Samuel Slocum, born 1736, active 1755-1792


Occupation

joiner; shop joiner

Place of work

Newport, Rhode Island

Biography

Samuel Slocum was born in Newport on November 4, 1736, the son of Ebenezer and Bathsheba Hull Slocum. (1) He probably began his apprenticeship about 1750 when he was fourteen years old and was apprenticed to the cabinetmaker John Cahoone. On November 11, 1754, in the Newport County General Sessions of the Peace Court, David Cummings, a perukemaker, won a judgment against Samuel Slocum for money due by note and on December 6, 1754, William Pelsue, a constable of Newport, took Slocum into custody, since he could not pay the debt. But according to Pelsue, Cahoone took Slocum away from him by force, striking and kicking Pelsue several times, for which Pelsue sued Cahoone. In late January, 1755, Pelsue once more arrested Slocum, who was described in Cahoone's counter suit of the following May as an infant (meaning he was not yet of age) and his apprentice. According to Cahoone's complaint Slocum's stay in jail deprived Cahoone of his services and cost him money for the expense of his time in jail. At the time of the suit, Ebenezer Slocum, Samuel's father, was one of the individuals who secured Cahoone's bond. (2)

Slocum was working as a joiner by 1765 when Daniel Spencer, as executor of his mother's estate, paid Slocum twenty-five pounds for her coffin. (3) Sometime before February 1766, the town of Newport bound a ward of the town, Toby Springer, to Slocum as an apprentice. Slocum seems to have terminated this apprenticeship, however, and put Springer in the almshouse. At its meeting of February 2, 1766, the Council in agreement with Samuel's father Ebenezer determined that the apprenticeship would commence once again and the time in the almshouse would be paid for. (4) Slocum apparently continued to work as a shop joiner in Newport as late as 1792 when he sued Thomas Hazard, a Jamestown yeoman, in the Newport County Court of Common Pleas. (5)

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(1) Society of Friends, Newport, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Vital Records, http://newenglandancestors.com.

(2) Newport County General Sessions of the Peace Record Book, 1746-1837, p. 74; Newport Court of Common Pleas, May 1755 session, vol. E, p. 5, decon 1, Rhode Island Judicial Archives, Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Jeanne Vibert Sloane, "John Cahoone and the Newport Furniture Industry, " in Old-Time New England: New England Furniture, Essays in Memory of Benno M. Forman 72 (1987): 93.

(3) Newport Town Council and Probate, vol. 15, 1766-1768, film no. 0945000, Family History Library, p. 106.

(4) Newport Town Council and Probate, vol. 15, 1766-1768, microfilm no. 0945000, Family History Library, p. 94.

(5) Newport County Court of Common Pleas, Session of May 1792, vol. K, p. 12, Rhode Island Judicial Archives, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

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