.....Samuel was deeded his father's real estate in Woburn on 14 April 1720 for 700 lbs. He then sold it to Jonathan Lawrence of Charlestown on 29 May 1729 for 650 lbs.
(1) The latter deed calls Samuel a "bloomer" of Woburn. Bloomer is another name for someone who works directly with forging iron. On 26 June 1729 he bought about 20 acres of land in the western part of Braintree (by the Cocheto River, now Randolph) from Nathaniel and Relief Thayer.(2) He bought another 60 acres in that area on 4 July from Thomas Fenton.(3) Both deeds say Vinton was from Woburn, but a deed the following 12 January in which he bought another 60 acres in the Cocheto area from James and Dorcas Penniman, he was "of Braintree".(4) Samuel continued to purchase land around Braintree, but of particular interest is a transaction between him and Mary, widow of Jonathan Hayward of Braintree. On 20 February 1735/1736 she sold to Samuel a 3/16 interest in a forge at Cocheto and the "ponds, dams, streams, flumes" etc. and a small house associated with it.(5) The Vinton Memorial(6) states that this was the primary Braintree ironworks, but that should be double checked. The latter were in the western part of Braintree, but were they on the Cocheto River or the nearby Monatiquot River?
.....Samuel is believed to have lived on North St. in South Precinct (an ecclesiastical/municipal division of Braintree, now the town of Randolph) before moving to So. Main St. in the same area. This likely occurred about 1737. In November of 1736 he bought 100 acres from Joseph Crosby of Braintree bounded on the east partly on the "country road to Bridgewater" (Main St., Randolph) and meeting house land.(7) The latter may have been that on which the church stood at what is now Crawford Square at the junction of Main and North Sts. The north and south abbutters (Joseph Neal and Mr. Curtis respectively) may indicate on what side of the church the Vintons lived, or at least if it was So. or No. Main St. He may have encountered financial trouble since in June of 1743 he mortgaged the property to James Smith of Boston for an amount calculated in silver.(8) He paid off the mortgage in 1740 only to reenter a mortgage agreement with Smith the next year. The last mortgage was paid in 1757 after Samuel died.
.....Braintree town records mention Samuel beginning on 3 January 1730/1731, when he was voted to be one of the town's surveyor of highways.(9) He requested to have a boar penned on town property on 20 March 1731/1732.(10) Due to the inconvenience of having to travel across unimproved and private land from the South Precinct to the Middle Precinct (now Braintree) to attend church, residents petitioned in 1732 to have a highway laid out.(11) This was surely what is now North St., which explains why it was to cut across part of Samuel's land. On 15 April 1734 Samuel was elected to be a constable, whose duties not only involved peace-keeping but also to collect taxes. It was probably the most difficult town duty in various ways, which may be why Samuel refused the job, the penalty for which was to pay the town treasurer 5 lbs. Samuel gave a "note" for that amount after another was elected in his place. (12) He was surveyor of highways again in 1737(13) and 1748 (14), and a fenceviewer in 1745.(15) He and Joseph White, Jr., were tythingmen (alms collectors) for the South Precinct in 1738.(16) It appears that between 1738 and 1743 Samuel was commissioned a Lieutenant in the local militia. When a new representative of Braintree was chosen to go to the colony legistature, "Lt." Samuel, so styled for the first time in town records, was on a committee to instruct him, presumably about the town's political positions. He is referred to as Lt. thereafter.
.....The author of the Vinton Memorial was told by Rev. John Turner, a grandson of Samuel's, that Samuel was "rather stern and severe in his treatment of his children; on which account his eldest son Samuel ran away from home about 1739 when abt. 17." The family heard nothing from him afterwards. Oral history relates a story about Thomas Vinton, a Revolutionary War soldier from Braintree, who was captured and held at Plymouth, England. He encountered another man named Vinton from Braintree while he was in England who came to his assistance, and later generations put the two circumstances together and felt the mystery Vinton was Samuel, Jr. Another tradition, perhaps influenced by the latter story, says that Samuel went to England and was prosperous there. Rev. Turner also said that Samuel was a "stout, fleshy man. On an excessively warm day he was pitching a load of hay, became very much heated and drank too much cold water." He died as a result. His widow Elizabeth is said to have operated an inn. Samuel didn't write a will. An inventory of his estate includes his dwelling house, barn, 63 acres, a sword and belt, 3 guns and a silver cup and spoon. His heirs were to divide the estate among them, including Samuel, Jr., if he was still alive. The heirs listed were David and John Vinton, Joseph Man and his wife Elizabeth, Seth Turner, David Linfield and his wife Hannah.
children of Samuel and Elizabeth (French) Vinton:(17)
i. Samuel b. 5 February 1721/1722
ii. Elizabeth b. 8 December 1723
iii. David b. 14 March 1726/1727
iv. Rebecca b. 11 July 1728
v. Rebecca b. 15 August 1729
vi. Hannah b. 12 June 1732
vii. John b. 11 February 1735 (Old or New Style?)
viii. William b. 22 January 1738
sources for vital records: Samuel's birth date comes from the Malden, MA, vital records. His death date comes from the Randolph, MA, vital records? and his gravestone in Central Cemetery, Randolph. His marriage date comes from the Braintree, MA, vital records.
1. Suffolk Co. deeds, vol. 28, p. 208
2. Ibid, 46-66.
3. Ibid, 42-233.
4. Ibid, 46-293.
9. p. 141.
10. Ibid, p. 143.
12. Ibid, p. 183.
13. Ibid, 7 March 1736/1737, p. 199.
14. Ibid, 7 March 1738, p. 290.
15. Ibid, 3 March 1745, p. 270.
16. Ibid, 5 March 1738, p. 215.
17. The first four children are recorded in the Woburn, MA, vital records and the remainder in the Braintree, MA, vital records.
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