Samuel Ranlet was born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire, on March 28, 1780. In 1800 he moved his family to Augusta where it is thought he learned clock making from Benjamin Snow. In 1809 he moved to Monmouth where he settled on a farm and set up his clock business. He made tall clocks as well as banjo clocks, both styles skillfully made. His brother in law Jacob Miller, is thought to have made the wood cases for him. Samuel held the rank of Captain in the Maine Artillery and was in command of a company of men at Fort Edgecomb during the War of 1812. Samuel died at the age of 87.