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Individual Record for: Samuel EELLS (male)

     Full Name: Major Samuel EELLS

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Event Date Details
Birth 1 MAY 1640 Place: Dorchester (now Boston), Suffolk, MA
Death ABT 1710 Place: Hingham MA
1st Eells born in America. His father John returned to England. After father's death, Samuel returned to America in 1662 (prob.) and settled in Milford, CT. EHE writes (in notes to portrait folder: "Maj. Sam'l was commissioner for purchasing lands and settling boundary lines, town clerk, capt. of training-band, frequently a member of the General Court (of CT). In King Philip's War he commanded a garrison at Dartmouth MA and served with Capt. Church under Robert Treat. [He performed notable service in his protest against the mistreatment of Indian captives by the Plymouth Colony.] He built the historic Eells-Stowe House in Milford about1670 where we presume their their seven (6?) sons and one (4?) daughter were born. His wife Anna died in Feb., 1687. He is believed to have supported regicide judges Goffe and Whalley. In 1689, he removed to Hingham MA where he was J.P., deputy to General Court 1705 and representative in 1706. He married again-- this time Sarah North (nee Bateman).... His very interesting will is on file at the Suffolk Country Registry of Wills."
Great Migration Begins says:
"SAMUEL, bp. Dorchester 3 May 1640 "his father being member of the church of Windsor was by communion of churches baptized" [ DChR 149, 152]; m. (1) Lynn 4 or 5 August 1663 Anna Lenthal [Lynn VR 2:336 (groom's name read as "Samuel Salls"); Milford CT VR 1:18], daughter of Rev. Robert Lenthal; m. (2) Milford 22 August 1689 Sarah (Bateman) North, daughter of John Bateman, and widow of Edward North [ TAG 35:207-10 (she did not marry first Joseph Peck as some sources state)]."
Major Samuel Eells's oil portrait is in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC (#1971.83.15) <www.nga.gov>. According to the NGA, the original 17th-century portrait was created by an unknown American "naive" painter (in Boston in 1687, said Rev. W. W. Eells). It displays items of adornment and pride (silver buttons, silver headed cane, and law books) that Samuel also mentioned in his will. A 19th- century family letter says the painting had been damaged and was "retaken"; the NGA believes the large painting in its possession (43 7/8 x 33 1/8 in.) is probably the copy, done about 1800. [Oil on canvas, 111.4 x 84 cm (43 7/8 x 33 1/8 in.)
Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch].

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