Birth: Samuel Eddy was baptized at Cranbrook, Kent on May 15, 1608.
Death: He died in Swansea on November 12, 1688.
Ship: [possibly] Handmaid, 1630 [see below]
Life in England: Samuel Eddy was the son of William and Mary (Fosten) Eddy. He was a tailor in New England and may have learned the trade while in England.
Life in New England: Samuel Eddy’s brother, John, is known to have come to New England aboard the Handmaid in 1630. As Samuel is known to have been in Plymouth in 1630, it is concluded that he accompanied his brother. He was admitted a freeman of Plymouth on January 1, 1633/4. His work as a tailor included making clothes for soldiers fighting in King Philip’s War. Samuel and Elizabeth placed three of their children with other couples to be raised, giving as the reason “having many children and by reason of many wants lying upon them, so as they are not able to bring them up as they desire.”There are only five children known; hardly “many” by seventeenth-century standards, so the Eddys may have had other, unrecorded, children.
Family: Samuel Eddy married Elizabeth _____ by 1637. She died in Swansea on May 24, 1689. She may have been the sister of Thomas Savory of Plymouth. His widow, Ann, referred to land received from “our brother-in-law Samuel Eddy” in a March 22, 1677, deed to her sons,Anthony and Aaron.
Children of Samuel and Elizabeth Eddy: