Thomas Savage
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Thomas Savage (abt. 1595 - bef. 1633)

Ensign Thomas Savage
Born about in , Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1623 (to 1627) in Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Savage Neck, Accomack County, Virginiamap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Oct 2013
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Sometimes referred to as "The Ensign," and/or "Ancient Planter"
Disputed wife and family



Thomas was born about 1594-95 in England, the son of unknown parents.
He may have been born in Cheshire, England, or Worcestershire, England.
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."[1]

Indian negotiator

"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.[2]
Other sources add another son and a daughter:
  1. Thomas Savage
  2. Sarah Savage
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.)[3]
Thomas died of unknown causes on 24 September 1633 in Savage Neck, Accomack County, Virginia, while he was still in his thirties.
Alternate death information: Died 1631 or 1635 in Cherrystone, Northampton County], Virginia], or 1627 at Savage Neck, Accomack County, Virginia].
He was survived by his son, John, who inherited his land, and his wife, who by 1638 had married a planter named Daniel Cugley.


Name: Thomas /Savage/
Given Name: Thomas
Surname: Savage[4]


Date: 1592
Place: , WORCESTERSHIRE, England[5]


Husband: Thomas Savage
Wife: Hannah Tyng
Marriage: [6]
Child: John Savage
Husband: Arthur Savage
Wife: Jane Stafford
Marriage: [7]
Child: Thomas Savage


Date: 1627
Place: , ACCOMACK, VA[8]

Disputed spouse and child

May have had a son earlier, by a woman of either Powhatan's or Debedeavon's people:

About Debedeavon:

Looks more likely to me that it would be Debedeavon's people. Powhatan sent young Thomas away to live with them.


Hannah 'Ann' Elkington b. c 1600, d. b 17 May 1641. She married Daniel Cugley 2nd.


Capt. John (2) Savage I+ b. 1624, d. b 11 Dec 1678

Thomas was born in 1594. He passed away in 1633.

Fora larger view of the image below, click here.

Plaque for Thomas Savage


Ens Thomas Savage
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."[9]


  2. URL: Accessed 6 Dec 2019.
  3. Adventureres of Purse and Person, p. 534 and N'hamp Orders, Wills, Deeds, etc., 1632-40, f. 11).
  4. Source: #S1722 Page: Ann Lucas
  5. Source: #S1722 Page: Ann Lucas
  6. Source: #S1722
  7. Source: #S1722 Page: Ann Lucas
  8. Source: #S1722 Page: Ann Lucas
  9. janine mcquiston (46941674), maintained by William Mills (47533441)., Ens Thomas Savage, Record added 9 Jul 2011. URL: Accessed 14 November 2019.


  • Janice (Vaughn) Stern imported the data for Thomas Savage (1594-1633) from Stern_Vaughn Family Tree(1).ged on 14 Oct 2013.


  • 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.
  • Ralph T. Whitelaw, Virginia's Eastern Shore (A History of Northampton and Accomack Counties).
  • John Frederick Dorman, Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5, p. 118 (Savage Family). Unable to access on 14 Nov 2019.
  • Virginia M. Meyer & John Frederick Dorman, Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5.
  • Northampton Co, VA, Orders, Wills, Deeds, 1632-1640, f. 11.
  • Carl Savage's Genealogy WFT #4976 Source Media Type: Electronic


  • Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current
  • 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.

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The book "Houses Virginians Have Loved," by Agnes Rothery, 1954, states: "Thomas Savage (age 13) came to Virginia in 1608 with Christopher Newport and so caught the fancy of Powhatan that it was arranged that the English boy should be exchanged for an Indian one. Young Savage must have been an attractive lad, for when Powhatan's brother saw him, he too coveted him. Thereupon, Powhatan, who chose to call the boy Newport, sent him to live with Debedeavon, the 'Laughing King' who was chief of all Accomack. Once again young Savage found favor, and Debedeavon gave the south side of Wissaponson to his adopted son, Thomas Savage. A patent for this tract of nine thousand acres - the largest patent then on record - was issued in 1664 to Captain John Savage, the son of Thomas, and since then the name has kept alive through numerous descendants. John Savage's first wife was Ann Elkington, and in her honor the present house was built in 1799 and named Elkington."
posted by Linda (Noland) Layman
How do you know that the Thomas Savage born in Cheshire, England in 1594 is the same Thomas that came over to Jamestown.

The surname Savage was very common in England at that time, especially in the Norfolk and Suffolk areas. Also you have two of his children born before the marriage date of 1623 - 1627.

posted by Malcolm Hoare
Removed Sir Arthur Savage and his wife as parents. No indication of that relationship and even quoted sources for this Thomas Savage indicate that there is no information on who his parents were. The Thomas Savage who is a son Sir Arthur Savage and Jane Stafford was knighted in Cadiz and married to Dowglas Snagg. They had three children. This certainly excludes him from having been on a ship to America at age 13.
posted by Thom Anderson
Savage-2191 and Savage-1843 appear to represent the same person because: same person
posted by M (McQueen) M
The birth date for this Thomas is either wrong or he did not have a child named Thomas. Chris do you have any sources to share?

Ive posted some sources but they prove what I just stated.

posted by M (McQueen) M

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