Samuel Eells
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Samuel Eells (abt. 1640 - 1709)

Major Samuel Eells
Born about in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap [uncertain]
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 5 Aug 1663 (to 1687) in Connecticutmap
Husband of — married 22 Aug 1689 in Hingham, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 68 in Hingham, Suffolk, Massachusetts Baymap
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Samuel, son of John Eells, was baptized at Dorchester May 3, 1640. Samuel Eells must have been born May 1, 1640, as this son recorded his father's age at death on April 21, 1709, Hingham, as being sixty-eight years, eleven months and twenty days old.

Samuel’s first wife was Anna Lenthal, daughter of Rev. Robert Lenthal of Weymouth. They married 5 Aug 1663 at Lynn, Massachusetts.[1]

In 1677 he was one of a committee to transcribe the "Old books." He held many local offices, was frequently a member of the General Court, and prominent in military affairs. He appears to have been a weaver.[2]

The Indians that captured Samuel in Dartmouth were "carried away to Plymouth, there sold, and transported out of the country, being about eight-score persons."[3]

He was admitted to the Milford, Conn. church, May 15, 1670, and his wife, Anna, on July 10th of that year. Anna died Feb 1687.[1]

He was for many years a resident of Milford, Connecticut where his was Custom Master, Commissioner and Town Clerk.[1]

He removed to Hingham about Aug. 22 1689, when he married Mrs. Sarah North, widow of Edward North of Boston.[1] Sarah was the daughter of John and Hannah (____) Bateman.

Selectman, Commissioner of Assessments and Representative to Massachusetts General Court. [1]

In 1700 he was "Major" in the Militia and Justice of the Peace for Suffolk County.[1] In 1705 he was deputy to the General Court.

In 1705 he purchased of Caleb Bate nine acres of land, meadow and orchard, on Town St. (between the present residences of William O. Lincoln and Kufus Lane on South St.). Samuel while a resident of Hingham was by occupation "merchant." He also was a magistrate ; selectman 1695 ; representative 1705 and 1706, and known as "Major Eells." He had been in command of a garrison at Ponagansett (Dartmouth) in Philip's War, 1676, and without doubt was a man of ability as well as of good education.

He died in 1709, about 69 yrs. His residence in Hingham, according to our tax-lists, was on Fort Hill St. His widow removed to Scituate after his decease. Of the eight or more children of Major Eells I know but little. They probably were by his first wife, and born before he came to Hingham. It is reasonable, however, to suppose that the subjoined were of this family, for I know of no other person of the name in Scituate at that time, who would have had children old enough to marry. [4]

Aug. 3, 1713, widow Sarah Eells of Scituate sells to George Bramhall, "currier," of Hingham, "my house and land:" north by the Town St., east by Caleb Bate; sout by Daniel Cushing, and west by Samuel Thaxter, etc.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Starr FF. Eells Family of Dorchester Massachusetts : In the Line of Nathaniel Eells of Middleton. New Haven, Conn: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Press; 1903. pull out before p.95.
  2. Adams, Charles Collard. A History of the North Society of Middletown, Ct. from 1650 to 1800 with genealogical and biographical chapters on early families, New York, Grafton Press, 1908
  3. Church, Benjamin. The History of King Philip's War, second edition, Newport, R.I. 1772
  4. History of the town of Hingham, Massachusetts. Thomas T Bouvé; Edward Tracy Bouvé; John Davis Long; Walter Lincoln Bouvé; Francis Henry Lincoln; George Lincoln; Edmund Hersey; Fearing Burr; Charles Winfield Scott Seymour; Hingham (Mass.). (1893). Pub. by the town. Vol #, p.#

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Is there any evidence that any of the children of this family were born at Milford, Connecticut? If not, their birthplaces should be removed, or edited to the correct location(s).
posted by John French Ph.D.
Ells-322 and Eells-5 appear to represent the same person because: appear to be the same
posted by Whitney Rapp
Eells-5 and Eells-40 appear to represent the same person because: WikiTree is showing Anna (Lenthal) Eels married to both of these. I am sure they are the same Samuel Eells
posted by Shannon Forsmark

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