Parsons, Samuel Holden, 1737-1789

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In January 1789 the Connecticut General Assembly appointed Samuel Parsons, legislator and revolutionary major-general, and James Davenport, lawyer and judge, as commissioners to purchase Indian land titles held in the Connecticut Reserve in Ohio.

From the description of Letter : Philadelphia, to his excellency Governor [Samuel] Huntington, 1789 Apr. 6. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 39287161

Army officer.

From the description of Orderly books of Samuel Holden Parsons, 1778 Apr. 18-Sept. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82984525

Samuel Holden Parsons (1737-1789), American revolutionary war general. He was promoted to Brigadier General in October 1776. In winter and early spring of 1778, Parsons was in charge of construction at West Point.

From the description of Orderly book of Samuel Holden Parsons, 1778, Feb. 16 - Apr. 29, Highlands, N.Y., West Point, N. Y. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 228736089

Parsons held the rank of Major-General (Connecticut) in the Continental Army at his retirement in April 1782 due to poor health. He was appointed Territorial Judge after the war, and drowned in the Ohio River 17 November 1789.

From the description of Letter, 1782 January 11, Middletown [Conn.] to Capt. Moses Greenleaf, Newburyport [Mass.]. (New England Historic Genealogical Society). WorldCat record id: 50844663

Connecticut lawyer, legislator and militia colonel who became a general and commander of the 6th Connecticut Regiment of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.

From the description of Samuel Holden Parsons papers, 1760-1830. (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 17725150

From the description of Samuel Holden Parsons papers, 1760-1830 [microform]. (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 46959914

From the description of Samuel Holden Parsons papers [microform] : in the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio 1760-1830. (Ohio Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 46318108

  • May 14, 1735: Born in Lyme, Connecticut, third son of Jonathan Parsons and Phebe Griswold Parsons.
  • 1756: Graduated from Harvard University, studied law under his uncle Matthew Griswold of Lyme, Connecticut
  • 1759: Granted a Masters degree from Harvard University, admitted to the bar.
  • 1761: Married Mehetable Mather by whom he had eight children
  • 1762: Elected to the Connecticut General Assembly and continued as representative until 1774
  • 1773: Appointed member of the "Standing Committee of Correspondence and Inquiry."
  • May 1, 1775: Colonel of 6th Connecticut Regiment
  • 1776: Colonel of 10th Connecticut Regiment
  • August 9, 1776: Commissioned brigadier-general.
  • 1779: Commander of Connecticut Division of the Continental Army.
  • October 23, 1780: Commissioned major-general.
  • May 1781: Yale University confers honorary degree.
  • September 22, 1785: Appointed to Congressional commission to extinguish Indian claims to territory northwest of Ohio.
  • March 8, 1787: Chosen as one of three directors of the Ohio Land Company.
  • October 1787: Chosen as one of the first judges of the Northwest Territory.
  • January 1788: Member of the Connecticut Convention to ratify the Federal Constitution.
  • November 17, 1789: Drowned in the rapids of the Big Beaver River.

From the guide to the Samuel Holden Parsons Papers, 1760-1830, (Western Reserve Historical Society)

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referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876, 1700-1800 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Parsons, Samuel Holden, 1737-1789. Letter, 1777. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Parsons, Samuel Holden, 1737-1789. Letter, 1777 May 23. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Parsons, Samuel Holden, 1737-1789. Orderly book of Samuel Holden Parsons, 1778, Feb. 16 - Apr. 29, Highlands, N.Y., West Point, N. Y. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn American Revolutionary War collection, 1775-1786 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Shaw, Nathaniel, 1735-1782. Nathaniel Shaw papers, 1735-1782 and undated. New London County Historical Society
referencedIn Maass, Richard, 1919-1998,. The Richard Maass collection of Westchester and New York State, 1645-1910 (bulk 1770-1783). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Putnam, Daniel, 1759-1831. Wadsworth and Putnam family papers, 1704-1837. Library of Congress
creatorOf Wolcott, Oliver, 1726-1797. Papers, 1638-1834. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Connecticut. General Assembly. House of Representatives. New London town meeting and Connecticut House of Representatives minutes, 1774. New London County Historical Society
referencedIn Parsons Family Papers, 1769-1878 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Lee, William R., 1745-1824. William R. Lee orderly books, 1775-1776. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Parsons, Samuel Holden, 1735-1789. Samuel Holden Parsons papers, 1760-1830. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Parsons, Samuel Holden, 1735-1789. Papers, 1788 April 12. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Richard Maass Collection of Westchester and New York State, Bulk, 1645-1910, 1645-1995 (Bulk: 1645-1910) Fales Library & Special Collections
creatorOf McDougall, Alexander, 1732-1786. Alexander McDougall papers, 1756-1795 (bulk 1776-1782). Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Parsons, Samuel Holden, 1737-1789. Letter : Philadelphia, to his excellency Governor [Samuel] Huntington, 1789 Apr. 6. Newberry Library
creatorOf Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801. ALS [draft] : West Point, N.Y., to Samuel Holden Parsons, 1780 Sept. 8. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Law, Ernest, b. 1858. Ernest Law collection of Jonathan and Richard Law correspondence, ca. 1916. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Winthrop, John, 1606-1676. John Winthrop, Jr., papers, 1644-1848. New London County Historical Society
referencedIn Revolutionary War letter and document extracts, 1781-[1856], 1781-1782 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Parsons, Enoch, 1769-1846. Parsons family papers, 1769-1878. Library of Congress
creatorOf Parsons, Samuel Holden, 1737-1789. Samuel Parsons and Parsons family papers, 1703-1865. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1668-1983, Bulk, 1750-1850, 1668-1983 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Parsons, Samuel Holden, 1737-1789. Letter, 1782 January 11, Middletown [Conn.] to Capt. Moses Greenleaf, Newburyport [Mass.]. New England Historic Genealogical Society
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of documents concerning the American Revolution, 1740-1866 . Houghton Library.
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part I: The Revolution and the Administration, 1669-1958. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Lee, William R., 1745-1824. William R. Lee orderly books, 1775-1776. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Parsons, Samuel Holden, 1735-1789. Samuel Holden Parsons papers [microform] : in the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio 1760-1830. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Mumford, Giles, 1759-1795. Letter, 1777 July 21, Peekskill, New York, to Thomas Mumford. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf McDougall, Alexander, 1732-1786,. Correspondence, 1777-1781. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Lane, Ebenezer, 1793-1866. Lane collection, [17--]-[19--]. Florence Griswold Museum
creatorOf Parsons, Samuel Holden, 1737-1789. Orderly books of Samuel Holden Parsons, 1778 Apr. 18-Sept. 15. Library of Congress
creatorOf Parsons, Samuel Holden, 1735-1789. Samuel Holden Parsons papers, 1760-1830 [microform]. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Trumbull, Jonathan, 1740-1809. Jonathan Trumbull papers, 1787-1811. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Chapman, James, Jr. Judgment in favor of James Chapman, Jr., 1775-1776. New London County Historical Society
referencedIn Autograph File, P, 1554-2005. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Leffingwell, Christopher, 1734-1810. Papers of Christopher and William Leffingwell, 1790-1831. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Samuel Holden Parsons Papers, 1760-1830 Western Reserve Historical Society
referencedIn United States. Continental Army. Connecticut Regiment, 6th (1775). Orderly book, 1775. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Nathanael Greene Papers, 1777-1780 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn American Revolutionary War collection, 1775-1786 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Keith, Israel, 1750-1819. Papers, 1767-1803. New York State Library
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associatedWith Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873 person
associatedWith Anonymous person
associatedWith Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801. person
associatedWith Banks, Joseph, Sir, 1743-1820 person
associatedWith Butler, Richard, 1743-1791. person
associatedWith Chapman, James, Jr. person
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associatedWith Cooper, Thomas, 1759-1839 person
associatedWith Coues, Elliott, 1842-1899 person
associatedWith Cuvier, Georges, Baron, 1769-1832 person
associatedWith Darlington, William, 1782-1863 person
correspondedWith Davenport, James, 1758-1797 person
associatedWith Deane, Silas, 1737-1789. person
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
associatedWith Edison, Thomas A., (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 person
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associatedWith Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955 person
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associatedWith Everett, Edward, 1794-1865 person
associatedWith Fitch, John person
associatedWith Genth, F. A., (Frederick Augustus), 1820-1893 person
associatedWith Gray, Asa, 1810-1888 person
associatedWith Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872 person
associatedWith Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786. person
correspondedWith Greenleaf, Moses, fl. 1782 person
associatedWith Hancock, John, 1737-1793. person
associatedWith Harding, Warren G. person
associatedWith Hosmer, Titus. person
correspondedWith Huntington, Samuel, 1731-1796 person
associatedWith Johnson, William Samuel, 1727-1819. person
associatedWith Keith, Israel, 1750-1819. person
associatedWith Lane, Ebenezer, 1793-1866. person
associatedWith Law, Ernest, b. 1858. person
associatedWith Lee, William R., 1745-1824. person
associatedWith Leffingwell, Christopher, 1734-1810. person
associatedWith Maass, Richard, 1919-1998, person
associatedWith Maass, Richard (collector) person
associatedWith May, John, 1748-1812. person
associatedWith McDougall, Alexander, 1732-1786, person
associatedWith Mumford, Giles, 1759-1795. person
associatedWith Mumford, Thomas, 1728-1799. person
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Newcomb, Simon person
associatedWith Newton, Isaac, Sir, 1642-1727 person
associatedWith Ohio Company (1786-1796). corporateBody
associatedWith Parsons, Enoch, 1769-1846. person
associatedWith Parsons, Enoch Thomas, 1798-1830. person
associatedWith Parsons family. family
associatedWith Parsons family. family
associatedWith Parsons family. family
associatedWith Parsons family of Connecticut and Ohio family
associatedWith Parsons, Samuel Holden, 1800-1871. person
associatedWith Poinsett, Joel Roberts, 1779-1851 person
associatedWith Rittenhouse, David, 1732-1796 person
associatedWith Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813 person
associatedWith Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 1793-1864 person
associatedWith Seybert, Adam, 1773-1825 person
correspondedWith Shaw, Nathaniel, 1735-1782. person
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associatedWith Wadsworth, Jeremiah, 1743-1804. person
associatedWith Washington, George, 1732-1799. person
associatedWith Waterton, Charles, 1782-1865 person
associatedWith Wayne, Anthony person
associatedWith Winthrop, John, 1606-1676. person
associatedWith Wolcott, Oliver, 1726-1797. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Western Reserve (Ohio)
Connecticut
Pennsylvania--Description and travel
Ohio--Marietta
Northwest Territory
United States
Northwest, Old
New York (State)
United States
Connecticut
Marietta (Ohio)
United States
United States
Western Reserve (Ohio)
Northwest, Old
Connecticut
Western Reserve (Ohio)
New York (State)
Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Fort Harmar (Ohio)
United States
Connecticut--Middletown
West Point (N.Y.)
Western Reserve (Ohio)
Ohio
Ohio--Western Reserve
Connecticut
United States
Middletown (Conn.)
Ohio
United States
Subject
Parsons family
Indians of North America--Government relations--1789-1869
Deeds
Manuscripts, American
Soldiers--Correspondence
Judges
Generals--Archives
Parsons, Samuel Holden, 1735-1789
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Sources
Western Reserve (Ohio)--Surveys
Soldiers--Correspondence, reminiscences, etc
Indians of North America
Soldiers--Connecticut--Correspondence
Real property--History--18th century--Sources
Indians of North America--Treaties
Indians of North America--Land tenure--History--18th century--Sources
Wills
Wyandot Indians--Treaties
Occupation
Army officers
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Birth 1737-05-14

Death 1789-11-17

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