Thomas Savage has been disconnected from unproven parents, Sir Arthur Savage and Jane Stafford Savage. Please contact me and/or the profile manager if you have reliable evidence for parentage. Thank you. (Patricia Prickett Hickin, 14 April 2019.)
Known as "Ancient Thomas Savage", he arrived in Jamestown Virginia, with the "First Supply" on the ship known as "The John and Francis", in January 1607/08.
He was 13 years old and listed as a "Laborer" on the passenger list."
"Savage may have been present when Captain Samuel Argall kidnapped Pocahontas in 1613, and he played a critical role in negotiating an end to the fighting between the English and the Pamunkey tribe in March 1614. That May—after the marriage of Pocahontas to John Rolfe effectively ended the First Anglo-Powhatan War—Savage returned to the Indian capital with Ralph Hamor, secretary of the colony. Their mission was to arrange a marriage between Powhatan's youngest daughter and Sir Thomas Dale, the governor of Jamestown. According to Hamor, the paramount chief greeted Savage warmly, but scolded him for escaping: "My childe you are welcome, you have bin a straunger to me these foure yeeres, at what time I gave you leave to goe to Paspahae [Jamestown] … to see your friends, and till now you never returned." Despite the warm reception, Hamor and Savage's attempt to arrange the marriage was unsuccessful." from EncyclopediaVirginia.
Thomas Savage stands (left center) gesturing as he negotiates peace with the Indians,
Marriage and family
About 1623, when he was in his later twenties, he married Hannah 'Ann' Elkington.
The Encyclopedia Virginia has this to say about Thomas's wife:
"In or around 1621, Savage had received . . . a large tract of land on the Eastern Shore containing an estimated 9,000 acres. (This tract of land would become known as Savage's Neck.) About two years later, he married a woman named Hannah (sometimes Ann), who had come to Virginia at her own expense in 1621 on the Seaflower. The two had a son, John, around 1624. Savage's prosperity in the fur trade is reflected in the records of the day: by early 1625, Savage was recorded as possessing a house, a barn, a boat, and two servants; two years later, he was the owner of a 150-acre plantation, Savages Choice.
Other sources add another son and a daughter:
Click here for a family website, SAVAGE ANCESTRY, by R. Blair Savage, which argues that Thomas's first wife was a native American and that Hannah was Thomas's second wife and the step-mother of his son.
From Savage Ancestry
"It is documented that an Ann/Hannah was a wife of Ensign Thomas Savage and that they had at least one child, John Savage, later called, Capt. John Savage. I believe that Ann/Hannah was the Ensign's second wife and the step-mother of the "Belson" boy. I believe this boy was actually Thomas Savage the Carpenter, the son of the Ensign and a native girl. I believe "Belson" was a family name given to the boy to distinguish him from his father, Ensign Thomas Savage. I believe this young fellow may have been called, Thomas "Belson" Savage. This is a theory which is yet to be proven."
Email from Paula Grimes Kenney
to Patricia Prickett Hickin, 18 Feb 2016 12:07am
" Hello Patricia, I just wanted to mention in case it might be helpful to you that I have done a great deal of research on Thomas Savage as he is my 9th great grandfather. He and his children are listed through many sources as being descendants of Chief Powhatan. As you know he was married to Hannah Tyng. In the National Archives there is a note that Hannah Tyng was the English name for Indian Princess Hannaniting though they aren't clear about what tribe she is from. Since Thomas Savage is listed as having been married to an "Unknown" daughter of Powhatan I have come to believe that Hannah Tyng could only have been Princess Hanniniting Powhatan, the apparently forgotten daughter of Chief Powhatan. I think she is often confused with the Hannah Tyng who married a Thomas Savage at a later date in Boston. So I think most people who are doing the genealogy of Thomas Savage of Jamestown have his wife's genealogy all wrong because she has been confused with the other Hannah Tyng who is from a completely different family. Paula Grimes Kenney."
He was probably the first permanent white settler on the Eastern Shore].
Having added the role of planter to his resume, Savage continued to serve as an interpreter until his death.
He died between 12 Aug 1631 and 24 Sep 1633. (At that time, the widow Hannah Savage went on a bond of £500 for her neighbor Daniel Cugley.)
Thomas died of unknown causes on 24 September 1633 in Savage Neck, Accomack County, Virginia, while he was still in his thirties.
Birth: 1595 England; Death: 1633 (aged 37–38) Northampton County, Virginia; Burial: Jamestown Fort James Cemetery, Jamestown, James City County, Virginia, USA. Memorial #: 73093890.
Bio: Thomas Savage, Ensign - He came to Virginia in the first supply ship, the "John and Francis" with Captain Christopher Newport, who arrived at Jamestown on 8 January 1608. He was the first permanent white settler on the Eastern Shore. In 1931, some of the descendants of Ensign Thomas Savage, erected a large, bronze plaque in the Old Church in Jamestown, Virginia to honor him. It states the following: "Thomas Savage, Gentleman and Ensign. The First White Settler on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Hostage to Powhatan 1608; His Loyalty and Fearlessnss endeared him to the Great King who treated him as his son, while he rendered invaluable aid to the Colony as Interpreter. Greatly beloved by Debedeavon, the Laughing King of the Accawmackes. He was given a Tract of Nine Thousand Acres of Land known as Savage's Neck. He obtained food for the starving Colony at Jamestown through his friendship with the kindly Eastern Shore Indians. A relation of his voyages on the Great Bay in search of trade for the English was read before the London Company at a Court held July 10th, 1621.John Pory, Secretary of the Colony says, "He with much Honestee and Good Success, served the Publique without any Publique recompense, yet had an arrow shot through his body in their service."
Janice (Vaughn) Stern imported the data for Thomas Savage (1594-1633) from Stern_Vaughn Family Tree(1).ged on 14 Oct 2013.
Ancestry.com. Ye kingdome of Accawmacke, or, The Eastern Shore of Virginia in the seventeenth century Includes bibliographical references (p. 379-381) and index. Original data - Wise, Jennings C.. Ye kingdome of Accawmacke, or, The Eastern Shore of Virginia in the seventeenth century. Richmond, Va.: Bell Book and Stationery Co., 1911.
NUGENT, NELL MARION. Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1666. Vol. 1. Richmond [VA]: Dietz Printing Co., 1934. 767p. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1983.