Samuel, son of John, was born in Hadley , Mass. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Deacon Nathaniel White, of Hadley. She died in 1753 and in 1754 Samuel married Mary, widow of Jonathan Billings, the daughter of Joseph Root. He was one of the first settlers in Sunderland . He filled almost every town office during his lifetime. Samuel was a selectman, captain in the militia, and always a “leading man in town”. He, like his father and grandfather, was a farmer. Samuel was a man of “energy, activity, and good judgment” and he contributed these qualities to his fellow townsmen. He was buried by the side of his first wife, Elizabeth, in Sunderland at the age of 84. Their tombstones are pictured here in the Riverside Cemetery . Samuel’s stone is the darker one of the two. It should be noted that his own grave was for several years unmarked by a stone. At a later date, one was erected, by his descendants, upon which the date of his death, 1789, was put in error. Samuel had no issue with his second wife, Mary. He and Elizabeth had ten children. Richard was their fifth child and my genealogical line descends from him.
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