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Col. Samuel Selden

Male 1723 - 1776  (53 years)

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  • Name Samuel Selden  [1
    Prefix Col. 
    Born 11 Jan 1723  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Oct 1776  New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I22321  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 22 Nov 2020 

    Father Samuel Selden,   b. 17 May 1695,   d. 28 Feb 1745, North Lyme, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Mother Deborah Dudley,   b. 15 Nov 1701, Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1800  (Age 98 years) 
    Married Between 1721 and 1722  [4
    Family ID F13482  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Ely,   b. 11 Oct 1724, Lyme, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1802  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 23 May 1745  [3
    +1. Mary Selden,   b. 22 Apr 1761, Lyme, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1801  (Age < 39 years)
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F13479  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • 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.


      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.

  • Sources 
    1. [S543] Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Lord, an Original Proprietor and Founder of Hartford, Conn., in 1636 by Kenneth Lord. New York, 1946.

    2. [S2745] History of the City of New York: Its Origin, Rise, and Progress by Martha J. Lamb. New York: A. S. Barnes and Company, 1880.

    3. [S2492] The Ely Ancestry: Lineage of Richard Ely of Plymouth, England, Who Came to Boston, Mass., About 1655, & Settled at Lyme, Conn, in 1660 by Moses S. Beach and William Ely; ed. George B. Vanderpoel. New York: The Calumet Press, 1902.

    4. [S2519] Ancestry of Thomas Chalmers Brainerd by Dwight Brainerd, ed. Donald Lines Jacobus. Montreal, 1948.