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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 10£10s, yoke of oxen & steers 15£, 4 cattle 4 mares & [c]olt 14£, arms & ammunition 65/, bedding & clothing 14£5s. 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]:
- Samuel WRIGHT. Born on 3 OCT 1654. He was shot in the hip during the Indian attack that killed his father, and carried the bullet until his death. He was also a farmer, carpenter and Selectman. He married Sarah LYMAN. They had at least 11 children, Sarah (m. Hope Root), Samuel IV (m. Lydia Marshall), Dorcas (died in infancy), John (m. Sarah Clark), Hannah (m. Samuel Phelps), Stephen (m. Esther Cook(e), Hezekiah (died in infancy/child?), Hepsibah (didn't marry?), Dorcas (died in infancy), Lydia (died in infancy/child?) and Keziah (m. Daniel Lewis). When Samuel Wright Jr. rem. to Northfield, it is thought he left Samuel his eldest son in charge of his Northampton home, as he was living there 2 years later when he was drafted to go up under Capt. Lothrop for the protection of Northfield. At the time his father was killed, he was wounded and carried the bullet through life. On 3 May 1703 he sent the following petitions to the general court of MA for aid. "In the first Indian War I was pressed up at Northfield, under Capt. Lothrop and there left a garrison soldier. Soon after which the Indians besieged that fort. They killed my father, and shot a bullet into my right hip. From thence I was brought to Hadley under care of Mr. Westcare, where I was till winter. The Doctor dying, I shifted from one surgeon to another till the spring. In April following I went to Hartford to Mrs. Allens', where I was about 7 months, all which time I paid for my diet and surgery, out of my own estate, and although I attained to so much strength as to walk about and carry up some business, it hath been with much pain and difficulty, for the bullet remaining still in my hip bone, the wound continually runs and hath done so these 15 years; though at times, it is almost dried up, yet it breaks out again and especially of late years it grows worse and worse, so that I am almost disabled for labor, and what I do is with much pain and difficulty. Considering my family has grown so great, I now for the first time petition for relief." He die on 29 NOV 1734.
- Joseph WRIGHT. Born on 2 JUN 1657. He married Ruth SHELDON (a twin?), dauther of Isaac Sheldon & Mary Woodford. They had at least 8 children, Joseph Jr. (m. #1 Ruth Hannum/Harmon; m. #2 Sarah Pomeroy), Samuel (died a child), Ruth (died in infancy), Ruth (m. Sergt. Luke Noble), James (died young?), Mary (died young?), Samuel Sheldon (m. Jemima King) and Benoni (m. Martha Sheldon). Joseph died on 16 FEB 1697.
- Benjamin WRIGHT. Born on 13 JUL 1660. He was a Captain in 1709. He crossed the wilderness to Lake Champlain with 10 men. On the 20th of May, they killed one Indian and wounded others near the lake. On their return they had a skirmish with a party of Indians on Onion River, and Lt. John Wells of Deerfield was slain, John Burt of Northampton was slain or perished in the woods and John Strong of Northampton was wounded. The General Court gave to Capt. Wright £12 and to nine men £6 each. They had a pocket compass to guide them. He married (1) Thankful TAYLOR. They had at least 7 children, Jacob (settled in SC), Benjamin Jr..(m. Hannah Stebbins. there is confusion with some researchers of a Benjamin Wright who m. a Hannah Holmes), Thankful (died in infancy), Remembrance (m. Elizabeth ?), Thankful (m. Capt. Nathaniel Woodruff, one of first settlers, bought a 1/60 right in the town, was commissioned Ensign in the Train Band 2, was in the First Co Foot, Litchfield (13th) Regt and was considered an able Indian fighter, left an estate valued at 493 Pounds, Lt in 1736; Capt), Mindwell (m. Stephen Belding/Belden Jr., in 1717 he was offered a tract of land in Northfield if he would build a mill there, and he removed to that town soon after.) and Daniel (m. Margaret Judd). Ben jamin married (2) Mary BAKER/BARKER and had at least 3 children, William (m. Sarah Barrett?), Mary (m. Capt. Orlando Bridgman/Bridgeman) and Experience (m. James Porter). Benjamin died in 1743.
- [F562].(Deacon) Ebenezer WRIGHT. Born 20 (26) MAR 1663 (1663-S3) at Northampton, Massachusetts. He married (1) Elizabeth STRONG, had 1 child, Mary (died in infancy). He married (2) Hannah HUNT. He died 4 MAR (1706) (in 1742)(in 1748) at Northampton, Massachusetts.
- Elizabeth WRIGHT. Born on 31 JUL 1666 in Northampton, Massachusetts. She married (1) Thomas STEBBINS, a farmer, had at least 9 children, Elizabeth (m. William Wait(e) Jr.), Thomas Jr. (m. Sarah Searle), Josiah (died young), Hannah (m. Samuel King II), Joseph (m. Mary Williams), Experience (died in infancy/child?), Asahel (died young, m. Sarah Petty), Experience (m. John Birge Jr./III?) and Mary (m. Noah Strong, ensign & farmer); Elizabeth m. #2 John Hannum, Jr.). She married (2) John HAMMON in 1715.
- Eleazer (Eliezur/Elizur) WRIGHT. Born on 20 OCT 1668. He was a Lieutenant in Ralle's War. He came to Northfield with his father at the time of the Third Settlement. He married Mary PARDEE. They had at least 11 children: Elizur (m. Abigail Hubbard), Hepzibah (died in infancy), Mary (died young), Azariah (m. Elizabeth "Eliza" Arms Field), Nehemiah (m. Mary Sheldon), Eldad (m. Anne ?, note that brother Azariah had a son Eldad who married Anne Taylor), Benoni (m. Hannah Severance), Martha (m. Nathaniel Dickinson IV?, farmer, was killed by the Indians, April 15, 1747), Sarah, Phineas (Col, was a delegate to the Provincial Congress and to the Massachusetts General Court, served as a colonel of the Sixth Hampshire County Regiment of Militia during the Revolutionary War, m. Joanna Field) and Miriam (died a child). Eleazer died on 12 MAY 1753.
- Hannah WRIGHT. Born on 27 FEB 1671. She married Samuel BILLINGS Jr. She (died young)(died on 18 NOV 1687).
- Benoni WRIGHT. Born on 12 SEP 1675. He married Rebecca BARRETT. They had at least 2 children: Rebecca (m. Noah Graves) and Hannah (m. Capt. Jonathan Smith Jr.). He (died young)(died on 7 AUG 1702).
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- [S2]. Stumpf Peterson Family Tree. Ancestry World Tree. www.ancestry.com
- [S3]. Ellen Baker Research. Created on Feb. 23, 2002. Last updated Sept. 18, 2002.