of John Beals and widow of William Falloway. It seems as if Samuel had a pretty good relationship with his father because they are often mentioned together in land deals as giving land to each other or being able to use each other's lands.

From the Plymouth Colony Records, we know that Samuel had a very active social/public life. He was propounded as a freeman in 1648. He was involved in a variety of land deals, served as a juryman on a variety of court cases, and was a member of the grand enquest. His public service also included being a deputy, surveyor of highways, constable, and finally marshall and goal keeper.

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From Ancestry of Rob Roy & related families

Samuel Dunham was born in 1624 in Leyden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands.1 He was the son of Deacon John Dunham and Abigail Balliou.1,2,3 Samuel Dunham became a freeman in 1648 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.3 Samuel Dunham died on Wednesday, 20 January 1711/12 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, at age 88 years.1,2

On 29 June 1649 Samuel, married Martha Beal, daughter of John Beal and Frances Ripley, in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.2,4,3,5, widow of William Falloway.

On 15 January 1694 Samuel, married Sarah unknown, widow of unknown Watson, in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.4,6

Children of Samuel Dunham and Martha (Beal) Falloway

  1. Sarah Dunham3 (10 Apr 1650 - )
  2. infant Dunham7,3 (29 Dec 1651 - 4 Jan 1652)
  3. infant Dunham7,3 (29 Dec 1651 - 4 Jan 1652)
  4. Samuel Dunham3 (1660 - )

notes

Immigration: circa 1629. Possibly arrived on the 2nd voyage of the 'Mayflower'. Admitted a freeman on June 7, 1648. Planter of New Plymouth. Samuel was the Representative from Plymouth in 1668 & Constable 1674. In 1675 was Surveyor of highways. Belonged to the Plymouth Colony Militia. One pastor described Samuel as a 'old drunkard' (how Christian of the pastor). Excommunicated from the church in 1681 due to his drinking. He was fined 5 shillings by the Plymouth court 'for being overtaken with drink'. In Nov. 1689 he was accused of taking the Lord's name in vain, having been heard to say, 'the curse of God is upon the head & pluck', with many other unsavory speeches partly by intemperance in drinking which sister Jackson testified against him before the elders to his face'. Accepted again to communion Sept. 8, 1690.

Sources: Records from the Plymouth Colony

             Info from Joann Yeager Gwinn
             Info from Isaac Watson Dunham
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Samuel Dunham, of Plymouth's Timeline

1624
1624
Leyden, South Holland, The Netherlands
1649
June 29, 1649
Age 25
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
1650
April 10, 1650
Age 26
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
1651
December 29, 1651
Age 27
1653
1653
Age 29
Plymouth, Plymouth, MA, USA
1694
January 15, 1694
Age 70
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
1711
January 20, 1711
Age 87
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
1711
Age 87
Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1929
August 13, 1929
Age 87
August 13, 1929
Age 87