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Richard Sawtell

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Aller, Someset, England
Death: August 02, 1694 (79-87)
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Old Burial Ground, Middlesex County, Groton, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of John Sawtell III and Agnes Payne Sawtell
Husband of Elizabeth Kimball and Elizabeth Sawtell
Father of Richard Sawtell; Elizabeth Sterling; Jonathan Sawtell; Mary Sawtell; Hannah Winn and 13 others
Brother of John Sawtell; Dorothy Sawtell; Robert Sawtell; Henry Sawtell; Elizabeth Sawtell and 4 others

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About Richard Sawtell, of Watertown

Richard Sawtelle

  • Birth: 7 Apr 1611 in Aller,Somersetshire,England
  • Death: 21 Aug 1694 in Watertown,Massachusetts
  • Buried: aft 18 Oct 1694, Old Burial Ground, Groton, Middlesex, MA
  • Father: John SAWTELLE b: 1574 in Aller,Somersetshire,England
  • Mother: Agnes PITTARD b: Jan 1578/1579 in Aller,Somerset,England
  • Wife: Elizabeth Pople

Richard and his wife Elizabeth had 11 children.

Children:

  • Bethia Sawtell, Enoch Sawtell, Hannah Sawtell, John Sawtell, Jonathan Sawtell, Mary Sawtell, Obadiah Sawtell, Richard Sawtell, Ruth Sawtell, Zachariah Sawtell, Elizabeth Sawtell

Proprietor of Watertown 1636-7. Among 1st proprietors & settlers of Groton. Town clerk there 3 yrs. 62-4, first 3 yrs after organization. Died at Watertown where driven back by Indians. Had a bro & sister Kenrick of Muddy River

Brief Biography

From Obadiah Taylor This August 28, 1952, Lowell Tribune article, appeared on page 11, columns 5-6:

"The life of Richard Sawtell is well documented as he was a prominent early Colonial settler. He was born at High Dam, Sommersetshire, England about 1611 and passed away in Watertown, Mass. on 2 August 1694 at age 83. He emigrated to America in the 1630's and was a Proprietor of Watertown, Mass. by 1637. He was married to Elizabeth Pople in England before they came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. All of their children were born in Watertown. In about 1662, they relocated to the new town of Groton, Mass. where he was a Proprietor and Town Clerk for several years. Three of their sons, Obadiah, Jonathan, and Zachariah also established homes in Groton. The town of Groton was burned down by the Indians in the spring of 1676 and they returned to Watertown where he died in 1694. Elizabeth passed away on 18 October 1694, shortly after her husband died."

Family Notes

From http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2974189&id=I579567506

Change Date: 12 Apr 2004

  • Father: John SAWTELLE b: 1574 in Aller,Somersetshire,England
  • Mother: Agnes PITTARD b: Jan 1578/1579 in Aller,Somerset,England

Marriage

  1. Elizabeth POPLE b: 27 Oct 1611 in High Ham,Somerset,England Married: 5 Feb 1694 in High Ham,Somerset,England Note: _STATMARRIED

Notes for Elizabeth

TORREY gives Richard Sawtell's wife's name as Elizabeth Pople and their marriage date as 5 Feb 1626/27 in Somerset, England. He quotes W. P. W. Phillimore, Somerset Parish Registers, Marriages (London: Phillimore and Company, 1896-1915), Vol. 1, p. 58 as his source. 6 7

Children

Has Children Zachariah SAWTELLE b: 26 Jul 1644

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Richard SAWTELLE

b. 1611, Hingham, Somerset, England

d. 2 AUG 1694, Groton, Middlesex, MA

m. Elizabeth POPLE, 5 FEB 1628, Watertown, Middlesex, MA

Name: Richard Sawtelle

Sex: M
Birth: BEF 7 APR 1611 in perhaps Aller, Somersetshire, England 1 2
Death: 21 AUG 1694 in Watertown, MA 3
Reference Number: B484
Note:
   
   Sautle, Sartle
   died Groton (or Watertown) Ag 21, 1694 an "aged man" Inv #147

Proprietor of Watertown 1636-7. Among 1st proprietors & settlers of Groton. Town clerk there 3 yrs. 62-4, first 3 yrs after organization. Died at Watertown where driven back by Indians. Had a bro & sister Kenrick of Muddy River

Biography

from Wheeler Genealogy, Mary Beth Wheeler, www.thewheelers.com

Richard Sawtell (Sawtle/Sartwell,etc.) first appears in New England records as a proprietor of Watertown, MA 25 July 1636. He was probably from Somersetshire, England where the name is numerous, but no proof of this has been established. He had a brother, Thomas, who was admitted Freeman 2 May 1649 at Boston and died there in 1651 childless and apparently unmarried. Thomas's will of 14 May 1651 refers to brother Richard and brother and sister Kenrick of Muddy River. These are possibly John and Ann of Muddy River, now Brookline, but Savage says that Ann Kenrick was probably sister of Robert Smith; she died 15 Nov 1656. Richard administered the estate of brother Thomas. "Richard Sawtell of Watertown - Addenda," pg. 79, English Origins of New England Families CD, Series 2 Vol. 2 names Richard as son of John & Agnes (Pittard) but no son Thomas or daughter Ann are mentioned.

On 28 Feb 1637 at Watertown, the plowlands at Beverbroke Plains were divided and allotted out to townsmen, one acre per person and likewise for cattle vaued at 20 pounds per head. Richard was granted one acre, indicating that he was a single man. Since his first child was born 1 May 1638, he was likely married in the summer of 1637.

Richard lived at Watertown for more than 25 years and then, with sons Jonathan and Zacharish, became an original proprietor and settler of Groton, MA. He served as the first town clerk there, 1662-1664. King Philip's War broke out in 1675 and Richard's home, one of the 5 garrison houses in Groton, was burned on 13 Mar. 1676. Richard and most of the others, including his sons, returned to Watertown where he lived the remainder of his life. He served as a Selectman in Watertown in 1689.

Richard's will is dated 16 May 1692 and he died "aged man" 21 Aug 1694. His estate was valued at 147 pounds, 11 shillings; real estate was located at Watertown except for a 20 acre right at Groton. ("Richard Sawtell of Watertown, MA," NEHGS "Register," Vol 126, pg. 3)

origins

RJ O'Hara Genealogy http://rjohara.uncg.edu/gen.html

A comprehensive treatment of Richard Sawtell and his descendants was published by Kellogg and Threlfall in the Register in 197227. At that time no information was available on Richard's ancestry, but that want has since been supplied by Threlfall in his GMC5057, which revises some of the information about Richard himself that had been included in the earlier Register paper. The information here about Richard and his ancestors follows GMC50,with the information on Richard's descendants being taken from Kellogg and Threlfall.

According to GMC50: "RICHARD SAWTELL (John, John) was baptised 7 April 1611 at Aller, Somersetshire, the son of John and Agnes (Pittard) Sawtell.

"Richard Sawtell of Watertown, Massachusetts first appears in New England records 25 July 1636 as a proprietor of Watertown when he received a grant of 25 acres, it being Lot 8, the 4th division. He was apparently unmarried when he emigrated, for in February 1636/7, he was granted a one acre homestead lot, the allocation being at the rate of one acre per person in each family. He had a brother, Thomas, also in New England. Thomas was admitted freeman in 1649 and died in Boston in 1651, childless and apparently unmarried. In his will of 14 May 1651, proved 18 September, he referred to his brother Richard and a brother and sister Kenrick of Muddy River (Suffolk County Probate #111). This would presumably be John and Ann Kendrick. Ann died 15 November 1656.

"Richard Sawtell lived for about 25 years at Watertown and there all his children were born. Then, about 1662, he and his family all moved to the new plantation of Groton, where he was a proprietor with a 20 acre right and was chosen the first town clerk there for 1662-4.

"On April 4, 1671, he petitioned the Middlesex Court to be excused from further military training. Since military service was required of all able bodied men to the age of 60, he presumably had reached that age. This fits in perfectly with the baptismal date for Richard Sawtell of Aller. "King Philip's War broke out in 1675 and on 13 March 1675/6, Groton was attacked and burned. His house was one of the five garrison houses of the town (History of Middlesex County). The inhabitants deemed it necessary to abandon the town at this time and he returned to Watertown and remained there the rest of his life, as did several of his children. On 4 November 1689, he was chosen a selectman of Watertown.

"His wife, named Elizabeth, was probably a daughter of one of the early Watertown settlers, but which one is unknown. Richard Kimball had a daughter, Elizabeth, of marriageable age and was living in Watertown at the time. [p. 344] She was still living when her father died, but who she married is unknown. However, there were at least two other Watertown men who married Elizabeths about that time, but there is no clue as to which of these was Elizabeth Kimball, if any.

"In 1670 or 71, Richard Sawtell and his wife took into their home the illegitimate child of Zechariah Smith, deceased. In 1672, he went to court against Thomas, John and Joseph Smith to collect for the child's keep out of the estate of the boy's father, and charged them with illegally administering the estate. He won £10.

"On 16 May 1692, Richard Sawtell wrote his own will. In this will he provided for his wife Elizabeth, mentioned son Obadiah of Groton, son Enoch of Watertown, daughters Bethia, Hannah Winn, Ruth Hewes, son John, son Jonathan, deceased, son Zechariah's children, and daughter Starling's children. His lands were at Watertown except for his 20 acre right in Groton. He died 21 August 1694, 'an aged man'. Elizabeth died 18 October 1694 and son Enoch was granted administration of the estate. His signature on his will is reproduced below. [A facsimile of the signature appears here.]

"A Henry Sawtell was a patentee of Flushing, New York in 1665 and was a freeholder of Newton, Long Island, New York, 4 December 1666. Any relationship to Richard of Watertown is unknown."

Richard Sawtell and his wife Elizabeth are ancestors of U.S. Presidents Herbert Hoover (probably, through daughter Hannah) and Richard Nixon (through son Zachariah)
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Father: John Sawtell-Dolman b: ABT 1572 in of Aller, Somersetshire, England Mother: Agnes Pittard b: BEF 1585 in Eng.(prob) Marriage 1 Elizabeth Post b: BEF 1611 in England

   * Married: ABT 1637 in Watertown, MA 4 5

Children

  • 1. Has No Children Elizabeth Sawtelle b: 1 MAY 1638 in Watertown, MA
  • 2. Has Children Jonathon Sawtelle b: 1639 in Watertown, MA
  • 3. Has No Children Obidaih Sawtelle b: ABT 1649
  • 4. Has No Children Enoch Sawtelle b: UNKNOWN
  • 5. Has No Children Bethia Sawtelle b: ABT 1647
  • 6. Has No Children John Sawtelle b: UNKNOWN
  • 7. Has No Children Hannah Sawtelle b: 1642
  • 8. Has No Children Ruth Sawtelle b: ABT 1651
  • 9. Has No Children Zachariah Sawtelle b: 1644
  • 10. Has No Children Mary Sawtelle b: 1640
  • 11. Has No Children Richard Sawtelle b: UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. New England Marriages Prior to 1700  By Clarence Almon Torrey, Elizabeth Petty Bentley. Page 653.

Links

GEDCOM Source

@R-2146520177@ Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Gale Research Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data - Filby, P. William, ed.. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2006.Original data: Filby, P. William, ed.. Passe 1,7486::0

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Place: Watertown, Massachusetts; Year: 1639; Page Number: 255. http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=pili354&h=4171538&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Arrival date: 1639 Arrival place: Watertown, Massachusetts 1,7486::4171538

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@R-2146520177@ Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Gale Research Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data - Filby, P. William, ed.. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2006.Original data: Filby, P. William, ed.. Passe 1,7486::0

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Place: Massachusetts; Year: 1636; Page Number: 255. http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=pili354&h=1436908&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Arrival date: 1636 Arrival place: Massachusetts 1,7486::1436908

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@R-2146520177@ Family Data Collection - Deaths Edmund West, comp. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001. 1,5771::0

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http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=genepoold&h=2303429&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Death date: 21 August 1694 Death place: Watertown, Middlesex, MA, USA 1,5771::2303429

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http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=genepoold&h=2303429&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Death date: 21 August 1694 Death place: Watertown, Middlesex, MA, USA 1,5771::2303429

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@R-2146520177@ Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Index, 1648-1870 Flint, James, comp Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.Original data - Index to the Probate Records of the County of Middlesex, Massachusetts. Cambridge, MA, USA: 1912.Original data: Index to the Probate Records of the County of Middlesex 1,4775::0

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Place: Watertown, Massachusetts; Year: 1639; Page Number: 255. http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=pili354&h=4171538&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Arrival date: 1639 Arrival place: Watertown, Massachusetts 1,7486::4171538

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Place: Massachusetts; Year: 1636; Page Number: 255. http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=pili354&h=1436908&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Arrival date: 1636 Arrival place: Massachusetts 1,7486::1436908

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Richard Sawtell, of Watertown's Timeline

1611
April 7, 1611
Aller, Someset, England
April 7, 1611
Aller, Somerset, England
April 7, 1611
Aller, Somerset, England
1636
1636
Age 24
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
1638
May 1, 1638
Age 27
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
1639
August 24, 1639
Age 28
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1639
Age 27
Watertown, Massachusetts
1640
November 19, 1640
Age 29
Watertown, Middlesex, Ma
1642
December 10, 1642
Age 31
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts