|Death: ||Jul. 6, 1788|
Granville Vital Records July6, 1788, a 77, GR1 (Bancroft, suddenly, PR6)
He may be regarded as having been the PATRIARCH OF GRANVILLE as he was the first settler of Granville, Mass. He was a facetious, kind hearted and industrious man, slightly below the medium height, and some now living (1892) may recall his appearance, especially on the Sabbath, when in his antique dress, triangular cocked hat and bush wig, he inspired the reverence of all beholders.
In 1735 he built his first rude log cabin near a small rill in the Northeast School District, not far from the site of the first School House. The cellar is still (1882) to be seen. A few years afterwards he prepared a large house of hewn plank as a refuge for his neighbors in case of Indian invasion. This was some 30 rods South of the Mansion where he and some of his descendants to the third generation subsequently lived and died. Some remnants of the plank, after the lapse of a century, are now (1907) in a state of preservation but not a vestige of the locality of this early first fort can be seen. Samuel married December 16, 1736, Sarah, dau. of John & Sarah White of Hadley, Mass. On the First Congregational Church of West Springfield is: "30 April, 1738, Samuel Bancroft BAPTIZED, a man grown." In this it is inferred that there was no church established in Granville at the time.
Samuel Bancroft was of the first Board of Selectmen in Granville and in 1775 was chosen Representative to the General Court assembled at Watertown. (General Court, means Legislature.)
At one time, in the first half of the present century there were as many as 89 persons bearing his name were inhabitants of East Granville, whose characteristics were industry,
inteligence, and integrity.
Samuel Bancroft went to bed in health and died before morning, 6 July 1788. His will dated December 9, 1782, presented for probate in 1788, names wife, Sarah, four daughters and six sons. (Holland's History Western Mass. Vol. 11 p. 58) "Samuel Bancroft Baptized, a man grown" 30 Apr 1733. Records 1st. Cing. Ch. W. Springfield. Samuel, his son, baptized same day. His will, 1 Dec 1782, probated in 1788. Wife and each of the children being named. He married 16 Dec 1736 Sarah, dau. John and Sarah White of Hadley. She d., April 1872. Samuel bancroft had four sons who fought int he Revolutionary War: Samuel, Lemuel, Joel and John. Granville, was greatly enriched throughout its first century by the Bancroft family. Three generations furnished the village with craftmen, merchants, physicians, and public officials. All were descendants of the Samuel Bancroft who founded the village in Massachusetts. Has descendants who are publishers in San Francisco, A.L. and H.H. Bancroft.
Source: Bancroft Family History dated 1903
Sarah Bancraft (____ - 1802)*
Lemuel Bancroft (1741 - 1801)*
Main Road Cemetery
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Record added: Nov 16, 2011
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