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Nicknames: "The Wrestler"
Birthplace: Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died
Occupation: Mariner, ship pilot and Master; "The Wrestler", farm/fish, farmer, fisherman
Managed by: Jason Peter Herbert
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About Samuel "The Wrestler" Perry

Samuel Perry of Sandwich served as a Private in Capt. Abijah Bang’s Company, Col. Dikes Regiment; pay roll for travel allowance from home and return, etc., dated Boston, Nov 26, 1776; credited with 3 days allowance; mileage (120 miles) to and from camp also allowed.

Samuel Perry fled Massachusetts to Newport, Rhode Island in 1777 and joined the Royal Associated Refugees assembled under George Leonard, a Massachusetts loyalist and refugee from Boston; this was a sea-raiding force of loyalist sailors and soldiers.

In May 1778, Samuel Perry was the pilot of a ship during a plundering raid at Taupolin Cove. “…landed a Number of Men, burnt a Number of unimproved Houses, and there being none to oppose them, drove what Stock was left (to support the Inhabitants) up to that part of the Island where their Shipping lay, and have, as is supposed, carried it off to Rhode Island…”

Samuel Perry Banished from the State of Massachusetts in September 1778 by the Banishment Act and faced the death penalty “without benefit of clergy” if he returned without permission from the General Court.

“Banishment Act of the State of Massachusetts” “An Act to prevent the return to this state of certain persons therein named and others who have left this state or either of the United States, and joined the enemies thereof.”

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~walkersj/Actof1778.html

2 April 1779, Samuel Perry Captains a ship of Loyal Associated Refugees and attacks Falmouth, Massachusetts. Major Dimock’s militia of Falmouth and the Militia from Sandwich repulsed this attack.

http://wickedyankee.blogspot.com/2011/10/battle-of-falmouth-part-1.html

http://wickedyankee.blogspot.com/2011/11/battle-of-falmouth-part-2.html

On 5 April 1779, The Loyal Associated Refugees landed at Nantucket on Martha’s Vineyard. “They immediately landed near 200 men, and entered the town with fixed bayonets and drawn swords…They immediately began to break open and plunder the stores, warehouses, &t. first that of Mr. Thomas Jenkins, which they cleared of a great quantity of goods, 260 barrels of oil, 2000 weight whalebone; and stript it of everything, even to some chalk and an old grindstone; broke open a number of other stores, took a large quantity of oil, molasses, sugar, coffee, and all kinds of goods that fell in their way, 30 or 40 suits of sails with anchors, cables, towlines, great quantities of cordage, rigging, &, also the whole craft and provisions they came across. A hundred and fifty men or more were employed from 4 P.M on Monday to 6 next morning in plundering, insulting, and abusing the inhabitants; compelling them to truck down to their vessels what they had taken from them. There were with them who were known besides, two of Brigadier Ruggles’s sons, of Hardwick; a Foster, late belonging to Plymouth; one Upham (supposed major Upham, of Brookfield) Eldad Tupper, Lemuel Bourn, and Samuel Perry, late of Sandwich.”

29 April 1779, “This morning arrived here [Newport] the General Leslie, and Fancy privateers, Captains Dow and Perry, having captured three vessels, which they brought in with them, loaded with rum, molasses and wood, and also bro’t from Nantucket a large quantity of oil, belonging to friends to government, which had been secreted there during the rebellion. ---The property recovered from the rebels by this expedition, will amount to upwards of six thousand pounds sterling, besides the three vessels.”

Source: Early American Newspapers, Series I, 1690-1876, online database, published by Readex, a division of NewsBank, Inc., accessed through New England Historical and Genealogical Society website.

Samuel Perry, Ship Master of the Schooner York, 124 tons and a crew of 6; Mate, Silas Perry; Seaman, Patrick Blackburn, Thomas Black, Jack Black, Samuel Black, Edward Perry; serving the British forces in New York 1781.

Source: Proceedings of a Board of General Officers of the British Army at New York, 1781

Samuel served in the British Navy. He received a grant of land at Cape Negro, near Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Can. He was also an Empire Loyalist and part of The Port Roseway Association. -------------------- Samuel served in the British Navy. He received a grant of land at Cape Negro, near Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Can. He was also an Empire Loyalist and part of The Port Roseway Association.

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Info added per DAR's "Lineage Book of the Charter Members" by Mary S Lockwood and published 1895 states:

"Capt Samuel Perry, of Sandwich, Mass., was a member of Capt. Abijah Bangs' company, in Col. Dicke's regiment of militia. His brother Stephen was in the same company." -------------------- Samuel Perry, a United Empire Loyalist, left Sandwich, MA in September 1777 for Rhode Island and went to Cape Negro Harbour East , in Shelburne County, NS, Canada about 1784. His grandson in a diary referred to him as "the wrestler" because he was keen on arm wrestling. -------------------- Samuel, a United Empire Loyalist, left Sandwich, MA in September 1777 for Rhode Island and west to Cape Negro Harbour East in Shelburne County, NS, Canada about 1784. His grandson in a diary referred to him as "the wrestler" because he was keen on arm wrestling.

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Samuel "The Wrestler" Perry's Timeline

1735
October 25, 1735
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
1758
November 2, 1758
Age 23
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
1759
May 30, 1759
Age 23
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
1761
June 13, 1761
Age 25
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
1763
March 1, 1763
Age 27
Sandwich, Barnstable, MA, USA
1765
March 22, 1765
Age 29
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
1767
October 1, 1767
Age 31
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
1771
April 5, 1771
Age 35
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
1827
1827
Age 91
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