Samuel (II) Mulliken of Haverhill ,Newburyport, Salem and Lynn Massachusetts.

Samuel Mulliken II was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, the son of mariner John Mulliken, a Captain in the state militia during the American Revolution, and Susanna Huse (1735-1820) on September 22, 1761. He is a member of a very important family of American Clockmakers. Samuel was apprenticed as a clockmaker and as an engraver by his distant cousin Jonathan Mulliken (1740-1782) in nearby Newburyport. Samuel may have completed his apprenticeship and first worked as a journeyman in the town of Salem only to return to Newburyport after his uncle Jonathan died in 1782. It seems likely that he took over Jonathan’s shop and courted his widow, Susannah (Pearson) Mulliken. Samuel and Susannah were married a year later, on August 20, 1783. Samuel’s Newburyport shop was located on State Street. Here he continued to manufacture clocks, engrave clock dials, repair watches, and light metalwork. He also developed a business relationship with the Willards from Roxbury, agreeing to sell Simon’s Patented Clock Jacks. Samuel returned to Haverhill and opened his shop in 1787 through October 1788. He lost his wife Susanna in 1787 to yellow fever. By the end of November 1788, Samuel re-established himself in Salem, MA, on the corner of Court Street. He was busy doing various tasks for his cousin through marriage, the Sanderson brothers, Elijah and Jacob. By March of 1789, Samuel has married his second wife, Sarah Newhall, daughter of Colonel Ezra Newhall. His watch repair business begins to take off, taking in over 20 watches a month to service. In 1796 he moved back to Lynn and bought property. He buys a tenement house and opens a tannery. He is still involved with making clocks and casting brass. He later became the town’s postmaster in 1803. Samuel died in Lynn in 1847.

Examples of brass and white dial shelf clocks are known. One brass dial shelf clock is currently in the Peabody Essex Museum Collection in Salem, Massachusetts. A similar example to the Peabody Essex clock is pictured in “The Old Clock Book” written by N. Hudson Moore. It is pictured between pages 142 and 143 in Black and white. It is figure no. 85. In 1911 it was owned by Mrs. H. P. Brownell of Providence, Rhode Island. It is reported that she owned approximately 50 antique clocks at this time. This is one she admired, and it received special attention.

Samuel Mulliken (1761-1847) Haverhill, Massachusetts. A cherry cased tall clock. XX31.

Samuel Mulliken made this important clock while working in Haverhill, Massachusetts. The Haverhill, Massachusetts town records town are somewhat sparse. Interestingly,… read more

Samuel Mulliken (1761-1847) Newburyport, Massachusetts. A butternut case tall clock. TT175

This butternut case tall clock was made by Samuel Mulliken of Newburyport, Massachusetts. This unusual example features an unusual case form… read more

Samuel Mulliken (1761-1847) Newburyport. An important Massachusetts shelf clock. LL-73

This is an important mahogany Massachusetts Case On Case Shelf Clock made by Samuel Mulliken of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Samuel Mulliken II… read more

Samuel Mulliken Clockmaker (1761-1847) Salem, Massachusetts. A mahogany cased tall clock. YY30

This important clock was made by Samuel Mulliken while working in Salem, Massachusetts. The Haverhill, Massachusetts town records town are somewhat… read more