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Lieut. Samuel Craft was one of the thirty-nine persons who signed to settle in New Roxbury, or Woodstock, Conn. He was one of the committee appointed to make arrangements preliminary to the drawing of house lots in Woodstock in 1886.
Received from father his housings and lands and the bulk of his estate. Settled in Roxbury or New Woodstock, Conn. 1686-1690
Lieut. Samuel Craft aka Crafts Born December 12, 1637 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Mass. Bay Colony Son of Griffin Crafts and Alice (Unknown) Crafts Brother of Hannah (Crafts) Wilson, John Craft, Mary Craft, Abigail (Crafts) Adams and Moses Craft Husband of Elizabeth (Seaver) Craft — married October 16, 1661 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Mass. Bay Colony Father of Hannah Crafts, Samuel Crafts, Samuel Crafts, Samuel (Crofts) Craft, Joseph Crafts, Mary Crafts, Abigail Crafts, Nathaniel Craft, Ebenezer Craft and Benjamin Craft Died 1691 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Province of Mass. Bay Profile managers: Randy Seaver [send private message], Adele Schauman [send private message], and Allan Morton [send private message] This page has been accessed 195 times.
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Samuel Craft, son of Lt. Griffin Craft, was born in Roxbury, Mass., 12 Dec. 1637. He married in Roxbury 16 Oct., 1661, Elizabeth, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Ballard) Seaver of Roxbury. She was born 19 Nov., 1643. He was made Freeman May 31, 1671. He took a prominent part in town affairs, was frequently chosen selectman, at times tithing-man and constable. He was appointed on various committees and commissions, was chosen in 1689 a commissioner with the selectmen, to take a list of all the real and personal estate of each of the inhabitants of Roxbury, with a list of all male persons from sixteen years old and upward. He did considerable carpentering for the town, building a bridge, etc., etc. His name appears frequently as witness to documents of this time, and he received a bequest of land from his father-in-law, Robert Seaver, by his will of Jan. 16, 1681, of which he was appointed one of the Excors. He received from his father, Lt. Griffin Craft his housings and lands and the bulk of his estate, of which he was appointed sole executor, and dying himself about a year later, administration was granted to Samuel's widow Elizabeth and son Samuel. Like his father he was a Lieut. in the military company.
In Oct. 1687, a grant known as the "Mashamoquet purchase" was made by the General Assembly, to twelve of the inhabitants of Roxbury, among whom were Samuel Craft, John Ruggles and Nathaniel Wilson. In May 1713 the town was incorporated, and the name changed from Mashamoquet to Pomfret, Ct. The township was bought for £30 at different times, of the Mohegan Chiefs Owonech, or Owaneco and his son Josiah, by Capt. James Fitch of Norwich, Ct., for a company of men in Roxbury, Mass. The first and largest purchase containing 15,100 acres, was the one know by the above name of the "Mashamoquet Purchase," and was made May 5, 1686.
... The first permanent settlement [of this family in Pomfret] was made in 1722 by Lieut. Joseph Craft, grandson of the subject of this sketch.
Lieut. Samuel Craft was also one of the thirty-nine persons who signed to settle in New Roxbury, or Woodstock, Conn., 1686-90. The planters finding some difficulty in their proposals of settlement "did mutually agree and chose seven men," (among them Joseph Griggs and Samuel Craft,) "to start all needful highways, and set out a lot for the minister, and consider of land convenient for the planters." They divided by lot. Lieut. Samuel Craft had the 28th lot, and "was pleased to take up a 20-acre home lot for his son Samuel, eastward of Plain Hill, in the first division of home lots, with 20-acre rights." In the division of good meadow in 1690, Samuel drew lot No. 11, and in the division of bad meadow lot No. 30. Lieut. Samuel Craft died intestate in 1691, and the land, or right to the land, in Woodstock passed to his widow Elizabeth. From the Roxbury land records we learn that in the division of the Woodstock lands belonging to the Town of Roxbury, made by lot Apr. 26, 1695/6, widow Elizabeth Craft drew lot No.66 in the third range, containing fifty-five acres. In the drawing in the second division 19 July, 1713 the "widow Craifts" drew lot No. 128, containing eighty-two acres. The record says further "now Nath. Craifts." By deed of sale dated 10 Nov., 1714, she sold to her son Nathaniel Craft, the consideration being £15, the lot containing fifty-five acres, and being numbered 66. Nathaniel willed it in 1746 to his son David, who had settled there about 1740-42.
The division of the Housing and Lands of Lieut. Samuel Craft was made per order of the Probate Court, by Joseph Griggs, Samuel Ruggles, Samuel Scarboro and Benja. Gamblin. It is of more than ordinary interest as he inherited the bulk of the estate of his father Lieut. Griffin Craft. The division was [see article for full details, this is a condensed version]: Elizabeth Craft Relict widow; Samwell Craft oldest son two shares; Nathaniell Craft second son; Ebyneser Craft third son; Benjamin Craft youngest son; Elizabeth Craft eldest daughter; Mary, wife of John Staples, second daughter; Abigall Craft third daughter; Alies Craft the youngest daughter.
This partition of the estate was accepted and allowed by Wm. Stoughton, Judge of Probate, Jan. 23, 1696. The Inventory of the estate was taken Mch. 16, 1693, by Joseph Grigs, Caleb Sever, Roger Adams and two others. [Contents of the inventory in the article. Total of the estate was £468]. Elizabeth, widow of Lieut. Samuel Craft, died in Roxbury 9 Dec., 1731, ae. 88, and was buried in the old Roxbury burial-ground. The following is a copy of the inscription on her tombstone still standing there:
Here lyed ye body of Mrs. Elizabeth Craft Widow of Lieutenant Samuel Craft she died Decemr ye 9th 1731 in ye 88th year of her age.
Lieut. Samuel and Elizabeth Craft had eleven children, born in Roxbury, as follows: Hannah Craft, b. 14 Dec 1662. Probably d. previous to Jan 1696 not being mentioned in the division of her father's estate. Samuel Craft, b. 24 May 1664. Died 5 June, 1664. Elizabeth Craft, b. 2 Oct 1665 Samuel Craft, b. 16 June 1667. Joseph Craft, b. 13 July 1669. Probably d. previous to Jan 1696 not being mentioned in the division of his father's estate. Mary Craft, b. 15 Oct 1671. Abigail Craft, b. 01 Dec 1673. Nathaniel Craft, b. 11 Jan 1676. Ebenezer Craft, b. 08 Nov 1679. Alice Craft, b. 19 Dec 1681. Benjamin Craft, b. 23 Oct 1683. 
Date: 12 DEC 1637 Place: Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States Marriage
Husband: Samuel Craft Wife: Elizabeth Seaver Marriage: Date: 16 OCT 1661 Place: Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States Death
Date: 9 DEC 1709 Place: Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States Sources
↑ The Crafts Family, a Genealogical and Biographical History of the Descendants of Griffin and Alice Craft of Roxbury, Mass. James M. Crafts & William F. Crafts, Gazette Printing Co., Northampton, Mass., 1893, pp. 35-39 ↑ entered by Bobbie Hall 03 Oct 2013, all typographical errors are mine ↑ Source: #S325 ↑ Source: #S325 Page: 360 ↑ Source: #S325 Source: S325 Vital Records of Roxbury, Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849 (Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute, 1925, 2 Volumes) http://sorensonmurdock.org/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I2482&tree=SorensonMurdock Source: S1 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Acknowledgments
Contributors: Ang Saxberg, Adele Schauman, Randy Seaver.
Lt. Samuel Craft's Timeline
December 12, 1637
Roxbury (within present Boston), (Present Suffolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
June 16, 1667
Roxbury (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Dominion of New England (Present Massachusetts)
December 1, 1673
Roxbury (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
January 4, 1677
Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA