Samuel  Gorton Sr.

Samuel Gorton Sr. (1592 - abt. 1677)

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Samuel Gorton Sr.
Born in Gorton, Lancashire, Englandmap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died about in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Islandmap
7 November 2015
19:53: Brian McCullough edited the Status Indicators for Samuel Gorton. [Thank Brian for this]
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Samuel was born in 1592. Samuel Groton ... He passed away in 1677.


Feb 12 1592 Gorton, Lancashire, England[1]


12 Feb 1592 Cathedral Church, Lancashire, Manchester, England


10 Dec 1677 Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, USA[2]


Family Cemetery, Warwick Cove, Warwick, Rhode Island, USA
Warwick Historical Cemetery #067, Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, USA

Ancestral File Number



ABT 1630


  • Samuel Gorton Founder of Rhode Island
  • Governor of Rhode Island and founder of the town of Warwick, R. I.
  • Samuel Gorton purchased Warwick from Miantonomi, Chief Sachem of the Narragansetts, for 144 fathoms of wampum.
  • b: Feb 1592/93 Gorton, Lancaster, England, England ß 12 Feb 1592/1593 Cathedral Church, Lancashire, Manchester, England
  • res. to NE Mar 1637, Boston, Suffolk, MA, Age: 44
  • 10 Dec 1677, Warwick, Kent, RI, Age: 84
  • 10 Dec 1677, family cemetery, Warwick[www19]
  • 11 Jan 1629/30 , England
  • Mary Maplett m. bef 1630, England
  • 12 Mar 1608/1609, St. Lawrence Jewry, London, England
  • Dec 1646, Warwick, Kent, RI, Age: 38[www19]
  • Children
Samuel Gorton Birth 11 Jan 1630 Warwick, RI Death 6 Sep 1724 Marriage 11 Dec 1684 SUSANNAH BURTON
Mary Gorton Birth abt 1635 OF PORTSMOUTH, RI Death 1688 Tiverton, RI Marriage 17 Apr 1663 John Sanford; Portsmouth, RI, RI Marriage abt 1657 Peter GREEN
John Gorton Birth abt 1640 Warwick, RI Death 3 Feb 1714 Marriage 25 Jan 1665 Margaret WEEDON
Mahershallalhash Baz Hasbaz Gorton Birth bet 1634-1642 Warwick, RI m Daniel COLE
BENJAMIN Gorton Birth 1642 Warwick, RI Death 25 Dec 1699 Marriage 2 Dec 1672 Sarah CARDER
Sarah Gorton Birth 1644 Warwick, RI
Ann Gorton Birth 1646 Warwick, RI Marriage 7 Aug 1670 John WARNER
Elizabeth Gorton Birth 1648 Warwick, RI
SUSANNA Gorton Birth bet 1648-1650 Warwick, RI Death 28 May 1734 Marriage 10 Jun 1672 BENJAMIN BARTON
  • According to Adelos Gorton, author of THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SAMUEL GORTON, he was, "Far more sinned against than sinning, he bore adversity with heroic fortitude; and if he did not conquer, he yet finally baffled every effort of his enemies."
  • Savage's genealogical dictionary refers to Samuel as "a most active religious disturber of several places".
  • Gorton was difficult; he did not even get along with the patient Roger Williams. Winthrop says in his Journal "those of Providence, being all anabaptists were divided in judgement; some were only against baptizing infants; others denied all magistracy and churches, of which Gorton, who had lately been whipped at Aquiday, was their instructor and captain.." Winthrop goes on to describe what happened to him (Winthrop, 2:137)
  • September 1643. Upon the complaint of the English at Patuxet near Providence, who had submitted to our jurisdiction, and the two Indian sachems there, of the continual injuries offered them by Gorton and his company, the general court sent for them , by letter only, not in way of command, to come answer the complaints, and sent them, letters of safe conduct. But they answered our messengers disdainfully, refused ro come, but sent two letters full of blasphemy against the churches and having sent three times we determined to proceed with them by force (They sent Commissioners with a sufficient armed guard) They had put themselves all into one house which they had made musketproof. (Cites 5 reasons for not accepting arbitration). 1) that they would never offer us any terms of peace before we had sent our soldiers..., 3) they were no state but a few fugitives living without law or government...5)their blasphemies and reviling writings etc., were not matters fit to be compounded by arbitrament, but to be purged away only by repentance and public satisfaction, or else by public punishment. (So they stormed the house and tried to burn it and at last they surrendered....3 escaped and ran away the rest were brought to Boston and imprisoned.) (Gorton was allowed to speak after the sermon, and far from being intimidated among other things "reviled magistracy, calling it an idol, alleging that a man might as well be a slave to his belly as to his own species.") They excel the Jesuits in the art of equivocation, and regard not how false they speak to all other men's apprehensions, so they keep to the rules of their own meaning...the were all illiterate men, the ablest of them could not write true English, no not common words, yet they would take upon them the interpretation of the most difficult places of scripture and wrest them any way to serve their own terms....The court began to consult about their sentence,,,,the judgement of the elders also had been demanded...their answer was that if they should maintain...their offense deserved death...all the magistrates but three were of the opinion that Gorton ought to die, but the greatest numers of the deputies dissenting, that vote did not the end, the sentence for 7 of them (including Potter) to be dispursed into 7 different towns, kept to work for their living, wear irons on one leg, not depart town, refrain from blasphemous writing or speech......About a week after, we sent men to fetch so many of their cattle as might defray our charges, both the soldiers and the court, which spend many days about them, and for their expenses in all about 160 pounds. March 1644. The court, finding that Gorton and his company did harm in the towns where they were confined. and not knowing what to do with them, at length agree to set them at liberty and gave them 15 days to depart out of our jurisdiction in all parts and no more might come into it on pain of death." Then Gorton and two others made their way to England, pled their cause and got their lands reinstated.
  • A more favorable account of Gorton was given by one of his disciples: "The Friends had come out of the world in some ways, but were still in darkness or twilight, but that Gorton was far beyond them, high..way up to the dispensation of light. The Quakers were in no way to be compared with him...he said Gorton was a holy man; wept day and night for the sins and blindness of the world; his eyes were a fountain of tears and always full of tears...a man full of thought and study....had a long walk out through the trees or woods by his house, where he constantly walked morning and evening, and even in the depth of night, alone by himself, for contemplation and enjoyment of the dispensation of light. He was universally beloved by all his neighbors and the Indians, who esteemed him not only as a friend, but one high in communion with God, and indeed he lived in Heaven."


  • May 1942 Bulletin of the Newport, Rhode Island Historical Society titled: "Samuel Gorton" by William Wager Weeden.
  • Samuel Gorton's letter to Lord Hyde - Providence: Society of Colonial War 1930, page 5 (Also called GORTON TO HYDE)
  • Massachusetts War with Samuel Gorton, Providence: RHODE ISLAND PENDULUM, 142.
  • "The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge," Samuel Macauley Jackson New York Funk and Wagnalls, dated 1909, page 25-26
  • "Simplicities Defence Against Seven-Headed Policy," by Samuel Gorton London, 1646.
  • "The Founding of New England," Boton: The Atlantic Monthly 1921, page 142
  • "An Abstract of The Laws of New England," John Cotton, London 1641, page 10.
  • "The Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, The Story how Samuel Gorton fought in the Pequot War," by Nathaniel B. Shurleff, Boston 1855, page 104, 1856, page 70.
  • "History of Rhode Island." John S. Taylor, NY 1853, page 40.
  • "The Complete Book of Emigrants," by Peter Wilson Coldham 1607-1660, page 227. Year 1644, entry April 19. The Copy of Act of Submission by Pessicus Sachema and the Narragansett Indians to the government of England. Samuel, Gorton, John Wickes, Randal Holden and John Warner are appointed to execute the Deed witnessed by Christopher Helme, Robert Potter and Richard Carder.
  • Also in "The Complete Book of Emigrants," entry dated April 1647. PROBATE THE WILL of Mery Maplet of St. Giles Cripplegate, London, whose daughter Mary was married to Samuel Gorton of New England.
  • "The American Genealogist," 1989, by Donald Lines Jacobus, Vol 18-20, page 186, Samuel Gorton.
  • Samuel Gortons writing chair is in the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washington, D.C.
  • Rhode Island Marriages on Familysearch (for Elizabeth Gorton and John Crandall)
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Birth date: About 1600, At Gorton, England Birth place: Death date: 1677, in Rhode Island APID: 4874::408
Author: Barghouti, Kim, comp.
Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.Original data - Louis Harmon Peet. Handy Book of American Authors. New York, USA: Thomas Y. Crowell and Co., 1907.Original data: Louis Harmon Peet. Handy Book of American Authors. New


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