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  • ID: I2895
  • Name: Tobias Saunders
  • Given Name: Tobias
  • Surname: Saunders
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1629/30 in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Death: AUG 1695 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
  • Note:
    In 1666 he moved from Newport, Rhode Island to Westerly, Rhode Island.
    A list of free inhabitants of the town of Westerly on 18 May 1669
    included: "Tobias Saunders 17 lot".

    CONNECTICUT NUTMEGGER: Vol. 29, No. 4, pp 583-588. Paul A. Saunders,
    "The English Origins of Tobias Saunders of Westerly, RI".

    The following information concerning Tobias Saunders is from "The
    First Hundred Years -- Pawcatuck Seventh Day Baptist Church"; Utter
    Co.; Westerly, R.I.; 1940; pp 284-85.

    "Tobias Saunders first appears in the records of Taunton, Mass., in
    1643 and is thought to have died in 1695, as his will was proved on
    the second of September in that year. Although he was a member of the
    first Seventh Day Baptist Church in America at Newport, his ancestor,
    Rev. Lawrence Saunders, was not known to have been a Sabbath-keeper.
    He was one of the Christian martyrs burned to death outside the city
    of Coventry, England, on Sabbath Day, February 9, 1555.

    Tobias Saunders was a soldier of the King in old England and at one
    time was one of the King's Life Guard. He was made a freeman in
    Newport in 1655 and on September 9, 1661, received a quarter of a
    share in the division of the land at Misquamicut, as Westerly was then
    called. Almost immediately he was in the midst of trouble as he, his
    father-in-law [NOTE: see notes for his wife, Mary PECKHAM, not
    CLARKE], Joseph Clarke, and Robert Burdick laid claim to Southertown
    (Southertown included the later limits of the town of Stonington [CT]
    and much of Westerly) which both Connecticut and Massachusetts claimed
    as theirs. All three were arrested November 1, 1661, by William
    Palmer, constable, but Joseph Clarke was freed later.

    Saunders and Burdick were both placed on trial before Governor
    Endicott and associates November 14, 1661, in Boston. Their defense
    was that they had bought the land from the Indians by the authority of
    the Court of Rhode Island. Bonds were set at one hundred pounds each
    and in the absence of surety, they were committed to prison for trial
    in May 1662. At that time they were fined forty pounds each and Rhode
    Island was notified to send in the fines, but they were kept in jail
    two years.

    Later Connecticut was given a new charter giving Southertown to her
    and Massachusetts retired from the contest. Still later a compromise
    was reached in England whereby Connecticut relinquished her claim to
    the disputed territory in Westerly to Rhode Island. Tobias Saunders,
    Robert Burdick, Joseph Clarke, and John Crandall were a few of the
    strong men of their day who stood steadfast, endured persecution and
    imprisonment not only because of the land disputes but also on account
    of the religious freedom guaranteed to the residents of Rhode Island,
    but not vouchsafed to the Connecticut settlers where the Puritan
    church was to all intents the State religion.

    Tobias Saunders was a deputy to the General Assembly of Rhode Island
    from Westerly many terms and was active in the Westerly congregation
    of the Newport church ..."

    Lyle S. Saunders

    NOTE: Three of his daughters died of smallpox as adults.
  • Type: Creation Date
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  • Change Date: 17 Dec 2002 at 15:14:45



    Father: Tobias Saunders b: ABT 1596 in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England
    Mother: Isabel Wilde b: ABT 1598 in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England

    Marriage 1 Mary Peckham b: ABT 1641 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island
    • Married: 1661 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island 6
    Children
    1. Has Children Elizabeth Saunders b: ABT 1663 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
    2. Has No Children John Saunders b: ABT 1669 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
    3. Has No Children Edward Saunders b: ABT 1672 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
    4. Has No Children Stephen Saunders b: ABT 1675 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
    5. Has No Children Mercy Saunders b: ABT 1677 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
    6. Has No Children Benjamin Saunders b: ABT 1682 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
    7. Has No Children Sarah Saunders b: ABT 1684 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
    8. Has No Children Susanna Saunders b: ABT 1689 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island

    Sources:
    1. Abbrev: Stonington Chronology
      Title: Stonington Chronology 1649 - 1949
      Author: Williams Haynes
      Publication: Stonington, Connecticutt: Pequot Press, 1976
      Repository:
        Name: Seattle Public Library

      Page: p. 16
    2. Abbrev: Rhode Island Genealogies
      Title: Genealogies of Rhode Island Families
      Publication: Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1989
      Page: p. 143
    3. Title: Connecticut Nutmegger
      Repository:
        Name: Spokane Public Library
        Date: 17 Dec 2002

      Date: 17 Dec 2002
      Page: Vol. 29, No. 4, pp 583-588.
      Text: Paul A. Saunders, "The English Origins of Tobias Saunders of Westerly, RI".
    4. Abbrev: TAG
      Title: The American Genealogist
      Page: Vol. 24, p. 72
    5. Abbrev: Peckham Ancestry
      Title: The English Ancestry and American Descendants of John Peckham
      Author: Stephen Farnum Peckham & Byron Judson Peckham
      Publication: New York, New York: National Historical Company, 1922
      Repository:
        Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society
        Date: 17 Dec 2002

      Page: pp. 217-218
    6. Title: Jim Woodworth's GEDCOM file from WolrdConnect
      Abbrev: Jim Woodworth
      Author: Jim Woodworth
      Publication: Merged on 17 Dec 2002 at 14:29:26
      Text: GEDCOM download from RootsWeb WorldConnect. Owner: Jim Woodworth
      Date: 26 Dec 2005
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