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Samuel Varnum, Jr.

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Draycotte, Lilborne, Northamptonshire, England
Death: September 25, 1683 (64)
Dracut, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Lowell, Middlesex County, MA
Immediate Family:

Son of George Varnum and Hannah A. Varnum
Husband of Mary Varnum and Sarah Varnum
Father of George Varnum; Samuel Varnum; Abraham Varnum; Hannah Varnum; Thomas ("Warren") Varham and 3 others
Brother of Hannah Cowles

Occupation: IMMIGRANT
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About Samuel Varnum, Jr.

Was in the Narraganset Campaign during King Phillip's War

The Varnums of Dracutt (in Massachusetts): A History of George Varnum, His Son Samuel who Came to Ipswich about 1635, and Grandsons Thomas, John and Joseph, who Settled in Dracutt, and Their Descendants

By John Marshall Varnum

Published by D. Clapp & son, printers, 1907

Original from the University of Wisconsin - Madison

Digitized Feb 29, 2008

308 pages

  2. SAMUEL VARNUM, whose name so spelled, appears in the Ipswich Town Records in Sept., 1649, "in a list of those that did subscribe to allow Maj. Denison those several sums yearly while he continues to be our leader, Samuel Varnum 3s." 
   He also appears in said records: 
   “4 March, 1650. Ordered that John Gage and Robert Lord shall laye out a highwaye to the marsh of Samuel Varnum, John Moss, and Roger Langton." 
   He was born about 1610. He makes this deposition, recorded in Ipswich Records, Salem, Vol. V, p. 14:
   “The testimony of Samuel Varnum, aged 64 years. This deponent Testifieth and sayeth the Land in possession of Nchemiah Jewett which the said Jewett's father bought of Mr. Paine was land layed out by my Father being Twelve acres, part of it an Island made with AEgypt River and a swamp being Rocky Island, to Mr. Robert Paine, soon after my father deceased and the said land I improved quietly and peaceably by Felling and cutting timber of the same, and I never knew of any common being left between it and the river, nor ever was interrupted in the peaceable use of it, nor my father before me. 
               Sworn in Court, Ipswich, 25th Sept., 1683. 
   Ordered to be recorded. JOHN APPLETON, Recorder. 
   Samuel Varnum's name with 30 others appears in a petition " to the Honored Generall Court at Boston " as to the Voting Rights of Freemen. Ipswich May ye 11, 1758. Mass. 

Archives, Vol. 112, pp. 102, 104.

   Assuming that his father, George Varnum, landed in Ipswich in 1635, which is the first date where he appears of record, Samuel, at that date, must have been a lad of 16 years, and therefore unmarried. It is probable that his wife, Sarah Langton, was of Ipswich, from which town his two sons selected their wives, and related to the Langtons there. Mention is 

made in "Will of William Nevill, single man of Ipswich, proved 7th Month, 1643," who devises to Goodie, Mary, Joseph and Sarah Langton, and Roger Langton is appointed "my only executor and overseer." (Ipswich Deeds, I, leaf 5.)

   In Inventory made 14th January, 1671, of estate of Roger Langton,* Samuel Varnum's name appears as a party interested in the distribution. It is therefore confidently asserted that 

the aforesaid Sarah was the daughter of Roger and Goodie

Langton, of Ipswich.

   In 1664, he with his three surviving sons, George, Samuel, Thomas, and daughter Hannah, born in Ipswich, having lost a son Abraham the same year, removed to Chelmsford (now a part of Lowell), having, together with Richard Shatswell, also of Ipswich, bought a tract of land of John Evered als. Webb, being his estate of "Drawcutt upon the Merrimack." This was across the river from what is now known as Middlesex Village. The recorded deed in Middlesex Registry of Deeds, East Cambridge, has the caption " Articles of agreement made the 10th day of January in the year of our Lord according to the computation of England One thousand six hundred and sixty foure, between John Evered, als. Webb, of Drawcutt upon Mirrimack, in the county of Norfolk, in New England, Gentlemen of the one party, and Richard Shatswell,* of Ipswich, in the county of Essex, yeomn, and Samuel Varnum, of Ipswich aforesaid yeomn of the other part." — The consideration being -'the sum of foure hundred pounds of Lawful money of and in New England, to be paid in man and forme following: Two third parts of the value of said sums of foure hundred pounds in Wheate, Mault or Pease, and the other third part in beefe, porke or Indian corne in equal apportions, and in defect of porke to be paid in wheate or malte, and in defect of 

any or all of the said payment to be payd in merchantable fish current price of New England." Said payments to be "' 1-3 in yeare 1665, 1-3 in 1666, and 1-3 in 1667," the conveyance being the "moyty of one halfe of the farme of Drawcutt aforesaid." " The true intent and meaning thereof so that the moyty of one halfe of said farm is to containe by estimation eleven hundred acres at least."

   According to Release recorded at East Cambridge, Samuel Varnum fully completed and satisfied his part of the agreement aforesaid by the 20th of May, 1668. 
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That Samuel Varnum resided on the Chelmsford side of the river for sometime after his purchase of Drawcutt, on account of there being a garrison there for protection against the hostile Indians, appears from the Parker Varnum narrative. His children, John (1669), and Joseph (1672), were probably born there, as the two elder brothers were killed several years later (1676) while crossing the river to milk the cows in Drawcutt. Moreover, Samuel Varnum appears in the ministers' rates 30th of Mar. 1671 (original Chelmsford Records, p. 107), as the enactment of the first General Court, 19th of Oct., 1630, set forth that "only those who belonged to some Church in the Colony should be made freemen and admitted to the freedom of the body-politic," and paid his tithes to that town.

   Like all other settlers of New England of that day, his hand was against the red man. He enlisted in the famous campaign against King Phillip, and is credited in the accounts of the 

Colonial Treasurer, .John Hull, 24th of April, 1676, for military services under Capt. Nicholas Manning, of Ipswich, in the Narragansett Campaign (King Phillip War) £2. It was in

Mar., 1676, he lost his two eldest sons, George and Samuel, who were fired upon by the Indians, and undoubtedly he was ready to avenge their deaths in a war which was destined to break forever the Indian power throughout New England.

   Sergt. Samuel Varnum's name appears with ten men in an old document owned by the N. H. Historical Society, probably presented bv the late John Farmer, as of garrison in the West 

Reg't of Middlesex 1691-2. (N. E. Hist, and Gen. Register, Vol. 43, p. 370.)

   No record can be found of the deaths of Samuel Varnum nor his wife. In the Middlesex Records of Deeds, 14th of Jan., 1698, there appears a conveyance "of all my visable estate 

lands & movables" to his sons Thomas, John and Joseph, in which his wife joins. He was then 79 years of age. He was a subscriber to the petition to the General Court in 1702

for authority to lay out the town of Dracutt, at which date he was 83 years old.

   Maj. Atkinson C. Varnum in his article on "The last resting place of the early settlers of Dracutt" states that Samuel Varnum and his wife, Sarah Langton, were "probably buried in 

a little cemetery about a mile and a half from Pawtucket Bridge, between Varnum Ave. and the Boulevard," but that from the scarcity of monumental stone in those days, their

graves were not marked. Here also, was buried the Rev. Thomas Parker, the first minister of Dracutt. The cemetery is now (1906) neglected and abandoned, but some headstones

are still standing.

   The Deed of Conveyance of the 14th of Nov., 1698, was probably executed by Samuel Varnum in lieu of a Will. In it he conveys to his sons Thomas, John and Joseph, "all my 

visible Estate, Land and moveables."

2. SAMUEL VARNUM (George1), born in England about 1619, married Sarah, daughter of Roger and Goodie Langton, of Ipswich.

Seven children:

i. George and Samuel, b. in Ipswich. Killed by Indiana 18th of Mar., 1G76, and buried near Merrimack River, opposite land of

ii. Thomas Varnum.

iii. Abraham, b. 28th of Oct., 1659, in Ipswich; d. Apr. 3, 1660.

iv. Hannah, b. 22d of May, 1661, in Ipswich. " Ezra, son of Edw. Colburn, and Hannah, daughter of Samuel Varnum, enteredinto a covenant of marriage 22d, 9th month, 1681, before Samuel Adams Coinmr." He was born in Ipswich, 16 March, 1657-8. The Edw. Colburn mentioned, purchased the interest of Richard Shatswell in the Evered-Webb purchase. He came in the "Defence" from London, 6 July, 1635, aged 17, and settled in Ipswich and later in Drawcott. He died 17 Feb., 1700. (Geo. A. Gordon.)

3. v. Thomas, b. 19th Nov., 1662, at Ipswich, m. Joanna Jewett.

4. vi. John, b. 15th Oct., 1669, at Chelmsford, in. Dorothy Prescott.

5. vii. Joseph, b. 15th Mar., 1672, at Chelmsford, m. (1) Ruth Jewett, (2) Mary Barron.

   The early records of Middlesex Co. at East Cambridge contain many transfers of land to and between the Varnum Brothers, Thomas, John and Joseph. 
   As they held much land in common, mention is made of only such parcels as were conveyed to them in severally. 
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3. Samuel2 VARNUM ([II]) (GEORGE (Varnham)1), born abt. 1619 in Lilborne Parrish,,Northamptonshire,England; deceased 1683 in Dracutt,,Massachusetts. He married abt. 1645 in Ipswich,,Connecticut, Sarah LANGTON ([II]) , born abt. 1635 in Ipswich,,MA ; deceased 1698, daughter of Roger and Goodie () Langton .

Notes for Samuel Varnum ([II])

Immigrated to USA in 1635 with his parents at age 16. Indians killed his two oldest sons while crossing the river to milk the cows on 18 Mar 1676. Originally settled in Ipswich, Essex, Massachussetts. Owned farm on North side of Merrimac River (Drawcutt), purchased in 1665. Lived on South side of Merrimac River (Chelmford) on Military Fort. Refhh: Purchased 1100 acres of land in "Drawcott upon Merrimack". Served in Narraganset Campaign (King Phillip War) 1676 B) Sgt, West Reg't of Essex, 1691 - 1692. VOD: On 11/25/1698, Samuel VARNUM's sons Thomas, John and Joseph VARNUM divided up land with Edw. "Coleburn"'s sons Thomas, Daniel, Ezra and Joseph "Coleburn". On 9/16/1703 (when Anne was Queen of England, Scotland, France and Ireland), Capt. John Bowers of Chelmsford conveyed to Thomas, John and Joseph VARNUM 500 acres of the Wamasett Purchase, bounded by the Merrimack River on the south and Beaver Brook on the East. On 3/4/1711, Joseph and Ruth VARNUM convey to John VARNUM one third of 340 acres, bounded by the Merimack River on the South, Capt. Sewell's land on the West, Long Pond on the North "Colburne"'s farm on the East and South-east. On 7/29/1712, Thomas, John and Joseph VARNUM divide up lands purchased by their father Samuel VARNUM, Capt. Webb and Thomas Richardson (see below) bounded on the North side by Old Meadow Brook. On 10/29/1713, Thomas and John VARNUM convey to Joseph VARNUM land bounded on the North side of the Merrimack River, Joseph's farm on the West, except 100 acres of the 500 acres that was already owned by Joseph from a parcel sold to him by John "COLEBURN". On 6/13/1735, Henry COLBURN of Dracutt, conveys to John VARNUM his 1/73 share of a previous conveyance (lot 26 in the 300 township Northwest of Rutland). !Ref: VOD p16 , NEGR I & II VG p58 {-5}

Children of Samuel2 Varnum ([II]) and Sarah Langton ([II]) were as follows:


ii Samuel3 ([III]) , born bef. 1659 in Ipswich,Massachusetts; deceased 18 Mar 1676 in Ipswich,Massachusetts. Killed with his brother George by Indians while crossing the Merrimack River to milk the Cows. One of the incitements that started King Phillip War

iii Abraham3 ([III]) , born 18 Oct 1659; deceased 3 Apr 1660.

10 iv Hannah3 ([III])

11 v Thomas3 ([III])

12 vi John3 ([III])

13 vii Joseph Bradley3 ([III])

Immigrated to MA in 1635 with his parents George and Hanna Varnham, and sister ? One of the original MA puritans.

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Samuel Varnum, Jr.'s Timeline

Draycotte, Lilborne, Northamptonshire, England
Draycotte, , , England
Age 34
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Age 36
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Age 38
Ipswich, Essex, Ma
October 28, 1659
Age 40
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
May 22, 1661
Age 42
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
November 19, 1662
Age 43
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
October 15, 1669
Age 50
Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States