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Samuel SCRIPTURE

Male Abt 1649 - 1728  (~ 71 years)


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  • Name Samuel SCRIPTURE 
    Born Abt 1649 
    Gender Male 
    Died Between 1720 and 1728  Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • “SAMUEL SCRIPTURE of Groton, Massachusetts, was the progenitor of all families of that name in early New England, and perhaps all in the United States today. This document is a working outline of the descendants of Samuel Scripture through two generations. It builds on the foundation laid by Valerie Giorgi in her paper on the descendants of Samuel Scripture [Georgi 1995], and adds a considerable amount of material on lines she did not follow. The information gathered here comes from maany different sources of varying quality, including ephemeral and unreferenced Internet sources. Like all such compilations it should be evaluated critically. I have no additional information on Samuel Scripture and his discendants beyond what is included here. Please direct any queries to the Scripture Family GenForum Board rather than to me personally, so that all interested parties may benefit.
      Samuel Scripture’s English origins have not been established, but some possible clues are offered below. One Internet source says that Samuel Scripture’s parents were a John and Mary Scripture and that Samuel was the fifth of their seven childreren (Elizabeth, Giles, Richard, John, Samuel, Mary, and William), but no documentation for this claim is provided. Jean Holcombe of Los Angeles has long been interested in the Scripture family, and she reported these details to me by email in May 2000:
      [Samuel Scripture] made a deposition in 1668 that he was 19 yrs old and an indentured servant of Samuel Davis. He served John Swinerton in Nevis 4 yrs. Have not been able to discover how he got to Mass and finished indenture with Sam’l Davis. He married Elizabeth Knapp whose family lived next door to Davis. On completion of indenture 8/23/1671 he was made freeman and land donated to him by 2 1/2 ac Richard Blood; 2 ac Serg Parker; 1 ac Ellis Barron; 4 1/2 ac by 5 other people. (“Westerwald to America” Burger & Jones 929.343 Salt Lake Library). He served in King Phillip’s war under Capt Jos. Syll. So did his son Samuel. [But that last cannot be correct; see below. —RJO]
      I have corresponded with people in Shropshire and they believe he is the son of John=Ann [and this] is probably why his 1st son was named John. [But that does not appear to be correct; see below. —RJO]
      I have corresponded with people all over the US and England and any Scripture/Scripters I have found are all descended from above Samuel. William Walter wrote a book which I have copied bits and pieces from. When he died he left his genealogy to our guru, Frank Scripter, 9701 East Round Lake Road, Laingburg, Mich 48848-7404 who has collected data on disk for all male Scripture men up to the middle 1800s.…
      I also have corresponded with Ellis B. Scripture (WWII aviator) whose family hired a professional genealogist and he loaned me that material much of which I have copied … very accurate and well done.
      When he first came to Groton Samuel Scripture was indeed a servant, to Samuel Davis of Groton and Charlestown, Massachusetts, who was baptised 26 June 1629 at Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England, the son of Barnabas Davis and Patience (James) Davis [Anderson 2001: 288]. Samuel Davis was one of the original proprietors of Groton, and his career and family are well known [Davis 1973]. Samuel Scripture appears to have gained his freedom in Groton in 1671, for “At a town meeting held the 23:6m:1671 It was agreed and by vote declared that Samuell Scriptur shal be an inhabitant amongst us and for his Incoridgment these men have given him some small grants of upland as followeth” [Georgi 1995: 3, quoting Green’s Early Records of Groton]. The land Samuel received comprised 10 acres. He appears in the records of the Massachusetts towns of Groton in 1671, Cambridge in 1674, Charlestown in 1676, Concord in 1677, and Groton again in 1680. Barnabas Davis is also recorded as a resident of Charlestown in 1665[/6?] and 1678 [Anderson 2001: 286–287]. Some of Samuel Scripture’s movement was likely associated with the attacks on Groton made during King Philip’s War. He held a variety of minor town offices in Groton over the years.
      The origin of Barnabas and Samuel Davis in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, may be an important clue to the origin of Samuel Scripture. The International Genealogical Index lists several persons named Scripture born in Tetbury in the later 1600s; all are probably born too late to be parents or even siblings of Samuel, however. The name Scripture is also common in Somerset and Shropshire at this time. The IGI also shows a John Swinerton baptised at Tetbury on 5 October 1638, son of Antipas Swinerton. See Elizabeth Janson’s Tetbury pages and Graham Thomas’s Gloucestershire names pages for additional clues on Tetbury, Swinerton, Davis, and Scripture, and the GENUKI pages on Gloucestershire and Tetbury for general information about these localities.
      Samuel Scripture’s wife was Elizabeth Knapp, daughter of James Knopp/Knapp and Elizabeth (Warren) Knopp, early settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts. The Knopp/Knapp family emmigrated in 1630 from Bures St. Mary on the Essex/Suffolk border, and has been well studied by genealogists [Anderson 1995: 1143–1146; Rodgers 1999: 338–346]. James Knopp was an outspoken carpenter who had a few brushes with the magistrates, and who moved to the new settlement of Groton soon after it was established. When daughter Elizabeth was a girl of sixteen living in the home of Rev. Samuel Willard of Groton she had the misfortune of being possessed by a demon, something that was apparently not a bar to her marriage to Samuel Scripture three years later when she was 19 and he about 24.
      During King William’s War (1689–1698), the first of the European wars to spill over onto the North American continent, British settlements in New England and New York were frequently raided by French forces and their Kanawake and Abenaki allies from Canada. The inhabitants of Groton established eight garrison houses during this time in which several families lived together for protection. Green [1883: 59–61] transcribes a document dated 17 March 1691/2 which reports that Samuel Scripipture and his family occupied one of these garrison houses along with the families of Lt. Jonas Prescott, Nathaniel Lawrence, James Knop, Elias Barnes, Ephraim Filbrook, Daniel Peirce, Jno. Barnes, Stephen Holding, Jno. Perrum, Samuel Davis, and widow Sawtle.”«s74» [1]
    Person ID I1478  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2020 

    Family Elizabeth KNAPP,   b. 21 Feb 1654/5, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1720, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 11 Sep 1674  Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Samuel SCRIPTURE,   b. 4 Oct 1675, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Elizabeth SCRIPTURE,   b. 15 Aug 1677, Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mary SCRIPTURE,   b. 7 Feb 1680, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Sarah SCRIPTURE,   b. 8 Feb 1682, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Anna or Hannah SCRIPTURE,   b. 10 Jan 1685, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Abigail SCRIPTURE,   b. 28 Jan 1686, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +7. John SCRIPTURE,   b. Abt 1688, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1779, Coventry, Tolland, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 91 years)
     8. Deborah SCRIPTURE,   b. Abt 1690
     9. Ruth SCRIPTURE,   b. 2 Feb 1696/7, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Lydia SCRIPTURE,   b. 28 Jun 1700, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F4007  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S74] New England Genealogy Pages., R. J. O’Hara.