Thomas Savage
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Thomas Savage (abt. 1607 - 1682)

Captain Thomas Savage
Born about in Rocksavage, Chester, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1637 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married 15 Sep 1652 (to about 14 Feb 1682) in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Thomas Savage migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Project protected by PGM because of known common errors in his ancestry. Specifically, he is not the son of Thomas Savage and Elizabeth Darcy as commonly said. Please see the errors section and this G2G for more details.

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Biography

Captain Thomas Savage was born about 1607/8.[1][2] at Rocksavage, Chester, England. He sailed from England aboard the "Planter" in 1635.[1][3] He is sometimes said to be the son of Thomas Savage and Elizabeth Darcy, but this has been positively disproved. From the coat of arms on a contemporary painting and the same arms found on his gravestone, he is likely a member of the family of Savage of Rocksavage in Cheshire, but his exact connection to the family has not been found or proven.
Thomas Savage settled in Charlestown, Massachusetts. [4]
Although he may not have stayed around long, this is almost certainly the same Thomas Savage who signed the Portsmouth Compact in 1638. Most likely, he followed at the urging of his wife who was the daughter of Anne Hutchinson who was involved in the Antinomian Controversy.

Birth

Born: About 1607.
- Aged 27 on 2 April 1635.[3]
- Deposed aged about fifty-seven years on 26 November 1664. [5]
- Deposed aged about sixty-seven years on 1 July 1674. [6]

Marriages and Children

Married: 1st - Faith Hutchinson, daughter of William and Ann (Marbury) Hutchinson, by 1637. [7]
Married: 2nd - Thomas returned to Boston and remarried to Mary Symmes on 15 Sept 1652. [8]
Capt Thomas Savage was marryed to Mary Simmes the daughter of Zechariah Simmes Pastor of the Church of Christ in Charlestowne pr Mr Increase Nowell 15: 7mo.: 52.[9]
Children of Thomas Savage and his first wife Faith Hutchinson include:[1]:
  1. Habijah Savage, b. Boston, 1 Aug 1638; m. Boston, 8 May 1661 Hannah Tyng.
  2. Thomas Savage, b. Boston, 28 May 1640; m. by 1665 Elizabeth Scottow
  3. Hannah Savage, b. Boston, 28 June 1643; m. Boston, 26 Oct 1660, Benjamin Gilliam
  4. Ephraim Savage, b. Boston, 2 July 1645; married 4 times
  5. Mary Savage, bp. Boston 6 June 1647; m. by 1671 Thomas Thatcher
  6. Dyonisia Savage, bp. Boston, 30 December 1649; m. (1) by 1681 Samuel Ravenscroft; m. (2) by 1695 Thomas Hadley.
  7. Perez Savage, b. Boston, Boston, 17 Feb 1651/2; unmarried
Children with his second wife Mary include[1]:
  1. Sarah Savage, b. Boston, 25 June 1653; m. Salem, 9 Oct 1672, John Higginson
  2. Richard Savage
  3. Samuel Savage
  4. Samuel Savage
  5. Zechariah Savage
  6. Ebenezer Savage
  7. John Savage, b. Boston, 15 Aug 1661; d. Boston, 23 Aug 1661.
  8. Benjamin Savage
  9. Arthur Savage
  10. Elizabeth Savage
  11. Elizabeth Savage

Death

Died: 1 February 1682 in Boston, Massachusetts. [1][10]
Buried: King's Chapel Burying Ground in Boston, Massachusetts.
“Here lieth interred the body of Major Thomas Savage age 75 years deceased the 15 of February 1681/2”
Will: Dated 28 June 1675 and proved 23 February 1681[/2], “Thomas Savage of Boston Senior”
“my dear wife Mary Savage … during her natural life the use of my new house at Hog Island, with the new garden and orchard on the west side with the westermost barn, and so all the land from the said house over the hill to the creek, northward and southward to the sea, with the use of forty acres of marsh adjoining to the lesser island with five cows and two oxen, and eight swine and seventy sheep, also I give her for her own proper use to be disposed of as she please my best bed saving one with all the furniture of blankets and three pair of sheets, also a Negro maid and one silver tankard”;
to “my daughter Hannah Gillam one hundred & eighty pounds and to each of her three children fifty pounds per piece”;
to “my son Thomas Savage one hundred & fifty pounds and to each of his three children fifty pounds per piece”;
to “my daughter Mary Thacher one hundred & fifty pounds & to each of her four children fifty pounds per piece”;
to “Thomas Savage the son of my son Habiah Savage deceased … one hundred & fifty pounds and to each of his two daughters fifty pounds per piece”;
to “Hannah Savage the widow of my son Habija fifty pounds”;
to “my son Ephraim Savage one hundred & fifty pounds and to his 3 child [sic] fifty pounds”;
to “my daughter Higginson all my land situate in Salem Town or two hundred pounds … and unto Mary Higginson her daughter fifty pounds”;
to “my daughter Dinnice one hundred pounds”;
to “my son Ebenezar three hundred pounds”;
to “my son Benj[amin] three hundred pounds”; “my son Thomas Savage and my son Ephraim Savage and my son Perez Savage and my son Ebenezer Savage” to be executors;
“my well beloved friends Mr. John Hull and Mr. Isaac Addington to be overseers” who are to receive “five pounds per piece”; to “my son Perez three hundred & fifty pounds”; “in case my beloved wife do not accept of what is above said I leave her to take her thirds as the law directs and resign up what is abovesaid”;
“my seal ring to my son Thomas and my stone ring to my son Ephraim”;
“my sword with the silver hilt unto my son Perez and plain ring to daughter Gillam” [SPR 6:370].

Research Notes

He was Christened there in 1611. [citation needed]
There is a Thomas Savage christened on Aug 1611 in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England who was the son of John Savage and wife Alice. [11]

Common Errors to Avoid

Parents and origins: It has been suggested and can be found on the internet that he is the son of Sir Thomas Savage, 1st Viscount Savage and Elizabeth Darcy, Countess Rivers suo jure. - this is incorrect. Thomas Savage and Elizabeth Darcy had a son Thomas who was born at approximately the correct time; however, this Thomas is known to have married Elizabeth Whitmore and died in 1655. [12] [13]
Interestingly, there is evidence showing that Captain Thomas Savage does belong to the family of Savage of Rock Savage. In the background of his portrait (painted c1679)is a coat-of-arms Argent, six lions sable. [14] These same arms are also on his tombstone. The arms are those of the Savages of Rock Savage and Clifton, Cheshire and were apparently adopted by Sir John Savage (d. 1550). [15]
Parents and origins: Savage, in his Genealogical Dictionary of New England, stated that Thomas Savage (his own ancestor) was the son of"William of Taunton, Co. Somerset, blacksmith, where the name prevails in the parish reg. for the whole reign of Elizabeth had been apprent. at Merchant Tailors, London, as the comp. rec. prove, in the 18th yr. of James, 9 Jan. 1621," [16] No evidence has ever been found to back up this assertion, though it also not clear that this possibility has been fully researched. The heraldic evidence noted above, however, would seem to indicate that Captain Thomas Savage belongs to the family of Savage of Rocksavage and not to the family of Taunton, co. Somerset.

Sources

Footnotes and citations:
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Anderson, Great Migration 1634-1635, Vol. 6, (2009), 6:177-189.
  2. Stephen, Sir Leslie, ed. Dictionary of National Biography, 1921–1922. Volumes 1–20, 22. London, England: Oxford University Press, 1921–1922.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hotten. Original Lists of Persons of Quality. (1874): page 45.
  4. Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2012 citing New England Ship and Passenger Lists In Boulder Genealogical Society Quarterly (Boulder, CO). Vol. 5:2 (May 1973), pp. 23-27 (1634).
  5. Essex Quarterly Court Records, vol. 3 (1913): 210.
  6. Essex Quarterly Court Records, vol. 5 (1916):376.
  7. Torrey, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.
  8. Clemens, William Montgomery. American Marriage Records Before 1699. Pompton Lakes, NJ, USA: Biblio Co., 1926.
  9. New England Historic Genealogical Society. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Early Records of Boston. (Boston: The New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1856), 10:222.
  10. Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).
  11. Genealogical Society of Utah. British Isles Vital Records Index, 2nd Edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, copyright 2002. Used by permission.
  12. Savage-Armstrong. Savages of the Ards. (1888): 39.
  13. Boothman. Savage Fortunes. (2006): pg. xxxvi.
  14. Museum of Fine Arts Boston website.
  15. Ormerod. The History of Chester, vol. 1 2nd edition ed. Helsby (1882):716.
  16. Savage. Genealogical Dictionary of New England', vol. 4 (1862):26.
Source list:
  • Anderson, Robert Charles. Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VI, R–S. (Boston: NEHGS, 2009): 177-189, biography of Thomas Savage. AmericanAncestors.org (paid) LINK
  • Essex County Courts. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex, vol. 3: 1662-1667. (Salem, 1913):210. HathiTrust.org LINK
  • Essex County Courts. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex, vol. 5: 1672-1674. (Salem, 1916):376. HathiTrust.org LINK
  • Hotten, John Camden. The original lists of persons of quality; emigrants... (London, 1874): 45. Archive.org LINK
  • Ormerod, George and Thomas Helsby ed. The History of the County Palatine and City of Chester, vol. 1 2nd edition edited by Thomas Helsby (London, 1882):716. Books.google.com LINK
  • Lawrence Park. Major Thomas Savage of Boston and his descendants. (Boston : Press of D. Clapp & Son, 1914). Archive.org LINK
  • Savage-Armstrong, George Francis. The Ancient and Noble Family of the Savages of the Ards, with Sketches of English and American Branches of the House of Savage. (London, 1888): 39. Books.google.com LINK
  • Boothman, Lyn , Richard Hyde Parker, David Percy Dymond eds. Savage Fortune: An Aristocratic Family in the Early Seventeenth. (Suffolk Records Society vol. 49, 2006): pg. xxxvi (introduction). Books.google.com preview
  • Museum of Fine Arts Boston website. Portrait and description of Thomas Savage, attributed to Thomas Smith (painted 1670). MFA Website
  • Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations... vol. 4. (Boston, 1862): 26. vol. 4, pg. 26.
  • Clemens, William Montgomery. American Marriages Before 1699. American Marriage Records Before 1699. Pompton Lakes, NJ, USA: Biblio Co., 1926.
  • Godfrey Memorial Library. American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Middletown, CT, USA: Godfrey Memorial Library. Reference: Tracey gen., being some of the des. Of Steph. Tracy, of Plymouth Colony, 1623. By Sherman Weld Tracy. Rutland, Vt. 1936. (242p.):183, 190, chart
  • Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004
  • Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).
  • Stephen, Sir Leslie, ed. Dictionary of National Biography, 1921–1922. Volumes 1–20, 22. London, England: Oxford University Press, 1921–1922.
  • Torry, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.
  • R. Blair Savage "Savage Ancestry"
  • Dictionary of National Biography, Volumes 1-20, 22, Page 1160
  • U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, "NEW ENGLAND SHIP AND PASSENGER LISTS." In Boulder Genealogical Society Quarterly (Boulder, CO). Vol. 5:2 (May 1973), pp. 23-27 (1634), Page 28


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Thomas Savage, aged 27, a tailor, in emigration list 6 April 1635 and he is one of a group who bought certificate from the minister at St Albans, Hertfordshire 2 April 1635 Page 831 Nonconformity in Herts: Being Lectures Upon the Nonconforming Worthies of St ...

By William Urwick (this certificate is mentioned in North American Family Histories) https://books.google.ca/books?id=fKBhAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA137&lpg=PA137&dq=certified+by+minister+at+st+albans+hertfordshire&source=bl&ots=JTLLzoRaIX&sig=ACfU3U19OSGovu4_zAKPu9FiguExb525KQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi3o_Xy7YzsAhUFuZ4KHeTTB2g4ChDoATAIegQICBAB#v=onepage&q=savage&f=false

posted by Beryl Meehan
This is the record of his immigration and there are references to it in the biography.
posted by Joe Cochoit
Bio notes do not mention the certificate from the minister at St Albans.

If he was from Taunton, Somerset, there is a christening: Thomas Savage 2 May 1602 son of William Savage in Taunton St Mary - By subscription Image 56 - https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/60856/images/42886_1831109331_0992-00056?treeid=&personid=&hintid=&queryId=70eea4d7c21c592761afc5e44728d548&usePUB=true&_phsrc=IzZ1105&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&_ga=2.84282591.776259929.1598317044-1670828725.1591635556&pId=3165506

posted by Beryl Meehan
edited by Beryl Meehan
According to Anderson, Great Migration 1634-1635, Vol. 6, R-S., who has an extensive write-up on Captain Thomas Savage, his parents and origins are unknown.

He is certainly not the son of Sir Thomas Savage, 1st Viscount Savage and Elizabeth Darcy, Countess Rivers suo jure. They had a son Thomas but he married Elizabeth Whitmore and died in 1655.

His parents need to be disconnected. Thank you.

posted by Joe Cochoit
Joe, if the Viscount and Countess were ever disconnected as parents, they've returned. Will you handle this disconnect, with notes please? Then I think this profile needs PPP.

Please see Beryl's comment above.

Thanks.

Cheryl, please project protect the profile.
posted by Joe Cochoit
done................................
Thanks Cheryl and Joe. My comment worked!

Another source North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 for Thomas Savage of Boston and his descendants https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/61157/images/46155_b289552-00007?pId=241498

p.s. perhaps update birth place, and are those images for this ThomasÉ

posted by Beryl Meehan
edited by Beryl Meehan
Beryl and others, be cautious with North America, Family Histories as a source. At best it's a finding aid. Hopefully, it cites sources for its data and we can track down those.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Tracked down the details on the portrait attached (I will update the image detail today: Major Thomas Savage. Attributed to Thomas Smith, 1679. Oil on canvas, 42 × 37⅛ ins. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Bequest of Henry Lee Shattuck in memory of the late M. Gray.
posted by Beryl Meehan
I removed John Savage of Middletown, CT as a child as their is no evidence of this relationship.
posted by Elizabeth (Hart) Hyatt
I couldn't find a source for the christening in 1611 and moved it to the Research field. There is another Thomas Savage christened in Aug 1611 by different parents. Could this be what was previously found and not cited?
posted by Elizabeth (Hart) Hyatt
I am supporter of deferring to the work of Robert Charles Anderson. However, the other items may be secondary sources but they are sources. However, they had the format from a GEDcom import with bad links. I just cleaned them up and added a few so it would be easier for a reader to find them when searching.
posted by Elizabeth (Hart) Hyatt
Thomas Savage that married 1st Faith Hutchinson, 2nd Mary Symmes, died and is buried in Boston, MA. See: Great Migration 1634-1635, R-S. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VI, R-S, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.
posted by Chris Hoyt
Savage-2516 and Savage-91 appear to represent the same person because: These are duplicates of the immigrant ancestor Major Thomas Savage of Charlestown, same dod. Died at Boston. Please merge Savage-2516 into LOWER Savage-91. Thanks
posted by Chris Hoyt
Hi Robin

I noticed that Thomas has a wife with a "Private" Privacy level because she was born in 1920, which is probably a typo as her husband was born in 1611.

Please correct her birth date and privacy level.

Thanks

Please complete the requested merge. Thank you.
posted by Robin (Felch) Wedertz
Thomas Savage, My 7th great grandfather

Birth 1611 in Chester, Cheshire, England Death 14 Feb 1682 in Chester, Cheshire, England

posted by Kerri Montgomery