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Samuel Wakeman

Birthdate: (38)
Birthplace: Bewdley, Ribbesford, Worcestershire, England
Death: 1641 (37)
Adelaide Village, New Providence Island, The Bahamas (Killed by a cannon ball shot by the Spanish, who had taken the English settlement on New Providence while he was there to "buy cotton")
Immediate Family:

Son of Francis Wakeman and Anne Wakeman
Husband of Elizabeth Willett
Father of Elizabeth Brainerd; Child Wakeman; Ezibon Wakeman; Joanna Anna Whittaker; Grace Kelly and 1 other
Brother of Mary Wowen; Sarah Hubbell; Martha Davis; John Wakeman; Isaac Wakeman and 4 others

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About Samuel Wakeman


Biographical Summary:

Samuel Wakeman, Roxbury, came in the "Lyon," in 2 November 1631; freeman, Massachusetts, August 7, 1632; probably removed to Cambridge; deputy, May, 1635; constable for Newtown, April, 1636; an original proprietor at Hartford, 1639, when his home-lot was on the south bank of the Little River; chosen townsman, 1638; appointed with George Hubbard, Senior, and Ancient Stoughton, in 1636, "to consider the bounds and survey the breadth of Dorchester (Windsor) towards the Falls, and of Watertown (Wethersfield) towards the mouth of the River." he was killed in 1641 by a shot from the Spanish fort at Providence in the Bahamas, where he had been sent " to buy cotton." His widow, Elizabeth, married (2) Nathaniel Willett, of Hartford, before Jan. 1643, and the estate of Wakeman was settled on him December 4, 1645, on condition that he pay £40 to the son when he reached the age of 21, and £20 to each of the dad's at the age of 18.


i. Ezbon, freeman at Stratford, 1669; married Apr. 1, 1669, at Guilford, Hannah Jordan; removed to Fairfield before 1671, where he died in 1683.

ii. Elizabeth; married Joseph Arnold, of Haddam.

iii. Grace; married John Kelly, of Hartford,

iv. Joanna; married Francis Hacklcton, of Hartford,

v. Hannah.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), pages 265-266. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books

Biographical Summary #2:

Samuel Wakeman, son of Francis, of Bewdley, Worcestershire, England, came to New England in November, 1631, in the ship Lion, Captain Pierce, and settled in Roxbury, November 2, 1631, and was made a Freeman the seventh of August following, being one of the founders of the first church in Roxbury.

He probably removed to Cambridge, and was representative at the May session, 1635, and removed with Governor Haynes, or rather, as his forerunner, to Hartford, in April, 1636.

He was made constable and was engaged in adjusting the bounds of the first settlement of Windsor and Wethersfield. He was killed in the summer of 1641, with Captain Pierce at Providence in the Bahamas, as told by Winthrop, vol. ii., p. 43.

The Captain Pierce referred to above went with others to relieve English colonists in the Bahamas who were suffering from the cruelties of the Spaniards.

SOURCE: Unknown.


It is quite certain, however that in the spring of 1636, after having secured rights through the Warwick patent, lots were actually located on the south side, those of John White and Samuel Wakeman being the first.



Having joined a small group of New Englanders who wished tosettle at Old Providence Island in the summer of 1641, and not realizingthat the Spaniards had recently taken the island, Samuel Wakeman was on the ship mastered by William Pierce; when they reached Old Providence and sailed into the harbor, they came under the Spanish guns, and Pierce "threw himself in at the door of the cuddy, and one Samuel Wakeman, a member of the church of Hartford, who was sent with goods to buy cotton,cast himself down by him, and presently a great shot took them both. Mr.Peirce died within an hour; the other, having only his thighs tore, lived ten days"

SOURCE: John Winthrop, The History of New England from 1630 to 1649, JamesSavage, ed., 2 volumes (Boston 1853).


  • [S01785] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Donald Lines Jacobus, (Name: Name: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.;;).


  • New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the ..., Volume 1 edited by William Richard Cutter, p.72


Birth: Oct. 27, 1568 Ribbesford Wyre Forest District Worcestershire, England Death: Jan. 21, 1621 Ribbesford Wyre Forest District Worcestershire, England

Anne Goode's CHILDREN:

1) Mary Wakeman b. Abt. 1591 Chaddesley, Worcestershire, England; d. (date/place unknown); buried: (place unknown); m. 04 or 14 JAN 1622 Bewdley, Worcestershire, England; John Wowen b. Abt. 1586 England; d. (date/place unknown); buried: (place unknown). TWO CHILDREN (birthdates & places unknown): Mary Wowen; Sarah Wowen.

2) Sarah Wakeman b. 23 APR 1593 Chaddesley, Worcestershire, England; d. 1662 Bewdley, Worcestershire, England; buried: England; m. 30 APR 1621 Bewdley, Worcestershire, England; Richard Hubbell b. Abt. 1600 England; d. OCT 1699 (place unknown); buried: (place unknown). ONE CHILD: Richard Hubbell b. 22 JAN 1626 Ribbesford, Worcestershire, England.

3) John Wakeman b. Bet. 1594-1601 Bewdley, Worcestershire, England; Emigrated: (date/place unknown); d. 21 OCT 1661 Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; buried: buried: (place unknown); m. 28 JAN 1628/29 (place unknown); Elizabeth Hopkins b. 10 OCT 1610 (place unknown); d. 1658 (place unknown); buried: (place unknown). FIVE CHILDREN: John Wakeman b. 25 JUL 1630; Helena Wakeman b. 23 DEC 1632; Dorothy Wakeman b. 1634; Samuel Wakeman b. 07 JUN 1635; Elizabeth Wakeman b. 16 SEP 1636.

4) Martha Wakeman b. 27 MAR 1596 Bewdley, Worcestershire, England; Emigrated: (date/place unknown); d. 1664 New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; buried: (place unknown); m. 30 NOV 1621 Bewdley, Worcestershire, England; William Davis b. 1592 Upper Ardley, Worcestershire, England; Emigrated: (date/place unknown); d. 1659 New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; buried: (place unknown). TWO CHILDREN: Sarah Davis b. 1624 New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; John Davis b. Abt. 1625 New Haven, New Haven Co., CT.

5) Samuel Wakeman b. 25 SEP 1603 Bewdley, Worcestershire, England; Emigrated: Left London 23 AUG 1631 with his wife and firstborn child aboard the "Lyon" arriving on the penisula of Nantasket on 02 NOV 1631; d. 1641 Isla de Providencia, Columbia; buried: (place unknown); m. (date/place unknown); Elizabeth ____ (maiden surname unknown) b. (date/place unknown); d. (date/place unknown); buried: (place unknown). FIVE CHILDREN (birthplaces unknown): (name/gender unknown) Wakeman b./d. 1631 at sea; Elizabeth Wakeman b. 1633; Ezbon Wakeman, Lt. b. 1635; Joanna Wakeman b. 1637; Grace Wakeman b. 1640.


  • page 158-159 of Wakeman genealogy, 1630-1899 : being a history of the descendants of Samuel Wakeman, of Hartford, Conn., and of John Wakeman, treasurer of New Haven colony, with a few collaterals included by Wakeman, Robert Peel, 1849- Published 1900
  • page 44-45 of Wakeman genealogy, 1630-1899 : being a history of the descendants of Samuel Wakeman, of Hartford, Conn., and of John Wakeman, treasurer of New Haven colony, with a few collaterals included by Wakeman, Robert Peel, 1849- Published 1900

Wakeman, Samuel, the first constable of Hartford, 1636—surveyor of Dorchester and Watertown with George Hubbard in 1636. He was directed by a law of the landholders, to attend to the watch, and warn them in their turn to do duty as a watch against the Indian depredators upon the lives and property of the settlers. He with George Hubbard, sen'r., 'in 1636, were appointed to survey the breadth of Windsor, and say how far it should extend above the house of Mr. Stiles; he was also to survey the breadth of Watertown. He died in 1645, and left one son and three daughters. He was an original proprietor of Hartford, and in the division of the land in 1639.

Wakeman, Samuel, a clergyman at Fairfield in 1665. His name is rarely found in the State except in Fairfield county. (A relative?) Page 87
Hinman, R. R. "W." A Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut: With the Time of Their Arrival in the Colony, and Their Standing in Society, Together with Their Place of Residence, as Far as Can Be Discovered by the Records, Clearfield, 2002, pp. 86-109. Gale Genealogy Connect, Accessed 30 Oct. 2017. <|CX2950900029>

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Samuel Wakeman's Timeline

September 25, 1603
Bewdley, Ribbesford, Worcestershire, England
September 25, 1603
Bendley, Ribbesford, Worcestershire, England
Age 26
Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut
Age 27
Bewdley, Ribbesford Church, Worcestershire, England
Age 28
Probably England
Age 30
Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States
Age 33
Age 34
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Age 37
Adelaide Village, New Providence Island, The Bahamas