Abraham Sampson, of Duxbury

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Abraham Sampson, of Duxbury

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Campton, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England
Death: 1686 (67-75)
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of NN Sampson; NN Sampson; Mary Shabery and NN Sampson
Husband of 1st wife of Abraham Sampson and 2nd wife of Abraham Sampson
Father of George Sampson, of Duxbury; Elizabeth Delano; Samuel Sampson; Mary Howland; Dorcas Bonney and 4 others
Half brother of Henry Sampson

Occupation: Constable
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About Abraham Sampson, of Duxbury

Abraham Sampson was possibly a cousin of Henry "Mayflower Passenger" Samson, but not his brother.


"Abraham Sampson, supposed to have been a brother of the preceding [Henry Sampson]; came from England some time after Henry,l it is not known in what year, but probably in 1629 or 1630; and settled at Duxbury. He was on the list of persons in Duxbury 'able to bear arms,' in 1643. That list included all able-bodied males between the ages of sixteen and sixty. He was one of the fifty-four original grantees of Bridgewater, 1645, all of whom then resided in Duxbury. Most of the grantees, including Abraham Sampson, did not remove. He was surveyor of highways, 1648; constable, 1653; and was admitted freemann of Plymouth Colony in 1654. He was living in 1686; after which there is no record of him." 1281, 1283

"Most of the Sampsons in America, it is presumed, are descendants of Henry and Abraham Sampson of Duxbury. Whether these two original emigrants were brothers, is not known. We suppose that they were. While there is no known fact, which militates against the supposition; the fact that two men of the same name, of not dissimilar age and condition, are found living side by side in the same town, a town containing then but a small population, so early in the history of New England, and when there was so little to attract emigrants to that portion at least of our coast, this fact of itself goes far toward strengthening the preseumption - the belief, even - tat these men were brothers. . . .The name is Samson in nearly all the records, down to a late period; which is no doubt the true orthography, derived from the sacred volume." 1281

"Abraham (1) Sampson apparently had two wives, the first a daughter of Samuel Nash; the second has not been identified at all. The will of Samuel Nash of Duxbury, dated 2 June 1681, names daughter Martha Clark; Samuel and Ichabod, children of his deceased grandson Samuel Samson; and granddaughters Elizabeth Dillano and Mary Howland . . . As the will of William Clark of Duxbury, dated 3 Jan. 1687, names only wife Martha and William Bonney whom he had brought up, it has been assumed William and Martha were childless (Genealogical Advertiser 1 [1898]: 18). Therefore Torrey concluded that all three grandchildren in Samuel Nash's will (Elizabeth Delano and Mary Howland, as well as Samuel Samson) were children of Nash's unnamed daughter who had married Abraham (1) Sampson . . .A possible flaw in this reasoning is that Samuel Nash could have had another daughter who predeceased him and who may have been the mother of Elizabeth and/or Mary."1199

"All authorities say that Abraham Sampson married the daughter of Samuel Nash (her name not known). and that their son Samuel Sampson married Esther __, and had two sons, Samuel and Ichabod. (see Giles Memorial, page 378)." 1282

"An analysis of the family of Abraham Sampson shows he lived in Duxbury, where he undoubtedly died, but there is now no record of his death. Neither is there any will or settlement or division of an estate on record. There are no records now extant of the births of his children, but since Henry Sampson left a will naming all his children, we are able to give the names of at least four sons of Abraham who came to maturity and had families: Samuel, George, Abraham and Isaac. If there were any daughters, they have not been found on record."1284


  • Brother of Henry, who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620. [SIC: not his brother]
  • Abraham arrived from England in 1629 or 1630, and settled in Duxbury, MA
  • DOD could be 1684
  • In Duxbury by 4 Dec 1638. 1st wife a daughter of Samuel Nash; she b. c 1625, m. by 1645, d. by c. 1655. 2nd wife, mother of Abraham Jr., has not been identified.
  • See other entry for more information.


  • 1198. Information from David Ristenbatt, webpage at http://ristenbatt.com/genealogy.
  • 1199. Robert S. Wakefield, "The Daughters of Abraham (1) Sampson (born 1614?) of Duxbury, MA," The American Genealogist, 63, No. 4, (October, 1988).
  • 1281. John Adams Vinton, Genealogical Memoirs of the Sampson Family in America, (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1864).
  • 1282. A.H.T., ""Nash-Sampson-Soule"," New England Historical & Genealogical Register, LVI, (April, 1902).
  • 1283. John Admas Vinton, The Giles Memorial, (Boston: Dutton & Son, 1864).
  • 1284. Mrs. John E. Barclay, "The Early Sampsons," The American Genealogist, Vol. 23, No. 1, January, 1952.
  • 1285. Robert Leigh Ward, "Henry Sampson's Paternal Grandfather," The American Genealogist, Vol. 56, No. 3, (July 1980).
  • 1286. Dale Cook, "Wives and Children of Abraham Sampson??," 30 Sep 2002, On file with Barbara Fleming.


  1. http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/MAYFLOWER/2005-08/1123875023
  2. Plymouth Colony, Its History & People, 1620-1691 By Eugene Aubrey Stratton. Page 347
  3. http://pilgrimhenrysamsonkindred.org/Abraham_Sampson_Descendants_Chart.pdf



"Abraham Sampson, son of Laurence and Mary (Shabery) Sampson, was christened on August 14, 1614 in Campton, Bedfordshire, England and died shortly before 1701 at the age of 87. The first record for Abraham was on December 4, 1638 in Duxbury, MA: "Abraham Sampson, of Duxborrow, psented for strikeing & abusinge John Washborne, the younger, in the meeting house on the Lorde day." [Ply. Col. Recs., vol. 1, p. 107] He was fined in 1646/47 for drunkenness and again in 1662/63. [Ply. Col. Recs., vol. 1, p. 111] He was Surveyor of Highways for Duxbury, MA in 1648 and Constable for same in 1653." from

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Abraham Sampson, of Duxbury's Timeline

August 1, 1593
Saint Andrew, Plymouth, Devon, Eng.
August 1, 1593
Saint Andrew, Plymouth, Devonshire, England
August 14, 1614
Campton, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England
August 14, 1614
Campton, Co Bedford, Eng
Campton, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England
Age 27
Duxbury, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Age 31
Duxbury, Plymouth Colony
Age 37
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Age 40
Duxbury, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)