Name: Samuel Penfield 1
Birth: JAN 1652 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Death: 30 NOV 1711 in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Earliest Penfield born in North America. He was born in Lynn, Massachu setts, and in 1675 married Mary Lewis of Charlestown, Massachusetts. I n 1679 they moved to Rehobeth, Massachusetts with two small children . The family later moved to Bristol, Rhode Island, and finally to Guil ford, Connecticut in 1708. Their ten children, 5 boys and 5 girls, al l grew to maturity.
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The early history of Samuel Penfield is found in the oldest colonial s ettlements of New England. No attempt has been made to go back into th e history of his forebears in England. But this much has been found. T he early records of Sussex, Essex, and Suffolk Counties in England sho w more "Penfold", "Penfeald", and "Penfield" names than any other sect ion of England. In "The Family Names of Suffolk" by Bowditch, p.227, p ub. London 1861, the spelling of the Penfold and Penfield names is dis cussed. One of the Penfields cited was "a Mr. Penfield of Portland, Co nn." This, of course, is our line, and it appears very certain our Sam uel Penfield's father came from an English Suffolk family. And legen d has it that our Samuel's father had been a sympathizer of Cromwell , and when Cromwell was defeated, all his adherents had to flee the co untry, including Penfield.
In the many and varied family records which were studied for this work , there was a curiously persistent Legend of three brothers coming t o this country. They were William, Thomas, and Samuel. This would hav e been dismissed as hearsay, had not records been uncovered in North C arolina of a large group of Penfields, in whose records the name of Th omas occurs repeatedly from colonial times. There is a Pension Recor d for the widow of Thomas Penfield who fought in the Revolution. Thi s brings up the possibility of a brother, Thomas, who decided to settl e farther south along the coast than in New England. Hinmans "Catalo g of the First Puritan Settlers in the Colonie of Connecticut" refer s to a William Penfeald or Penfield, appearing about 1663, in Middleto wn, Conn. He is also listed in "The Genealogy of Massachusetts", R-929 , Vol. 4 p. 2187-8. Thorough research by genealogists in New England h as failed to show any further records for him. He may have died early , certainly no descendants were found. The name William Benfield shoul d not be confused with our family, for research found him to be a boa t Captain on the Connecticut River, shuttling between Milford and Stam ford with many court problems in 1662-1665.
Our Samuel Penfield was born in Lynne, Mass. about 1651. There is a re cord of Samuel appearing in court to testify in behalf of a neighbor , and he swore he was about 26 years old. It is in "Salem Quarterly Co urt Records and Files of Essex County, Mass." Jan. 1687 (vol. 6 p. 389 ). On pages 399 and 400 of the same volume, there is a list of member s of the colonies who 'swore allegiance to the King' and Samuel's nam e appears, with the date 2/26/1677. He m. Mary Lewis on 30 Nov. 1675 . A deed among the Middlesex County Records, dated Aug. 1695 at Cambri dge, Mass. lists her as "Mary Lewis, who married the last of Nov. 1675 , Samuel Penfield." Her birth date is Malden 1652 (old style) -- as sh own in "County Court Returns of Malden, Mass. Birth Records Up to 1850 ".
Mary's father was John Lewis and is said to have come from Wales in 16 32, being known to his neighbors as "John, the Welshman". In John Farm er's "Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England" on p . 149 is listed John Lewis of Charlestown Mass. 1632, and one of the f irst settlers of Malden. "History of Charlestown, Mass." lists him a s an inhabitant there in 1634 and as being admitted to the Church 10 S ept. 1644. The "History of Malden" lists John Lewis, who 'Settled o n a 5 acre lot in ye common field' and gave his name to a bridge ove r a stream, running through his property. Lewis' bridge retained its n ame for many years, until brook and bridge disappeared in developmen t projects. The first wife of John Lewis was Margaret ...., who died A pr. 1649. He m. (2) 10 Apr. 1650, Mary Browne, the 2nd of 6 children , born---Hawkedon, England, the dau. of Abraham and Lydia Browne. Joh n lewis died in Malden 16 Sept. 1657. His wife later married a Mr. Cut ler, as 2nd husband. This record from "Old History of Watertown, Mass. "
In Bond's "History of Watertown, Mass." will be found Abraham Browne' s Pedigree back to 1330, and as an accurate and reliable compilation . The Pedigree of Agnes Bedingfeld contains names of ancestors of Samu el Penfield and his descendants. It is based on the standard recognize d authority: "Die Nackommen Karl des Grossen" by Prof. Brandenburg o f Leipsig Germany, Scott & daughter of Sir Edmund Bedingfrld K. B. o f Norfolk.
Samuel and his wife Mary resided in Lynne, Mass. until 1679. The recor ds of the first two children's births, 1676 and 1678, come from there . Then they went to Rehoboth Mass. where we find the birth records o f the next two children, 1680 and 1683. The next move was to New Brist ol, RI ( now Providence) but then part of the large Plymouth Colonie . In the first town meeting of the new settlement 1 Sept. 1681, he wa s admitted as a citizen. He later took the 'Freeman's Oath" 9 Aug. 168 6 and we find him captain of the militia. These records come from Muro 's "History of Bristol, R.I." p.114. The 5th child was born here in 16 85. The 1st Church of Christ, Cong. was organized 3 May 1687 and the n ext year the first 6 children were baptized, including the baby. Samue l, the father, was bap. 12 June 1695 in the same church. They had 10 c hildren in all, and the parents stayed here until some of the older on es married, then all the family save Mary and Sarah, came to CT ca 170 8/09.
They settled in Guilford, CT where he d: 30 Nov. 1710/11 (town clerk s record badly blurred). In 1714, his oldest son Samuel Jr. died and l ater the same year Rebecca, a young daughter passed away. No stones ha ve been found save that of Samuel Jr. which came from the old Guilfor d Buryimg Ground, abandoned in 1817. Years later, after stones began t o disappear for building purposes, the remaining stones were stored i n the basement of the 1st Cong. Church until placed along the north wa ll of Alderbrook Cemetery in 1925. Samuel Jrs, stone is here, but th e bodies were never moved from the old cemetery. Later, when it was le veled, it became part of the Village Green. We believe this is where o ld Samuel is buried. Alderbrook Cemetery Association gave us all neede d information.
Mary Penfield remarried after Samuel's death. Her 2nd husband was Will iam Stone. "William Stone Genealogy" states that Wm Stone came to Guil ford with wife and 9 children about 1710. Hannah Wolfe, his first wif e died 28 Mar 1712. He married (2) Mary .... We believe this is our Ma ry Penfield and that the families had been old acquaintances since ear ly days of Lynne. He died 28 Sept 1730 and our Mary died 30 Jan 1741 S he was buried in the Old Quarry Burying Ground. In 1870 by legislativ e act some bodies were moved, among them Mary Penfield-Stone. She wa s interred in Center Cemetery (Portland Conn) with some of her childre n. This record is found on p. 75 of "Records of Portland Burying Groun d," printed in 1897 and is to be found in the Bank near Portland's Tow n Hall.
"Here lies the Body of
Mrs. Mary Penfield
and widow of Wilm. Stone
wh dyed Jan. ye 30, 1741 as about 90 yrs.
Samuel and Mary had only two sons with living issues to carry on the P enfield name. The oldest, Samuel Jr. had descendants who bought land f arther down the Connecticut River around Old Fairfield and Bridgeport , Conn. Most early records for this branch of the family will be foun d in that area. This has been called the Samuel line, for purpose of d ifferentiation. John, the 2nd oldest son had descendants who settled a round Middletown, and Portland (old Chatham) not far from the old Guil ford homesite. Portland and Middletown furnish most of their records.
Death: 30 NOV 1711 Guilford, New Haven, CT.
Samuel Penfield m Mary Lewis
ca.1651-1711 1675 1652/3-1740/1
Samuel Penfield m Hannah Fry
1676-1714 b.1700 1676-1771
Peter Penfield m Mary Allen
1702-1772 1730 1708-1789
John Penfield m Eunice Ogden
1747-1829 1770 1753-1815
Sturges Penfield m Laura Giddings
1780-1866 1806 1785-1854
David Sturges Penfield m Mary Hodges
1812-1873 1842 1820-1908
Rehoboth, Massachusetts, Vital Records, 1642-1896
Record #: 1:48 Name: Sarah Penfield
Relative: chi:Samuel Penfield Birth Date: 20 Feb 1680
Births Record #: 1:48 Name: John Penfield
Relative: chi:Samuel Penfield Birth Date: May 1683
Comment: last of May, 1683
Name: John Penfeild Relative: son:Samuell Penfeild
Birth Date: 30 May 1679 Births
Name: Sarah Penfeild Relative: dau:John Penfeild
Birth Date: 20 Feb 1680 Deaths
Mary Lewis b: 4 JAN 1652 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
30 NOV 1675
in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
- Samuel Penfield b: 17 SEP 1676 in Lynne, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
- Mary Penfield b: 24 OCT 1678 in Lynne, MA
- Sarah Penfield b: 20 FEB 1680 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
- John Penfield b: 30 MAY 1683 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
- Isaac Penfield b: 27 JUL 1685
- Hannah Penfield b: 29 OCT 1687 in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
- Jonathan Penfield b: 21 NOV 1689 in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
- Rebecca Penfield b: 23 OCT 1692 in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
- Abigail Penfield b: 23 OCT 1692 in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
- Benjamin Penfield b: 26 APR 1696 in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
- Author: Paul Penfield, Jr., paul @ penfield.fm
Title: Penfield Family
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