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Rachel Sanders (unknown)

Also Known As: "Brackett", "Wheatley was her birth surname"
Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Probably Sudbury, Suffolk, England
Death: September 15, 1651 (63-71)
Braintree, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Immediate Family:

Wife of Peter Brackett and Martin Sanders
Mother of Peter Brackett, Jr.; Capt. Richard Brackett, Deacon of the First Church of Boston; Rachel Newcomb; Jonathan Brackett; William Brackett and 6 others

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About Rachel Sanders

Rachel's first husband, Peter Bracket, died before 1618 about when she married secondly Martin Sanders. In 1635 Sanders, his wife, their Sanders children, along with Rachel (Brackett) Newcomb (sister of Peter and Richard Bracket), her husband Francis Newcome, and their children sailed for New England on the Planter[2]

Through both her BRACKETT and SANDERS descendants, Rachel can be considered a "Grandmother" of Braintree as by 1800 a large portion of Braintree citizens were descended from her.



  1.   Peter Brackett (1585 - 1616) 4 children
  2.   Martin Saunders (1595 - 1658) 7 children

Children with 1st husband:

  1. Peter Brackett (1609 - 1688)
  2. Richard Brackett (1610 - 1690)
  3. Rachel Brackett Newcomb (1614 - ____)
  4. Jonathan Brackett (1616 - )

Children with 2nd husband include:

  1. Martin Saunders (1621 - 1622)*
  2. Leah Saunders Parmenter (1623 - 1707)*
  3. Judith Saunders (1625 - 1651)*
  4. Daniel Saunders (1632 - 1634)*


According to the Wheatley name Study on the Mormons Genealogy site, she was the daughter of Frank Wheatley ( Wheatleigh), (born February 2, 1562 in Tingsboro, Somerset, England) and unknown mother. Siblings listed in this study are Dorothy (Wheatley) Blass and John Wheatleigh. Frank Wheatley is listed as the son of Captain John Wheatleigh (born about 1530 in Tingsboro, Somersetshire, England and died March 24, 1594 in Wells, Somersetshire, England) and unknown mother.

Martin Saunders married (1) by 1619 Rachel (_____) Brackett, widow of Peter Brackett. She died at Braintree on 15 September 1651.

They had 7 children: Mary ELIOT, Martin, Leah Wheatley Parmenter, Judith, John, Martin again, & Daniel. Rachel (_____) (Brackett) Saunders, first wife of Martin Saunders, was mother of RICHARD BRACKETT {1632, Boston}, of PETER BRACKETT {1639, Braintree} and of Rachel (Brackett) Newcomb, wife of FRANCIS NEWCOMB {1635, Boston}

Rachel died Sept 15,1651 at Braintee, MA.

Source: Anderson's Great migration Study project.


From Find A Grave Memorial# 37232942 Find A Grave contributor treerpgmo adds

Rachel BRACKETT-SANDERS maiden name and origin is not known. The earliest definite record of her is that of the baptism of her son Richard BRACKETT by her first husband Peter BRACKETT on 16d 9m 1610 at Saint Gregory's Church, Sudbury, Suffolkshire, England. She had three other children with Peter: Peter Jr. (no baptismal record), Rachel (bp. 1614), and Jonathan (bp. 1616). The inventory of her husband Peter BRACKETT's estate was taken 25d 8m 1616 in All Saints Par, Subury, Suffolkshire, England. Sometime between then and before 1619 she married second to Martin SANDERS and they had seven children baptised in All Saints Parish from 1619-1632. Their last child, son Daniel SANDERS was buried there 1d 8m 1634 and soon after Martin & Rachel SANDERS emigrated to Braintree, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts where both of them died. Through both her BRACKETT and SANDERS descendants, Rachel can be considered a "Grandmother" of Braintree as by 1800 a large portion of Braintree citizens were descended from her. 


Sailed to New England in 1635 aboard the ship 'Planter' with her daughter Rachel. Her last name 'Sanders' may have been her second married name. One source questions whether 'Wheatley' was her real maiden name.

From The Great Migration Project, as quoted by

ASSOCIATIONS: Through his mother and his wife Richard Brackett became a member of, and the first immigrant from, the largest kinship network as yet uncovered among the participants in the Great Migration, a network worked out mostly by Mary Lovering Holman, John Brooks Threlfall and Douglas Richardson. (See John Brooks Threlfall, Fifty Great Migration Colonists to New England & Their Origins [Madison, Wisconsin, 1990], pp. 63-116, for a summary of much of this research.)


July 2014

No support for parents of  Thomas Blower & Susan Vincent. Disconnected. Please raise a discussion from the profile if discussion desired.


  1. Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, Boston, NY: NEHGS 1995, p 206.


  1. Hotten 48-49; TAG 55:215-217
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Rachel Sanders's Timeline

January 1, 1584
Probably Sudbury, Suffolk, England
Age 22
Age 24
Sudbury, Suffolk, England
Age 26
Sudbury, Suffolk, England
Age 30
Sudbury, Suffolk, England
October 4, 1616
Age 32
Sudbury, Suffolk, England
August 26, 1619
Age 35
Sudbury, Suffolk, England
Age 39
Nazing, Essex, England