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Maj. Thomas Savage

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Taunton, Somerset, England
Death: February 14, 1682 (74)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Place of Burial: Boston, Suffolk, MA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Savage and Unknown Savage
Husband of Faith Savage and Mary Stoddard
Father of Habijah Savage; Thomas Savage Jr.; Hannah Sylvester; Capt. Ephraim Savage; Mary Thacher and 11 others

Occupation: Merchant, soldier
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About Maj. Thomas Savage

NOT a member of the Savage family of Rocksavage. Possibly a middle-class or yeoman offshoot.

Thomas Savage (1608 - February 14, 1682) was an English soldier and New England colonist and merchant, attaining the rank of major in King Philip's War.

SAVAGE, THOMAS (1608–1682), major born in 1608 in Taunton, Somerset, was son of William Savage, a blacksmith, who was perhaps a[n illegitimate] son of Sir John Savage, first baronet, of Rock Savage in Cheshire. Thomas was apprenticed to the Merchant Taylors of London on 9 Jan. 1621, and went to Massachusetts with Sir Harry Vane in the Planter in 1635. He was admitted a freeman of Boston in 1636, and became a member of the artillery company in 1637. In the same year he took the part of his wife's mother, Anne Hutchinson [q. v.], in the controversy that her teaching excited. He was compelled in consequence to leave the colony, and with William Coddington [q. v.] he founded the settlement of Rhode Island in 1638. After sojourning there for some time he was permitted to return to Boston, and in 1651 became captain of the artillery company. On 12 March 1654 he and Captain Thomas Clarke were chosen to represent Boston at the general court, of which he long continued a member. He was elected speaker of the assembly in 1637, 1660, 1671, 1677, and 1678. After representing Boston for eight years, he became deputy for Hingham in 1663. In 1664 he, with many other leading citizens, dissented from the policy of the colony in refusing to recognise four commissioners sent by Charles II to regulate its affairs, and in 1666 he and his friends embodied their views in a petition. In 1671 he was chosen deputy for Andover, and in 1675 commanded the forces of the state in the first expedition against Philip, the chief of the Narragansets. In 1680 he was commissioned, with others, by the crown to administer an oath to Sir John Leverett the governor, pledging him to execute the oath required by the act of trade. In 1680 he was elected ‘assistant’ or magistrate, and retained the office until his death on 14 Feb. 1682.

Savage was twice married; first, in 1637, to Faith, daughter of William Hutchinson. By her he had three sons and two daughters. She died on 20 Feb. 1652. On 15 Sept. he married Mary, daughter of the Rev. Zechariah Symonds of Charlestown, by whom he had eight sons and three daughters. She survived him, and afterwards married Antony Stoddard.


  1. [Winthrop's Hist. of New England, ed. Savage, 1853, ii. 65, 265; Drake's History and Antiquities of Boston, index; Savage's Genealogical Dict. of the First Settlers, iv. 26; G. F. A[rmstrong]'s Savages of the Ards, pp. 108–9.]
  2. Major Thomas Savage of Boston and his descendants (1914). Lawrence Park
  3. portrait of Major Thomas Savage 1679 - Attributed to Thomas Smith (American, about 1650–1691 American)

(f/g) Maj Thomas Savage Birth: 1607, England Death: Feb. 15, 1682 Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA

Family links:

 Elizabeth Bridget Whitmore Savage (1615 - 1635)*
 Faith Hutchinson Savage (1617 - 1651)*
 Mary Symmes Savage Stoddard (____ - 1710)
 John Savage (1630 - 1684)*
 Elizabeth Savage Langdale (1635 - 1685)*
 Habijah Savage (1638 - 1668)*
 Perez Savage (1651 - 1694)*
 Richard Savage (1654 - 1655)*
 Samuel Savage (1656 - ____)*
 Samuel Savage (1657 - 1657)*
 John Savage (1661 - 1661)*
 Benjamin Savage (1662 - 1693)*
 Elizabeth Savage (1667 - ____)

Burial: Kings Chapel Burying Ground Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA Created by: Debra Kleinhans Record added: Dec 30, 2006 Find A Grave Memorial# 17215998 -tcd

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Maj. Thomas Savage's Timeline

Taunton, Somerset, England
Age 27
Left London April 4 aboard "Planter"
August 1, 1638
Age 30
Boston, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
May 17, 1640
Age 32
Boston, Suffolk, MA
June 28, 1643
Age 35
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
July 20, 1645
Age 37
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
June 6, 1647
Age 39
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
December 29, 1649
Age 41
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
February 17, 1652
Age 44
Boston, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA