Samuel Morrell


Samuel Morrell (Morrill) was born in December 1748. He was the third surviving son of Daniel and Alida Dox Morrell. His parents had come from Newtown, Long Island to settle in Albany County where most of their children were born.

In March 1772, he married Rachel Gardenier at the Albany Dutch church. At that time, both partners were identified as "young people of this county." By 1791, nine children had been christened in Albany where he was an occasional baptism sponsor. By 1800, three sons had become heads of households in the city of Albany.

Twenty-seven at the outbreak of hostilities, we expect to find information on his wartime activities. Afterwards, he did qualify for a land bounty right under the Albany militia regiment.

In March 1786, he was paid from the city treasury. In November he was appointed chimney viewer.

In 1788, his personal property was configured under the third ward house of Gerrit Van Vranken. In 1790, he was listed as the head of a nine-member household on the Watervliet census.

Samuel Morrell died in February 1795. "Mrs. Morril's husband" was buried on February 17. In 1800, his widow was listed as head of a third ward household. In 1813, the addresses of his widow and two sons were listed in the first city directory.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Samuel Morrell is CAP biography number 8246. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 1/20/10