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Col. Samuel Selden

Male 1723 - 1776  (53 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Col. Samuel Selden was born on 11 Jan 1723 (son of Samuel Selden and Deborah Dudley); died on 11 Oct 1776 in New York, New York.

    Notes:

    From History of the City of New York, citation details below, in its account of the Battle of Long Island:

    The red foe surging over the bluff could be seen through the foliage already in possession of the highway. Washington in a frenzy of excitement rode up and down trying to rally the troops into line to check the advance of the British, in which he was gallantly aided by Parsons and other officers. But the attempt was fruitless. And having not a moment to lose he ordered the troops to continue their retreat, and spurred away to provide for the safety of Harlem Heights, as it was possible for the enemy to land in that vicinity at the same time as elsewhere. Meanwhile Scott, [Col. Samuel] Selden, and others on the East River below Kip's Bay saw the wisdom of immediate escape, since the British would naturally stretch across the island above them without delay. Scott reached Putnam's moving column on the Bloomingdale road with his command in safety; but Selden and party collided with a body of Hessians on their way to the city by the Boston road, near the corner of Twenty-third Street and Third Avenue, and after some sharp firing in which four Hessians were killed and eight wounded, he was made prisoner.

    Colonel Samuel Selden was one of the substantial and accomplished men of his generation. Possessing a large estate on the banks of the Connecticut, a homestead of his own erection (in 1760) which, bearing the traces of good taste and the refined knowledge of how to live comfortably, is still standing, the father of thirteen children, and past fifty, with impaired health, he ignored all personal interests in devotion to the common cause, and accepted a colonelcy of Connecticut levies after -- like Silliman, Douglass, and others -- first advancing the funds to equip his regiment. He was the son of Samuel and Deborah Dudley Selden, and the grandson and great-grandson of the two Governors Dudley of Massachusetts, who it is well known were of the best blood of England. He was born January 11, 1723. After his capture he was conveyed to the City Hall in Wair Street and confined in the "Debtors' prison" on the upper floor. But, prostrated by the heat and exertions of the day, he was attacked with fever, from which he died on Friday, October 11. Some British officers, learning of his illness, caused him to be conveyed to more comfortable quarters in the "Old Provost," and he was attended by Dr. Thatcher, a British surgeon, receiving every possible kindness. He was buried in the Brick Church yard, where the building of the New York Times now stands, with more honors than were usually accorded to prisoners-of-war, whatever their rank; all the American officers who were prisoners at the time were indulged with liberty to attend his funeral. His wife was Elizabeth Ely, daughter of Richard Ely of Lyme. His son, Richard Ely Selden, born 1759, was the father of the wife of Henry Matson Waite, Chief Justice of Connecticut. Thus the present Chief Justice of the United States, Morrison R. Waite, is the great-grandson of Colonel Selden.

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    Note on the above: Samuel Selden's mother, Deborah Dudley, was not in fact a descendant of either of the Dudley governors of colonial Massachusetts.

    Samuel married Elizabeth Ely on 23 May 1745. Elizabeth (daughter of Richard Ely and Elizabeth Peck) was born on 11 Oct 1724 in Lyme, New London, Connecticut; died on 12 Feb 1802. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Mary Selden was born on 22 Apr 1761 in Lyme, New London, Connecticut; died before 1801.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Samuel Selden was born on 17 May 1695 (son of Joseph Selden and Rebecca Church); died on 28 Feb 1745 in North Lyme, New London, Connecticut; was buried in Marvin Cemetery, North Lyme, New London, Connecticut.

    Samuel married Deborah Dudley between 1721 and 1722. Deborah (daughter of Lt. Joseph Dudley and Sarah Pratt) was born on 15 Nov 1701 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut; died on 8 Mar 1800; was buried in Marvin Cemetery, North Lyme, New London, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Deborah Dudley was born on 15 Nov 1701 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut (daughter of Lt. Joseph Dudley and Sarah Pratt); died on 8 Mar 1800; was buried in Marvin Cemetery, North Lyme, New London, Connecticut.
    Children:
    1. 1. Col. Samuel Selden was born on 11 Jan 1723; died on 11 Oct 1776 in New York, New York.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Joseph Selden was born before 2 Nov 1651 (son of Thomas Selden and Hester Wakeman); died on 14 Jul 1724; was buried in East Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 2 Nov 1651, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut

    Joseph married Rebecca Church on 11 Feb 1677 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts. Rebecca (daughter of Deacon Edward Church and Mary) was born about 1654; died on 9 Jun 1726; was buried in East Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Rebecca Church was born about 1654 (daughter of Deacon Edward Church and Mary); died on 9 Jun 1726; was buried in East Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut.
    Children:
    1. 2. Samuel Selden was born on 17 May 1695; died on 28 Feb 1745 in North Lyme, New London, Connecticut; was buried in Marvin Cemetery, North Lyme, New London, Connecticut.

  3. 6.  Lt. Joseph Dudley was born on 14 Sep 1674 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut (son of Deacon William Dudley and Mary Roe).

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: of Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut

    Joseph married Sarah Pratt on 10 Dec 1697. Sarah (daughter of Ensign John Pratt and Sarah Jones) was born on 5 Jun 1680 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Sarah Pratt was born on 5 Jun 1680 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut (daughter of Ensign John Pratt and Sarah Jones).
    Children:
    1. 3. Deborah Dudley was born on 15 Nov 1701 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut; died on 8 Mar 1800; was buried in Marvin Cemetery, North Lyme, New London, Connecticut.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Thomas Selden was born before 17 Mar 1617 (son of John Selden and Mary Baldock); died before 19 Dec 1655 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 17 Mar 1617, Wadhurst, Sussex, England

    Notes:

    Dwight Brainerd (citation details below) has him arriving in New England "in or soon after" 1633. Robert Charles Anderson's Great Migration Directory says 1639. First at Hartford, where he was an original proprietor. His name is on the Founders Monument in downtown Hartford.

    Thomas married Hester Wakeman between 1642 and 1643. Hester (daughter of Francis Wakeman and Anne Goode) was born before 15 Jun 1617; died before 1 Dec 1693 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Hester Wakeman was born before 15 Jun 1617 (daughter of Francis Wakeman and Anne Goode); died before 1 Dec 1693 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 15 Jun 1617, Bewdley, Worcestershire, England

    Children:
    1. 4. Joseph Selden was born before 2 Nov 1651; died on 14 Jul 1724; was buried in East Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut.

  3. 10.  Deacon Edward Church was born about 1628 (son of Richard Church and Anne); died on 19 Sep 1704 in Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    Deacon at Norwalk, Connecticut in 1654; removed to Hatfield, Massachusetts and was deacon there.

    Deacon married Mary about 1653. Mary died on 30 Sep 1690 in Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 11.  Mary died on 30 Sep 1690 in Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    Her gravestone says she died 17 Sep 1691, but Dwight Brainerd (citation details below) is confident that her actual death date is 30 Sep 1690.

    Children:
    1. 5. Rebecca Church was born about 1654; died on 9 Jun 1726; was buried in East Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut.

  5. 12.  Deacon William Dudley was born on 8 Jun 1639 in At sea (son of William Dudley and Jane Lutman); died between 2 Sep 1700 and 29 May 1701 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut.

    Deacon married Mary Roe on 4 Nov 1661 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut. Mary (daughter of Hugh Roe and Abigail) was born before 1643; died between 1726 and 1728. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  6. 13.  Mary Roe was born before 1643 (daughter of Hugh Roe and Abigail); died between 1726 and 1728.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 23 Sep 1727, Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut

    Children:
    1. Abigail Dudley was born on 24 May 1667 in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut; died on 26 Oct 1704 in Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut.
    2. 6. Lt. Joseph Dudley was born on 14 Sep 1674 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut.

  7. 14.  Ensign John Pratt was born on 20 Feb 1644 (son of William Pratt and Elizabeth Clark); died before 13 Jan 1726.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: of Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut

    Notes:

    A blacksmith, he represented Saybrook several times in the general assembly of Connecticut.

    Referred to as "late deceased" in a document dated 13 Jan 1725/6, reproduced on page 347 of F. W. Chapman's The Pratt Family (citation details below).

    Ensign married Sarah Jones on 8 Jun 1668. Sarah (daughter of Thomas Jones and Mary) died after 31 Aug 1726. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  8. 15.  Sarah Jones (daughter of Thomas Jones and Mary); died after 31 Aug 1726.
    Children:
    1. 7. Sarah Pratt was born on 5 Jun 1680 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut.