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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:

Sam Kirkland letter

Mss 796430
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 796430
Scope and Contents Sam Kirkland of Paris, N.Y. to Whom It May Concern letter of introduction for Mr. Tilton Eastman, speaking of him as being a very worthy man.

Samuel Kirkland extracts

Mss 794900
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 794900
Scope and Contents Three pages of extracts from Samuel Kirkland's journal.

S(amuel) Kirkland letter

Mss 787606
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 787606
Overview In English.

Sam(uel) Kirkland letter

Mss 787620
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 787620
Overview In English.

S(amuel) Kirkland letter

Mss 788462
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 788462
Overview In English.

S(amuel) Kirkland letter

Mss 788675
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 788675
Overview In English.

Samuel Kirkland letter

Mss 789126
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 789126
Overview In English.

Samuel Kirkland letter

Mss 779470
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 779470
Scope and Contents Four-page letter from Samuel Kirkland to Mrs. Jerusha (Bingham) Kirkland, describing the army's march between Wyoming and Teago (Tioga).

Samuel Kirkland letter

Mss 791562
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 791562
Scope and Contents Two page folio from Samuel Kirkland of Stockbridge to John Wheelock, the honor shown by the Indians to the memory of Eleazar Wheelock. Thanks him for his kindness to his son George. Is moving his family to Oneida.

(Samuel Kirkland) letter

Mss 792900.3
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 792900.3
Scope and Contents Two page letter from (Samuel Kirkland) plan to incorporate the Indian school at Oneida, with list of Trustee, headed with the name of Alexander Hamilton.