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ONLINE RESOURCES FOR PROVING DESCENT FROM HENRY SAMSON AND ABRAHAM SAMPSON


For lineage information please click on the GENEALOGY page in the above menu.

Proving descent from Pilgrim Henry Samson:
Make use of published volumes of the "Mayflower Families," Vol. 20, Parts 1 through 3, available at the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) website linked here: Mayflower Silver Books
Descent from Henry Samson may also be proven through marriage of one of his many descendants to a descendant of another Pilgrim passenger. You can select from the many volumes of the "Mayflower Families" at the GSMD website, or the books may be available at your local library.

Mayflower Families Volume 20 Henry Samson:
A son of James and Martha (Cooper) Samson
Part 1 includes four generations of the family of Henry Samson with children of the fifth generation.
Part 2 includes the fifth generation descendants of five of Henry Samson's children.
They are listed below along with their spouses:
- Elizabeth m. Robert Sprout
- Hannah m. Josiah Holmes
- Unknown Daughter m. John Hanmore/Hammer
- Dorcus m. Thomas Bonney
- James m. Hannah (----) Wait
Part 3 includes the fifth generation descendants of Henry Samson's two other sons.
They are listed below along with their spouses:
- Stephen m. Elizabeth (----)
- Caleb m. first Mercy Standish (all children from this union)

Proving descent from Abraham Sampson:
A son of Laurence and Mary (Shabery) Sampson
Abraham Sampson is a first cousin of Henry Samson and was in Duxbury by 1638.
Abraham had seven (7) children who married and had descendants:
- Samuel Sampson (1646-1675) m. Esther Delano (1640-1735)
- Elizabeth Sampson (ca 1648-1708) m. Philip Delano Jr. (1638-1708)
- Mary Sampson (ca 1650-1716) m. Samuel Howland (ca 1638-1715)
- George Sampson (ca 1655-1739) m. Elizabeth Sprague (ca 1655-1739)
- Abraham Sampson II (ca 1658-1725) m. Lora Standish ((ca 1662-1734)
- Isaac Sampson (ca 1662-1726) m Lydia Standish (ca 1662-1734)
- Judith Sampson (?) m. Benjamin Howland (1659-1727)

Under the Genealogy Tab of this site, you may download the Abraham Sampson Descendants Report and check the 29,000 names in this report. See the section on “How to Find if you are a Descendant of Abraham Sampson.

If you descend from John Alden or Myles Standish through their granddaughters Lora(h) or Lydia, you have a proven descent from Abraham Sampson. The sisters married Abraham's sons, Abraham (II) and Isaac respectively and are eligible for membership (see Membership Requirements).

When applying for membership submit photocopies of your Samson, Alden, Howland, or Standish papers to our Kindred genealogist: Linda Longley. The papers should bear the signature of the GSMD Historian General and the date thereon is 1983 or later. If you don't have a signed copy, contact the GSMD Library. Copies of approved lineage papers can be purchased for $10.00: library@themayflowersociety.org.