McClellan Samuel

Samuel McClellan (1730-1807), husband of 4th cousin 8x removed

Bunker Hill Monument, Boston, Massachusetts

Samuel McClellan was a Brigadier General in the American Revolutionary War.  He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, married Rachel Abbe (a descendant of Plymouth, Massachusetts Governor, William Bradford) on 5 Mar 1766 and is buried in Woodstock, Connecticut.  McClellan served as Ensign and Lieutenant in the French and Indian War and was wounded in battle.  Upon his return from the provincial campaign, he purchased a farm in Woodstock and settled there.  He later engaged in mercantile business and established an extensive trade, importing goods and supplying neighboring merchants.  When the American Revolution put a stop to his trade, he trained and equipped the county militia.  In 1773, a “troop of horse” was raised in Woodstock, Killingly and Pomfret, Connecticut, of which he became commander.  In 1775, Major Samuel McClellan led 184 men at the Battles of Lexington and Concord.  He played a prominent role in the Battle of Bunker Hill, and after achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1776, Colonel in 1777, and Brigadier General of the 5th Brigade in 1779, his regiment of the Connecticut Militia was stationed near New Jersey.  McClellan was solicited by General George Washington to join the Continental Army and was offered a commission, but his domestic and business affairs compelled him to refuse.  After the Battle of Groton Heights, and the invasion and burning of New London, Connecticut, McClellan was appointed to oversee troops stationed at those points and continued the command until the close of the war, acting as commissary in the purchase and forwarding of provisions for the army when not otherwise in active service.  Shortly after the war, he returned to Woodstock and was elected to the State Assembly.  Samuel’s sons James and John founded the Woodstock Academy in 1801.


Samuel (General) McClellan (1730 – 1807), husband of 4th cousin 8x removed – Rachel Abbe (1739 – 1795) – Joshua Abbe Leader of the Abbe-ites (1710 – 1807) – Mary Allen (1688 – 1766) – Joshua Allen (1643 – 1729) – Joshua Allen (1614 – 1699) – George Allen (1568 – 1648) – Ralph Allen “Sr.” in the records of Sandwich (1615 – 1698) – Joseph Allen (1642 – 1704) – Joseph Allen (1667 – 1735) – Joseph Allen (1704 – 1782) – Daniel Allen (1729 – 1822) – Joseph Allen (1758 – 1838) – Elizabeth Allen (1788 – 1871) – Laura Ann King (1811 – 1883) – Harriet Allen Clarke (1839 – 1898) – Clarence Clark Hamlin (1868 – 1940) – Elizabeth Gunnell Hamlin (1901 – 1982) – Tor Martin Hylbom (1939 – 2009) – Tor Martin (Majerus) Hylbom



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