Shared Photo: Rev Sam Willard, Puritan Minister

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I wanted to share this family photo of Samuel Willard with the community. Location: Boston, Mass..

Edit: It isn't actually a photo, but a scan of a print of what I would call a line drawing (I'm a retired graphic designer). The print has been in my family for at least 40 years to my knowledge.

A portion of this image is found on wikipedia ( and is described as an engraved portrait.
Click here for the image details page or here for the full-sized version (2550 x 4200).

WikiTree profile: Samuel Willard
in Photos by Harold Robertson G2G2 (2.2k points)
edited by Harold Robertson

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Harold, thank you for sharing the picture of Samuel Willard. I read his story. He really led an interesting life. Driven from his home by the Indians, and then graduating from Harvard? Opposing witchcraft trials, and getting a new preaching position. - Yes, he was certainly busy. And he was only 24 years old.

At 31 he was writing a book about a possessed woman, and four years later moving his family to Charleston. By 61 he was the acting President of Harvard.

This man did a lot in his life, and he was a servant of God. He gave all of the time.

This is a wonderful picture of Samuel. I love the clergy outfit he has on.

Thank you for sharing this photo and this story with your WikiTree family.

God Bless!
by Cheryl Hess G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)
selected by Susan Laursen
He certainly was a leader in very difficult and exciting times, and I counted 18 children on his profile! Whew!
Harold, that is amazing.  I read that he was one of 17, I believe. My husband is the youngest of 12.

Hi Cheryl, I am the youngest of 3 and that's plenty for me. smiley Times sure have changed. I'm going to have to search the descendants on his profile and see if I can trace his connection to my stepmother. Unfortunately there are no living people I can ask, but I have a lot of photos, and many have names and dates on the back.

Thank you Susan, for selecting my answer!
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Thank you, Harold, for sharing this photo with the WikiTree community.
by David Selman G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
I was happy to... when I saw Sam Willard's profile, and there was no photo (Well how could there be?) I realized I had something of value to contribute. I'm very glad it is appreciated.
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I really love this photo, looks like a sketch and Cheryl will probably know if I am correct on that assumption.  It takes quite a talent to produce such a keepsake.  Thank you so much for sharing.
by Nicole Boorse G2G6 Pilot (859k points)
Nicole, it looks like either a sketch, or in Illinois we have a Biography book on great people, and it looks identical to the pictures of the people in that book. You are doing a great job, by the way.
Hi Nicole, I edited the description to explain that the original is a print of a line drawing. Someone drew all that with a pen and ink. Wow! The original is 8-1/2 x 14-inches if I remember correctly. While there is a signature to the right of the bottom of the oval frame, I can't read it, nor can I find a date. It was obviously done after Willard's death, but how long after I have no idea.  Maybe a historian of that era will recognize the work. It would be fascinating to know.

Thanks for the comment,


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