Name: John Sanders
This information is a bit speculative now - not sure about parents ofJames Sanders (b. 1643) but said to be John Sanders. There were threeJOHN SANDERS in early NE. Supposedly James was a servant in Ipswich as ayouth so possibly John Sanders & Ann of Ipswich are candidates as parents?
Note: From Susannah Zemke family (updated 30 March 2004)
Sanders Family Genealogy Forum
John SANDERS ~ Salem, Mass 1643 Will ~
Posted by: Need Help Here ~ Annie Date: August 01, 2001 at 20:23:05
Need some help here please. Before me I have a SANDERS family bookpublished about 1906-8. It starts out with...
SANDERS, John (1), born (......) in Weeks, Downton Parish, Wiltshire,England. Came to Salem, Mass. in 1630 and died there. Married February 4,1610 to Ales (or ALICE) COLE. Children: JOHN (2), born 1613, in Weeks,Downton Parish, Wiltshire; ELIZABETH; SARAH; JOSEPH; and MOSES SANDERS.
NOTE: Information from "Founders of Massachusetts Bay Colony" pages 42,54, and 55.
Is this #1 John SANDERS the one that supposedly also married Sarah DAVISand then Hester ROLFE? If so, there is no mention of this in the book,and in other places within the same book several marriages are indeedmentioned regarding a particular individual.
SANDERS, John (2), born 1613, married 1636 to Priscilla GRAFTON. Daughterof Joseph and Mary (......) GRAFTON. Children: JOHN, born December 1640,married Hannah PICKMAN, he died 1694; JAMES (3) (NOTE: I started at thefront of this book... no previous James mentioned... apparently indicates3rd generation) anyway, James was born (posthumous) in 1643-4, marriedJanuary 14, 1669 to Sarah PAGE. He died December 9, 1721.
John (2) SANDERS, in his will dated October 12, 1643, which was probatedin Salem, Mass., in December 1643 names his father-in-law, Joseph GRAFTONand GOODMAN HARDIE (perhaps, now known as HARDY???) administrators. Heunited with the First Church in Salem, Mass. 1629. A Freeman in 1636. Hiswidow (Hannah PICKMAN-SANDERS) married John GARDNER of Salem on February20, 1654.
Will of JOHN SANDERS (2) dated October 12, 1643. Probated at Salem CourtHouse December 1643.
JOHN SANDERS inhabitant of town of Salem, Massachusetts. I do leave untomy son JOHN SANDERS, Jr. my ten aker (sic) lot with me house now built onthe commons side, front knoll against. Solon (sic) (So long-?) he comesto the twenty-five years or at the death of his mother with the aker(acre) and pasture of meadow bound belonging to it, and I do make myfather in law Joseph GRAFTON and Goodman HARDIE (there's that HARDY nameagain) to administer on my estate, this my Will and deed, the 12th ofOctober 1643. All rest of estate to my wife. JOHN SANDERS. Witnesses:Nathaniel PORTER and George RAMELL. [NOTE: No mention of JAMES (3), hisson... because he had not been born.]
The following is John SANDERS (3) will, the brother of James SANDERS (3)from above:
Will of CAPT. JOHN SANDERS (Probated November 26, 1694) In the name ofGod, Amen, I, JOHN SANDERS of Salem, sick and weak in body, but throughGod's Goodness of perfect mind and memory, and not knowing how sudden mychange may come, doe (sic) make this to be my last Will and Testament,and doe dispose of what outward estate God hath given me in this world,as to my funeral charges, and just debts be paid by my executors,hereafter named. I give unto my wife HANNAH, all my real estate, housingsand land situated and being in Salem, Mass. during her natural life, andalso to my wife Hannah, all my personal property that is to say moneys,goods, household stuff and plate, also my Negro man SAMBO during hernatural life, so long as she remains my widow, and at my wife's decease Igive unto my son BENJAMIN SANDERS this my new dwelling house and land,excepting ye piece of land I bought of Dr. BARTON. I also give to my sonBENJAMIN SANDERS, my warehouse and wharf and the land adjourning (sic)after my wife's death. I give unto my son WILLIAM SANDERS all that myfarm all through Forest River, so called after my wife's death. I giveunto my daughter HANNA, after my wife's death, that piece of land Ibought of Dr. BARTON. I give unto my daughter ELIZABETH, after my wife'sdecease, the acre of salt marsh, be it more or less of it lyeth and issituated in ye North Fields so called. I give unto my two daughters,Hannah and Elizabeth, after my wife's decease, or at the time of themarriage of my said wife, if it so happens, all my real estate that is tosay, moneys, goods, household stuff, plate and Negro man Sambo, equallydivided between them, Hannah and Elizabeth also my Will is in case mywife Hannah should marry again, that after her marriage, there shall beno wood or timber cut, or carried from said farm at Forest River. Iappoint and constitute my wife HANNAH to God, sole exetrix of this mylast Will and Testament, lastly I appoint my loving friend Capt. StephenSEWELL, Lieut. Robert HIBELON, and Benjamin GERRISH, overseers to this myWill duly and truly performed. In testimoney where-of, I have set my handand seal this fourth day of May 1694. JOHN SANDERS. Witness: RobertKITCHEN; Bettina KITCHEN; and Benjamin GERRISH.
NOTE: This Will was sealed with wax upon which is the impress of a sealbearing an Elephant's head, side view, which is the crest of the "SandersArms." The omission from his Will of his sons JOHN, WILLIAM, NATHANIEL,and JAMES, who were married and established, was because he had giventhem previous to his death, lands, etc.
This Capt. JOHN SANDERS (3), born 1640 and died after May 4, 1694(probably OT) and his spouse HANNA (PICKMAN) had the following eightchildren: JOHN, WILLIAM, NATHANIEL, JAMES, BENJAMIN, WILLIAM, HANNAH andELIZABETH SANDERS.
His brother, JAMES SANDERS (3), born 1643-4 after the death of hisfather; son of Priscilla GRAFTON-SANDERS, died December 9, 1721. Hemarried January 14, 1669 to SARAH PAGE, born July 18, 1651. Daughter ofJohn and Mary MARCH-PAGE of Haverhill, Mass. She died March 23, 1685-6.Their children:
1.) James SANDERS, born May 30, 1671, died young.
2.) John SANDERS (4), born June 6, 1672, married December 26, 1695 toMary SARGENT. He died September 8, 1737.
3.) Sarah SANDERS, born August 6, 1674, married Jonathan EATTON.
4.) Elizabeth SANDERS.
5.) James SANDERS, born April 24, 1679, married Elizabeth WHITTIER.
6.) Avery SANDERS, born August 3, 1683.
After SARAH PAGE-SANDERS died, James SANDERS (3) married secondly onOctober 20, 1687 to Hannah TUXBURY, daughter of Henry TUXBURY. She diedSeptember 24, 1746.
Hannah TUXBURY-SANDERS children by James SANDERS:
1.) Henry SANDERS, born August 6, 1688.
2.) Jacob SANDERS, born November 6, 1689.
3.) Judith SANDERS, born June 17, 1696.
4.) Nathaniel, born December 27, 1700.
Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts vol 1
1 JOHN1 SANDERS [or SAUNDERS], of Salisbury and Newbury, b. ab. 1613,"yeoman;" m. ab. 1638, (3) HESTER2 ROLFE. He came in the "Confidence,"[p. 300];(*) was one of the twelve original grantees of S. in Sep., 1638;recd. land in the "first division" and in 1640; his name on the list of1650 is marked "disallowed for being townsman and commoner." He rem. fromS. to Nb. in 1642, though the births of chil. are recorded later in S.;after 1655 returned to England, Weeks, parish of Dainton [Downton],Wiltshire; and ap. his kinsman Richard Dole of Nb. his attorney.(+)Children:
2 I HESTER,2 b. Sep. 5, 1639[S].
3 II JOHN,2 b. July 1, 1641[S]; d. Sep. 3, 1641[S].
4 III RUTH,2 b. Dec. 16, 1642[S].
5 IV JOHN,2 b. Dec. 10, 1644[S].
6 V SARAH,2 b. Aug. 20, 1646[Nb].
7 VI MARY,2 b. June 12, 1649[Nb].
8 VII ABIGAIL,2 b. April 12, 1651[Nb].
9 VIII JOSEPH,2 b. Aug. 28, 1653[Nb]; d. April 24, 1654[Nb].
10 IX ELIZABETH,2 b. Jan. 26, 1654-5[Nb].
(*) "Sara Sanders his wife" was prob. Sarah Sanders his sister, b. ab.1615-22
who m. April 3, 1641, (3) Maj. ROBERT2 PIKE. Mrs. Smith [pp. 111, 286],gives
(from register of Downton parish, Wiltshire), John Saunders m. Feb. 4,1610,
[Alice?] Cole; chil.: John, bp. March, 1613; Elizabeth, bp. 1614; Sarah,bp.
1615; Joseph, bp. 1617; Moses, bp. 1622. Thomas Eastman m. Oct. 21, 1634,
(+) Another JOHN1 SANDERS [per. of Ip. 1635-9], was early of Hampton,rem.
to Wells. ab. 1644, freeman there 1653. In 1643, then of Hm.,--with "wife
and six little chil.,"--he petitioned that his fine for "indiscreetwords" be remitted.
He was of Cape Porpoise [Kennebunk Port] in 1663, and d. in 1670,
leaving wife Ann, chil.: Thomas,2 John,2 Elizabeth,2 per. others.
Still another JOHN1 SANDERS, of Salem, will 1643, ment. father, Joseph
Grafton, wife, and son John,2 b. ab. 1640; wid. m., 1654, John Gardner.Will
of John,2 of Sm. 1694, ment. wife Hannah, chil. Benj.,3 Hannah,3Elizabeth,3
and others. He is prob. the John who m. Nov. 5, 1661, Hannah Pickman,
New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Volume IV
SAUNDERS Owing to the fact that three immigrants of the name of JohnSaunders came to this country at about the same time and settled inneighboring towns in Massachusetts, much confusion has arisen concerningtheir identity. The first of these, John Saunders, of Salisbury andNewbury, was born in England, in 1613, came over in the ship"Confidence," April 11, 1638, with sister Sarah, and servants RogerEastman, William Cottle and Robert Ring. He was one of the twelveoriginal grantees of Salisbury, September, 1638, and drew land in thefirst division. He was a freeman May 13, 1640, and removed to Newbury in1642. He returned to Weeks, parish of Dainton (Downton) Wiltshire,England, about 1655, and appointed his kinsman Richard Dole to look afterhis Massachusetts property. He married, about 1638, Hester, daughter ofJohn Rolfe, who came over with him. His sister Sarah married, April 3,1641, Major Robert Pike. His parents were John and Alice (Cole) Saunders,married February 4, 1610, at Downton, Wiltshire. He had a son John,baptized March, 1613. The second John Saunders, of Ipswich, came there in1635, removed to Hampton, New Hampshire, and thence to Wells, Maine,about 1644. He was at Kennebunkport in 1663; died 1670. In 1643 he had"six little children." His wife was Ann (???).
(I) John Saunders, of Salem, Massachusetts, was the immigrant ancestor ofthis branch, and came over as early as 1637. He was of Marblehead in1639, and was deputy to the general court in 1642. According to Pope's"Pioneers of Massachusetts" he was admitted a freeman May 25, 1636. Hemarried Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph Grafton. She married (second) in1654, John Gardner. Elizabeth Saunders was admitted to the church atSalem, May 10, 1640. Saunders died at Salem, and his will, dated October28, 1643, mentions his son John and father-in-law Grafton, and wife.
(II) John (2), only child of John (1) Saunders. was born in Salem, in1640, and baptized there November 1, 1640. He married, November 5, 1661,Hannah, daughter of Captain Nathaniel Pickman and wife Tabitha. Smith's"Founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony" (a sketch of Saunders andrelated families) has the various pioneers and their sons hopelesslymixed. Hannah died March 18, 1706. John Saunders was a sea captain,commanding the ship "William and John", and made voyages to England andthe Barbadoes. He was owner of vessels and built some of the first shipsin Salem. A logbook of his giving soundings at Barbadoes and other pointshas been preserved. In 1660 he bought land of Dr. Barton, on what is nowEssex street. In 1690, when about to make a voyage, Captain Saunders gavehis wife full power of attorney. His will was dated November 26, 1694,bequeathing to wife Hannah, sons Benjamin and William, daughters Hannahand Elizabeth. As he does not mention a son John, it is assumed that hehad given to him the land he bought of Dr. Barton, as this land isspecifically mentioned in the will, and it was afterward owned by John,mentioned below. The gravestones of John and wife Hannah have beenpreserved. John died June 9, 1694, and was buried in the Charter streetburying ground.
(III) John (3) Sanders or Saunders, son of John (2) Saunders, was bornDecember 22, 1665, at Salem, and followed the sea. At the age oftwenty-one years he was in command of the ship "John", and in 1687 made avoyage to England, according to Mrs. Smith. He married, September 24,1688, at Topsfield, Return, daughter of Samuel and Mary Shattuck. In Mrs.Smith's book the record of this John is inextricably confused with thatof John Saunders of Haverhill, son of James (2), grandson of JohnSaunders of Salisbury. Children of John and Return Saunders: John, born1690; Philip, mentioned below; Robert, 1693-4, married Hannah Abbott.
There were two others among the early immigrants to Massachusetts alsobearing the name of John Saunders. Lieutenant John Saunders or Sanders,of Hampton, New Hampshire, Wells and Cape Porpoise, Maine, was an activecitizen in that section before 1650; he left sons Thomas and John
Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England
SAUNDERS, DANIEL, Cambridge, d. 27 Feb. 1640. This name, which is alsowritten Sanders, has furnished 8 graduates at the N. E. colleges. JOHN,Weymouth, was the overseer of Weston's plantation in 1623. Prince, i.Annals, 127. I. Mather, Ind. Wars from 1614 to 1675, 12. Morton's Memo.,41. JOHN, Ipswich 1634, probably the freeman under 1636. There were twoothers of the name of John Saunders admitted freemen in 1640 and 1650,one of whom was of Braintree, and m. Mary Munjoy in 1657. *JOHN, Newbury1645, born a. 1625 [Coffin]; representative in 1654, had daughters, Sarahand Mary, b. in 1646 and 1649. MARTIN, Braintree, freeman 1640, whosewife, Rachel, d. Sept. 1651; m. in 1654, Elizabeth Bancroft, and in 1655,Lydia Hardier. ğROBERT, Cambridge 1636, member of the ar. co. 1638,freeman 1639, WILLIAM, a carpenter of Massachusetts 1636. Winthrop, ii.Hist. N. E. 347.
SAUNDERS, sometimes SANDERS, CHRISTOPHER, Windsor 1671, came
short time bef. as seems prob. had Daniel, wh. d. 22 Dec. 1675, at 11
days old; Susanna, b. 20 Nov. 1676; Daniel, again 27 Oct. 1678; and
Eliz. 30 Apr. 1681; and it may be he was unsuccess. in trade, and rem.
to Rehoboth, for one of this name was there 1690. DANIEL, Cambridge,
d. 27 Feb. 1640, and no more is kn. of him. EDWARD, Portsmouth
1639, may be the man punish. at Watertown, 1654, for abuse of Ruth
Parsons. See Col. Rec. III. 364. GEORGE, Windsor, br. of Christo-
pher, propound. for freem. 1667, when he was ens. at Killingworth, m.
bef. 1675, Mary, d. of George Saxton, had George, perhaps by former
w. old eno. at least to be tax. with his f. 1675; and d. 16 Nov. 1690,
leav. Mary, then 13 yrs. old, and Abiah, a. 6. GEORGE, Windsor, br. of
Chris- topher, acc. Stiles, 770, rem. to Simsbury, m. 17 Dec. 1691,
Abigail, perhaps d. of Nathaniel Bissell, wh. Stiles prints Russell,
had, he says, Hannah, b. 23 May previous, and he d. 5 Dec. 1697. Very
much con- fusion a. this name exists, and it may not be wholly
dissipat. by reducing two Georges to one. JAMES, Haverhill, took the o.
of alleg. 1677. JOHN, Weymouth 1622, sent by Weston as gov. or overseer
of his planta. gave up next yr. the undertak. and prob, went home. JOHN,
prob. at Ipswich 1635, freem. 25 May 1636, was permit. with Samuel
Dudley and others, to found Colchester, soon call. Salisbury, perhaps
was f. of that Sarah, wh. m. 3 Apr. 1641, Robert Pike of S. Yet possib.
JOHN of Newbury sev. yrs. later, might be thot. her f. and even it
might seem that these two were only one man. But he of S. had w. Esther,
d. of John Rolfe, and by her had Esther, b. 5 Sept. 1639; John, 1 July
1641, wh. d. in few wks.; Ruth, 16 Dec. 1642; and John, again, 10 Dec.1644; and he
went home, own. an est. in Wiltsh. leav. his br.-in-law Richard Dole
of Newbury, his atty. To prevent confus. of the two Johns, we may
note, that one of the name came in the Confidence of London, aged 25,
husbandman of Longford, also in Co. Wilts, with w. Sarah, emb. at
Southampton 24 Apr. 1638; and if we accept him as the John to wh.
(with w. Sarah) Coffin gives ch. Sarah, b. 20 Aug. 1647; Mary, 12
26 June 1649; Abigail, 12 Apr. 1651, Joseph, 1653, d. soon; and Eliz.
26 Jan. 1655; we may feel sure that Pike's w. was not his d. It may
indeed seem that she might have been sis. of either of the two. JOHN,
Salem 1637, mem. of the ch. had m. a d. of the firt Joseph Grafton,
his will of 28 Oct. 1642, pro. Dec. 1643, ment. s. John, and f.
JOHN, Wells 1645, had been of Hampton bef. 1643, was freem. 1653,
lieut. 1658, and of that gr. jury 1660, then call. sen. His will, of
June 1670, pro. 3 Aug. foll. names w. Ann, and s. Thomas, to wh.
the homestead was giv. to s. John a thousand acres 8 or 9 miles
Cape Porpus riv. falls." wh. means, I judge, the Saco riv. and to
resid. of his ch. equal sh. The whole est. was L139.
perhaps s. of Martin, b. in Eng. m. 9 Oct. or 8 Nov. 1650, Mary Mun-
joy, sis. of George the first, had Mary, b. 12 Dec. 1653; John, 23
1657, d. in few days; Judith, 28 Feb. 1663, d. very soon; Rachel, 4
Feb. d. in few days; Judith, again, 23 Jan. 1665, d. very soon;
and John, 1 Sept. 1669. JOHN, Billerica 1679. JOHN, perhaps of
Salem, and possib. s. of John of the same, m. 14 Sept. 1688; Return,
of Samuel Shattuck, wh. rec. that name on acco. of happy com. from
Eng. of her f. in 1662, bef. her b. with royal rescript for lenity to
Quakers. JOSEPH, Dover 1656, was k. by the Ind. in the night betw.
27 and 28 June 1689 at the same time, says Mr. Quint, when Waldron's
garrison ho. was destroy. MARTIN, Boston, currier, came in the
from London, in the spring of 1635, aged 40, with w. Rachel, 40, and
ch. Leah, 10; Judith, 8; and Martin, 4; beside Mary, prob. older than
either. Here his w. join. our ch. 8 Nov. of that yr. but as they liv.
the Braintree planta. he was one of the found. of that ch; kept the
in 1639, was adm. freem. 13 Mar. 1640. His d. Judith d. 7 July 1651.
and his w. d. 15 Sept. foll. For sec. w. he took, 23 May 1654, Eliz.
Bancroft, wid. of Roger, and d. 4 Aug. 1658, hav. made his will 5
preced. His wid m. deac. John Bridge of Cambridge, and had fourth
h. Edward Taylor; d. Mary m. bef. 1641, Francis Eliot; Leah, m. per-
haps, Robert Parmenter; and ano. d. Rachel, is also giv. to P.
Braintree, s. of the preced. brot. from Eng. by his f. was freem.
and m. 1 Apr. of the same yr. Lydia, d. of Richard Hardier; had
Joseph, wh. d. 17 May 1667; Joseph, again, b. 3 Oct. 1657; Eliz. 2
Oct. 1663; Jonathan, 3 Nov. 1672, bapt. 5 Jan foll. d. soon; and
Lydia, b. 17 Feb. 1675, d. at 2 yrs. and he d. 4 Sept. 1706, aged
78. Eliz. m. 3 Nov. 1680, Solomon Veazie. ROBERT, Cambridge
1636, ar. co. 1638, freem. 23 May 1639, rem. it is thot. to Boston
soon, and aft. to Dorchester, where, in 1680, he was a poor man. TO-
BIAS, Taunton 1643, rem. to Newport, there was one of the freem. in
1655, and of Stonington 1669, yet on the R. I. side of the riv. now
Westerly, and had to sustain many yrs. the claim against Conn.
usurpat. His w. was Mary, d. of the first Joseph Clark of Newport.
WILLIAM, Hampton, a carpenter, had been in this country 2 or 3 yrs.
bef. he went to plant there, Sept. 1638, with Rev. Stephen Bachiler
The Grantees and Settlement of Hampton, N. H. (1917)
A John Saunders from Ipswich was admitted an inhabitant at Hampton inDecember, 1639.80 He was fined in 1643 for "mutines and offensivespeeches ", and was enjoined to confess his fault at Hampton.8l This sameyear (part of his fine being abated on his petition) he removed to Wells,and died at Cape Porpoise in 1670.82 Another John Sanders came on theConfidence in 1638 from Landford in Wilts,83 and settled in Newbury, soonremoving to Salisbury. He married Hester, daughter of the first JohnRolfe, returned to Newbury and sometime after 1654 went back to England.In 1674 his letter of attorney to Richard Dole authorized the latter torecover "lands in Salisbury received from their father Rolfe".84 At thistime he was living in Weeke [Wick], in the parish of Downton. No recordexists to show that this man had any connection with Hampton. Anotherearly Hampton settler of similar name was Robert Saunderson, thegoldsmith, whose child was baptized in Hampton by Bachiler in 1639.Coming from Watertown, Saunderson lived in Hampton some years, butreturned to Watertown, and thence removed to Boston, where he was apartner of John Hull, the mint-master
Estate of John Sanders of Salem
Essex Probate Docket # None
The Last wil & testament of John Sanders, inhabytant of the Towne ofSalem, I bequeath unto my sonn John Sandars my Tenn Aker lot with my housnew built on the Commons side right over a gainst it when he Come to theage of one & twentie yeers or at the death of his mother with the AkerAnd halfe of middow ground adioyning to it and I do be trust my fatherJoseph Graften & goodman Hardie to see this my wil & ded performed mad inthe yeere 1643 ye 28 of October.
Testified upon oaths in Court & also yt the sd Jno Sandrs Left all theRest of his Estate to his wyfe.
Proved 28: 10: 1643
Source: Printed "Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts;
1635 - 1681," Volumes I, The Essex Institute; Salem, MA; 1916
Salem Quarterly Court Files, vol. I, leaf 18.
Note: This is John Sanders 2nd, of which, Downton parish, Weeke,Wiltshire, England, records state: "1613, John, son of John Sanders,baptized 26 March."
Submitted by: Sandi Goetze
- James Sanders b: ABT 1643