Samuel was born in Windham, New Hampshire on 11 April 1732. His father, Daniel, was a Scots-Irish immigrant from the Londonderry area of Ireland. He immigrated about 1732 and settled near Londonderry, New Hampshire. His mother, Ester Rankin, was also Scots-Irish. Daniel died in Windham, NH in 1753, about the time that
Samuel settled in the Mohawk Valley of New York. The area had been first settled by Palatinate Germans in the
Samuel put his carpentry skills to good work, building a chapel for the Mohawks, on land donated by
In 1761 he married Catherine Wason, daughter of Agnes Thornton and
In 1762 Samuel and Dorcas moved west to Cherry Valley. Their family
The Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the British Government, Guy Johnson fled to Canada. With his was Thayendanegea,
In August 1777, the
On November 11, 1778 a combined force of Native Americans and Tories led by
The Clydes left their Cherry Valley home for the duration of the war. They lived with their Thornton relatives near Schenectady in Curry's Bush, today's Princetown.
Samuel and his family returned to Cherry Valley after the war to rebuild their lives.
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