Samuel Starkweather, was born in Stonington, Conn., 23 March 1719/20; bapt. 3 Apr., 1720 in Preston (South Society) he married in East Haddam, Connecticut 29 July, 1747 Sarah Purple,
daughter of Richard and Hannah [Spencer] Purple. Sarah was born in East Haddam, Connecticut 12 April 1724 and died in Preston, Connecticut 26 March 1783, according to the church records
of the North Society. Samuel died in Boston, Massachusetts 8 March 1786, while a member of the House of Representatives. He represented the town of Lanesboro in the Massachusetts
Legislature in the year 1785-6
After his marriage he lived in East Haddam, Connecticut also in Preston, Connecticut, where for several years he was one of its selectmen; later he removed to New Ashford, Massachusetts;
here he become a prominent citizen, was elected warden, was a deputy to the Massachusetts General Court, etc. Samuel Starkweather is styled a resident “of East Haddam,”when 2 Dec., 1752,
making a purchase of land in Preston, Conn.; but his removal must have been quite recent, for Stonington deeds show that 20 Apr., 1752, Samuel Starkweather of Stonington sold to “my
brother, Robert Starkweather” for £3200 “in bills of credit of the old Tennor” “all the Lands and buildings that Ever was my Honoured fathers John Starkweather Late of Stonington, Deceased,”
being in what is called the N.W. Corner.”
The fact that his home was originally in Stonington is shown when 27 Oct, 1746, he sells his land “lying with in ye Townships of Preston and Stonington” – in the old North West corner,
evidently. He lived in Preston, Conn., 20 March, 1777, for then he gave seventy acres on account of “the Love and Good will and Affection I bear until my son William;” and as late as 13 Sept.,
1731, he was there, as is shown by a deed of gift to Samuel, Jr. (“my beloved son Joseph” having been remembered 27 March, 1781); and again as late as 8 Feb., 1783, for on that date he
disposes of lands and buildings there, to Gershom Palmer for “£500 in silver.”
We excerpt from the Preston town records:-
“Know all men by these Presents that I, Samuel Starkweather of Preston, Conn., have Given and Granted and Do hereby freely Give and Grante unto my Negro man York his freedom to Go out
free for him Self Immediately and this I Do in Consideration that the Selectmen of Said Preston have Given me Leave to free Said Negro and Receive him for an Inhabitant of Said Preston So
that he may Be no Charge to me nor my Heirs in Case he Should Come to Want, Disallowing any Person to have any Right to Said Negro for Ever as a Slave. In witness where of I have
hereunto Set my Hand and Seal this 26th Day of March, A.D., 1780”
Samuel Starkweather, Jr.,
The children of Samuel and Sarah [Purple] Starkweather are: -
Joseph, b. in East Haddam, Conn,, 20 June, 1748. He was divorced from first wife and m. second time Sarah Longworth, dau. of William Longworth of Bennington, Vt.
Samuel, b. in East Haddam, Conn., 22 April, 1750.
John, b. in East Haddam, Conn., 14 Aug., 1752 ; m. Hannah Leonard, dau. of Nicholas and Hannah [Stimson] Leonard.
William, b. in Preston, Conn., 24 Nov., 1754; m. Polly Sloan.
Ephraim, b. in Preston, Conn., 24 May, 1757; m. Rachel Clark, dau. of Ebenezer and Eunice [Calkins] Clark.
Mary, b. in Preston, Conn., 16 Feb., 1759; m. Daniel Leonard, son of Samuel and Lydia [Stanton] Leonard.
Sarah, b. in Preston, Conn., 20 April, 1761 ; m. John Austin Stiles of Hudson in New Ashford, Mass., 13 Aug., 1786.
Esther, b. in Preston, Conn., 26 Feb., 1763.
Cyrus Alexander, b. in Preston, Conn., 23 March, 1765 ; m. Aseneth Winchell, dau. of John Winchell of Feeding Hill, Mass.
Anna, b. in Preston, Conn., 12 Oct., 1767.
This page was transcribed exactly as it appears in the following source. Some words appear misspelled however, were transcribed as such.
A brief genealogical history of Robert Starkweather of Roxbury and Ipswich, Massachusetts : who was the original American ancestor of all those bearing the name of
Starkweather, and of his son, John Starkweather, of Ipswich, Mass. and Preston, Conn., and of his descendants in various lines, 1640-1898 (1904)
Author: Starkweather, Carlton Lee, 1864-
Subject: Starkweather, Robert, d. 1674?; Starkweather, John, d. 1703; Starkweather family
Publisher: [Auburn, N.Y. : Press of Knapp, Peck & Thomson]
Call number: DGP7169
Digitizing sponsor: Brigham Young University
Book contributor: Harold B. Lee Library
Link to book at the Library of Congress