Samuel Appleton, of Ipswich

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Samuel Appleton, of Ipswich

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Little Waldingfield, Somerset, England
Death: June 10, 1670 (79-87)
Rowley, Essex , Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Appleton, Esq.; Thomas APPLETON and Mary Appleton
Husband of Judith APPLETON; Judith or Mary Appleton and Martha Appleton
Father of Martha JACOBS; Mary Thomas (Appleton); Judith Appleton; Martha Jacob; John Appleton and 4 others
Brother of Mary Royce and JoAnna Anna Gildersleeve

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About Samuel Appleton, of Ipswich

Samuel Appleton, of Ipswich, the immigrant ancestor of the Appleton line in the United States, was born at Holbrook Hall, the family estate at Little Waldingfield, Suffolk County, England in 1586. He was baptized in Little Waldingfield, Suffolk, England on 13 Aug 1586 and died in Rowley, Massachusetts on 10 Jun 1670.

Parents: son of Thomas Appleton ( 1538-d. 1603) of Little Waldingfield and Mary Isaacke (b.-d. 1612), second daughter of Edward Issack of Patricksbourne, County Kent. Samuel was the youngest of seven children, three daughters and four sons.


  1. on 24 Jan 1616 in Preston, Suffolk, England to Judith Everard (some accounts use Mary). She was the daughter of John and Judith Bourne Everard of Preston, Suffolk County. Judith was born abt. 1587 in London, England and probably died in 1633 in England.
  2. in 1634 to Martha, whose parents are not known.

6 children of Judith Everard and Samuel Appleton include:

  1. Mary, bap. Little Waldingfield, England on 10 Dec 1616
  2. Judith, bap. Little Waldingfield, England on 13 Oct 1618, d. Reydon, Eng. 1629
  3. Martha, bap. Little Waldingfield, England on 12 Nov 1620, d. Ipswich, MA 8 Sep 1659 m. Richard Jacobs, d. bef. 5 Oct 1672
  4. John (Capt.), bap. Little Waldingfield, England on 17 Nov 1622, d. Ipswich, MA 4 Nov 1699,[2] m. Priscilla Glover (dau. of Rev. Jesse Glover), b. abt. 1634, d. Ipswich, MA 18 Feb 1697-8[2]. 8 children.
  5. Samuel (Maj.), bap. Little Waldingfield, England on 2 Feb 1625, d. Ipswich, MA 15 May 1696, m(1) Ipswich 2 Apr 1651[2/2:30] Hannah Paine (dau. of William Paine and Anna), d. abt. 1655, m(2) 8 Dec 1656 Mary Oliver (dau. of John Oliver of Newbury), b. abt. 1641, d. Ipswich 15 Feb 1697-8. 11 children.
  6. Sarah, b. Reydon. England 1629, d. Rowley, MA 15 Jul 1714, m. Oct 1651 Rev. Samuel Phillips (son of Rev. George Phillips), b. Eng. abt. 1625, d. Rowley, MA 22 Apr 1696

1 child of Martha and Samuel Appleton:

  1. Judith, b. Reydon 1634, d. Ipswich July 1659, m. Ipswich 24 Dec 1657 to Samuel Rogers


Samuel Appleton was probably born in the summer of 1586 as he was baptised in August of that year. Recorded in the Little Waldingfield parish register, "Samwell Appleton the Sonne of Master Thomas Apelton Jentellman was baptyssed the 13 of August 1586". He married in Preston 24 January 1616 to Judith Everard, who was probably born in London about 1587. The assertion has been made that she died in Reydon, England in 1629, but since her name appears on several land deeds in New England in 1636, it is obvious she died in Massachusetts subsequent to 1636. It was most likely Samuel and Judith's daughter, Judith, who died in 1629. Samuel and Judith had moved from Little Waldingfield to Reydon about 1626, however registers of Reydon are lost prior to 1712, and thus valuable information about this family is gone forever.[5/14]

It is not currently known at what date the Appletons came to New England, but they were established here by 1636 as on May 25 of that year Mr. Samuel Appleton took the freeman's oath. The title "Mr." indicated social position above the ordinary. Govenor Winthrop's diary lists sixty two persons who were admitted to be freeman on the above mentioned date, but only Mr. Appleton and three others were entitled to this honorary prefix.[4/29] The Appleton's probably came to New England in 1636 with the Nathaniel Rogers company.[7/245]

"He had negotiated with the Winthrop Company to adventure money in New England, each'Adventurer being entitled to 200 acres for every GBP50.00 invested and he was granted 468 acres. He sailed from Ipswich, the county town of Suffolk, on the 'Elizabeth' with his family, joining John Winthrop of Groton, to found the colony of Massachusetts."

It appears his emigration resulted from his status as a "younger son" in addition to being prompted, as a Puritan, by religious motives. In addition it seems he was a close acquaintance and neighbor in County Suffolk of John Winthrop prior to his elevation to the role of Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

On 10 July 1636 Samuel was mentioned in the will of Sarah Dillingham of Ipswich. She bequeathed five pounds to Samuel Appleton and a silver porringer to his wife. This might indicate some family relationship between her and Samuel or Judith. Judith had a sister named Sarah, but she married Daniel Rogers. Sarah Dillingham also committed the education and government of her child to Mr. Saltonstall (i.e. Sir Richard) and Mr. Appleton. On the other hand she may simply have wanted to leave her child in the care of the most respected men in the community. Samuel's high social position is also evidenced by the fact that he was chosen as a Deputy to the General Court in May 1636. This position is equivalent to that of a state senator nowadays. Land grants by the towns to the inhabitants were also common in those early days. Samuel was granted a farm of "foure hundred and sixty acres more or less". In comparison to his comtemporaries, Samuel Appleton received a very large grant of land.[4/29]

In 1639 Samuel owned lands in Monkes Elye, Suffolk, England, which were managed for him by Isaac Appleton and others.[6] In March of 1650 Samuel Appleton was freed from ordinary military training on account of age.[1/1:188]

Appleton was given land grants in 1638 of two Ipswich tracts, one in town, an eight acre "building lot" on the Topsfield Road running down to the river and the other, four hundred and sixty acres called the farms lying on the line of the town of Hamilton, bounded on one side by the Ipswich River and on the other by Mile Brook. The Farms continue to this day to be operated by his family.

He died at the house of his daughter, Sarah Phillips, in Rowley 10 June 1670. No probate records have been found for his estate, and he probably divided it among his children in his later years.



  1. Records and Files of Quarterly Courts of Essex County - Essex Institute, 1911
  2. Ipswich Vital Records (Appleton deaths vol.2 pgs.482-483)
  3. Rowley Vital Records
  4. Descendants of Samuel Appleton - T. Frank Waters, 1907 (Ipswich Historical Society Publication 15)
  5. Appleton Family - Winifred Lovering Holman, 1934
  6. Note-Book Kept by Thomas Lechford, Esq., Lawyer in Boston - Edward Everettt Hale, 1988 (pgs.154-5)
  7. New England Historic Genealogical Register, Vol. 146, 1992
  8. Famous Families of Massachusetts, Mary Caroline Crawford, Little, Brown, & Company, Boston (1930) Vol. 2, p. 167
  9. History of New Ipswich, Gould and Lincoln, Boston (1852) p. 295: The Last Farm in Ipswich, Richard Matthews, The Country Journal, (December 1988) p.28

Emigrated in 1635

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Samuel Appleton, of Ipswich's Timeline

August 13, 1586
Little Waldingfield, Somerset, England
August 13, 1586
Ltl Waldingfield, Suffolk, England
August 13, 1586
Little, Waldingfield, Suffolk, England
August 13, 1586
Little Waldingfield, Suffolk, England
August 13, 1586
Little, Waldingfield, Suffolk, Eng
August 13, 1586
Little, Waldingfield, Suffolk, England
December 10, 1616
Age 30
Little Waldingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
October 13, 1618
Age 32
November 12, 1620
Age 34
Little Waldingfield, Suffolk, England