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Samson Occum Obituary

Samson Occum was the husband of my 5th great grand aunt
Birth:
1723
Norwich
New London County
Connecticut, USA

Death:
J ul. 13, 1792
New London
Oneida County
New York, USA

Samson Occom (also spelled Occum)
Native American Religious Leader
A member of the Mohegan tribe and a descendant of its great chief, Uncas, Samson Occom was the first Native American to publish documents in English. He studied theology at Eleazar Wheelock’s Latin School, where he was exposed to the teachings of The Great Awakening. He was ordained a Presbyterian clergyman in Suffolk, on Long Island, New York, in 1759. He served as a missionary to Native American peoples in Montauk on Long Island and in New England. At the urging of Eleazar Wheelock, in 1766 Occom made a tour of England to raise money for an Indian school. He delivered over 300 sermons and speeches, drew large crowds, and raised over 12,000 pounds. Part of the funds was used to found Dartmouth College, where scholarships and a professorship in Native American Studies bear his name, as do Occom Pond and Occom Ridge. After returning from England he, along with members of other tribes, helped to found the Brothertown tribe on Oneida Indian lands in northern New York as an independent Indian Christian community. After Occom’s death, the Brothertown tribe moved to Wisconsin. Reverend Occom’s publications include “A Short Narrative of My Life,” “Sermon at the Execution of Moses Paul,” and “A Short Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs.” During World War II the liberty ship SS Samson Occom was named in his honor.

Family links:
Parents:
Joshuah Occum (1690 – 1743)

Spouse:
Mary Fowler Occum (1730 – ____)*

Children:
Mary Occum Jowon (1752 – ____)*
Aaron Occum (1753 – 1800)*
Tabitha Occum Johnson/Cooper (1754 – 1785)*
Olive Occum Davids/Cooper (1755 – 1828)*
Christiana Occum Paul (1757 – ____)*
Benoni Occum (1763 – 1829)*
Theodosia Occum Deshon (1769 – 1835)*
Lemuel Fowler Occum (1771 – 1790)*
Andrew Gifford Occum (1774 – ____)*
Sally Occum (1780 – 1791)*

Siblings:
Elizabeth Occum Maminash (1720 – 1780)*
Samson Occom (1723 – 1792)
Jonathon Occum (1725 – ____)*
Sarah Occum Wyyoungs (1725 – ____)*
Lucy Occum Tantaquidgeon (1733 – 1830)*

*Calculated relationship

Burial:
Occum Grove Burial Grounds
Marshall (Oneida County)
Oneida County
New York, USA
Plot: There is a marker denoting the grave of Samson Occom

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