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Rev Samuel Luther

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Rev Samuel Luther

  • Birth 1636 Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 20 Dec 1716 Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Warren, Bristol County, Rhode Island, USA
  • Memorial ID 9565981

Samuel was the son of Capt. John Luther and Elizabeth Turner. He is listed as being born in Yocumtown, RI. The name was later changed to Taunton. He was 'of Rehoboth in 1662' and later joined in the settlement of Attleboro. It has been said that he bought a stone house which had been built by Governor Benton of Newport, on land at Mattapoisett purchased in turn from the Indians in 1644, which house was garrisoned at the beginning of King Philip's War. He sold out his interests in 1667 to join in the settlement of Swansea. In spite of the fact that he did not have a formal education, as few did in those days, he proved himself a man of such character and leadership ability that he was ordained Elder of the Swansea Baptist Church to succeed the distinguished Elder John Myles. He became known after that as Reverand Captain Samuel Luther, according to "the Swansea Stage: A Local History" page 66.
He also had a bit of fame as a boy because of his alleged experience with the indians in Swedish America. His father was even murdered aboard ship by Indians, using hatchets, that were their for the purpose of trading (1646).
Samuel married Mary Abell on Oct. 25, 1662, in Rehoboth. They had 11 children: Samuel, Jr., Theophilus (our ancestor), Mary, Joshua, Elizabeth, Experience, Mehitable (Mehetable), Ebenezer, Martha, Susanna and Joanna.
In 1685 he became the 2nd pastor of the First Baptist Church, for 30 years in "Swanzea", Massachusetts. When Samuel Died in 1734, Ephraim Wheaton took over as pastor until his death in 1734.

Samuel is buried with his wife.

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"Here lyeth ye body of Elder Samuel Luther aged about 80 years & Died December ye 20th 1716"

  • Created by: Sue Williams
  • Added: 8 Oct 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9565981
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Samuel Luther (1636–20 Dec 1716), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9565981, citing Kickemuit Cemetery, Warren, Bristol County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Sue Williams (contributor 46538018) .