Reverend Samuel Phillips Payson (January 18, 1736 January 11, 1801) was a Harvard graduate who ministered for the town of Chelsea, Massachusetts from 1757. The reverend, born in Walpole, was the son of Rev. Phillips Payson (1704 1778) and Anne Swift (1706 1756). Samuel married Elizabeth Stone (1735 1800), daughter of Rev. James Stone and Elizabeth Swift. The Payson family originated from Nazeing, England, first settling in the Massachusetts Bay Colony as early as 1635.
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