Thomas Sanford

ID #1861, (1608-1681)

Family: Mrs Sarah (Unknown) Sanford b. 1615, d. 14 May 1681

Biography

  • Thomas Sanford was born in 1608, in Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex, England.1
  • Brothers Thomas, Robert, Andrew, probably Zachary and Andrew Warner, their uncle, all went to America together - for "material independence".
  • Thomas probably came with his uncle Andrew Warner in 1632.
  • Thomas lived in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
  • He married Mrs Sarah (Unknown) Sanford in 1636 in Dorchester, Massachusetts.2
  • Thomas was admitted freeman on 9 Mar 1637 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, The title gave the right to vote, and was an advantage in the division of lands. To be a freeman required that one be at least 20 years old, a church member, take an oath of allegiance to the government of Massachusetts, to be worth L200, to hold office if elected or pay a fine of 40s, and to vote at all elections or pay the same fine.1
  • He was one of the original settlers in Milford, Connecticut.1
  • On 17 May 1661 Regicides Cols. Edward Whalley and William Goffe hid at Milford. Under Cromwell, they were two of the Judges who signed the death warrant of Charles the First, and once Charles' son regained the throne of England, they were under sentence of death. The plain people of Milford were mostly their friends, and they hid them and brought them food. A search was required by royal decree.
    From the Milford CT records: "May 17th, 1661 for the Marshalls or Deputies at Milford. You are to make deligent search by the first throughout the whole town of Milford and the precincts there of taking with you two or three sufficient persons and--calling in any other help you shall see need of who are hereby required for your assistance upon call! and this to be in all dwellings houses, barns or other buildings whatsoever and all vessels in the harbor for the finding and aprehending of Colonel Whalley and Colonel Goffe who stand charged with crimes as by his Majestie's letter appears: and being found you are to bring them to the Deputee Governor or some other Magistrate to be sent over for England according to his Majestie's orders whereof fail at peril.
    Attest by order of General Court
    Jasper Crane William Leete, Dep. Gov.
    Nathan Gilbert
    Robert Treat
    In the Marshalls Absence, I do appoint and empower Thomas Sanford, Nicholas Camp and James Tapping to the above named power according to the tenor of the warrant and to make a return of under your hand to me by the first. Robert Treat, Gov. We the said persons appointed to serve and search by virtue of this order warrant do hereby declare and testifie that to our best light we the 10th May, 1661 made deligent search according to the tenor of this warrant as Witness our hand.
    Thomas Sanford
    Nicholas Camp
    James Tapping his
    Lawrence Ward x
    mark"

    Family stories handed down about the search indicate they tried very hard to comply with the decree - many men searched diligently with many lanterns and much noise.
    The judges hid in the cave at West Rock (later known as "Judges Cave") in New Haven from May 15 to June 11, and resided in concealment in the vicinity of Milford from 1661-1664, three years and seven months. The most prominent house of historic interest that can be identified as still in existence is undoubtedly the Regicide House, restored and removed within the recollection of many of the present day to the south side of Peacock Lane (now Maple Street) a short distance from West River Street. Stiles says, "The Judges took up an asylum in the house of Mr. Tompkins thirty or forty rods from the meeting house; that Governor Law afterwards bought this house and lot and built his seat on that lot a rod or two from it."... The Judges were here in concealment for two years, 1661-1662. Roger Newton was the minister. Mr. Treat, Mr. Fenn and a few others were said to be in the secret. The regicides later died at the home of Rev. John Russell of Hadley MA.1
  • He died in Oct 1681 in Milford, Connecticut.
  • He left a will dated 23 Sep 1681.1
  • To view the will, please click here:.
    "I Thomas Sanford, aforesaid, being weak in body, yet of perfect memory & sound understanding do now make this my last Will & Testament, in manner and form as followeth.
    First, I comitt my soul into ye hands of God through Jesus Christ, in whom alone I hope to be saved; and my body to be decently interred, & for my wordly estate I dispose of as followeth.
    Imp: I give unto my Eldest son Ezekiel Sanford twenty pounds, besides what I have already given him. / Item. I give unto my son Thomas Sanford ten pounds, besides what I have already given him. /
    Item: I give unto my son Ephraim Sanford that piece of meadow, that I bought of Mr. Adam Blackman lying on an island in Stratford river, contayning seven acres, besides what he hath had already./--
    Item: I give unto my daughter Sarah Shute, wife of Richard Shute of East Chester, the sum of fifty shillings, besides what I have already given her./--
    Item: I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Allyn, wife of Obadiah Allyn of Middletown, the sum of five pounds, besides what I have already given her./--
    Item: My Will is that my ingagement of twenty pounds, to my grandaughter Sarah Shute, should be fulfilled, by my executor, as also all ye forementioned bequests, within ye term of three years after my decease.
    Item: I give unto my grandchild, Thomas Allyn, five pounds to be payd when he attains to the age of twenty one years./--
    Item: I give unto my son Samuel Sanford, my dwelling house, barns, outhouseing, with my home lott, & all the rest of my lands, both Arrable and meadow ground, within ye bounds of Milford, that I have not formerly disposed of, with all ye appurtenances & Priviledges thereunto belonging, to him, & his heyrs & assigns forever. And I do hereby make my sd son Samuel Sanford my whole and sole executor, of this my last Will and Testament. And I do desire & appoint the honored Major Robert Treat & Mr. Daniell Buckingham & Samuell Eells to be overseers to see this my Will fulfilled, and In wittness that this is my last Will & testament I have hereunto sett my hand & seal this three and twenthieth Day of September 1681.
    Thomas Sanford (seal)
    Signed, sealed & Delivered
    In ye presence of us
    Daniell Buckingham
    Samuel Eells
    Jonathan Laws

    The above sd Thomas Sanford did further declare on ye 26th day of this instant September that it was his mind & Will that his son Ezekiel Sanford should have five pounds more out of his estate, & his Daughter Elizabeth Allon should have five pounds more out of his estate, and that Sarah Whitlock that was his mayd should have fifty shillings, & this was done in the presence of Daniell Buckingham, Samuell Eells -- Wiftnesses."
  • Inventory of his estate was taken on 21 Oct 1681. by John Beard and Samuell Clarke and amounted to £450.18.03.1
  • ***Research Conclusion: (Probably) the Townsend genealogy says Thomas was the son of Anthony Sanford and Joan Stratford. I have decided that that is incorrect - following what others have said in the RootsWeb database (and Sanford-Shulsen database).
  • Last Edited: 18 Sep 2017

Sources of Information

  1. [S508] Evelyn Beran, family tree titled "Sanford-Shulsen Family", RootsWeb World Connect, www.rootsweb.com, from database named sanford-shulsen, updated Jan 2008, viewed Jun 2008.
  2. [S902] Ryan Pemble, family tree titled "Pemble", RootsWeb WorldConnect, wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com, from database named :573335, updated Aug 2001, viewed Oct 2007.

***NOTE******NOTE******NOTE***


Dates using 's' or 'say' are educated guesses by me.
If I don't know a female last name she will be identified with a 'Mrs' and her husband's name.


Nathaniel Royce

ID #1862, (1694-1760)

Family: Phebe Clark b. 20 May 1703

Biography

  • Last Edited: 10 Oct 2017

Sources of Information

  1. [S508] Evelyn Beran, family tree titled "Sanford-Shulsen Family", RootsWeb World Connect, www.rootsweb.com, from database named sanford-shulsen, updated Jun 2009, viewed Aug 2009.

***NOTE******NOTE******NOTE***


Dates using 's' or 'say' are educated guesses by me.
If I don't know a female last name she will be identified with a 'Mrs' and her husband's name.


Josiah Royce

ID #1863, (s 1698-)

Family: Abigail Clark b. 8 Jun 1705

Biography

  • Last Edited: 29 Nov 2014

Sources of Information

  1. [S204] Assumption of Researcher.

***NOTE******NOTE******NOTE***


Dates using 's' or 'say' are educated guesses by me.
If I don't know a female last name she will be identified with a 'Mrs' and her husband's name.


John Prout

ID #1864, (1705-1751)

Family: Abigail Clark b. 8 Jun 1705

Biography

  • Last Edited: 3 May 2017

Sources of Information

  1. [S204] Assumption of Researcher.
  2. [S459] Margaret Sheffler, family tree titled "BANFILL-BUCK-HAWKINS-PIKE-PERRINE", RootsWeb World Connect, www.rootsweb.com, from database named mscheffler, updated Jul 2007, viewed Jan 2008.

***NOTE******NOTE******NOTE***


Dates using 's' or 'say' are educated guesses by me.
If I don't know a female last name she will be identified with a 'Mrs' and her husband's name.


Elizabeth Miles

ID #1865, (s 1721-)

Family: Daniel Clark b. 7 Feb 1711/12, d. 17 Aug 1774

Biography

  • Last Edited: 29 Nov 2014

Sources of Information

  1. [S204] Assumption of Researcher.

***NOTE******NOTE******NOTE***


Dates using 's' or 'say' are educated guesses by me.
If I don't know a female last name she will be identified with a 'Mrs' and her husband's name.


Abigail Horton

ID #1866, (c 1732-)

Family: Daniel Clark b. 7 Feb 1711/12, d. 17 Aug 1774

Biography

  • Last Edited: 3 Dec 2014

Sources of Information

  1. [S627] Kay, family tree titled "The Ives Family", RootsWeb WorldConnect, wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com, from database named kaybaker, updated Jun 2006, viewed Oct 2007.

***NOTE******NOTE******NOTE***


Dates using 's' or 'say' are educated guesses by me.
If I don't know a female last name she will be identified with a 'Mrs' and her husband's name.


Daniel Luddington

ID #1867, (s 1716-)

Family: Susannah Clark b. 30 Sep 1717

Biography

  • Last Edited: 29 Nov 2014

Sources of Information

  1. [S204] Assumption of Researcher.

***NOTE******NOTE******NOTE***


Dates using 's' or 'say' are educated guesses by me.
If I don't know a female last name she will be identified with a 'Mrs' and her husband's name.


Richard Wood

ID #1868, (s 1676-)

Family: Sarah Clark b. 22 Aug 1681, d. 8 Mar 1720/21

Biography

  • Last Edited: 20 Aug 2017

Sources of Information

  1. [S204] Assumption of Researcher.

***NOTE******NOTE******NOTE***


Dates using 's' or 'say' are educated guesses by me.
If I don't know a female last name she will be identified with a 'Mrs' and her husband's name.


Matthew Bellamy

ID #1869, (s 1676-)

Family: Sarah Clark b. 22 Aug 1681, d. 8 Mar 1720/21

Biography

  • Last Edited: 29 Nov 2014

Sources of Information

  1. [S204] Assumption of Researcher.

***NOTE******NOTE******NOTE***


Dates using 's' or 'say' are educated guesses by me.
If I don't know a female last name she will be identified with a 'Mrs' and her husband's name.


Mary Burr

ID #1870, (s 1685-)

Family: Josiah Clark b. 6 Feb 1682/83, d. 6 Jun 1762

Biography

  • Last Edited: 17 Nov 2014

Sources of Information

  1. [S204] Assumption of Researcher.

***NOTE******NOTE******NOTE***


Dates using 's' or 'say' are educated guesses by me.
If I don't know a female last name she will be identified with a 'Mrs' and her husband's name.


Joseph Thompson

ID #1871, (s 1685-1756)

Family: Hannah Clark b. 18 Aug 1689, d. 11 Aug 1763

Biography

  • Last Edited: 17 Nov 2014

Sources of Information

  1. [S459] Margaret Sheffler, family tree titled "BANFILL-BUCK-HAWKINS-PIKE-PERRINE", RootsWeb World Connect, www.rootsweb.com, from database named mscheffler, updated Jul 2007, viewed Oct 2007.
  2. [S204] Assumption of Researcher.

***NOTE******NOTE******NOTE***


Dates using 's' or 'say' are educated guesses by me.
If I don't know a female last name she will be identified with a 'Mrs' and her husband's name.


Thomas Wheeler1

ID #1872, (1603-)

Biography

  • Last Edited: 10 Mar 2017

Sources of Information

  1. [S508] Evelyn Beran, family tree titled "Sanford-Shulsen Family", RootsWeb World Connect, www.rootsweb.com, from database named sanford-shulsen, updated Nov 2006, viewed Sep 2007.

***NOTE******NOTE******NOTE***


Dates using 's' or 'say' are educated guesses by me.
If I don't know a female last name she will be identified with a 'Mrs' and her husband's name.


Abiah Lines1

ID #1873, (1695-)

Family: Sylvanus Clark b. 1 Feb 1691/92

Biography

  • Last Edited: 10 Oct 2017

Sources of Information

  1. [S1023] David Buchroeder, family tree titled "A Tree of Life", RootsWeb World Connect, www.rootsweb.com, from database named buchroeder, updated Mar 2015, viewed Jun 2015.
  2. [S651] Duane, family tree titled "Duane Funk Family", RootsWeb World Connect, unknown url, from database named duanefunk, updated Sep 2007, viewed Sep 2007.

***NOTE******NOTE******NOTE***


Dates using 's' or 'say' are educated guesses by me.
If I don't know a female last name she will be identified with a 'Mrs' and her husband's name.


John Curtiss

ID #1874, (1642-1704)

Family: Hannah Preston b. 1635/36

Biography

  • Last Edited: 20 Sep 2014

Sources of Information

  1. [S999] Julie Barrows, family tree titled "Black/NobleCT", RootsWeb World Connect, www.rootsweb.com, from database named blackandnob, updated Mar 2003, viewed Sep 2008.
  2. [S642] Sue, family tree titled "AMERICAN GENERATIONS", RootsWeb WorldConnect, www.rootsweb.com, from database named amgen, updated May 2007, viewed Jan 2008 , date of 1665 which I think is incorrect.

***NOTE******NOTE******NOTE***


Dates using 's' or 'say' are educated guesses by me.
If I don't know a female last name she will be identified with a 'Mrs' and her husband's name.


Israel Curtis

ID #1875, (1644-1704)

Family: Rebecca Beardsley b. c 1645

Biography

  • Last Edited: 18 Nov 2014

Sources of Information

  1. [S204] Assumption of Researcher.
  2. [S481] Harold Henderson, family tree titled "ancestor exchange!", RootsWeb World Connect, www.rootsweb.com, updated Sep 2007, viewed Sep 2007 , Not Available as of Feb 2015.
  3. [S483] Sam Behling, family web site titled "Sam's Genealogy", RootsWeb, http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~sam/, updated 2007, viewed Dec 2007.

***NOTE******NOTE******NOTE***


Dates using 's' or 'say' are educated guesses by me.
If I don't know a female last name she will be identified with a 'Mrs' and her husband's name.


Elizabeth Curtiss

ID #1876, (1647-)

Family 1: John Wilcoxson b. s 1638, d. 1690

Family 2: John Welles b. s 1647

Biography

  • Last Edited: 27 Nov 2014

Sources of Information

  1. [S957] Charlotte, family tree titled "Charlotte's Web", RootsWeb WorldConnect, www.rootsweb.com, from database named cbrennan, updated Jul 2007, viewed Oct 2007 , Not Available as of Jan 2015.
  2. [S204] Assumption of Researcher.

***NOTE******NOTE******NOTE***


Dates using 's' or 'say' are educated guesses by me.
If I don't know a female last name she will be identified with a 'Mrs' and her husband's name.


Thomas Curtiss

ID #1877, (1647/48-c 1736)

Family: Mary Merriman b. 12 Jul 1657

Biography

  • Last Edited: 25 Mar 2017

Sources of Information

  1. [S999] Julie Barrows, family tree titled "Black/NobleCT", RootsWeb World Connect, www.rootsweb.com, from database named blackandnob, updated Mar 2003, viewed Sep 2008.
  2. [S48] DL Jacobus, The Families of Ancient New Haven, Rome, New York: Clarence D Smith, Vol 2, p 476.

***NOTE******NOTE******NOTE***


Dates using 's' or 'say' are educated guesses by me.
If I don't know a female last name she will be identified with a 'Mrs' and her husband's name.


Elizabeth Booth

ID #1878, (1641-1732)

Family: John Minor b. bt 30 Aug 1634 - 1635, d. 17 Sep 1718

Biography

  • Elizabeth Booth was born on 10 Sep 1641.
  • She married John Minor on Saturday, 19 Oct 1658.
  • Elizabeth Booth died on 24 Oct 1732 at age 91.
  • Last Edited: 29 Nov 2014

Sources of Information

  1. [S1008] John and Debbie Shuck, family tree titled "John and Debbie Shuck's Genealogy", RootsWeb WorldConnect, www.rootsweb.com, from database named john-shuck, updated Jan 2007, viewed Aug 2008.
  2. [S481] Harold Henderson, family tree titled "ancestor exchange!", RootsWeb World Connect, www.rootsweb.com, updated Sep 2007, viewed Sep 2007 , Not Available as of Feb 2015.

***NOTE******NOTE******NOTE***


Dates using 's' or 'say' are educated guesses by me.
If I don't know a female last name she will be identified with a 'Mrs' and her husband's name.


Benjamin Curtiss

ID #1879, (1652-1733)

Family 1: Esther Judson b. 20 Aug 1660, d. 27 Aug 1713

Family 2: Bathsheba Tomlinson b. 3 Jan 1661/62, d. 9 Feb 1735

Biography

  • Last Edited: 13 Oct 2017

Sources of Information

  1. [S999] Julie Barrows, family tree titled "Black/NobleCT", RootsWeb World Connect, www.rootsweb.com, from database named blackandnob, updated Mar 2003, viewed Sep 2008.
  2. [S914] Aaron Sargent, "Births, Marriages and Deaths in Malden", NEHGR , published 1857, volume 11-12, page 352, 84, 49 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society).
  3. [S459] Margaret Sheffler, family tree titled "BANFILL-BUCK-HAWKINS-PIKE-PERRINE", RootsWeb World Connect, www.rootsweb.com, from database named mscheffler, updated Jul 2007, viewed Nov 2007.
  4. [S1064] Clarice Y Hogan, family tree titled "Hogan, Craw and Associated Families", RootsWeb World Connect, www.rootsweb.com, from database named greendragonfly, updated Dec 2005, viewed Nov 2013.
  5. [S957] Charlotte, family tree titled "Charlotte's Web", RootsWeb WorldConnect, www.rootsweb.com, from database named cbrennan, updated Jul 2007, viewed Oct 2007 , Not Available as of Jan 2015.

***NOTE******NOTE******NOTE***


Dates using 's' or 'say' are educated guesses by me.
If I don't know a female last name she will be identified with a 'Mrs' and her husband's name.


Hannah Preston1

ID #1880, (1635/36-)

Family 1: Abraham Kimberly b. s 1656

Family 2: John Curtiss b. 14 Oct 1642, d. 17 Sep 1704

Biography

  • Last Edited: 13 Oct 2015

Sources of Information

  1. [S999] Julie Barrows, family tree titled "Black/NobleCT", RootsWeb World Connect, www.rootsweb.com, from database named blackandnob, updated Mar 2003, viewed Sep 2008.
  2. [S999] Julie Barrows, family tree titled "Black/NobleCT", RootsWeb World Connect, www.rootsweb.com, from database named blackandnob, updated Jun 2013, viewed Oct 2015.
  3. [S204] Assumption of Researcher.
  4. [S642] Sue, family tree titled "AMERICAN GENERATIONS", RootsWeb WorldConnect, www.rootsweb.com, from database named amgen, updated May 2007, viewed Jan 2008 , date of 1665 which I think is incorrect.

***NOTE******NOTE******NOTE***


Dates using 's' or 'say' are educated guesses by me.
If I don't know a female last name she will be identified with a 'Mrs' and her husband's name.