Baptized on 06 August 1774, S. Church, Portsmouth [S64]
Married on 02 August 1796 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire [S94 & S36: New Hampshire MAR RECS]
A Mariner [Source 86]
A Captain Samuel Trefethen of the Schooner 'Betsy' (probably actually a brig) arrived from Dominica on 18 May 1795. The trip took 28 days with only himself and one crew member to navigate the vessel. The other crew members were left behind on the island, either dead, sick or detained by the British. The 'Betsy', along with other vessels, were released after a long detention and payment of charges. He reported that over 170 Americans died at Dominica, mostly from Yellow Fever. Joseph Marsh, the 'Betsy's original Captain, had died in Martinique, leaving Sam in charge of the ship and it's cargo of hides. They were captured by the British near Long I., NY. The 'Betsy' eventually was shipwrecked & lost, due to the illness on board.
He was still alive when his father's estate was settled on 16 November 1808, but was deceased (or missing from the records) on 20 August 1830 during the Inventory of his brother William's estate [Source 36]
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