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Samuel Adams
A woodcut of Dr. Samuel Adams, the future, British Loyalist and American Revolutionary War, military leader, of Adams' Rangers, who was publicly humiliated, in 1774, by being tied to a chair and hung, from the sign of, the Catamount Tavern, in Arlington, New Hampshire Grants, in present-day Vermont, for falling out of favor with, his enemies, the Green Mountain Boys, over land dealings, in early Vermont
Born 1730
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony, British North America, British Empire, present-day Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Died January, 1810 (aged 80)
Edwardsburgh, Upper Canada, British North America, British Empire, present-day Edwardsburgh, Ontario, Canada
Residence Arlington, New Hampshire Grants, British North America, British Empire
Other names Dr. Samuel Adams
Occupation physician, surgeon, farmer, land owner, soldier
Years active 1777–1783
Children 4 sons; Gideon Adams
Military career
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1776-1777
Rank Captain
Commands held Adams' Rangers

American Revolutionary War

Dr. Samuel Adams (1730 – January, 1810) was a physician, surgeon, farmer, land owner, and loyalist soldier, from Arlington, Vermont.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Samuel Adams was born in Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony, British North America, British Empire, now Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, in 1730.

New Hampshire Grants[edit | edit source]

In 1764, he moved with his family to Arlington in the New Hampshire Grants. On several occasions, Adams served as representative and negotiator, for Arlington and the other surrounding towns.

Conflict with Green Mountain Boys[edit | edit source]

In 1774, Adams came into conflict with Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys for dissenting with their land title policy. After a brief trial, Adams' captors had him tied to a chair and hung from the sign post, of the Catamount Tavern, as a public humiliation.

American Revolutionary War service[edit | edit source]

In 1776, Dr. Adams was captured by Whigs, for his British Loyalist sympathies and he and his sons were imprisoned. Adams escaped and fled north, to Canada, reaching the British lines, in Quebec. Joining the King's Army, Adams served, during the Battle of Valcour Island, during Lake Champlain Campaign, in 1776 and raised an independent, Loyalist company, known as Adams' Rangers, which served, under British General John Burgoyne, in the Saratoga campaign of 1777. Four of Adams' sons served in his ranger company, with his eldest son Gideon Adams, acting as ensign.

Exile in British Canada[edit | edit source]

Following the war, Adams and his sons settled in the province of Upper Canada now present-day Southeastern Ontario, Canada alongside other disbanded British Loyalist troops and their families.

Death[edit | edit source]

In January, 1810, Samuel Adams died in Edwardsburgh, Upper Canada, British North America, British Empire, now Edwardsburgh, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 80.

References[edit | edit source]

  • Adams, Robert Train and Douglass Graem Adams. A Family Record of Dr. Samuel Adams, United Empire Loyalist of Vermont and Upper Canada: The First Five Generations Descending from William Adams of Ipswich (1594-1661) and the Descendants of Dr. Samuel Adams of Arlington, (1730-1810). R.T. Adams, 1995.
  • Fryer, Mary Beacock. Kings Men, the Soldier Founders of Ontario. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1980.
  • Mathews, Hazel C. Frontier Spies; the British Secret Service, Northern Department, during the Revolutionary War. Fort Myers, FL: Ace Press, 1971.
  • Palmer, Gregory. Biographical sketches of Loyalists in the American Revolution. Westport, CT: Meckler Publishing, 1984.

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