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Major Samuel Lane

Birthplace: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Death: after January 18, 1682
Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Lane and Alice Carter
Husband of Barbara Roddam and Margaret Evans
Father of Reverend Dutton Lane; Samuel Lane, Jr.; Sarah Lane and John Lane
Brother of Capt. John Lane; Joseph Lane; Oziell Carter Lane and Mary Dunn

Occupation: Clergyman and soldier
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About Major Samuel Lane

Richard Lane, b. 1596, and his wife Alice Carter emigrated with their family to Providence Island, a small island off the coast of Nicaragua. It is doubtful that Richard and Alice ever settled on the mainland of America, but their son Samuel established a branch of the Lane family in what would become the southern United States (Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina).

Samuel Lane of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, was the progenitor of the Maryland Lanes. Several researchers, including A. Russell Slagle ("Major Samuel Lane (1628-81): His Ancestry and Some American Descendants") and Frederick V. Schultz ("A Reminiscence Sung 1559-1999") have written much about him, but here are some tidbits that I've collected from other sources:

Prior to emigrating to Maryland, Samuel Lane was a minister in England. Edward Calamy described him as "A man of great sincerity and of an unblamable [sic] exemplary conversation" (An Abridgement of Mr. Baxter's History of His Life and Times [London: 1713], 1:511, cited by Slagle, p. 137). The Archives of Maryland mention him as gentleman, chirurgeon, doctor, commissioner and justice of Anne Arundel County, gentleman of the quorum, and major in the militia.


Samuel first emigrated to Virginia and was transported by Thomas Vaughan to Maryland.


Samuel was appointed a justice of Anne Arundel County in 1680 according to the following extract from the Proceedings of the Council of Maryland:


Know ye that we reposing great trust and confidence in your fidelities and provident circumspections have Assigned you and by vertue of these presents do give unto you full power and Authority you...Samuel Lane haveing first taken the usual Oath of Commission and Justice of the peace of our...County upon the holy Evangelists, which Oath wee doe hereby Empower and Authorise ...Samuel Lane haveing receivd and taken the said Oath, We do hereby to Administer the Lib. R. like Oath of Commissioner and Justice of the peace of our...County. Source: Archives of Maryland, Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1671-1681. Volume 15, Page 325. December 13, 1680 As a major in the Maryland militia, Samuel Lane headed a company in the defense of Anne Arundel County against the Seneca Indians. The following is taken from the Proceedings of the Council of Maryland:


At a Councell held at Mattapanye thursday the 13th of July 1676. Present Jesse Wharton Esqr Deputy Lt and Deputy Governr Philip Calvert Esqr Chancellour The Honble Wm Calvert Esqr Principall Secry Councillors Baker Brooke Esqr Surveyr Genll Jno Blomfield Cl.


Ordered that there be a Councill of Warr held at St Maries on thursday the twentith of this instant July and that Order be sent to Collonel Samuel Chew, Collonel Wm Burges Collonel Thomas Brooke Leivt Collonel Thomas Taillor Major Wm Boreman Major John Douglas, Major Henry Joules Major Samuel Lane, Capt Henry Darnall Capt Gerard Slye, Capt Samuel Bourne Capt John Allen and Capt George Wells to appeare at the said time and place to joyne with the said Deputy and Councill in the said Councell of Warr. Which said Orders issued to the said respective Officers according to the tenor hereof. Imediately upon Sight hereof you are to prepare your Self so that you appeare on thursday the twentith instant at St Maries there to joyne with the Deputy Leivtenant of this province and his Lopps Councell together with the other Officers that shall then and there be present in a Councell of Warr to advize what shall be fitt to be done in Order to the preservation of the peace of this province Given under my hand and seale the 13th day of July in the first yeare of his Lopps Dominion etc. Annoq Dom. 1676. Jesse Wharton Source: Archives of Maryland, Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1671-1681. Volume 15, Page 99, 13 July 1676


Subsequently Major Lane and the rest of the militia were ordered to prepare their soldiers to be upon an hours warning:


Then likewise Ordered that a letter be sent to his Lopp to lett him understand of the intended treaty with the Susquehanoughs and the affairs in Virginia the tenor whereof foll.


May it please yr Lopp At a Counsell held this day at Manahowicks Neck Wee have considered the Overture of Peace made by the Susquehanough Indians and deeming it a blessing from God unhoped for Wee thought it not to be Slighted, and therefore sent a pasport for them and Jacob Young the Interpreter to come to and returne Safe from the treaty to be held at Murtyes at any time within One month and Wee have this day also written to Sr Wm Berkeley and the Councell of Virginia to give him notice of this Overture of a peace made by the Indians and to assure him that Wee shall not condescend to any peace with them, but what shall be equally Safe and honourable to his Goverment as well as to your Lopps, desireing him likewise to Signifie unto us within the month whether he hath any thing in particular to offer at the Treaty In this posture my Lord your affairs stand now as to the Indian: but as to the English under Coll Bacon, they stand not soe faire Wee have just cause to Suspect he intends to embroyle yr province in a Warr and that he will make the pursuit of the Pascattaway Indians his pretence to enter it, and use young Giles Brent and his vaine title to his mothers Crowne and Scepter of Pascattaway (as his ffather used to phrase it) to sett on ffoot that Brutes Courage to head all the needy and desperate persons in those parts to Our disquiett The mischeife could not be so great as it is had wee armes for Our men, but Our want is so great that Wee cannot Omitt joyntly to begg of your Lopp to send in a Sufficient magazine of Armes and ammunition by the very first Shipp, and that you will otherwise encourage the merchant to send in armes to sell that the house Keeper may purchase Sufficient for the defence of his house and that the marching Army may be Supplyed at all times Out of yr Magazine What quantity of Ammunition, may be enough wee will not undertake to direct, but Wee humbly conceive the Shott Ought to be one third muskett bullett, One third Carbine bullett and the other third high Swann Shott. Wee have nothing else to adde but Subscribe Our Selves August the 6th 1676. Your Lopps humble Servts Thomas Notley Philip Calvert Will Calvert Baker Brooke


Ordered that Quinsytasse the Speaker of the Pascattaway Indians and the Emperor of Mattawoman and such as their Great men as Major Boreman shall appoint be sent for to attend the Deputy Governour and Councell upon thursday sevenight next being the 17th of this instant August at Mr Martyes and that the said Major Boarman be then present. Ordered that Coll Calvert, Coll Brooke Coll Burges Leivt Coll Taillour Major Dowglas Capt Slye, Capt Darnall, Capt Bourne and Capt Allen Major Jowles and Major Lane imediately prepare their Souldiers under their Comand in a readinesse with their Armes amunition and provisions to be upon an houres warning to Observe such Orders as shall be given by the Deputy Governour and Councell, and that notice be given to the said Coll Majors and Captaines by the Secretary but such Speedy meanes he may. Ordered that Comissions be drawne for Mr Henry Tripp and Mr Anthony Dawson to be Captaines of ffoot in Dorchester County under Collonel Vincent Lowe. Ordered that Major Boreman and Capt Doyne next muster day agree upon the Division of that Company granted him the said Boreman by Comission from his Lopp and to divide equally in number. Major Boreman to have the first Choice, and all the Souldiers under the Comand of Capt Doyne are to yeild their due Obedience to him accordingly. Ordered that there be a new Comission for the peace in Dorchester County granted. The Deputy Governour and Councell doe appoint the next Councell day at Mr Murtyes upon thursday sevenight next being the 17th of this instant Augt. Source: Archives of Maryland, Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1671-1681. Volume 15, Pages 123-125, 6 Aug 1676


The following excerpt is taken from The founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland (see full citation):


In 1681, Robert Proctor, from his town on the Severn, Thomas Francis, from South River and Colonel [sic] Samuel Lane, from the same section, all wrote urgent letters stating that the Indians had killed and wounded both negroes and English men "at a plantation of Major Welsh's," and "had attempted to enter the houses of Mr. Mareen Duvall and Richard Snowden."


Major Francis wrote, and Colonel Nicholas Gassaway added: "I have but nineteen men of all the Coll Troope, and cann gett noe more men are sick, and of them half have noe ammunition, nor know where to gett it. There is such a parcell of Coll. Burges foote Company in the like condition for ammunition. The head of the River will be deserted, if we leave them, and they have no other reliefe. Wee marched in the night to the releife, Major Lane sent to our releife about thirty foote more, but we have noe orders but to Range and Defend the Plantations, which we shall doe to the best of our skill, and I suppose, if Baltimore County wants assistance that at this time it cannot be well supplyed from Anne Arundel; we have stood to our Arms all night and need enough. Just now more news of three families robbed at Seavern. Your humble servts.,


Tho. francis, Nich. Gassaway."


Major Samuel Lane wrote: "The country of Anne Arrundll at this time is in Greate danger. Our men marched all Monday night, the greatest part of South River had been most cutt off. Wee want Ammunition exceedingly, and have not where-with-all to furnish half our men. I hope your Ldpp. will dispatch away Coll. Burges with what Ammunition may be thought convenient. I shall take all the care that lyeth in me, but there comes daily and hourely Complaints to me that I am wholly Imployed in the Country's Service.


In haste with my humble service,


Sept. 13th, 1681. SAMUEL LANE.


Robert Proctor wrote that Mr. Edward Dorsey had come to him very late in the night, with the news of robberies by the Indians upon the Severn.


Upon such information, followed the decisive order to Colonel William Burgess and Colonel Thomas Tailler, "to fight, kill, take, vanquish, overcome, follow and destroy them."


Colonel Taylor commanded the horse, Colonel Burgess the foot, and both were Protestants.

--------------------------- We do not know exactly what happened to Samuel Lane, but we can only guess that he died as a result of the skirmishes with the Seneca Indians, either because of injury or disease. His will is dated 18 Jan 1681/82, only four months after his last letter.

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Major Samuel Lane's Timeline

October 16, 1628
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Age 41
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Age 41
Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
Age 41
Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
January 18, 1682
Age 53
Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
January 28, 1992
Age 53
PROVO - Provo, UT
May 21, 1992
Age 53
PROVO - Provo, UT