Samuel, son of Abraham Cunard, was born November 21, 1787. As a young man, he was employed in the Civil Branch of the Engineer Department and afterwards in a ship-broker's office in Boston, but soon left to enter mercantile business on his own account. In 1812, despite the war, he obtained a permit to trade with any port in the United States, and in 1814, he executed a contract to convey mails between Halifax, Newfoundland, Boston and Bermuda. In 1815, he married Susan, daughter of William Duffs, of Halifax.
On the retirement of his father, he changed the firm name to Samuel Cunard & co. Having for years contemplated establishing a transatlantic mail service, he effectuated his plans, in 1838, by going to England, and ordering the building of four steamships at Glasgow. He then formed, in 1839, the British and American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, which was commenced by the sailing of the Britannia, in 1840. This was the beginning of the Cunard Line.
↑ Roberts, Clarence V. b.1862, Ancestry of Clarence V. Roberts & Frances A. (Walton) Roberts; comprising a chart and sketches of some fifty-six ancestral families who settled mostly in or near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wm. F. Fell co., Philadelphia (1940) pages 36-37
More of Samuel's ancestors mentioned in Ancestry of Clarence V. Roberts & Frances A. (Walton) Roberts; comprising a chart and sketches of some fifty-six ancestral families who settled mostly in or near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wm. F. Fell co., Philadelphia (1940) Hathi TrustOCLC 3530764