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Kirkland, Samuel, 1741-1808

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1741 - 1808

Samuel Kirkland was born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1741. After preparation at Eleazar Wheelock's school in Lebanon, Connecticut, he entered the College of New Jersey in 1762. He received his degree in 1765 in absentia, having left to serve as a missionary to the native peoples of New York. Kirkland was ordained in 1766 in Connecticut and returned to the Oneida peoples that year to serve for the next four decades as a missionary. In 1769, he married Jerusha Bingham, and niece of Eleazar Wheelock. The following year, after a disagreement with Wheelock, Kirkland placed himself under the auspices of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge, receiving his salary from that organization and from Harvard College. Kirkland is credited with preventing several conflicts between the native peoples and British and American colonists. He also founded Hamilton Oneida Academy, later Hamilton College, in 1793. Kirland died in 1808.

Found in 35 Collections and/or Records:

David McClure to Samuel Kirland, 1770-03-19

McClure MS-1311: David McClure papers
 Folder: 770219, Box: 1
Scope and Contents Letter from David McClure to Samuel Kirkland.

E(dward) W(igglesworth) letter

Mss 788480
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 788480
Overview In English.

Jacob Reed letter

Mss 789164
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 789164
Overview In English.

Peter Thacher letter

Mss 797251
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 797251
Scope and Contents Letter from Peter Thacher of Boston to S. Kirkland announcing that the Society in Scotland considers their connection with Kirkand dissolved.

Rev. Dr. Wigglesworth letter

Mss 787570
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 787570
Overview In English.

(Rev. Wigglesworth) letter

Mss 787576
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 787576
Overview In English.

S. Kirkland letter

Mss 794213
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 794213
Scope and Contents Three page letter from S. Kirkland of Oriskene near Oneida to Peter Thacher informing him of a formation of a Presbitery (sic) in the region. Hears that one of Occom's partisans has written to the board against him.

S. Kirkland letter

Mss 794353
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 794353
Scope and Contents Three page letter from S. Kirkland of Whitestown to Peter Thacher informing him that there are reports circulated by part of the Oneidas against him. Gov. Simcoe trying to remove the Onodagoes to Grand River and the British stirring up the Indians against America.

S. Kirkland letter

Mss 794559
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 794559
Scope and Contents Letter from S. Kirkland of Clinton to Peter Thacher informing him that Gen. Chapin is delayed by threatening hostilities to the westward.

S. Kirkland letter

Mss 795159
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 795159
Scope and Contents Two page letter from S. Kirkland of Boston to Peter Thacher telling him that he is sending a certified copy of the charter of Hamilton Oneida Academy.