10G Edward Sanderson & Mary Egellston
Edward Sanderson (1614-1680) is said to have left from Ipswich, England about Apr 15 1635 on the ship Increase, although his name is not found on the list (NEHGS-Register Vol 127 1973). Early proprietor in Watertown until 1654 when he moved to Cambridge and supposedly died there May 1680 (NEHGS-Register Vol 127 1973). However Cutter says he died Sep 1 1674 (NEHGS-Register Vol 127 1973).
Married Oct 16 1645 Mary Egellston (NEHGS). The Great Migration disputes that she was the daughter of Bygot (Bagot, etc) Eggleston of CT as many sources state. Anderson says it “is unlikely for many reasons: the Mary baptized in Norwich in 1614 (WaVR 12), the Mary baptized at Norwich would have been thirty at the time of this marriage, Bigod did not name her or any of her children in his will, and the Egglestons of Windsor had no known connection with Watertown at this early date.” (GM).
It is often stated Edward & Robert were brothers but that it has not been proven without doubt. Robert’s will dated Jul 18 1693 and proved Oct 21 1693 states he bequeathed three pounds to “my brother Edward, to buy him a cow” but it is evident our Edward had died by then (NEHGS-Register Vol 127 1973). Cutter says Edward only had one child but it doesn’t seem to be the case according to NEHGS-Register Vol 127 1973.
1. Jonathan Sanderson b. Sep 15 1646 (NEHGS-Register Vol 127 1973) see previous
UPDATE-PLEASE SEE KEVIN SANDERSON'S COMMENT & RESEARCH
AT THE END OF THIS POST FOR MUCH MORE
THE FOLLOWING CHILDREN ARE DISPUTED AS
THIS EDWARD SANDERSON'S
Hester/Ester Sanderson b. Mar 12 1652 d. Oct 1 1693 (NEHGS-Register Vol 127 1973)
Abigail Sanderson b. ____?____ d. Oct 8 1693 m. Oct 27 1687 Shubel Child (NEHGS-Register Vol
Hannah Sanderson b. ____?_____d. Mar 14 1743 m: Richard Norcross (NEHGS-Register Vol 127
Ann Sanderson b. Oct 19 1654, First Church of Boston (NEHGS-Register Vol 127 1973)
It is repeatedly said the name is frequently spelled Sanders or Saunders in early records.
According to Jennifer Monaghan in her book Learning to Read & Write in Colonial America on pages 35-36, she mentions the family of Edward Sanderson of Watertown. She states:
“Yet Watertown did take action on the family of Edward Sanderson. Sanderson’s family of six children had been the largest of those identified as illiterate back in 1661. In January 1671, the Selectmen raised the possibility of apprenticing one of his children. Two months later the crisis came to a head. Complaints were being made by other townfolk that the Sanderson family did not have enough for themselves or their children to live on. In consideration of the fact that ‘it would be the charge of the towne to prouide for the wholl fameley which will be hard to doe this year’ the town decided the best step would be to apprentice two of the children ‘with the consent of their parents if it may be hade’ otherwise with the help of the magistrate. In March, Sanderson’s eight-year old daughter [b. 1663] was apprenticed to John Fleg, son of one of the selectman, until the age of eighteen. Her education was covered by Fleg’s undertaking to bring her up in all respects as an apprentice, as the law required. The Sandersons had apparently complied voluntarily, because there is no record that the town was forced to resort to the court and invoke the reading law.”
This makes me wonder given Deacon Jonathan Sanderson’s apprenticeship mentioned in the previous sketch which was thought to have taken place about 1663, that there were perhaps even more than six children….???. This should be looked into further.
(Monaghan) Learning to Read and Write in Colonial America By E. Jennifer Monaghan
(GM) Great Migration Begins, by Anderson - available from NEHGS
(NEHGS- Vol 127 1973) & (NEHGS Vol 128 1974) See the New England Historical Genealogical Register for articles in 2 parts written by Page Sanderson of Meredith, NH. It seems to me to be the most accurate, sourced & complete account of the Sanderson Family that I have found.
(NEHGS) Record is listed with the New England Historical Genealogical Society via AmericanAncestors.org
(FSR) Family Search Records
(FS) FamilySearch.org – ancestral file – This is not a source I generally use, nor do I recommend it other than for hints. Many times this is incorrect & incomplete. I feel the same way about Family Trees on Ancestry.com. They are not in my opinion, real sources unless they can be traced to an actual record. Despite that I included them because most often I had a back up source.
(Ancestry.com) US Census Records
(GP-V3) Gene & Person. By Cutter Vol III
(NW-Wall) North Worcester, Its First Settlers and Old Farms: An Historical Address ...
By Caleb Arnold Wall **More on the Smith line
(GF) The Gale Family Records in England and the United States: To which are Added ...
By George Gale
(GPMR-V1) Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of ..., Volume 1
edited by William Richard Cutter
(HHPG-V4) Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs ..., Volume 4
edited by William Richard Cutter
These were consulted but not specifically used:
(HA-Stearns) History of Ashburnham, Massachusetts, from the Grant of Dorchester Canada to ...
By Ezra S. Stearns
(HM-Buckminster) via The Hastings memorial: a genealogical account of the descendants of Thomas ... By Lydia Nelson Hastings Buckminster)
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