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Samuel Appleton (1625 – 1696)

My 8th Great Grandfather (maternal) is Samuel Appleton (1625 – 1696) of Ipswich, Massachusetts. It would appear he distinguished himself in his military exploits, especially his service during King Philip’s War. Here is a short biography that a distant relative compiled:

In addition to this plaque, there is a bronze plaque on the rock itself. It has no hints as to its origin, but it reads: “In September 1687, from this rock, Tradition asserts that, resisting the tyranny of Sir Edmond Andros, Major Samuel Appleton of Ipswich, spoke to the people in behalf of those principles which later were embodied in the Declaration of Independence.”

Samuel Appleton was born in 1625 in Little Waldingfield, Suffolk County, England. In 1635 he emigrated to Massachusetts with his father and the rest of his family.

Samuel was a very prominent citizen of the Massachusetts Colony. He served as a deputy to the General Court. He also owned a saw mill in Ipswich and held an interest in the iron works at Saugus, MA.

It was in the military, however, where Samuel truly distinguished himself. An officer in the British Colonial Army, Samuel rose from the rank of Lieutenant to Major between the years of 1668 and 1675. During King Philip’s War Samuel was named commander in chief of the armies protecting all of the towns along the Connecticut River.

Samuel retired from the military in 1675 and served in council. In 1687 Major Samuel Appleton was arrested and jailed by Governor Andros on dubious charges of sedition. Samuel was never prosecuted, however. A tradition maintains that in 1689 Samuel himself placed Andros on the ship that was to take the Governor to England for his own incarceration.

Samuel was married twice. He married his first wife Hannah Paine on April 2, 1651. Hannah bore Samuel three children. After Hannah died, Samuel married Mary Oliver on December 8,1656 when she was only sixteen years old. Hannah gave birth to eight children. She survived her husband and died February 15, 1698.

I am descended from Samuel’s fifth child Isaac Appleton who was also a major in the army. Another son, Colonel Samuel Appleton, is believed to have been the last iron master at the Saugus Iron Works.

Major Samuel Appleton died at Ipswich on May 15, 1696.

Source: This was copied from THIS WEBSITE. Thanks to the author for compiling this biography of our shared ancestor. This is his page on the Appleton family.

Thomas Adams, father-in-law to Daniel Appleton of Buxton, ME

Source: History of Nottingham, Deerfield, and Northwood: Comprised Within the Original Limits of Nottingham, Rockingham County, N.H., with Records of the Centennial Proceedings at Northwood, and Genealogical Sketches, Elliott Colby Cogswell – January 1, 1878. LINK

Mr. Cogswell married, August 12, 1842, Sophia Ann, daughter of Deacon Thomas Adams of Gilmanton, born January 24, 1819. Their Upham, born September 6, 1845, graduated from Gilmanton Academy, 1865, married, November 19, 1865, George W. Bingham, graduate of Dartmouth College in 1863, and they live in Burlington, Ia.; (3) Ellen Sophia, born July 14, 1847, died August 13, 1849; (4) Martha Ellen, born December 28, 1849, graduated from Coe’s Academy, 1869, married, December 3, 1874, John G. Mead, jr., of New York City, where they reside; (5) Elizabeth Greenleaf, born March 5, 1852, graduated from Coe’s Academy, 1871, married, February 28, 1877, Charles H. Prescott of Walpole, Mass.; (6) William Badger, born August 5, 1854, now a member of Bellevue Hospital Medical College, New York City; (7) Thomas Herbert, born August 5, 1856, died September 17, 1860; (8) Ephraim Bradford, born May 11, 1859, died July 25, 1860; (9) Henry Burr, born April 5, 1861, member of Coe’s Academy.

It is worthy of statement that eight brothers, the sons of Nathaniel Cogswell and Judith Badger of Atkinson, served in the war of the Revolution; that six of these sons were in the service at the same time; that all lived to see General Washington President of the United States; and that no one of the nineteen children of these Christian parents dishonored their parentage.

Thomas Adams, father of the wife of Rev. E. C. Cogswell, descended from Henry Adams, who came from Devonshire, England, in 1630, and settled in Braintree, Mass., where he died October 8, 1646. His children were Henry, Samuel, Thomas, Peter, Joseph, William, and Edward. His son Joseph, born in England, 1626, married, November 26, 1650, Abigail Baxter. Their children were Henry, Joseph, John, Bethia, Samuel, Peter, Jonathan, Deliverance, and Mary. Their son Joseph married Hannah Bass, one of whose children was John, from whom President J. Q. Adams descended, also Rev. Joseph Adams of Newington, N. H., who was born January 1, 1689, graduated from Harvard College 1710, ordained November 16, 1715, and died May 26, 1783. Mary, granddaughter of Rev. Joseph Adams of Newington, married Jonathan Ross, jr., of Gilmanton.

William, son of Henry Adams, the progenitor, removed to Ipswich, Mass., and died there, 1661. He had three sons, William, Nathaniel, and Samuel. This William, jr., had a son, Thomas, born 1696, died 1762. He had Thomas, Ezekiel, Ephraim, and Benjamin; the last two settled in New Ipswich, and from one of these, Ephraim, descended the late Prof. Adams of Dartmouth College.

Thomas, brother of Ephraim and Benjamin, born 1730, died 1797, lived in Ipswich, and married Elizabeth Brown, by whom he had Deborah, Elizabeth, who married Daniel Appleton of Buxton, Me., Hannah, Bethia, Lucy, Abigail, who married Thomas Ross of Gilmanton, Sarah, Thomas, Moses, Mary, who married Ephraim Smith, and afterwards William Price of Gilmanton, and Lydia. This Thomas, son of Thomas Adams and Elizabeth Brown, was born September, 1757, died May 6, 1844, married Anna Porter, by whom he had: John; David; Nancy; William, who settled in Boston, was deacon of Salem-street Congregational Church for many years, and whose daughter, Sarah E., is the wife of Hon. J. S. Potter, United-States Consul at Stuttgart, Germany; Thomas; George; Allen; Moses; Deborah; Smith; and Samuel. This Thomas, son of Thomas Adams and Anna Porter, was born March 17, 1792, married, March 27, 1817, Sophia Kimball, born January 28, 1798, daughter of David Kimball of Gilmanton; he was deacon of the Congregational Church at Gilmanton for many years. Their children were: (1) Sophia A., born January 24, 1819, married, August 12, 1842, Rev. E. C. Cogswell; (2) Hazen Worcester, born July 25, 1823, graduated from Dartmouth College 1847, married Jane C. Amos (Campbell) of Hackensack, N. J., August 27, 1861; their children are: Hattie C., born March 23, 1862; Martha N., born April 6, 1864; Ellen S., born April 16, 1866; Charles F., born October 18, 1869; (3) Martha H., born August 19, 1825, married, October 16, 1849, G. C. Nealley of Burlington, Ia. (see sketch of Nealley family, Nottingham); (4) Mary Frances, born July 24, 1827, married, October 19, 1853, Dr. Gilliam C. Terhune of Hackensack, N. J., graduate of New (6) Ellen Elizabeth, born Septembe r 1, 1835, died July 29, 1838; (7) Edward Elliott, born August 22, 1839, died August 6, 1841. Deacon Adams died May 21, 1873, aged eighty-one; his wife died July 6, 1874, aged seventy-six.

War for American Independence Veterans


Thomas Barclay – Was a gallant soldier in the American army during the revolutionary war. On July 12, 1776, he enlisted from St. Mary’s county, Maryland, in the “Flying Camp”, in which organization he served for some time. In 1779, he was a member of Major Anderson’s battalion of the Third Maryland Regiment, which served in General Washington’s command in New Jersey. While serving with his command in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, he met Catherine, daughter of John Williams, whose property had been confiscated by the continental congress, and who was himself a fugitive because of his loyalty to the King.

John Stickney – South Hadley. Private, Capt. James Hendrick’s co. ; pay abstract for mileage to and from headquarters, dated Charlestown, Camp No. 3, Jan. 13, 1776; mileage for 100 miles allowed said Stickney.


Elias Babcock – Elias Babcock (my 5th Great Grandfather), Corporal, Enlisted May 19th, 1777 to 1780 from Partridgefield and Northampton. Elias was in the Battle of Saratoga, and served through the Carolinas with Gen. Gate’s army. He was also at the surrender of Cornwallis, and was in a number of severe battles which occurred during this war.

Isaiah Babcock, Sr – Committee of Safety, 1779, of Parkersfield, Massachusetts (or Partridgeville, Mass.)

John Ives – He has been described as Major. A D.A.R request for information on December 31, 2006 indicates that he was involved in the Revolutionary War as a Patriot providing a service for the cause. (Patriot Service) is the term recognized by the D.A.R. (His is ancestor number: A060740) The D.A.R. has him as sering in Capt. Hough’s Co., 10th Regt. in the capacity of Private in the alarm at New Haven & Fairfield, Ct. on July 5,6,7, 1779 in the 5th Co. in the 10th Regiment. (Collections, CT Historical Soc. Vol VIII, pg 192) CT Mil. 1775-1783, GRC, Vol II pag 117.

Benjamin Hart

Daniel Appleton

Joshua Woodman – Joshua Woodman (1720-1800) enlisted from Buxton in Capt. John Lane’s company, 1775, and gave six short enlistments under different commands in one year. He was born in Newbury, Essex, Mass., and died in Buxton, Maine.

Nathaniel Gilbert, II – Commanded (Captain) a company in the regiment under Col. Comfort Sage when Tryon invaded the State. He was born and died in Middletown, CT.

Nathaniel Gilbert, III – Corporal in Captain Elijah Gilbert’s Eighth Company of Col. William Bradford Whiting’s 17th Albany Co. Regiment.

Willett Ranney, Sr. – His Revolutionary service there was as follows: Private in Capt. Samuel Wolcott’s Co., Col. Hopkins’ Regt., July 16, 1776-Aug. 5, 1776; marched to Highlands, N. Y.; private Capt. Elijah Deming’s Co., Col. John Ashley’s Regt., July 8, 1777-July 28, 1777, called out by order Maj. Gen. Schuyler to march to relief of Fort Edward; private, same Co., Col. John Ashley’s Regt., Sept. 19, 1777-Oct. 4, 1777, under Brig. Gen. Fellows, ordered out by Gen. Gates to reinforce the Northern Army. Rem. 1778 to New Lebanon, N. Y., and was next known with his large family at Fort Stanwix, now Rome, N. Y.

Willett5 Ranney (Willett4, Willett3, Thomas2, Thomas1), bapt. Aug. 6, 1769, with Benjamin, a twin, Upper Houses, was 7 years of age when his father rem. to Sandisfield, Mass. He m. Oct., 1799, Rome, N.Y., Betsey Robbins, dau. of John Robbins, who came from Bennington, Vt., in 1790. In June, 1790, he leased of Gov. Clinton the 100 acres in “Wright’s Settlement,” adjoining the 100 acres his brother Seth had leased the previous year, and which was long known as the “Ranney Place.” He was to pay one peppercorn each year, if lawfully demanded, for four years, and after that 18 bushels of good winter wheat, on May 1 of each year, in the city of Albany. This lease in 1878 was in the possession of his son Lester. He sublet the lease in 1795 to Cornelius Van Warner, and in 1796 leased a 50-acre tract of Moses Wright, while Butler Ranney leased the adjoining tract. In 1801 both Ranneys sold out. He then rem. to Saratoga County, as the Bible record is that Anson was born in the town of Milton in that county. About 1810 he went to Taberg, and after a year settled in Smithville, near .Adams. His aged parents went with him. When news came that the British had attacked Sackett’s Harbor the militia were ordered out and Willett Ranney, Jr., mounted a horse to go to the defense of his country. The old man, inspired by a love of country yet burning in his bosom, and recalling his own experience in the Revolutionary army, said to his son: “Get off that horse and let me go.” The son obeyed and Willett Ranney, Sr., over 80 years of age, mounted the horse and went as a volunteer. In a few years, 1818, the patriot was laid in the grave and the widow about 1821 followed. In 1826 Willett Ranney, no longer known as Jr., bought a farm in Redfield, and resided on it till 1831, when he went back to the homestead at Smithville, and on which he resided till his death in 1865 at the age of 96 years, at the home of his son Lester.