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Samuel Small, Jr.

Also Known As: "Deacon Samual Small of Kittery and Scarborough"
Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Kittery, ME, USA
Death: circa 1776 (71-79)
Scarborough, ME, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Small, Sr. and Elizabeth Heard Small
Husband of Julia Ann Haddix; Anna Small and Dorothy Small
Father of Samuel Small, Esq, Jr.; Anna Libby; John Small; Joshua Small; Elizabeth Small and 4 others
Brother of Elizabeth March; Joseph Small and Mary Davis
Half brother of James Chadbourne, Jr.; Lucia Calef and James Chadbourne, Sr.

Occupation: surveyor
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About Deacon Samuel Small

Deacon Samuel (2), second child of Samuel (1) and Elizabeth (Heard) Small, was born in Kittery, Maine, April 17, 1700. When but a lad he displayed all the sturdy characteristics of is long line of noble ancestry. He treaded the pathways of the forest to the north and west, and sailed far along the eastern coast. He was the third and last single owner of the famous Ossipee lands. He was very active in the organization of the First Congregational Church in Scarboro (where he made his home after 1726), and was its first deacon in 1728. He was chosen clerk of Scarbobo in 1727, and with the single exception of 1775, when he was probably absent from home attending to matters in connection with the coming war, he was clerk every year until 1779 - a period of fifty-two years. And strange as it may seen to us, he was usually moderator of the meetings also. He was usually one of the selectmen, and a member of all important committees. In 1786, when carrying the weight of eighty-six years, he was moderator of the meeting for the last time; and when at the ripe old age of ninety years, he for the last time served on a committee. For sixty-three years his was the most conspicuous name on the Scarbobo records.

Deacon Samuel was very active in matters which led up to the revolutionary war, and was so extremely enthusiastic in the cause of liberty that he recorded the enitre Declaration of Independence in the town clerk's book. At the age of seventy-eight years he was at the head of the committee of correspondence, inspection and safety, and at the age of seventy-nine years he was a member of the convention at Cambridge to form a state government. The date of his death is unknown, but his years probably equalled those of his grandfather Francis, who died at the age of ninety-three. He was buried in the old cemetery at Scarboro, and a stone marks the spot.

He married, Jan. 17, 1716-17, Anna Hatch, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, daughter of Captain John Hatch. A reason for this early marriage is to be found in the fact that her father died about the time of her birth; and her only brother died in August, 1716, leaving her without a home. No doubt she was welcomed to her new home by the parents of her husband.

Samuel Small Sr. deeded to his son Samuel a portion of the homestead land at Sturgeon Creek, July 9, 1719.

Children, as recorded on Kittery records:

Samuel (see forward); Anna; John; Joshua; and Elizabeth.

Others, b. in Scarboro:

Sarah, Benjamin, James and Mary.

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Samuel Married at 16 years old and entered realities of life early. Life was perilous with Indian raids and he appeared with older men in organized efforts to find safety for their families. He assisted in building garrisons for protection with heavy lumber and were bullet proof.

Samuel was very active in whatever pursuits he made. He was the first Deacon of the First Congregational Church in Scarborough. He was the town clerk for 52 years and a moderator at many of the meetings. He was a selectman and a member of many important committees in town government. At 79 years old he was a member of the convention at Cambridge to form a state government.


Samuel Small: events following the Battle of Lexington A tradition connected with this house, brought to light by an unknown writer*, is as follows:

"The Sunday after the Battle of Lexington a courier, hatless and coatless, was seen tearing along the road in Scarboro to the church. As he reached the church, just after the close of the morning service, he reined in his horse and drew up to where the people were gathered about the entrance and hurriedly informed them of the march of the British regulars from Boston to destroy the arms and ammunition which the patriots had stored at Concord.

"There was the wildest excitement among the members of Parson Lancaster's flock during the remainder of the day ; and the afternoon sermon was of a patriotic character.

"As soon as these services were concluded, all the men repaired to the residence of Deacon Samuel Small, who lived nearly opposite the church, and listened to addresses by Deacon Small, Captain McDaniel and others of the older men, many of whom had seen service in the French and Indian wars.

Portland Evening Express, June 20, 1903.


Captain Timothy McDaniel, an Engiishman, went to Scarborough upon his arrival in New England about 1765. His wife was Lydia Prout, whom be married in London, May 22, 1766. Returning to Scarborough, they lived at Black Point Ferry. He was an estimable man."

The only newspaper in town was taken by Captain McDaniel, and throughout the Revolutionary War it was customary for the whole congregation to assemble at the close of the forenoon service on the doorstep of the old Black Point Meeting-house, while the captain regaled them with the latest tidings of war. (Southgate's History of Scarborough)

It was late in the afternoon when the little band of patriots dispersed to their homes to look after their arms and accoutrements and catch a few hours' sleep, for at the break of day they were to meet at Deacon Small's house, from which they were to start on their long march.

"The sun was just peering over the blufifs of Cape Elizabeth when the rattle of the drum called them into line ; and, to the inspiring strains of a fife played by a veteran of the French war who marched about twenty feet in advance, the little band of patriots began their long and weary march to the camp of the American Army at Cambridge.

  • ' At Dunston, another company under command of Capt. John Rice marched for Cambridge at about the same time."

Nearly a year later, these same companies, with the rest of Colonel Phinne/s regiment, were the first to enter Boston after the evacuation by the British ; and were greatly admired for their "noble and military bearing."

Samuel Small himself did not serve in any of the wars, unless he went to Louisburg in one of the two companies known to have been raised in Scarborough, and who were present at the capture of Louisburg, in 1745, as members of Colonel Waldo's regiment.

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Deacon Samuel Small's Timeline

April 17, 1700
Kittery, ME, USA
May 27, 1708
Age 8
May 26, 1718
Age 18
Kittery, ME, USA
September 10, 1720
Age 20
Kittery, York, Maine, USA
January 10, 1722
Age 21
Scarborough, Cumberland, ME, USA
February 26, 1725
Age 24
Kittery, York, ME, USA
February 3, 1728
Age 27
Kittery, York, ME, USA
August 29, 1729
Age 29
Scarborough, Cumberland, ME, USA
June 27, 1732
Age 32
Scarborough, Cumberland, ME, USA