Thomas Sanford

Male 1608 - 1681


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  • Name  Thomas Sanford 
    Born  1608  Broad Oak, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  09 Oct 1681  Milford, New Haven Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Thomas Sanford (1-1) first appeared in the Town Records of Dorchester, Massachusetts. Dorchester was settled in 1630, but no lands were allotted until 3 April 1633. It is now a part of Boston and called South Boston and Dorchester. The town records begin 16 Jan 1632. The first settlers were prior to 1636 were one hundred and thirty eight in number, and Thomas Sanford was one of them. He was made a Freeman on 9 March 1637. This right or title conferred upon the holder the right of suffrage and also an advantage in the division of lands. The principal qualification for this position was church membership in a Congregational church. Much reference is made in the notes as to the term "freeman". A freeman was required to be of godly walk and conversation, required to be at least twenty years of age, to take the Freeman's Oath of allegiance to the government of Massachusetts, to be worth 200, to hold office if elected or pay a fine of forty shillings, to vote at all elections or pay same fine.

      He was allotted land in Dorchester in 1635. He entered into an agreement to look after the town cows for the season of 1635 and 1637. It is believed that he married in Dorchester and this his first two children were born there. It is also believed that he stayed there until after April, 1640, when the parcel of land was granted to him that had been previously only "booked" to him. He was surely in Milford in January, 1642, when he joined the church. His third child, Mary, is recorded in the records of the First Church of Milford as having been born in January 1641.

      Milford land records indicate that he was allotted land there beginning in 1643. His name appears in other instances over the years as late as 1680. They indicate that he bore his part and was held in the good opinion of this neighbors, that he was a frugal and industrious citizen, which was shown by the amount of his estate, appraised 21 Oct 1681, soon after his death at over 450. Two of his sons, Ezekiel and Samuel became quite wealthy for those times. Records indicate that he could read, write, and "cast accompts (accounts)." His will shows him to have been a prosperous, successful man, of a kindly and generous nature and of exceptional character.

      Thomas Sanford Genealogy
      c., 1911, pp. 60-82

      Thomas Sanford arrived in the colonies with his younger brother Andrew and his uncle, Andrew Warner, in 1632 at Dorchester, Massachusetts. He sailed on the ship Arabella as part of the Winthrop Fleet. Many ships over many months came as a part of that activity. He, one brother and their uncle, traveled as single men. He married Dorothea Meadows in Dorchester and they had two children. She died shortly after. He married Sarah Meadows and they set out for Hartford, Connecticut, where some of his relatives had settled, then went on to Milford, Connecticut, where they made their home and had more children. They became an important part of that community by owning property and being very active in both church and civic affairs. They were considered among the founders of Milford, Connecticut. All but the first two children were born at Milford and the parents were buried there. He was married to Sarah Meadows in 1641 in Dorchester. There are no stones marking their graves. The oldest stone marker is 1726, Mrs. Samuel Sanford. Maid Sara Whitlock is mentioned in his will. (Source: Elizabeth Wallace)

      John Sanford, San Jose, CA (June, 1996)
    Person ID  I28451  Bryant
    Last Modified  13 May 2007 

    Father  Ezekiel Sanford,   b. 20 Feb 1586, Stansted-Mountfitchet, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1683, Stansted-Mountfitchet, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Rose Warner,   b. 1588, Broad Oak, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Great Waltham, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1607  Broad Oak, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1705  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Sarah Meadows,   b. Abt 1612, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1635  Dorchester, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ezekiell Sanford,   b. Between 1635 and 1637, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Oct 1683, Fairfield, Fairfield Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Samuel Sanford,   b. 30 Apr 1643, Milford, New Haven Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1691, Milford, New Haven Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Thomas Sanford,   b. Dec 1644, probably, New Haven, New Haven Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1721, New Haven, New Haven Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Elizabeth Sanford,   b. 27 Aug 1648, Milford, New Haven Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F2419  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Dorthea Meadows,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Sep 1629  Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F2420  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1608 - Broad Oak, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
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