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Samuel Rigby

Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA
Death: April 9, 1691 (47-55)
Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Rigby, Jr. and Isabel Rigby Breck Fisher
Husband of Elizabeth Rigby
Father of Susanna Rigby
Brother of Mehitable Turner; Abigail Holman and Elizabeth Atherton

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About Samuel Rigby

Samuel was born in 1640, not long after his parents had moved to Dorchester, where he was to spend most of his life. His father died when Samuel was not quite seven years old and his mother struggled to raise her small family. Samuel learned the trade of shoemaking and married when he was about 19. After the birth of his third daughter in 1669 he was named town constable of Dorchester. His wife died the following year. By 1672 he was working as a cordwinder. After war broke out with the Indians in 1675 Samuel joined Major Savage's company, serving under Lieutenant Benjamin Gillam, receiving 3 pounds 6 shillings and 8 pense in wages from Dorchester -- see New England Historical & Genealogical Register 37:375 and 43:271. He was probably with the Massachusetts troops on their march to Brookfield in March 1676. After the 24 June 1675 attack on Swansea, Major Savage had organized about 300 men who left Boston on 26 June, searching the swamps between Swansea and Rehoboth for the Indians who had already fled. Major Savage returned to Boston about 20 July 1675. Over the next seven months the Indians seemed to have the upper hand, with the colonists living in garrisons, their families slaughtered, towns burned and farms laid waste. The Indians picked their targets carefully and had disappeared into the forests by the time the troops responded. Major Savage orgainized another company in February 1676, with orders to march immediately to Brookfield. It was this company that Samuel joined. By the time the troops arrived in Brookfield, the Indians had again disappeared. On 14 March they attacked Northampton, but the troops were ready for them and able to drive them back. On 7 April 1676 Major Savage withdrew most of his troops, leaving 151 men behind to garrision the towns. Samuel was probably among those who returned home; he was paid for his services on 24 July 1676. That August King Phillip was killed and the war gradually wound to a close. By that time Samuel had remarried and developed a drinking problem. In August 1677 the Dorchester church elders had "called ... him ... forth to answer for his sin of cursing & excessive drinking & neglect of attendance on ye publik ordinances for which (he not giveing satisfaction to ye church) was ye same time laid under the sentence of admonition". Two months later the church once again "called him forth to give satisfaction for his former offence for which he had been formerly admonished by ye church but came not up to satisfaction". In May 1679 the church sent for him "to come before them to answer for his late sin of drunkenes and quarelling but his answer was that he would be gon and not come againe in a 12 month". That did not sit well with the church elders and that November they excommunicated him "for thos sins for which he was formerly admoneshed and for contempt in not appearing before ye church". In July 1682 Richard Baker brought him to court for trespass and Samuel was ejected from his house & land -- see Suffolk Inferior Court Records (974.46P2h, p. 38). He had returned to the church fold by October of 1682 when he "publikly owned ye covenant". See Records of First Church at Dorchester by George Ellis. On 14 Jan 1683/84 a warrant for Samuel's arrest was issued to the keeper of the Prison in Boston: "Samuel Rigby him you are safely to keep that he may be forthcoming at the next county court at Boston there to answer for his being an incorrigible drunkard after many former convictions and punishments hereof fayle not". At his court appearnace in Boston he gave a bond for his "good behavior" and was discharged from the bond that May. See George Genealogy by Keith George. Samuel doesn't appear again in the town records. But a record in his son Samuel's probate records shows that he nursed Samuel and his mother Hannah "in the time of the small pox anno 1690." Samuel did not recover and died the following spring.

Dorchester, Suffolk County Deeds:

1664 - Samuel buys 3 acres of upland & salt marsh - XI:359

1666 - Samuel & Elizabeth sell their dwelling house - VI:28

1668 - Samuel & Elizabeth sell 20 acres in the Blue Hill division - VII:277

1670 - Samuel & Elizabeth sell 3 acres of upland & salt marsh - IX:103

1673 - Samuel sells 4 acres of upland + 6 acres of marsh - VIII:124

1674 - Samuel mortgages 45 acres of pasture land to John Breck who had borrowed 216 pounds - from Nicholas George, Samuel's father-in-law, who had borrowed the money from Thomas - Deane of Boston. Nicholas and Samuel promise to repay half within a year - VIII:436

1674 - Samuel sells 11 acres of upland & salt marsh - IX:192

1675 - Samuel mortgages 40 acres to John Breck for 72 pounds - IX:182

1682 - Samuel is evicted from his house and land by the court

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Samuel Rigby's Timeline

October 20, 1640
Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA
Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA
Age 28
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States
April 9, 1691
Age 51
Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA