An American Family History

Samuel Daggett

Daggett is also spelled Dogged, Doged and Doggett.
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Samuel Daggett was born in 1652 in Weymouth, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. His parents were Thomas and Elizabeth Daggett

He moved to Marshfield with his parents when he was quite young. In Marshfield he was and served as townsman, constable, tythingman, grand juryman, and collector of rates.

He married Mary Rogers on January 24, 1682. Mary was born March 10, 1665 and was the daughter of John Rogers.

Samuel and Mary's children included:
Samuel Daggett (1683, died as an infant),
Samuel Daggett (1685, married Bethiah Waterman),
Mary Daggett (1687), and
Sarah Daggett Allen (1689, married John Allen).

On March 20, 1681 he inherited one-half of all his father's lands.

Mary died in April 15, 1690.

His second wife was Bathsheba Holmes. She born in 1670 in Marshfield and was the daughter of Abraham Holmes and Elizabeth Arnold. Samuel and Bathsheba married on January 21, 1691.

Samuel and Bathsheba's children included:
Elizabeth Daggett Hall (1691, married Sylvanus Hall),
Ebenezer Daggett (1693),
Bathsheba Daggett Kent Oxenbridge (1695, married John Kent and Oxenbridge Thatcher),
John Daggett (1697), and
Isaac Daggett (1699),
Lydia Daggett (1703),
Seth Daggett (1705), and
Abigail Daggett (1711/12).

Samuel died in Marshfield on September 15, 1725 and was buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Bathsheba, the mother, died in Marshfield on April 17, 1747.

Samuel's granddaughter, Sarah Kent, married her stepbrother, Oxenbridge Thacher, Jr., in 1741. Sarah died of smallpox in 1764 and Oxenbridge died of the effects of a live virus inoculation against the disease in 1765. In Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage, Vincent Carretta says that her earliest poem was about their deaths.

Mr[s] Thacher’s Son is gone
Unto Salvation
Her daughter too, so I conclude
They are both gone to be renewed

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Genealogical and Personal Memoirs, Volume 3 edited by William Richard Cutter

Samuel Doggett, son of Thomas Doggett (1), was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts, in 1652, and was probably taken to Marshfield, Massachusetts, when an infant.

He received from his father, March 20, 1681, one-half of all his lands in Middleboro and places adjacent, and in the instrument is called "my well beloved son."

He was transcribed on the list of freemen for Marshfield, and served as townsman, constable, tithingman, grand juryman, and collector of rates. In the record of the town meetings of Marshfield is the following:

In pursuance of the order of the last court for the raising money for the present expedition against the barbarous enemy Indians, Samuel Doggett, Anthony Eames, Ephraim Little and John Foster promised to lend the town 20s apiece to be repaid again by the next town rate.

He died in Marshfield, Massachusetts, September 15, 1725, and was buried in the Cedar Grove cemetery.

He married, first, in Marshfield, Massachusetts, January 24, 1682, Mary Rogers, daughter of John Rogers; died in Marshfield, Massachusetts, April 15, 1690;

married, second, in Marshfield, Massachusetts, January 21, 1691, Bathsheba Holmes, daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth (Arnold) Holmes, and granddaughter of the Rev. Samuel Arnold; died in Marshfield, Massachusetts, April 17, 1747.

Children, born in Marshfield:
1. Samuel, December 24, 1683, died young.
2. Samuel, April 7, 1685.
3. Mary, April 26, 1687.
4. Sarah. April 7, 1689.
5. Elizabeth, November 3, 1691, married, January 13, 1725-26, Sylvanus Hall, of Plymouth, son of Elisha and Lydia Hall, born in Yarmouth, Massachusetts. May 17, 1693.
6. Ebenezer, November 22, 1693.
7. Bathsheba, June 18, 1695.
8. John, March 29, 1697.
9. Isaac, February 6, 1699
10. Lydia, October 26,1703.
11. Seth, October 22, 1705.
12. Abigail, March 14, 1711-12.

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A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England by James Savage, John Farmer, Orlando Perry Dexter published by Little, Brown and Company, 1860

Samuel [Daggett], Marshfield, prob. br. of the preced. m. 24 Jan. 1682, Mary Rogers, wh. d. Apr. 1690, and on 21 Jan. 1691, Bathsheba Holmes, d. prob. of John.

By the first were b. Samuel, Mary, and Sarah;

by the sec. Eliz. Ebenezer, Bathsheba, John, and Isaac, all bapt. 27 Sept. 1702; and afterwards Lydia, Persis, Seth, and Abigail.

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