Col Samuel Andrew Russell

Col Samuel Andrew Russell

New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Death 2 Jul 1834 (aged 74)
Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA
Burial Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA
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Colonel Samuel Andrew Russell (1759 - 1834) served as a private in the revolutionary war in Connecticut under Captain Peter Vail and Colonel Canfield in the militia.[1][2][3][4]

The following sketch of Samuel Russel is excerpted from Franklin B. Dexter's Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College: with Annals of the College History:

"SAMUEL RUSSELL, second son and child of the Rev. William Russell (Yale 1745), of Windsor, Connecticut, was baptized (as Samuel Andrew Russell) on December 30, 1759.

After graduation he remained at College as a graduate student, and for a year (ending May, 1783) as Butler.

On September 21, 1783, he married Lucy, the eldest child of Stephen Munson (Yale 1751), of New Haven, who died on September 24, 1785, in her 29th year, leaving one daughter.

He next married, in New Haven, on November 11, 1790, Sarah (or Sally), daughter of Richard and Susan (De Luce) Woodward.

Soon after this date he removed to New York City, where he embarked in the West India trade, and was successfully engaged until the interruption caused by the war of 1812.

After this he was employed in the United States Navy, as Deputy Commissary of Purchase, with the rank of Colonel. He was elected to the State Assembly in 1806, 1807, and 1816.

In 1816 or 1817 he removed to Buffalo, New York, of which he became a distinguished citizen. He was a member of the State Constitutional Convention in 1821, and in 1824 a Presidential Elector. He was long a Judge in Niagara County, being first appointed in April, 1817; and in April, 1831, he was appointed Post-Master of Buffalo, which office he held until his death there, on July 2, 1834, in his 75th year, "loved, esteemed, and respected by all who knew, him."

His second wife died suddenly in New York on August 8, 1807, and about 1809 he married her sister Susan, who died on September 7, 1819, in her 63d year.

Besides the daughter by his first marriage, he had four sons and a daughter by his second wife."[5]


He married first Lucy Munson of New Haven on 21 Sep 1783 who died on 24 Sep 1785. They had one daughter: [6][7][5]

1 Lucy Munson Russell b New Haven 12 July 1785 died 23 Nov 1860 in Homer, Cortland, New York, USA m Henry Hill (Jul. 4, 1778 - Jul. 24, 1841) the United States Consul to Brazil.[6][8][9][10][11]

After the death of his first wife be married Sarah Woodward of New Haven on November 11, 1790.[7][6] She was the daughter of Richard and Susan (De Luce) Woodward and died who died 8 Aug 1807.[6] They had the following children:

2 Lt William Andrew Russel b New Haven 1791 died unmarried in Buffalo 15 May 1828.[6]

3 Harriet Wadsworth Russell b 28 FEB 1794 in Buffalo, Erie, New York and died 3 AUG 1889 Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States, married Douglas Wright Williams (16 Oct 1808 - 7 Mar 1891) on 10 Dec 1832.[6][12][13][14]

4 Samuel Law Russell b 1795 New York City (All Boroughs), New Yor and died before 1797 in New York City.[6]

5 Captain Samuel Law Russell b 1797 New York City, New York killed by indians on 28 FEB 1839 Key Biscayne, Dade, Florida, USA married Elizabeth Platt.[6][15][16]

6 Henry Pierpont Russell[6] b 28 AUG 1801 New York City (All Boroughs), New York, and died 21 AUG 1865 San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA married Mary Guest Musier(Aug. 14, 1800 - Feb. 21, 1892) daughter of John Musier and Sarah Guest.[17][18][19]

After the death of his third wife he married her sister Susan, who died on September 7, 1819, in her 63d year.[6]

He is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA. [9]


1 SAR Patriot Index CONNECTICUT Rank: PRIVATE Service Source: JOHNSTON, CT MEN IN THE REV, PP 581, 584, 585 Service Description: 1) CAPT PETER VAIL, COL CANFIELD, MILITIA

2 Samuel Russell on Fold3

3 NSSAR # P-283245

4 DAR # A098524

5 Franklin B. Dexter, Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College : with Annals of the College History, Vol. IV, July 1778--June 1792, (Henry Hold & Co., New York: 1907), pages 163-164 Google Books Available on HathaTrust.

6 Henry Reed Stiles and Sherman W Adams, Families of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut, Consisting of Volume II of the History of Ancient Wethersfield, Comprising the Present Towns of Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, and Newington; and of Glastonbury Prior to its Incorporation in 1693, From Date of Earliest Settlement Until the Present Time, With Extensive Genealogies and Genealogical Notes on Their Families: The Russelll Family VOLUME 2 p 602 Available on

7 Frederic W. Bailey, Early Connecticut marriages as found on ancient church records prior to 1800 edited by Frederic W. Bailey; a reprint with additions, corrections and introduction by Donald Lines Jacobus, and with integrated errata (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1968) Vol 1 link and link

8 Lucy Munson Russell Hill Find A Grave Memorial # 76657078

9 Henry Hill "United States Consul to Brazil"Find A Grave Memorial # 76656972

10 Henry Hill Collection Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections Call number: C1076 The collection consists of a file of correspondence and documents primarily relating to Hill's commission as United States consul in Salvador, Brazil. The first letter in the file, dated 3 May 1808 and signed by Secretary of State James Madison, offers the appointment. Subsequent letters and documents contain details about Hill's consular instructions and duties during his tenure in Brazil, including his vellum passport, dated 7 March 1809 and signed by President Madison. There are also printed circulars from the Department of State regarding the consular uniform and expenditures on the Public Account, and a statement of Hill's account summarizing his official expenses (1808-1815). Other correspondents include Daniel Brent, John Graham, and Stephen Pleasonton.

11 Henry Hill Papers at U. Conn. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center 405 Babbidge Road, Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1205 The Hill Papers primarily consist of family correspondence to and from Henry Hill. Other correspondents include his wife, Lucy M.R. Hill, several of their ten children and various family relations. In addition, the collection contains materials pertaining to the business activities of the Hill and Russel families, particularly in regard to the acquisition of property. Several members of the Hill and Russel families were interested in genealogy. [Genealogical report is not available electronically because of software incompatability, please contact Archives & Special Collections if you would like a copy.]

12 Douglas W WILLIAMS and Harriet Wadsworth Russell Date Friday December 14 1832 Paper Albany Argus Albany NY Page 2 "Married: In Buffalo, on Monday evening last, by Rev Mr Eaton, Mr Douglas W. Williams merchant, to Miss Harriet W., daughter of Col. Samuel Russell.

13 Douglas Wright Williams Find A Grave Memorial # 125829876

14 Harriet Wadsworth Russell Find A Grave Memorial # 125830749

15 Capt Samuel Law Russell Find A Grave Memorial # 3965105

16 Mrs Elizabeth Sheldon Platt Sailly Find A Grave Memorial # 121234829

17 Henry Pierpont Russell Find A Grave Memorial # 20588337

18 Mary Guest Musier Find A Grave Memorial # 20588342

19 U.S., Dutch Reformed Church Records in Selected States, 1639-1989, Mary Guest Musier, Baptism, Birth Date 14 Aug 1800, Albany, Albany, New York, USA daughter of John Musier and Sarah Guest.

20 Colonel Samuel Andrew Russell (1759 - 1834)Find A Grave Memorial# 151223452

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