Saturday, March 24, 2012

Surname Saturday - Edson The Goodman

Samuel Edson born on in 1613 in Fillongley, Warwickshire, England.  He was well educated, and learned the skill of agriculture from his father.  The opportunity to buy a large enough parcel of land was non existent, so he became interested in  n migrating to America .  So on March 1, 1639 in married the woman he had been dating, Susanna Orcutt.  In May they set sail for America landing in Salem, Massachusetts mid July of that year where they were greeted by friends. He was granted a parcel of land that July, and later purchased another 25 acres where he built his home eventually owning 63 acres.  

It is unknown why Samuel chose to leave Salem, but possible reasons include the strictness of the Puritans and that he had better opportunities to demonstrate his good character and leadership. Regardless of his reasons, he was living at the Dixbury Plantation in 1651. 

In 1666, Samuel was appointed by the Court to the Council of War and remained in that office until the end of King Philips' War in 1676. He was appointed to distribute Bridgewater's shares for the Irish contributions for the distress to the Indian wars.  He  received a deed of conveyance from Chief Pomonoho of the Titicut purchase, "in and for the use of the townsmen of Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

Edson was one of the fifty-four proprietors of Bridgewater. Edson built the first corn mill in 1662.  Today you can still see the grinding mills located in a park in West Bridgewater .   

 Samuel Edson was no ordinary man; he was an active, laborious, and influential. He was said to be of a large, athletic frame, of ordinary weight, and of a robust constitution. He had moral character, and was well-respected in the community. He would listen, rather than debate and so was given the distinguished title of Goodman.  He was instrumental in founding and building the Episcopal Church.

He died on July 19, 1692 in West Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. He was buried on July 20, 1692 in the Old Church Yard in West Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.  








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