The SCRIPTURE Family of Groton

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SAMUEL SCRIPTURE (m. 1674) of Groton m. Elizabeth Knapp (b. 1655)
MARY SCRIPTURE (abt 1680 - 1761) m. Maj. Eleazer Lawrence

First Generation

SAMUEL SCRIPTURE (m. 1674) of Groton

Parents: Unknown

Samuel Scripture married first Elizabeth Knapp on 11 Sep 1674 [Ref] in Cambridge. [Ref][Ref, p. 114] She was born in 1655. [Ref] He married second Sarah Unknown.

Samuel first appears in the Groton records in Jan 1673; there is no prior record of him or anyone with his surname in New England. [Ref, p. 114] "His position at Groton was modest from the start." [Ref, p. 114]

Samuel was on a 24 Aug 1676 list of soldiers in King Philip's War. [Ref]

Children of Samuel Scripture and Elizabeth Knapp:

  1. Samuel Scripture was born on 1 Oct 1675 in Groton. [Ref][Ref, p. 434] He married Mary Green of Watertown on 8 Feb 1699/1700 in Watertown. [Ref] Four members of Samuel's family died of a fever in Sep 1723 in Groton. Samuel (probably the father, but possibly the son) died on the 28th, Mary died on the 25th, a son died on the 28th and a daughter on the 30th. [Ref 4;325][Ref, p. 434] There was a smallpox epidemic in New England at the time.
  2. Mary Scripture was born on 7 Feb 1680 in Groton. She died on 29 Jun 1761. She married Maj. Eleazer Lawrence.
  3. Sarah Scripture was born on 8 Feb 1682 in Groton. [Ref 1;10]
  4. Abigail Scripture was born on 28 Jan 1686/7 in Groton. [Ref][Ref 1;11][Ref, p. 434] She died on 4 Feb (between 1723 and 1729) in Groton. [Ref] She married Phinehas Parker. [Ref]
  5. Ruth Scripture was born on 2 Feb 1696 in Groton. [Ref, p. 434]
  6. Lydia Scripture was born on 28 Jul 1700 in Groton. [Ref][Ref, p. 434]

Children of Samuel Scripture and Sarah Unknown:

  1. Jacob Scripture was baptised on 13 Mar 1707 in Groton. [Ref]
  2. Eunice Scripture was baptised on 22 May 1709 in Groton. [Ref]

Second Generation

MARY SCRIPTURE (1680 - 1761)

Parents: Samuel Scripture [Ref] and Elizabeth Knapp

Mary Scripture was born on 7 Feb 1680 [Ref] in Groton. [Ref 1;10][Ref, p. 434] She died on 29 Jun 1761, age 82. [Ref] She married Maj. Eleazer Lawrence [Ref] about 1698. [Ref]

Mary was granted letters of administration on her husband's estate on 13 Jan 1755. [Ref]


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