|Birth: ||Aug. 14, 1767|
|Death: ||Dec. 29, 1853|
Chapin was the son of
Chapin married Sarah Smith on 13 July 1788 in Boston, Suffolk County, Maine. Sarah and Chapin had eleven children. They were: Sarah Sampson was born about July 1788; Son Sampson was born about (?) in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; Sally Sampson was born about 1790; Chapin Sampson III was born about 1793; William Sampson was born in 1795; Thomas B. Sampson was born on 06 February 1797 in Waldoboro, Lincoln County, Maine; Maria Sampson was born about 1801 in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; Job Sampson was born on 02 June 1802 in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; Lucy Sampson was born about (?) in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; Rufus Sampson was born in 1808; and Mary Ann Sampson was born on 11 August 1810 in West Gardiner, Kennebec County, Maine.
Chapin was christened after 14 August 1764 in the First Congregational Church, Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
Occupation: a mariner and later owned a farm.
Event: captained a ship that sailed to the Mediterranean where he was captured by pirates and enslaved between 1796 and 1800 Algeria.
Note: Chafin/Chapin Sampson was Captain of a large ship called the 239-ton Betsy that left Boston on 07 July 1796 for Naples. Betsy was seen off of Spain on 19 August 1796. It was soon after that Captain Sampson and his crew were captured by Algerian pirates. They were stripped of all clothing and driven through the streets of Tripoli in nothing but loincloths being the first Americans anyone had ever seen. They were then thrown into the dungeons. Ten days later, Sampson was sent into the country to labor as a slave. It appears that the rest of the crew was released to American captain Richard O'Brien, who was able to bear them away on 27 November 1796. The services that O'Brien rendered the crew of the Betsy is referenced in a 14 December 1799 letter from James L. Carthcart (US Consul, Tripoli) to David Humphreys (US Minister to Madrid). The Betsy was kept by Algiers as a spoil of war. This is referenced in a 18 August 1797 letter to the US Secret ary of State from Josiah Fox, US Minister to Lisbon, Portugal in charge of negotiations with the Barbary Powers. Sampson was forced to toil as a slave in the countryside. Later (13 years later according to Sinnett, although this does not fit with other facts), Sampson, a 32nd Mason, met a crew of workers and gave them the Masonic sign hoping they might recognize it. Sampson was helped to escape by the foreman who was also a Mason. When Sampson returned to Maine, he did not know if his wife was living or had remarried. He met a girl in the road and asked her if Mrs. Sampson still lived in the next house. She told him she did and they parted. He found his wife, who had heard no news of him since he left. She had not remarried. A child returned home to find her long-separated parents sitting happily together. Sampson realized that the girl that he had met in the road earlier was his own daughter, now age 13 (Sinnet's claim that he had never seen her for 13 years does not fit facts) The family never applied for Spoliation Claims. His Masonic pin remains in the family. The most complete telling of this story appears in Sinnett' account). Sinnet cites the grandson Thomas Alvin Brann as his source. Vinton and Kingsbury tell a story so similar to Sinnett (the phrase, "They were treated with all manner of indignities" occurs in all three texts), that all three must be based on a single source, probably Brann. Sinnett, Vinton and Kingsbury say that the ship left in 1786, but historical naval documents prove the event occurred in 1796, making Sampson 32, which is more believable than a 22-year-old sea captain. How long was he held prisoner? Sinnett says Sampson was imprisoned for 13 years and that upon his return home met his 13-year old daughter whom he had never seen. If Sampson was held for 13 years, he could not have returned until 1809, which conflicts with Sinnett's claim that he removed to West Gardiner in 1800. Moreover, he could not have fathered the children born between 1800 and 1809 (Maria, Job, Lucy, and Rufus). Laboring as a slave must have been an ordeal, but he must have returned home within four years, by 1800, such that he would have a year to father Maria. In 1800, his daughter Maria would have been 13. My guess is that he returned home in 1800.
1. Abbrev: 0757 Sampson Genealogies (Sinnett) Title: "Reverand Charles Nelson Sinnett, Sampson Genealogies with Complete Index to Names" (Solon, Maine: V.T. Merrill, 1981) Page: 14
2. Abbrev: 0783 The Giles Memorial (Vinton) Title: John Adams Vinton, The Giles Memorial: Genealogical Memoirs of the Families Bearing the Names of Giles, Gould, Holmes, Jennison, Leonard, Lindall, Curwen, Marshall, Robinson, Sampson and Webb; Also Genealogical Sketches of the Poll, Vey, Tarr, and Other Families With a History of Pemaquid, Ancient and Modern; Some Account of Early Settlers in Maine; and Some Details of Indian Warfare (Boston, MA: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1864) Page: 412
3. Abbrev: 0789 The Sampson Family (Vinton) Title: John Adams Vinton, The Sampson Family: Genealogical Memoirs of the Sampson Family in America, from the Arrival of the Mayflower in 1620 to the Present Time. (Boston, MA: Henry W. Dutton & Son, distributed by Higgin son Genealogical Books, 1864.) Page: 22 and 40
4. Abbrev: 0803 Henry Samson of the Mayfower for 4 Generations Title: Robert Moody Sherman, Henry Samson of the Mayfower and His Descendants for Four Generations (Plymouth, MA: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1995) Page: 119
5. Abbrev: 0784 VR of West Gardiner Title: Henry Sewall Webster (editor), Vital Records of West Gardiner, Maine to the Year 1892 (Gardiner, ME: The Reporter-Jornal Press, 1913) Page: 102
6. Abbrev: 0786 NEHGR 114:316-317 Title: James T. Seavey, Notes on the Sampson Family in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register Boston, MA: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1960 (Pages 316-317) Page: 316
7. Abbrev: 1491 Chapin Sampson Headstone Title: Chapin and Sarah Sampson tombstone, Sampson Cemetery, Gardiner, Kennebec County, Maine (1000 feet north of Hallowell - Litchfield Road); 10 Jul 2007
8. Abbrev: 0922 Census of Gardiner Title: National Archives, Census for Gardiner, Kennebec, Maine (10 August 1850) Page: 298
9. Abbrev: 0924 1820 Census of Gardiner Title: National Archives, 1820 Census for Gardiner, Kennebec County, Maine (1820) Page: 527
10. Abbrev: 0925 1830 Census of Gardiner Title: National Archives, 1830 Census for Gardiner, Kennebec County, Maine (1830) Page: 266
11. Abbrev: 0926 1840 Census of Gardiner Title: National Archives, 1840 Census for Gardiner, Kennebec County, Maine (1840) Page: 2
12. Abbrev: 1480 Census of Hallowell Title: Chapen Sampson, 1810 Federal, Hallowell, Kennebec County, Maine,; National Archives M252-11. Page: 643
13. Abbrev: 0785 Illustrated History of Kennebec County Title: Henry D. Kingsbury (editor), Illustrated History of Kennebec County Maine (New York, NY: H.W. Blake & Company, 1892) Page: 671
14. Abbrev: 0789 The Sampson Family (Vinton) Title: John Adams Vinton, The Sampson Family: Genealogical Memoirs of the Sampson Family in America, from the Arrival of the Mayflower in 1620 to the Present Time. (Boston, MA: Henry W. Dutton & Son, distributed by Higginson Genealogical Books, 1864.) Page: 40
15. Abbrev: 0790 Naval Documents Title: Claude A. Swanson (Secretary of the Navy), Naval Documents Related to the United States Wars with the Barbary Powers; Volume 1 1785-1801 (Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1939) Page: 175, 206, and 338
16. Abbrev: 0798 Dawn Like Thunder Title: Glenn Tucker, Dawn Like Thunder: The Barbary Wars and the Birth of the U.S. Navy (Indianapolis, IN: The Bobbs-Merrill Company Inc., 1963) Page: 121 and 123
17. Abbrev: 0786 NEHGR 114:316-317 Title: James T. Seavey, Notes on the Sampson Family in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register Boston, MA: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1960 (Pages 316-317) Page: 786
18. Abbrev: 0756 The Brann Genealogy Title: Rev. Charles n. Sinnett (1847-1929), The Brann Genealogy With an Index to the Names (Solon, Maine: Virginia T. Merrill (copier), I estimate about 1980) Page: 7
This information has been copied from Peter Blood at the rootsweb.com:
Created by: sandpipertoo
Record added: Nov 28, 2012
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