Genealogy of Wesley Harry Clark

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  • ID: I4030
  • Name: Samuel Haines
  • Surname: Haines
  • Given Name: Samuel
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1611 in Westbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Death: ABT 1686 in Portsmouth, NH
  • _UID: 67436E2C9DD8294D91EA5C10F20333ADEBDA
  • Note: Samuel Haines was born in England in 1611. At fifteen years ofage he was apprenticed to John Cogswell of Westbury, Wiltshire,a cloth manufacturer, who owned mills in Frome, Somersetshire, afew miles from Westbury. It appears that his apprenticeship wasto continue for ten years; but after having served nine years,he came to New England in 1635 with Mr. Cogswell in the shipAngel Gabriel, which sailed from Kings Roads, Bristol, England,June 4, and from Milford Haven, Wales, on the 22nd of the samemonth.After a voyage of ten weeks and two days from Bristol, comingnear the coast of Maine, they anchored on the night of the 14thof August in the outer harbor of Permaquid, now Bristol; andthere they encountered the "Great Hurricane" which occurred onthe following day, when the storm was so severe that the vesselwas driven on shore and broken to pieces; and although severalpersons perished, and much of the cargo was destroyed, yet theysaved a considerable quantity of their personal effects, so thatthey were able to live on the shore in a tent, which Mr.Cogswell had taken with him, until the arrival of GoodmanGallup's bark from Boston, which took them with a large portionof their possessions to Ipswich, Mass., where Mr. Cogswell madehis home.Samuel Haines remained with him one year to complete the term ofhis apprenticeship; and having fulfilled his obligations forservice, he outlined plans for the future in this then wildcountry, doubtless arranging to cast in his lot with thesettlers at Northam, now called Dover Point.In 1638 he returned to England, prolonging his visit one and ahalf years, and in the meantime, on April 1, 1638, was marriedto Ellenor Neate in the church at Dilton, Wiltshire, nearWestbury, where he had previously lived. As he was marriedwithin a few weeks after returning to his native land, it issafe to infer that he was engaged to his bride before coming tothis country, and that he made the long and perilous voyageacross the sea that he might claim the lady of his choice.On his return to this country they established their home inNortham, where he had ten acres of land near the first church.Afterwards there were set off to him twenty acres on the westside of Back River. He had for neighbors WWilliam Furber andJohn Tuttle, and perhaps others who were fellow passengers withhim on the ship Angel Gabriel.The patent of land on which he settled had been granted toEdward Hilton, but conveyed to him by Capt. Thomas Wiggin andhis associates, who were from Shrewsbury, England, where theearly Haines family lived. Such may have been a factor in thechoice of location of our first ancestor.We find that Samuel Haines was one of the signers on Oct. 16,1640, of what was called the "Dover Combination." This musthave been shortly after he had established his home at Northam,where he remained ten years. He was taxed in Dover in 1648 and1649.Either because he was not satisfied with his location, orbecause he saw that it would be more profitable, in 1650 herented Capt. Francis Champernown's farm at Strawberry Bank, sonamed because of the strawberries found there. In company withLieut. Neal he took the farm "to the thirds." It appears thathe took a deed of the farm for the satisfying of a "certaindebte," and that he lived there two years. In the meantime hesecured ninety-one acres of land adjoining the Champernown farm,where he built himself a house and made a permanent home. Bypurchase and by grant of common lands from the town he came intoposession of many acres.He chose a very desirable location for his house, on awell-drained ridge of land which now commands a pleasing view ofthe surrounding country. Ther could have been but a smallhamlet where he settled; for there were at that time but fiftyor sixty families in what now constitutes New Castle,Portsmouth, Greenland, and Newington. The larger part of thecountry around was as yet unsubdued by ax or plow, so thecomforts and privileges were comparatively few. Travel to themore thickly settled part of the town was by water, or by acircuitous and rough path through the forest. The Indians werea menace, and wild animals were in the woods. Foreign suppliesmust have been costly and few, and the support of a family wasthe price of unceasing toil, while educational and religiousprivileges were obtained only by great effort.Our ancestor seems to have been sturdy and strong, for he wasable to more than hold his own. In addition to the large tractof land which he had secured, he bought a part of the saw-millwhich was located near his home, paying for it one hundred andten pounds. He was a highly respected citizen, and occupiedimportant positions of trust.But there were adversaries to contend with as well as a rigorousclimate and hard soil. In 1683, after he had made his landpleasant with the labor of thirty years, Robert Mason, Esq.,laid claim to it, together with that of others, and tried toeject him, but without success. In the following year he made asecond effort, putting the land-holders under bond to appear incourt at New Castle, but his plans did not succeed. The titleswere good.The four towns within the limits of New Hampshire, having putthemselves under the protection of the colony of Massachusetts,in 1653, Samuel Haines was one of the signers, petitioning theGeneral Court at boston to change the name of the town fromStrawberry Bank to Portsmouth, which was done. The same year hewas chosen one of the selectmen of Portsmouth, to which officehe was elected for ten successive years. In 1666 he wasemployed to assist in running the town line between Portsmouthand Hampton. In 1678 the town intrusted to him the keeping ofan orphan child for a period of fifteen years for a stipulatedsum of money.Aside from his business sagacity he was a religious man, beingone of the number who organized the North Church in Portsmouth;and as soon as Reb. Joshua Moodey was settled as their pastor,he was ordained Deacon of the church by the "imposition of handsand prayer." This was in 1671, although religious services hadbeen held in town for the greater part of the time since 1638.In 1675 the town granted "Deacon Haines" the privilege ofhitching his horse in "the pound" on Sundays for shelter andprotection. It was a long distance for him to travel to church,and that act indicates that he made the journey sometimes inrough weather.When by the weight of years his infirmities increased, he deemedit wise to deed his homestead to his eldest son, Samuel,reserving a sufficient life support for himself and wife. Theexact date of his death s not on record; but it must haveoccured about 1686, at the age of abut seventy-five years. Hiswife was living at the time he made his will in 1682, but theexact date of her death is not determined.They were buried on a bold promontory jutting a little into theWinnicut, thirty or forty feet above the river, -- a beautiful,quiet spot, now covered witha wooded growth, at the foot ofwhich the tide has ebbed and flowed by their graves for almosttwo and a quarter centuries. At this place it is said that morethan one hundred of the first settlers of the town of Greenlandhave been laid away. This "God's acre" is but a short distancefrom the old Haines homestead.
  • Change Date: 18 Jan 2007 at 19:01:12



    Marriage 1 Ellenor Neate b: ABT 1613 in Dilton, Wiltshire, England
    • Married: 1 Apr 1638 in Dilton, Wiltshire, England
    Children
    1. Has No Children Mary Haines b: 1643 in Dover
    2. Has Children Samuel Haines b: 1646 in Dover, NH
    3. Has Children Matthias Haines b: 1650 in Portsmouth, NH
    4. Has Children Mary Haines b: 15 Dec 1649 in Hampton, NH
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