Samuel Eddy

Male 1675 - 1744  (68 years)


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  • Name Samuel Eddy 
    Born 15 Jul 1675  Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Mar 1744  Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age 68 years 
    Patriarch & Matriarch
    Thomas Eddye,   b. 1542,   d. Jul 1578, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)  (2 x Great Grandfather) 
    Elizabeth Wignall,   b. 1604, 1663824, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1668, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)  (Great Grandmother) 
    Person ID I8136  tree2019
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 

    Father Ancestors Caleb Savary Eddy,   b. 1643, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1713, Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ancestors Elizabeth Bullock,   b. 9 Oct 1650, Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1730, Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 6 Dec 1671  Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3965  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Ancestors Sarah Easterbrooks,   b. 19 Sep 1676, Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1744, Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 10 Apr 1707  Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    Married: 1x1. Sarah Eddy,   b. Bef 1717  [natural]
     2. Elizabeth Eddy,   b. 26 Mar 1711, Swansea, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Married: 1x3. Hannah Eddy,   b. 14 Mar 1715/16  [natural]
    Married: 1x4. Caleb Eddy,   b. 2 Mar 1708, Swansea,Bristol,Massachusetts,USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1793, Scituate,,Rhode Island,USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)  [natural]
    Mehitable Luther  m. 18 Jun 1730
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 
    Family ID F2613  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Deborah Hale,   b. Swansea, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1707 
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 
    Family ID F2614  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Samuel and his brother John left London, Aug. 10, 1630, in the ship
      Handmaid, Capt. Joseph Grant, Master, and arrived in Plymouth Colony,
      Oct. 29, 1630 (O.S.) or Nov. 8, 1630 (N.S.). Admitted as a Freeman,
      Jan. 1, 1632. Shared in division of land in 1637 and 1641. In 1631 he
      purchases a house from Experiaence Mitchell. He was one of the
      original purchasers of Middleboro, MA. His wife, Elizabeth (Savory?)
      died in 1689.

      Database: Plymouth Colony, History and People
      Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society (hereafter MHS Collections) 3rd Series (Boston, 1825), 1:199; Charles Henry Pope, The Pioneers of Massachusetts (Boston, 1900; reprint, Baltimore, 1986), 151. John Winthrop, Winthrop Papers 1623-1630, Vol. 2 (1931, reissued New York, 1968), 269, wrote on 29 October 1630 that the Handmaid arrived at Plymouth, having been twelve weeks at sea, with about sixty passengers, the ship's master having come to Boston with Captain Standish "and 2 gent passingers, who came to plant here, but havinge no testimonies we would not receive them." It has been presumed that these were the Eddy brothers. That the Eddy brothers did arrive on the Handmaid can be seen from the same source, 319, where in a letter to his wife on 29 November 1630 Winthrop writes, "Edy of Boxted, who came in her [the Handmaid] tould me a fortnight that he had many lettres in the shippe for me, but I heer not yet of them: which makes me now (havinge opportunity to send to Plimmouth) to write these few lines to thee, least the shippe should be gone before I have received my lettres." The wording of these two passages makes it appear that the ship's master, along with Standish and the two gentleman passengers, arrived at Boston via some other, perhaps smaller, vessel, and the Handmaid stayed at Plymouth. This would make it seem that some at least, perhaps most, of the about sixty passengers on the Handmaid must have been destined for Plymouth.
      Plymouth Colony: Its History and People 1620-1691
      Part One: Chronological Histories
      Chapter 2: Bringing Over Their Friends (1627-1633)
      Not long before 29 October 1630, the Handmaid arrived at Plymouth with about sixty passengers, including two Eddy brothers from Boxted, Sussex, whose father had been vicar at Cranbrook, Kent. They continued to the Bay Colony to settle, but were rejected there for "having no testimonies." They returned to Plymouth, where John Eddy stayed about one year and then removed to Watertown, where he became a leading citizen, while Samuel Eddy remained in Plymouth.
      Plymouth Colony: Its History and People 1620-1691
      Part Two: Topical Narratives
      Chapter 11: Man and Master
      One important source of servants was the practice of some families of "putting out" one or more children. Samuel Eddy, for example, although the son of an English minister and university graduate, did not seem to prosper in Plymouth, and he and his wife, "by reason of many wants lying on them," were forced to put out several children as servants.
      Plymouth Colony: Its History and People 1620-1691
      Part Three: Biographical Sketches
      Biographical Sketches
      Eddy, Samuel
      The son of the Reverend William and Mary (Fosten) Eddy, Samuel was baptized at Cranbrook, Kent, 15 September 1608 (Parish Register). He and his older brother John Eddy arrived at Plymouth on [p.287] the Handmaid in 1630, as is shown in the text. The Eddy Family Association, Inc., has published one of the better family histories, The Eddy Family in America (Boston, 1930, with occasional supplements), which gives the results of much research on the English antecedents of the two brothers and on their descendants in America. John Eddy moved to Watertown in the Bay Colony after a year or so in Plymouth. Samuel was a tailor by trade, having been apprenticed in England after his father's death. He bought a house at Plymouth 9 May 1631 from Experience Mitchell (PCR 12:18), and he was made a freeman 1 January 1632/33 (PCR 1:5). On 10 January 1632/33 Thomas Brian, the servant of Samuel Eddy, was brought before the council for running away from his master, and was privately whipped (PCR 1:7). Though Eddy was of gentry status, and though he received land grants, he did not seem to prosper in Plymouth, as can be seen from his putting his children out as servants. On 3 April 1645 Samuel Eddy put his seven-year-old son John to dwell with Francis and Katherine Goulder until John reached twenty-one (PCR 2:82). The court noted on 2 March 1646/47 that Samuel and Elizabeth Eddy, having many children and "by reason of many wants lying on them," were not able to bring up their children as they desired, and thus they put their seven-year-old son Zachary out with Mr. John Browne of Rehoboth to be brought up in the employment of husbandry "or any busines he shall see meete for ye good of theire child" until age twenty-one (PCR 2:112). On 4 March 1652 Samuel and Elizabeth Eddy for their "many wants" put out their nine-year-old son Caleb with Mr. John Browne (MD 2:30).
      The Eddy Family book, which is well documented in the early generations, shows that although Samuel had land rights elsewhere, he lived in Plymouth until the family moved to Swansea ca. 1680. Samuel died at Swansea 12 November 1687 in his eighty-seventh year (Ply. Ch. Recs. 1:262-as often happens, his age at death could be wrong, for it would seem unlikely that his clergyman father would not have baptized him shortly after birth); and his wife Elizabeth died at Swansea 24 May 1689 at the end of her eighty-second year (Ply. Ch. Recs. 1:265). The maiden name of Samuel's wife Elizabeth is unknown. From PCR 2:82 we know that son John (the oldest known child) was born 25 December 1637, and thus it seems reasonable to suppose that Samuel and Elizabeth were married after his arrival in Plymouth. There is a mystery about Samuel Eddy appearing on a list of 3 June 1662 of "first born children" who received land purchased by Major Winslow and Captain Southworth (PCR 4:18-19). The list is a bit misnamed, for the original act from PCR 11:16 provides that "such children as are heer borne & next unto them such as are heer brought up under their parents[...]be provided for [...]before any that either come from England or elsewhere." A good reason can be found for virtually all the names on the 1662 list. The "first born" seems to be any needy child (or a parent for the child) of those who were in Plymouth by 1627. One [p.288] person on the list does not fit the pattern, William Pontus, but we might suppose that he was included because he and his wife were of the Leiden Separatists and needed land. Some men are on the list because they married "first born" children, such as William Hoskins (married Sarah Cushman), William Nelson (Martha Ford), George Partridge (Sarah Tracy), and Andrew Ring (Deborah Hopkins). Edward Gray was the only person receiving a double share, and he was the husband of Mary Winslow, daughter of two Old Comers (Mary Chilton and John Winslow). But why was Samuel Eddy's name on the list?