Fourth Generation

4. Samuel4 Gorton (Thomas3, Thomas2, Thomas1) was born February 12, 1592 in Gorton Parish, Lancashire, England, and died Abt. December 10, 1677 in Warwick, Rhode Island. He married Lady Mary Maplett Bef. 1630 in London, England, daughter of John Maplett and Mary Unknown. She was born Bef. March 12, 1608 in London, England.


Samuel Gorton; Clothier of London, was born 1592 in Gorton (now incorporated in the city of Manchester) England, "Where the fathers of his body had lived for many generations, not unknown to the Heraldry of England." He was reared in the established church. In an address to King Charles the first, he said he sucked in the so-called particular tenets attributed to him from the breasts of his mother, the Church of England. To the fundamental doctrines taught by the church he ever so firmly held, although he was a non-conformist. England was under the rule of the Conformist, King James. Laud was conspicuous in the Universities; and they had declared it to be unlawful to be opposed to the King upon religion or any other subject.

Gorton was instructed by private tutors, and being of studious habits, he secured a classical education, became well read in English law and more than ordinarily skilled in the languages. "One of those noble spirits who esteemed liberty more than life, and counting no sacrifice too great for the maintenance of principal, could not dwell at ease in a land where the inalienable rights of humanity were not acknowledged." He left his native country, he says "to enjoy liberty of conscience in respect to faith toward God and for no other end."

He landed at Boston in March, 1636, with his wife, Mary (daughter of John Maplet, gent, of St. Martin's le Grand, London, and Mary, his wife), his son Samuel, and one or two other children. At the time of his arrival, the Massachusetts Government was proceeding against Wheelright, the brother in law of Annie Hutchinson. (From the book: The life and times of Samuel Gorton)

Samuel had private tutors who taught him the classics. His fluency in both Greek and Hebrew enabled him to study the Bible's original text.

Children of Samuel Gorton and Lady Mary are:

    6 i. Samuel5 Gorton, born 1630 in Gorton, Lancaster county, England.

    + 7 ii. John Gorton, born 1640 in Warwick, Rhode Island; died February 3, 1713 in Warwick, Rhode Island.

    8 iii. Elizabeth Gorton, born November 24, 1641 in Warwick, Rhode Island; died Aft. 1704 in Warwick, Rhode Island. She married John Crandall June 18, 1672; born Abt. 1649 in Newport, Rhode Island.

    + 9 iv. Maher Gorton, born Aft. 1642 in Plymouth Colony, New England.

    + 10 v. Mary Gorton, born October 13, 1643.

    + 11 vi. Ann Gorton, born June 5, 1644.

    12 vii. Sarah Gorton, born Aft. 1644. She married William Mace.

    + 13 viii. Susannah Gorton, born Abt. 1650 in Warwick, Rhode Island; died May 28, 1734 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusets.

    + 14 ix. Benjamin Gorton, born Aft. 1650 in Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island; died December 25, 1699 in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island.

5. Mary4 Gorton (Thomas3, Thomas2, Thomas1) was born in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and died 1688 in Tiverton, Rhode Island. She married John Sanford. He was born June 4, 1633 in Portsmouth, Suffolk, Massachusets, and died June 25, 1687 in Massachusetts or Rhode Island.

Child of Mary Gorton and John Sanford is:

    15 i. John5 Sanford, born June 18, 1670 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.