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Samuel Epright

Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: Morton, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: August 17, 1883 (89)
Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Malvern, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Epright and Frances Epright
Husband of Hannah Neilley Epright
Father of John Epright; (USA), Henry Harry Epright; James Epright; Robert Epright; Esther Epright and 5 others

Occupation: War of 1812 Veteran, 65th PA Volunteer, Militia 5th Company
Managed by: Ozren Čulić Viskota Žava
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About Samuel Epright

Samuel Epright

Samuel, eldest child of Henry and Frances (Fimple) Epright, was born in Germantown, and was stolen by the Indians while a child, and was afterwards restored to his people. He acquired a common school education, was a farmer by occupation, a Lutheran in religion and a Democrat in politics. He was a man of exemplary habits and much force of character. He served in the war of 1812. As a member of the Pennsylvania Guards he was present at the unveiling of the first monument at Paoli, in 1817, and he also attended the unveiling of the second monument sixty years afterwards, in 1877. He died August 17, 1883. He had lived under every president from Washington to Arthur, and cast his last vote for R. E. Pattison for governor. He distinctly remembered the death of Washington, and for three months wore crape for him.

Samuel Epright married Hannah Neilley, who was born March 31, 1801, at Berwyn. She was the daughter of John and Esther (Downey) Neilley. John Neilley was born on the day of battle of Brandywine; he served in the war of 1812, and was fifer on the_day of General Wayne's funeral.

The children of Samuel and Hannah (Neilley) Epright were John, Henry, James, Robert, Esther, Samuel, William, Hannah, Mary and Robert.

Source and Citations of information, from book

Samuel Epright

  • War of 1812 Veteran
  • 65th PA Volunteer Militia
  • 5th Company


Husband of Hannah Neilley

Father of Samuel, William, Hannah, Mary Ann, Robert, Henry, James, 1 unknown named son and two other children that died in infancy.

Daily Local News, August 18, 1883 EPRIGHT- In Easttown township, on the 8th mo. 17th, Samuel Epright, a soldier of the war of 1812, in the 90th year of his age. Friends and relatives of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Third-day, 8th mo., 21st, to leave the house at 11 o'clock. Interment at Great Valley Presbyterian church.

Daily Local News, February 17, 1877 Communicated. GOLDEN WEDDING The fiftieth anniversary of the wedding of Samuel and Hanna Epright was very quietly celebrated by them and their children at their residence in Newtown Square, Delaware County on Thursday of last week. Samuel Epright was born April 29th, 1794, at Germantown, his parents being both of Bavaria, and he being the oldest of eight children, of whom only three are living. Although nearly eighty-three years of age, he is remarkably strong and healthy, having all his faculties unimpaired. On last 4th of July, being past eighty-two, he walked four miles to the railroad, visited Philadelphia, returning home the next forenoon, walking from the railroad , and bound wheat the remaining half of the day for A. J. Campbell, making a full hand in the harvest field. Born in 1794, he was five years of age at the time of General Washington's death, which event he remembers distinctly wearing his long and plaited in a cue and tied with crape, in mourning for the great man, for sixty days. He served in the war of 1812 in Capt. Lackey's company, at Marcus Hook, and was discharged from the service on account of sickness. He has in his possession the identical blanket which he used when in camp, it having been used as a covering for him and his good wife for forty-nine winters.

At Philadelphia, on the 8th day of February, 1827, he and Hannah Neilley, of Tredyffrin, were married by Gilbert R. Livingston, pastor of the First Reformed Dutch Church, Crown street. Only two others who were present at the wedding are now alive, Death having garnered all the others.

Hanna Neilley, his wife, was born March 31st, 1801, being almost seven years his junior she being 76 years of age. Born in Tredyffrin, within a quarter of a mile or Reeseville, of Scotch Irish parentage, with a slight intermingling of Pennsylvania Quaker. She can trace her parentage through the Mac El Downeys, over 200 years, to the MacDonoughs, and inherits from them all the hardihood of the race, and together he and she have trodden life's path for 50 years, and, as they say, are almost at the end of the road.

By this marriage they had ten children, of whom two died in infancy and 8 have grown to manhood and womanhood. Six sons, each of them measuring nearly six feet, strong, stalwart men, and two daughters, quite above the average height of women.

Owing to sickness among the grandchildren, of whom there are fifteen, but five of the eight children were present, together with a few other kinsfolk, to celebrate the happy event with them. As we gathered around the family board and ate with them of their feast, and received each a slice of their wedding cake, with their love, it was a glad, yet solemn meeting, and as we looked upon the dear, aged faces and toil-worn hands in the work of life and the "wrasle o' it" to get the bread necessary for so many mouths, and thought how nobly they have done their share of life's duties, we could but wish a blessing on their aged heads, and could but feel that with them the battle of life was well and ably fought, and almost done.

Newspaper articles provided by the Chester County Historical Society through the courtesy of Dan Lindley.

Many thanks go to Dan Lindley who also provided me with headstone photos.

  • ** Dan also went above and beyond when he so graciously had a War of 1812 Veteran Flag holder placed on Sam's grave.

My family and I, Thank you for your kindness.***

Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 22 January 2018), memorial page for Samuel Epright (29 Apr 1794–17 Aug 1883), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29375067, citing Great Valley Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Malvern, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Robin (contributor 46569052) .

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Samuel Epright's Timeline

April 29, 1794
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
February 17, 1829
Age 34
Pennsylvania, United States
May 19, 1830
Age 36
Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
June 1837
Age 43
Gulph Mills, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States
July 23, 1841
Age 47
Gulph Mills, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 51
Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
August 17, 1883
Age 89
Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States
August 1883
Age 89
Malvern, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States