Birth: Henry Samson was baptized in Henlow, Bedfordshire on
January 15, 1603/4.
Death: He died in Duxbury between December 24, 1684, and
March 5, 1684/5.
Ship: Mayflower, 1620
Life in England: Henry was the oldest son of James and
Martha (Cooper) Samson and one of nine children born to them. His father
died in 1638, and his mother sometime after. He was the only one of the
children to emigrate to America.
Life in New England: Henry Samson came to New England with
relations. Bradford’s list of passengers included “Edward Tilley and
Anne his wife, and two children that were their cousins, Henry Sampson
and Humility Cooper.” “Cousin” in this case meant a collateral relation.
Edward Tilley’s wife was Ann (or Agnes) Cooper, and Henry’s mother was
Martha (Cooper) Samson, her sister. Humility’s father, Robert Cooper,
was their brother. The Tilleys died during the first winter. Another
family would have taken in Henry, but the specifics are unknown. He
became a freeman of Plymouth in 1635/6, and served on various juries as
well as being a constable and tax collector. He moved to Duxbury by
Family: Henry Samson married Anne Plummer on February 6,
1635/6, in Plymouth and had nine children. She died between December 24,
1668, and December 24, 1684.
Children of Henry and Anne Samson: