Phelps Family History From England to America
Dr. Samuel Claggett Jr. was born in 1756 at Snowhill, Fauquier Co., Virginia. He was a surgeon in the Revolutionary War and served with George Washington at Valley Forge, where one in ten men lost their lives to desease. According to his pension,
"He entered the army in the Maryland line on continental establishment as stated by his widow in the year 1777 as an Assistant Surgeon (he then being a student of medicine with doctor Gustavus R. Brown of Port Tobacco, Maryland) and served until about the middle of February 1780, he then resigned and went to sea. On his return he again entered the service in the same capacity and served to the end of the war. I have often heard him speak of his services as assistant surgeon at the Bethlehem Hospital and Valley Forge, and in the state of New York and other places."
--From pension claim W6693, an affadavit by William Horner. DAR Pension Vol. 149.
He settled in Virginia after the Revolutionary War. He married at age 29 on September 15, 1785 15 year old Amie Jane Ramey of Cameron Parish at Leesburg, Loudoun Co., Virginia.
Dr. Claggett and Amey had nine children:
- Dr. Ferdinand
- Samuel III (his marriage contract)
- Christopher Columbus
He died March 25th, 1821 in New Baltimore, Fauquier, Virginia.
The will book shows that, among other property, Samuel owned four slaves, "1 white horse, 1 dark bay, 22 sheep and 6 lambs, 1 yoke of steers, 1 buffalo cow red."
Other DAR records yield the following description of Samuel Claggett:
CLAGGETT, Samuel, esf 1777 Charles Co., MD, while student of medicine at Port Tobacco, ME, as surgeon's mate; settled in VA after RW [Revolutionary War]; dd [died] 4th Monday of March 1821; md [married] 9/15/1785 Amie Jane Ramey of Cameron Parish at Leesburg, Loudoun Co, VA, per her AFF, but MB dated 8/22/1786 per Cc clerk's certificate to court; wid PN ae [widowed pension age] 68 Fauquier Co. VA 1838, per her AFF & dd [died] there 11/10/47 leaving ch: Ferdinand, Christopher, Thomas, Anne W/o [wife of] Tomlin Bailey, Elizabeth w/o Thomas McCormick, Cecelia w/o John G. Kirby, Sophia w/o Thomas Simpson & Juliet w/o Robert Roach, all liv 1850; d Mary Cooper & s [son] Samuel dd before m [mother] & had ch [children] mbnn liv 1850; AFF 1838 by William Horner ae [age] 69, res [resident] Warrenton VA, high sheriff of Fauquier Co, that he halfbro/o sol [soldier], & also b & reared Charles Co, MD, further his m's s's [mother's sisters] Dr. Samuel Clagett & Dr. Gustavus Horner RW svc together, further his m [mother] Ann also md Samuel Hanson Sr. of Green Hills, Charles Co, MD, further Dr. William Brown, RW surgeon, near relative of sol; QLF 1929 from desc Mrs Samuel W Price, Searles, WV; QLF 1904 from gds [grandson] Charles W Cooper, res/o [resident of] Ex-Confederate Soldiers' Home, Richmond, VA, states sol wid [widowed] dd c1848, further querier bro of Mrs Price of Smyth Co, VA. R547.