By John Reed Miller

Date of birth: unknown. Son to James and Martha (Cooper) Samson

Baptized: January 15, 1603/4, Henlow, Bedfordshire, England, in St. Mary the Virgin Parish Church

Memorial to Pilgrim Henry Samson, dedicated by the Pilgrim Henry Samson Kindred in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England.

Marriage: Anne Plummer, February 6, 1635/6, Plymouth, MA
Children: Nine (9)
1. Stephen b. 1638, married Elizabeth (_____)
2. John b. 1640, did not marry
3. Elizabeth b. 1642, Married Robert Sprout
4. James b. 1644, married Hannah (_____)
5. Hannah b. 1646, married Josiah Holmes
6. Daughter Samson b. 1648, married John Hanmore
7. Mary b. 1650, married John Summers
8. Dorcas b. 1652, married Thomas Bonney
9. Caleb b. 1654, married Mercy Standish and Rebecca (Barlett) (Bradford) Stanford

Death: circa 1684. Will dated December 24, 1684 proved March 5, 1684/5 Henry Samson of Duxburrow.
To Stephen 1/3 of my whole purchase of land, John 1/3 of my whole purchase of land, James 1/3 or remaining part of the other third of land. James 1 shilling, Caleb 1 shilling, Elizabeth 1 shilling, Hannah 1 shilling, daughter wife of John Hanmore 10 shilling, Mary 1 shilling, and Dorcas 1 shilling.

Burial Site: unknown

  • Henry Samson was among those on board the ship Mayflower when it reached New England in November 1620. Henry was a teenager. Along with the Mayflower crew, there were passengers designated as members of a Separatist religious group led by William Brewster from Scrooby and non-separatist passengers, mostly artisans, soldiers, servants, and merchant adventurers.
  • Henry Samson was also the nephew of Edward and Ann Tilley.
  • In the 1633 Plymouth list of freemen, Henry Samson's name appears.
  • He signed his will and his deeds by mark.
  • Offices: Plymouth Grand Jury, Petit Jury, Coroner's Jury, Duxbury Constable (1661) Tax collector, Arbiter and Surveyor.
  • Volunteered for the Pequat War on June 7, 1637.
  • Plymouth Colony Records states that in the Division of Land in 1623, Henry, having been a passenger on the Mayflower, was granted an acre on the south side of First (Shaw's) Brook. The brook ran from west to east from where Cushman Street now ends at Court Street, down to Plymouth Harbor.
  • In Bradford's Journal he says the passengers included "Edward Tilley and Ann, his wife and two children that were their cousins, Henry Samson and humility Cooper" (Bradford pg 442)
  • Both Henry Samson and Humility Cooper survived the first winter when half of those who had just arrived perished.
  • Apparently knowing that he would not live much longer, he made his will in December 1684. By 5 March of the next year he was dead.