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Samuel Church

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Voluntown, New London, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of Garrett Church and Sarah Church
Husband of Rebecca Church and Elizabeth Church (Davis)
Father of Samuel Church; Rebecca Church; Jonathan Church; Sarah Church; Abigail Palmer and 2 others
Brother of John Garrett Church, Jr.; Sarah Church; Mary Church; Cornelius Church; David Church, of Watertown and Killingly and 1 other
Half brother of John Church

Managed by: Stephen Edward Dickson
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About Samuel Church

Samuel was the son of Sarah and Garrett Church of Watertown and was born on June 10, 1640.

Taken from An American Family History: Elizabeth Davis Church

Samuel married Rebecca Shattuck on February 7, 1671. Rebecca was born in 1655 and her parents were William Shattuck and Susannah Hayden.

Samuel and Rebecca's children were born in Watertown:

  1. Samuel Church (about 1670, married Mary Edwards)
  2. Rebecca Church (1672)

Samuel and Elizabeth married about 1685. Their children were born in Groton:

  1. Jonathan Church (1685/85, married Mary Edwards)
  2. Sarah Church (1688)
  3. Abigail Church Palmer (1689, married Jonah Palmer)
  4. Elizabeth Church Harris (about 1690, married Thomas Harris)
  5. David Church (1692)

Samuel appeared in the garrison list of Groton in 1692.

They moved to Voluntown, New London County, Connecticut before May 8, 1718 when Samuel Church and other inhabitants of Voluntown complained to the General court of

their miserable estate and condition, living in Voluntown and being at a great distance from any meeting-house and destitute of ye public worship of God and ever likely to be, land being so much broken and nothing but barren pine holes and never likely to be inhabited so as to maintain a minister (unless it be remedied by your Honors)...

Samuel died in Voluntown, New London County, Connecticut on November 27, 1724.

From Genealogies of Connecticut Familes, "Garrett Church of Watertown, Mass." by Robert M. and Helen C. Search

Bond shows the birth of Samuel Church and his marriage 7 Feb 1671/2 to Rebecca Shattuck as well as the birth of their daughter, Rebecca, 31 Dec. 1672. Lemuel Shattuck repeats these records and goes on the say that no further information concerning this family has been found and suggests that Rebecca and her heirs had died by 29 March 1687 when neither Rebecca nor the heirs of her brother, John, who was known to have died, signed the release to ther stepfather, Richard Norcross, concerning the estate of their father William Shattuck. . .

Samuel Davis (Barnabas) of Charleston devised to his daughter "Elizabeth Church." Since no son, or grandson, of Richard Church of Plymouth is known to have married a woman named Elizabeth it would appear that Samuel Church (Garrett) had married as his second wife Elizabeth Davis (Samuel, Barnabas), b. Charlestown in 1658. ...

In the article "Samuel Church of Stonington, Conn." (The Register, Vol. 118, p. 263, Oct. 1964) it was pointed out that Samuel of Stonington was believed to be a grandson of Garrett of Watertown. The various deeds of Samuel Church found in the Stonington and Voluntown records were all attributed to the younger man; none seemed to belong to his presumed father, Samuel Church (Garrett) who is believed to be the Samuel Church Sr. . . .

Presumed Family of Samuel Church (Garrett)

1. Rebecca, b. Watertown, Mass, 31 Dec. 1672; perhaps identical Church who mar. Edward Cleveland, Sr., in Canterbury, Conn. 1 Jan. 1722

2. Samuel, d. Voluntown, Conn, between 17 July 1728 and 17 Sept. 1729; mar. in Stonington, Conn. 27 Nov. 1700, Mary Edwards (Thomas).

3. Jonathan, b. Groton, Mass, 12 Feb. 1686.

4. Sarah, perhaps the Sarah admitted to the church in Stonington,, 27 July 1712.

5. Abigail, -she who mar. Jo Palmer of Stonington in Providence, 1706

6. Elizabeth, "daughter of Samuel," who mar. in Plainfield, Conn., 11 Feb. 1713/14, Thomas Harris (Ebenezer, Thomas, Thomas); he d. s.p before 1750

7. David, Grantee in deed from Isreal Fullsham in Windham when he is referrred to has a brother of Samuel church and perhaps the David Church who was grantee in a deed from James Curtice (both of Stonington) to land in Stonington 4 Feb. 1734. (Stonington Land Records, vol. 4, p. 485). If so then he was probably the David Church whose daughter Annie, was baptized in the First Church Stonington, 10 Nov. 1734 (Richard A Wheeler, History of the First Congregatioal Church of Stonington, Conn., 1875, p. 222).


  1. Memorials of the Descendants of William Shattuck: The Progenitor of the Families in America that Have Borne His Name; Including an Introductio, and an Appendix Containing Collateral Information (Google eBook) Lemuel Shattuck.  Dutton and Wentworth, 1855 - 414 pages.  Page 77 "7. Rebecca Shattuck, dan. of Wm., (p. 61,) b. in 1655; m. Feb. 7, 1672, Samuel Church, b. in Wat. June 10, 1640, s. of Garret Church. They had— 1. Rebecca, b. in Wat . Dec. 31, 1672. We have been unable to obtain the further history either of the child or parents."
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Samuel Church's Timeline

June 10, 1640
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
June 10, 1670
Age 30
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
December 31, 1672
Age 32
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
February 12, 1686
Age 45
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 47
Groton, Middlesex County, Dominion of New England
Age 48
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 49
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 51
Stonington, New London County, Connecticut Colony