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Samuel Gorton, Jr.

Also Known As: "Samuel Gorton", "Jr."
Birthdate: (94)
Birthplace: Gorton, Lancashire, England
Death: September 6, 1724 (94)
Warwick, Kent County, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Gorton, 5th President of Providence and Warwick and Mary Gorton
Husband of Susannah Harris
Father of Samuel Gorton, III; Hezekiah Gorton and Susannah Stafford
Brother of John Gorton; Elizabeth Crandall; Sarah Mace; Elnathan Gorton; Mary Sanford and 5 others

Managed by: Janice Weeks Hollenczer
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About Samuel Gorton, Jr.

Samuel was deputy in the state legislature from 1714 to 1718.


2. SAMUEL= GORTON ( Samuel' ), eldest son, was born at Gorton, Lancaster County, England, in 1630. He came with his father to New, England in 1636, was with him through all his troublesome experiences, and lived with him at Warwick on the homestead assigned to the first settlers of town. His father deeded to him all interests in the property and also his library and all papers and writings, by reason of the great assistance he had been to him in the support of the family when, as he said, his children were young and he was necessarily absent from wife, family and home. He, like his father, early obtained the friend- ship and good-will of the Indian tribes about them and became pro- ficient in speaking and writing their language, and his earliest public service appears to have been as Court Interpreter between the English and Indians. He was Captain of the military company of the town. In 1678 a member of the court at Newport engaged in the trial of Indians for depredations committed during the King Philip's War. During the eight years 1676-1683 he was a member of the Upper House of the Assembly, an Assistant Judge. Later he filled the office for two terms, was elected for another term and declined to serve. He married, Decem- ber nth, 1684, Susanna Burton, daughter of William and Hannah (Wickes) Burton, born 1665. Samuel died September 6, 1724, and Susanna married (2) Richard Harris. She died June 25, 1737. In his will, made December 21, 1721, he calls himself in his ninety- second year; bequeaths to his wife Susanna all housings and lands for life, and at her decease to sons Samuel and Hezekiah and daughter Susannah Stafford. The house he had erected on the farm that he received from his father had been sold by him to Samuel Greene, who married his niece Mary, daughter of his brother Benjamin.

Samuel was a man after his father's heart and of whom he often wrote in terms of praise and affection. And although now in less trying times than formerly, he discharged well the obligations of citizenship, well attended to public and private duties, and lived and died, honored and re- spected by all who loved what was right and good. There had not been and there was not at this time any independent church in Warwick, nor was there any there for many years to come. During the earlier times the people there were not only too few, but were too frequently scattered to organize any religious society; and not until after the year 1700 were its settlers of sufficient number to gather from them a society of any one church on belief. Although Samuel, Sr. has been so over charged with trying to establish a church or religion, we do not find in his recorded words or acts, that he attempted to propogate a new church or religion. His tenets, he said he drew from his mother the church of Eng- land, and he, it appears did not deem them inconsistent with member- ship in any denomination that was Christian. It was " refreshment in the ordinances of God," a personal piety that he recommended and pro- claimed; and it was coercion of his freedom that he condemned. The Rev. Cotton Mather, said he, could not find that the people of Warwick, the followers of Gorton were agreed upon any other principal so much as that they would not disturb one another in their worship or opinion. The name Gortonoges was not given to them by their religious op- ponets nor given to them to distinguish their religion. The name v;as given to them by the Indians and on account of the Indian's belief that they were a strong people, to distinguish them from other Whites, whom they called Wattaconoges. But the name was quickly taken up by their enemies and applied to them as denominating a sect. If, however, we may with the other evidences accept for its application the so high church authority as Cotton Mather, we are grateful that they have so spread and that so extensively has pre- vailed, what he describes as constituting their main doctrine. (Gorton 1645, R. I. Collec. ii. Hist. Warwick 23.)

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Samuel Gorton, Jr.'s Timeline

January 11, 1630
Gorton, Lancashire, England
June 29, 1690
Age 60
Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island
January 11, 1692
Age 62
June 4, 1694
Age 64
Warwick, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
September 6, 1724
Age 94
Warwick, Kent County, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
April 29, 1934
Age 94
June 9, 1934
Age 94
February 12, 1936
Age 94