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Samuel Wright Jr. and Elizabeth Burt

Samuel WRIGHT Jr..
Born (about 1629)(probably 3 OCT 1632)(1633-S2)(4 DEC 1638); son of (Deacon) Samuel WRIGHT and Margaret.

It is said that he came to America with his father. It is not known exactly when his father came to New England. If it was in 1630, as some have said, then Samuel was born in New England. If it was in 1636, as others have said, then Samuel was born in England.

He moved with his father to Springfield, Massachusetts about 1636.

He married Elizabeth BURT [F1125] on 24 NOV 1653. It is said that this occurred at Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. However Samuel did not go to Northampton until 1655 or 1656; so he must have married Elizabeth in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts.

After moving to Northampton, he settled on Bridge Street where the house of John L. Draper stood. In addition to the 3 acres for a homelot, he was granted 34 acres of meadow land. After living on this homestead about 17 years, and serving the town as one of its selectmen and in other offices, he went with his family, in company with 15 other families, as pioneer settlers, to a place about 35 miles up the Conn. River, called by the Indians from whom it was purchased, Squakeag. This place which was named by the English "Northfield" because it was the northermost settlement on the river, became the future home of Samuel Wright Jr. and many of his descendants.

Samuel Wright Jr must have lived within the meadow fence & not on the plains.

Samuel Wright Jr. had an illegitimate child with Elizabeth Burt's sister, Mary Burt.)

Here they built small huts near each other, and ran a stockade around a number of them for a fort into which they might flee, if attacked.

He was killed by Indians on 2 SEP 1675 at Bloody Brook near Northfield, Massachusetts during the King Philip's War.

All went peacefully for 2 years until the King Philip war broke out in 1675. The latter part of August fears were had for the safety of Northfield, and so 20 men were sent up and placed under command of Lt. Samuel Wright. Thursday 2 Sep 1675, as Lt. Wright and the men under him were in the field gathering flax, they were attacked by King Philip's men, who killed Lt. Wright, aged ca 45 yrs; also 2 sons of Elder William Janes, their preacher and 5 others, and wounded Samuel Wright III. The rest, men women, and children, fled inside the small stockade, and were shut in there 5 days. What days and nights of terror those must have been to the widow and fatherless children with the savatges burning and destroying outside, and liable to break in at any time and put them all to death. The day after the attack, Capt. Beers, not knowing what had happened sset out from Hadley, with 36 mounted men, to bring away the soldiers and inhabitants, but on reaching the outskirts of the town, fell into an ambush, and he and the larger part of his men were killed, but 13 escaped and flec back to Hadley. Immediately Major Treat with more than 100 men prepared to go up for the relief of Northfield, where he arrived Monday afternoon 6 Sep. One account is that immediately set about burying those killed 2 Sep., and the first found was the body of Lt. Wright, which was taken up the bank and buried in 1st grave opened in present Northfield Cemetery. His burial was hardly finished when Maj. Treat was struck with a spent ball from the thicket. Upon consulting with his officers, it was decided to take the 100 or more people that had been shut inside the stockade and start back to Hadley that night. In their journey down through the wilderness what fears they must have had; fears of falling into an ambush and meeting the same fate as came to Capt. Beers and Co., on this same route 3 days before, and the fate that came to the 80 young soldiers at Bloody Brook, a few days later.

His inventory was taken March 30, 1675 (prob died in 1675 and amounted to 326 140. Hose & home lot 60 had wheel right tools 61/ 3 horses & heofer 15.5, Land in meadow & pasture 163 sae, grindstone & loom 61/ sheep & swine 1010s, yoke of oxen & steers 15, 4 cattle 4 mares & [c]olt 14, arms & ammunition 65/, bedding & clothing 145s. Widow Elizabeth & son Sam'l admin. Widow & heirs made an agreement (for her & those of age) March 30, 1680, She was to have use of 1/2 house 1/2 barn 1/2 homelot which was next to the meadow including all the orchard half the pasture lying next the house containing 13 acres. 1/8 other land & movables. Samuel to have double share. Court to appoint men to divide the estate Men were appointed but not ?. Explanation "half the homelot" may mean that next to Hawley Sheet lot on the side south the land. (Or it may mean lower side of lot below swamp.).

[F1125]. Elizabeth BURT (BURK).
Born about 1638 at Harburton, Devonshire, England; daughter of Henry BURT [F2250] and Eulalia MARCHE [F2251]. She was christened on 4 DEC 1638 at Harberton, Devonshire, England. She married (1) Samuel WRIGHT Jr. on 24 NOV 1653, probably at Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts. He died in 1691. She married (2) Nathaniel DICKINSON [F1132] on 26 SEP 1684 at Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts but had no children with him. She died 14 FEB 1690-1691 at Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.

CHILDREN of Samuel WRIGHT Jr. [F1124] and Elizabeth BURT [F1125]: