Gorham ME; Buxton ME
Samuel Edwards was a soldier in the Revolution. He enlisted as a Private in Capt. Lemuel Pomroy's C. of Minute Men, Apr. 21, 1775, in response to the alarm of Apr. 19, 1775. His service was seven days. He enlisted in the army, Apr. 28, 1775, and became Corporal in Capt. Abner Pomroy's Co., Col. John Fellows' Regt., his service being about three months.
Tradition is that he was, by his own request, buried under an apple tree on his farm in Buxton, Me.
The first census of the United States (1790) shows that the family of Samuel Edwards of Buxton was then composed of 1 male over sixteen years of age, 2 males under sixteen years of age, and six females which included his wife.
The preceding Revolutionary War information may be incorrect. I found some submissions to the Edwards list at RootsWeb of transcriptions from the Edwards Journal ("a small, non-profit, non-copywritten magazine printed during the 80's"). Among these were many Revolutionary War pension applications. The Samuel Edwards whose service record matched the particulars above was a lifelong resident of Hampshire County, MA, born about 1753.The following service record, from the same source, obviously pertains to this Samuel Edwards. Notice that this information includes his age when he moved from Haverhill to Gorham (21), and the year he moved on to Buxton (1776). This makes sense since the children born in Gorham were born prior to 1776. The date of death is also given - previously unknown!
(I have not corrected any of the typos.)
S29773 Service: Massachusetts Rank: Private
Application for pension made by beteran on 31 Jul 1832 at which time he
was a resident of Buxton, York Co., ME. He was born 16 Feb 1750 in Haverhill,
Mass., lived there until he was 21 years old when he moved to Gorham, MA, and
then in 1776 he removed to Buxton, MA, which is no Maine. He died 13 May
In May 1778, he enlisted at Buxton, MA, as a private under Capt Davis,
Massachusetts company. Later he was transferred to Capt Wheeler's company
where he served two weeks. He was a blacksmith engaged in shoeing horses and
served nine months as an artificer.
The Haverhill book of records showed that John Edwards Jr. of Haverhill
and Elizabeth Crockett of Stratham wer34 married 15 Dec 1737 and that their
son, Samuel, was born 16 Feb 1750.
John Smith of Buxton, York Co., ME, declared that Samuel Edwards served
in the war with him and that Edwards was employed in shoeing the horses
belonging to the troops until his discharge 4 Mar 1779.
No information on the veteran's family was given.
Certificate No. 11250 was issued 15 Apr 1833 under Act of 7 Jun 1832 at
$54.00 per annum from 4 Mar 1831.
1800 Buxton (York) ME
1820 Buxton (York) ME
1830 Buxton (York) ME