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SAMUEL, Ipswhich, a gent. of ancient fam. at Yeldham in Co. Essex, where, Morant tells us, he was a Cursitor in the Chancery, and he m. a. 1620, Dorothy Harlakenden, of the old gentry of Earl's Clone, prob. sis. of Roger, and had ten ch. bef. com. over to us in 1637. He owned an est. in the adjac. parish of Toppsfield, and prob. left some ch. certain. John, at home; but we may not exact. discern the names of all the brot. tho. of William, Harlakenden, and Samuel,
perhaps Dorothy, and Elizabeth only of the ds. can we be justif. in guess. that they accomp. the f. Being adm. freem. Mar. 1638, he was rep. at the first succeed. Gen. Ct. and very oft. aft. m. Marthaa Epes, a wid. from Co. Kent, prob. had by her Martha, Ruth, and Priscilla, perhaps 2d Samuel; but by some rec. it appears, that first w. Dorothy was liv. 10 Dec. 1645; yet she may have been w. of his first s. Samuel, for, strange as it seems, he had two Samuels then liv. Farmer gives him other ds. Susanna,
and Dorothy, wh. m. he says, Joseph Jacobs; and Mary, wh. m. Peter Duncan. But of the last we find that she was nam. Epes bef. m.
so d. of his w.'s former h. and the two others were ch. of his s. William,
prob. tho. it is said a d. Dorothy had early m. Rev. Thomas Harrison, wh. came from Virg. 1648. In 1643 he was chos. an Assist. and so serv. until 1673, when Leverett being rais. to be Gov. he was made success.
as Dept. Gov. in wh. place he d. 12 Oct. 1678, during the sess. of the Gen. Ct. His wid. Rebecca, d. of Bennett Swayne of Salisbury, Co. Wilts, d. 21 July 1695, in her 79th yr. She was third, possib. fourth
w. had been wid. of Rev. William Worcester, and bef. him, of John Hall, and bef. him, Henry Byley. She was so happy in find. hs. that wh. was her f. had not been told. But one of his ws. was not (as frequent. has been boasted), a d. of the first Gov. Winthrop, who had only of four ds. that outliv. two yrs. and she m. Samuel
Dudley. The mistake. arose from the use of the word sis. S. in the letter 30 Sept. 1648, of first Winthrop to his s. John wh. had been a mem. of the ch. at Ipswich, and may refer only to Christian relat. Under
Truesdale will be found correct. of an error of Farmer aris. in the same way. Yet possib. the sec. w. of S. was a d. of Col. Edward Reed of Essex Eng. and so sis. of the sec. w. of the younger John Winthrop Of his ds. Elizabeth m. 20 May 1644, Daniel Epes, and d. 7 May 1685, aged 60;
Dorothy m. as above; Martha m. first John Denison, and next Richard Martyn of Portsmouth; Ruth m. 1659, Rev. John Emerson of Gloucester; and Priscilla m. Capt. Thomas Baker of Topsfield.
occ. Deputy Governor Of Mass. Bay
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