667. Samuel9 Cunnabell (Samuel10) was born in March or April 1717. He was baptized in the Old North Church, Boston, MA, on 7 Apr 1717.
He married Mary English about 1740. Mary was born 29 Dec 1715 in New Haven, CT to Benjamin English and Rebecca Brown. She joined the church there 17 Jun 1736. The tradition is that immediately after their marriage, she accompanied her husband to their new home in Fall Town (now Bernardston) Mass., riding behind him on the same horse and carrying her household goods over 100 miles.
"The first white man to "gather sap in a basket and boil it in a tub." - Yankee Magazine
Samuel Cunnabell was remarkable for his self-taught mechanical knowledge and ingenuity, for his skill in raising and drawing buildings, constructing bridges, mills, residences, churches, etc. As specimens of his contriving, mechanical mind are the circumstances of his removing" the meeting house one-half a mile with men alone, the raising of his saw-mill (the second one erected by him on what is known as "'Newcomb Brook"), assisted only by his son John, daughter Molly and the *'old white mare," and that while engaged in making maple sugar he gathered the sap in a basket and boiled it in a tub. The saw mill referred to stood over a very deep, narrow gorge or glen in "Newcomb Brook," one hundred and seventeen rods from Fall river. It appears from the rolls of the Revolutionary War at Boston that 'Mr. Cunnabell and his son John were in the military service. Mr. Cunnabell served as a private from April 20, to May i, 1775, in Capt. Agrippa Wells's company, Col. William's regiment of militia : marched from Greenfield. He also served from July 10, to August 12. 1777. in Capt. Amasa Sheldon's company. Col. Elisha I'orter's regiment of militia, in an expedition in the Northern Department : the Capt. was from Deerfield. In 1744 was commenced the French and Indian War, and so frequent were the incursions of the Indians and so great the danger, that the settlement in Fall Town was mostly abandoned, a few inhabitants only remaining and these living in stockades or fortified houses or forts. John Burk's fort, the largest of the three forts in Fall Town, was six rods square, constructed of timber, ten or twelve feet long, sharpened to a point at the top and placed perpendicularly close together, firmly in the earth, and having at each corner an elevated stand for the sentinels. In case of an alarm from the approach of the Indians the families that remained in this territory resorted to the forts for mutual protection and safety. The Indian "war whoop," accompanied by the tomahawk and scalping-knife, were the dread of the early settlers, for they well knew that if they were overpowered it was death at once, or, what was nearly as bad, a terrible captivity in Canada, from which they might never return. Mr. Cunnabell's daughter Elizabeth, who afterwards became the wife of William Newcomb, was born in Burk's fort in 1757, where her parents were driven by the Indians. At the time of the blockade of Boston by the British in the Revolutionary War, Mr. Cunnabell went to I'oston and brought home his two widowed sisters, Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Maxwell and her four children. It was judged that he raised a double crop of grain that year, it was noticed by the people and believed that Providence had thus favored him as a reward for his kindness to his poor sisters. Mr. Cunnabell was admitted to the New Brick Church, Boston, November 6, 1737, and upon the organization of the first church in Fall Town, he and his wife became members and so continued until their decease. They were devoutly religious people ; she was a very superior woman and possessed one of the sweetest of dispositions. They had seven children:
398 i. Samuel8 Cunnable b. 11 Nov 1743 at Bernardston, MA. M. Rebecca Ryther, daughter of Lt David Ryther, on 13 Nov 1770. He died 29 Apr 1794 at 51 years of age.
399 ii. Mary Cunnabell b. Abt 1747 Bernardston, MA. She was the schoolteacher at Bernardston and was "a remarkably ingenious, enterprising, and industrious women" (Genealogical memoir of the Cunnable Family by John Bearse Newcomb). After the death of her father in 1796 she resided in the family of her brother John, and upon his decease in 1813, with his son Joseph. She died unmarried.
400 iii. John Cunnabell b. 1749 at Bernardston, MA. Married (1) abt. 1779, Amy Edwards (1760-1785); (2) m. 8 Nov 1786 Sarah Dewey (1770-1806); and (3) m. 15 Dec 1810 Mrs. Abigail Congdon of Hadley, MA. John inherited his father's house and saw mill upon his decease. 13 children.
401 iv. Sarah Cunnabell b. May 1751 at Sunderland, MA. M. 6 Mar 1773 to Hophni Ryther. Hophni died 13 Jun 1776 near Fort Chambly in Quebec on Lake Champlain during the American Revolution. They had two children, James and Peter before Sarah married again to a Mr. Ingraham and had one child, Phebe, before she died in 1804.
402 v. Rebecca Cunnabell b. Abt 1755 at Bernardston, MA and died 1 Mar 1816. M. 22 Jan 1778 to Ezra Shattuck who was b. 5 Aug 1751 to Thomas Shattuck and Elizabeth Parmenter and who died 8 Aug 1816. Settled in Leyden, MA. 10 children.
+ 403 vi. Elizabeth Connable was born 1757.
404 vii. Phebe Cunnabell b. Abt 1760 at Bernardston, MA. Died young.
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