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Samuel Tenney (1667 - 1748)

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Deacon Samuel Tenney
Born in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts Baymap
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Husband of — married [location unknown]
Husband of — married in Bradford, MAmap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Groveland, Essex, Massachusetts Baymap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Oct 2012 | Last significant change: 7 Dec 2018
02:23: Lucy (Selvaggio) Selvaggio-Diaz edited the Biography for Samuel Tenney. [Thank Lucy for this]
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November 20, 1667 -- Samuel was born at Rowley, Essex county, Massachusetts. His mother, Mercy Parrat Tenney, died on November 27, 1667. [1]

Samuel is the child of John Tenney and Mercy Parrott. He was baptized on 23 November 1687.

Samuel died on February 3, 1748. [2] [3]

Samuel Tenney married three times:

(1) Abigail Bailey, daughter of Deacon Joseph Bailey. Abigail Bailey Tenney died on November 28, 1689 at Bradford, Essex county, Massachusetts. [4]

(2) Sarah Boynton on December 18, 1690 at Bradford, Essex county, Massachusetts. Sarah was a daughter of Joseph Boynton and Sarah Swan. Sarah Boynton Tenney died on April 3, 1709. [5]

(3) Hannah Moody on January 26, 1710 at Newberry, Essex county, Massachusetts. Hannah Moody Tenney died on October 29, 1745, "in her 76th year." [6]

Notes for Samuel Tenney: Buried in Groveland cemetary 1/8 mile from his home. The table says: "Here lies the body of Elder Samuel Tenney, who died Feb 3, 1747, 81st year."

He was one of the first settlers of Bradford. He was a fine singer and led the service of song at 2nd Church of Bradford for 25 years. "He was by nature and grace one of the most distinguihed men of the times, and as he grew old he was truly patriarchical". He reportedly held office of the gratest merit in his native town. Lieut. in the Continental Army, a member of the Colonial Assembly in 1725, when, 50 years before the declaration of independence, he was one the 30 who voted against teh King's Charter, 'a step more bold than that of 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence".

From "the Tenney Family" by MS Tenney in Haverill Library

More About Samuel Tenney and Sarah Boynton: Marriage: 18 Dec 1690, Bradford, MA.

Children of Samuel Tenney and Sarah Boynton are:

+Daniel Tenney, b. 14 Feb 1702, Bradford, MA, d. 07 May 1751, Groveland, MA.
Mercy Tenney, b. 23 Oct 1691, Bradford, MA, d. date unknown.
John Tenney, b. 08 Dec 1692, Bradford, MA, d. date unknown.
Susannah Tenney, b. 05 Feb 1694, Bradford, MA, d. date unknown.
Sarah Tenney, b. 29 Mar 1696, Bradford, MA, d. date unknown.
Samuel Tenney, b. 17 Dec 1697, Bradford, MA, d. date unknown.
Joseph Tenney, b. 16 Mar 1699, Bradford, MA, d. date unknown.
Anna Tenney, b. 24 Sep 1700, Bradford, MA, d. date unknown.
Johnathon Tenney, b. 08 Dec 1703, Bradford, MA, d. date unknown.
Dorothy Tenney, b. 12 Feb 1705, Bradford, MA, d. date unknown.
Phillip Tenney, b. 16 Dec 1706, Bradford, MA, d. date unknown.

The History of Town of Marlborough has the following:

Samuel, son of John, born Nov 20, 1667. He married Abigail Bailey. She died 1689 and he married Sarah Boynton, who was the mother of eleven children and died at the age of 37. His third wife was Hannah Moody. He died Feb 3, 1748.
He lived a long, honest and useful life, holding every office of trust that the church and town could confer upon him. In 1725 he was among fifty members of the Mass. Provincial Assembly at Boston who voted against the king's charter, a bolder step even than it was in 1776 to sign the Declaration of Independence. [7]


  1. Early Settlers, pages 373 - 374.
  2. Early Settlers, page 374.
  3. Entered by Steven Marsden, Oct 13, 2012
  4. Early Settlers, page 374.
  5. Early Settlers, pages 27 & 374.
  6. Early Settlers, page 374.
  7. History of the Town of Marlborough - Cheshire County, New Hampshire by Charles A. Bemis, originally printed in 1881 by the Press of Geo. H. Ellis, Boston, Ma., new edition printed by The Frost Free Library, produced by the New England History Press, Somersworth, NH. Copyright 1974 (p.646)
  • Block Family History [1]
  • Data taken from “The Tenney Family or the Descendants of Thomas Tenney of Rowley, Mass. 1638-1904”
  • Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts. George Brainard Blodgette and Amos Everett Jewett. 1933. Reprinted by the New England History Press, Somersworth, New Hampshire. 1981. Pages 27 & 374.
  • The events of Samuel's life were either witnessed by Daniel Ryder or Daniel plans to add sources here later.


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On 13 Jul 2018 at 19:48 GMT Kim Williams wrote:

Tenney-187 and Tenney-111 appear to represent the same person because: Duplicate. Tenney-187 was unconnected.

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