- Born: 15 Jul 1684, Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts
- Marriage (1): Lydia Bartlett circa 1708 in Byfield, MA
- Died: Cir 1747 about age 63
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Research of John Burbank <email@example.com> via e-mail May 2006:
He lived for several years in Haverhill MA then moved to Hopkinton NH (formerly "Number 5"). In his will he states he was "of Number 5 so-called." Because he was captured by Indians and in a Quebec prison, he made a will in March 1747 in which he mentions his wife, sons Samuel, Caleb and Jonathan, and daughters Mehitable, Mary, and Sarah. He gave his land to Jonathan which was to return to Caleb if Jonathan "should not live to return home again." Jonathan had also been captured in the Indian raid. The History of Penacook, NH lists Samuel on the petition for the incorporation of the town in 1721, it being a petition from inhabitants of Essex County MA. He is also listed as a charter member of the First Church of Rumford (Concord NH) and Lydia joined the same year (1730); most of these original members came from Andover MA with one from Bradford MA and one from Newbury MA but Samuel's previous residence is not given. In quoting another source, Sedgley states, "It is supposed that this Samuel moved to Hopkinton."
Sedgley indicates that there are several accounts of the Indian capture and he quotes one without naming the source:
"On the early morning of Apr 22, 1746, eight persons were captured by the Indians at Woodwell's garrison, Samuel Burbank and his sons Caleb and Jonathan, among them. In the early morning, a man had gone from the garrison to the stockade, leaving the garrison door open; the Indians, who had been lurking near, entered and surprised the occupants. A soldier escaped; Mrs. Burbank, wife of Samuel Burbank, sprang into the cellar and concealed herself under a barrel which stood on its end. The Indians were of the St. Francis tribe, with headquarters near the Canada line. They intended to hold their victims for ransoms, or to sell them to the French, who held them for the same object. The captives were aroused from their beds and hurried to Canada and after a twelve days march through an almost unbroken wilderness, with only one meal a day at evening, mostly meat, of which there was a scanty supply, they arrived at their destination. Jonathan was left with an Indian family, but made his escape shortly afterwards. Caleb was left in a French family, and was released by funds that were raised at Chelmsford, Feb. 5, 1749. Jonathan, and others, making the appeal. Jonathan at that time was living at Penacook, N. H.; he afterwards became an officer in the French and Indian war and was killed by the Indians, who supposed him to be their avowed enemy."
Drake, in Indian Captives, (pp. 140, 142) states that it was Samuel Burbank who went out of the garrison in the morning and left the door unlatched; the Indians first caught him as he was caring for the animals in the barn, and from him learned of the weakness of the garrison.
Not many of his descendants have been traced out. No doubt he was the ancestor of many Burbank's now living in New Hampshire and elsewhere, as he had six sons. The births of his first four children are recorded at Haverhill, and also dates of the baptism of five of the younger children--the latter dates were probably sent in after he removed to New Hampshire. [1928 Genealogy of the Burbank Family, et. al, by George Burbank Sedgley]
d. between when will was made 23 Mar 1747 and proved 27 Jan 1748
Samuel married Lydia Bartlett, daughter of Christopher Bartlett and Sarah Weed, circa 1708 in Byfield, MA. (Lydia Bartlett was born on 19 Apr 1688 in Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts and died on 11 Mar 1776 in Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.)