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Thomas Saunders

Also Known As: "Thomas Sanders"
Birthplace: Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: June 05, 1844 (85)
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Hon. Thomas Saunders and Lucy Forbes
Husband of Elizabeth Saunders
Father of Catherine Pickman; Charles Sanders; Mary Elizabeth Saltonstall and Caroline Saltonstall
Brother of Lucy Sargent; Mary Babbitt; Joseph Saunders; Judith Saunders; Harriet Dolliver and 1 other

Occupation: Merchant
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Thomas Saunders

From Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of ..., Volume 1.  edited by William Richard Cutter.  Page 324-328

Thomas Saunders, was born in Gloucester, March 26, 1759. He was sent to Byfield Academy to be fitted for college, but on the death of his father in 1774 he entered the counting room of Mr. Derby, of Salem, a distinguished East India merchant. Saunders finally became a merchant himself at Gloucester and he accumulated a handsome fortune. He died at Gloucester, June 5, 1844. He married, 1782, Elizabeth Elkins, an author of note in her day, a woman of admirable qualities of heart and mind. She died February 19, 1851, in her eighty-ninth year. 8 children


  • From Massachusetts Historical Society - Saltonstall Family Papers - Guide to the collection Thomas Sanders [or Saunders] (1753-1844) was the son of Thomas Sanders (1729-1774) and Lucy Smith Sanders of Gloucester, Mass. Although Sanders's family could not afford to give him a college education, he nevertheless became one of wealthiest merchants in Salem, Mass. He married Elizabeth Elkins (1762-1851) of Salem, and was the father of Charles Sanders (b. 1783); Catherine Sanders [Pickman] (b. 1784); Mary Elizabeth Sanders [Saltonstall] (1788-1858); Caroline Sanders [Saltonstall] (1793-1882); Lucy Sanders (bapt. 1793); and George Thomas Sanders (b. 1804). His daughter Mary Elizabeth married Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845), and his daughter Caroline married Leverett's brother Nathaniel Saltonstall (1784-1838). Sanders built his daughters and their husbands a double house on Chestnut St. in Salem next door to his own.
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Thomas Saunders's Timeline

March 26, 1759
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
August 29, 1784
Essex, Essex, MA, United States
February 29, 1788
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
June 5, 1844
Age 85
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States