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Samuel Wakeman

Birthplace: Bewdley, Ribbesford, Worcestershire, England
Death: Died in Adelaide Village, New Providence Island, The Bahamas
Cause of death: Killed by a cannon ball shot by the Spanish, who had taken the English settlement on New Providence while he was there to "buy cotton"
Immediate Family:

Son of Francis Wakeman and Anne Wakeman (Goode)
Husband of Elizabeth Willett
Father of Elizabeth Brainerd; Child Wakeman; Ezibon Wakeman; Joanna Anna Whittaker; Grace Kelly and 1 other
Brother of Mary Wowen; Sarah Hubbell; Martha Davis; John Wakeman; Isaac Wakeman and 4 others

Managed by: Lisa Bench
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About Samuel Wakeman

Biographical Summary:

Samuel Wakeman, Roxbury, came in the "Lion," in November 1631; freeman, Massachusetts, August 7, 1632; probably removed to Cambridge; deputy, May, 1635; constable for Newtown, April, 1636; an original proprietor at Hartford, 1639, when his home-lot was on the south bank of the Little River; chosen townsman, 1638; appointed with George Hubbard, Senior, and Ancient Stoughton, in 1636, "to consider the bounds and survey the breadth of Dorchester (Windsor) towards the Falls, and of Watertown (Wethersfield) towards the mouth of the River." he was killed in 1641 by a shot from the Spanish fort at Providence in the Bahamas, where he had been sent " to buy cotton." His widow, Elizabeth, married (2) Nathaniel Willett, of Hartford, before Jan. 1643, and the estate of Wakeman was settled on him December 4, 1645, on condition that he pay £40 to the son when he reached the age of 21, and £20 to each of the dad's at the age of 18.


i. Ezbon, freeman at Stratford, 1669; married Apr. 1, 1669, at Guilford, Hannah Jordan; removed to Fairfield before 1671, where he died in 1683.

ii. Elizabeth; married Joseph Arnold, of Haddam.

iii. Grace; married John Kelly, of Hartford,

iv. Joanna; married Francis Hacklcton, of Hartford,

v. Hannah.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), pages 265-266. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books

Biographical Summary #2:

Samuel Wakeman, son of Francis, of Bewdley, Worcestershire, England, came to New England in November, 1631, in the ship Lion, Captain Pierce, and settled in Roxbury, November 2, 1631, and was made a Freeman the seventh of August following, being one of the founders of the first church in Roxbury.

He probably removed to Cambridge, and was representative at the May session, 1635, and removed with Governor Haynes, or rather, as his forerunner, to Hartford, in April, 1636.

He was made constable and was engaged in adjusting the bounds of the first settlement of Windsor and Wethersfield. He was killed in the summer of 1641, with Captain Pierce at Providence in the Bahamas, as told by Winthrop, vol. ii., p. 43.

The Captain Pierce referred to above went with others to relieve English colonists in the Bahamas who were suffering from the cruelties of the Spaniards.

SOURCE: Unknown.


It is quite certain, however that in the spring of 1636, after having secured rights through the Warwick patent, lots were actually located on the south side, those of John White and Samuel Wakeman being the first.



Having joined a small group of New Englanders who wished tosettle at Old Providence Island in the summer of 1641, and not realizingthat the Spaniards had recently taken the island, Samuel Wakeman was on the ship mastered by William Pierce; when they reached Old Providence and sailed into the harbor, they came under the Spanish guns, and Pierce "threw himself in at the door of the cuddy, and one Samuel Wakeman, a member of the church of Hartford, who was sent with goods to buy cotton,cast himself down by him, and presently a great shot took them both. Mr.Peirce died within an hour; the other, having only his thighs tore, lived ten days"

SOURCE: John Winthrop, The History of New England from 1630 to 1649, JamesSavage, ed., 2 volumes (Boston 1853).


[S01785] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Donald Lines Jacobus, (Name: Name: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.;;). _________________________

New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the ..., Volume 1

edited by William Richard Cutter, p.72


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Samuel Wakeman's Timeline

September 25, 1603
Bewdley, Ribbesford, Worcestershire, England
September 25, 1603
Bewdley, Ribbesford, Worcestershire, England
September 25, 1603
September 25, 1603
Bewdley, Worcester, England
September 25, 1603
Bendley, Ribbesford, Worcestershire, England
September 25, 1603
Age 26
Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut
Age 26
Age 27
Bewdley, Ribbesford Church, Worcestershire, England
Age 28
Probably England