Genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of the state of Massachusetts, Volume 3
William Richard Cutter, William Frederick Adams
This surname dates back to the first use of surnames, and is of ancient origin. It is of the same class as Thompson and Johnson, denoting relationship. Most of the Sampsons (or Samsons), as the name often appears in America, are descended from Henry and Abram Sampson, of Duxbury, who are supposed to have been brothers. Henry came in the "Mayflower," with the family of his uncle, Edward Tilley. He was made freeman January 5, 1835-36, and was a volunteer for the Pequot war, 1637. He resided in Duxbury. He married Ann Plummer, and he died December 24, 1684.
(I) Abram, probably brother of Henry Sampson, came some time after him, probably in 1629 or 1630. He settled in Duxbury, and was on the list of those able to bear arms in 1643. He was one of the original grantees of the town of Bridge water, 1645, all of whom resided in Duxbury, but he did not remove there. He was surveyor of highways, 1648; constable, 1653; was admitted freeman, 1654. He died after 1686. He married a daughter of Lieutenant Samuel Nash, of Duxbury. Children: 1. Samuel, born about 1646: see forward. 2. George, about 1655; married Elizabeth . 3. Abraham, about 1655;married Sarah Standish. 4. Isaac, born 1660; settled in Plympton; married Lydia Standish. Probably other children.
(II) Samuel, son of Abram Sampson, was born in Duxbury, in 1640. He resided in Duxbury, and was killed in King Philip's war. His inventory was dated June 28, 1678. As "the children were small and the estate little," the court assigned the property, valued at a little more than twenty-seven pounds, to the widow, except one acre to be reserved for the sons. He married Esther , who married (second) John Soule, son of George Soule, who came in the "Mayflower." She died September 12, 1733, aged ninety-five years. Children of Samuel and Esther Sampson: 1. Samuel, born 1670; see forward. 2. Ichabod, about 1675; lived in Duxbury, 1710.
(III) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (1) Sampson, was born in 1670, and died in September, 1744. He settled in Middleborough, and was a member of the First Church. He was one of the first fifty purchasers, March. 1717, of the first parish burying ground. His will, dated August 31, 1744. proved September 20, 1744, bequeathed to children mentioned below, and to Ruth, daughter of his son Obadiah. He married Mercy, daughter of Obadiah Eddy, of Middleborough, granddaughter of Samuel Eddy. Children: 1. Obadiah, married Mary Soule. 2. Gershom, married Hethiah Clark.3. Ichabod; see forward. 4. Esther, married Abraham Borden, of Middleborough, removed to Strafford, Connecticut. 5. Mary, married lsacher Fuller.