Russell, Samuel, 1660 - 1731
Samuel Russell (Harvard 1681) was the son of Rev. John Russell of Hadley, Massachusetts, and the husband of Abigail Whiting (the daughter of Rev. John and Sybil Whiting). After graduation from Harvard and subsequent ordination, Russell removed to Branford, Connecticut in 1687 as pastor of the First (South) Society. It was at Russell’s house in Branford that the Collegiate School (later Yale College) had its foundation before moving to Old Saybrook. During Russell’s ministry, the Society became the foremost purchaser of Totoket land at Indian Neck in Branford. Sibley, Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard University. Menta, The Quinnipiac Indians, 171-172.