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Thomas Savage

Also Known As: "Ensign Thomas Savage Ancient Planter"
Birthplace: Possibly OF, Chester, Cheshire , England
Death: Died in Northampton County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Unknown Savage and Unknown Savage
Husband of Hannah (Ann) Elkington
Father of Captain John Savage

Managed by: Pam Wilson
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About Thomas "The Ensign" Savage

According to Encyclopedia Virginia, "... almost nothing is known of Savage's life before 1607, when the boy left England on the John and Francis with the so-called First Supply of Jamestown colonists. He arrived in Virginia on January 2, 1608, to work as a laborer, but was soon thrust into a very different role..."

"Caution: If you are new to genealogy research, you need to be aware that there is an extreme amount of rubbish information posted on the Internet. Before using any information found on-line one should make sure it is documented. In my own searching, of this most valuable medium, I have found scores of postings relating to the lives of Ensign Thomas Savage and Thomas Savage the Carpenter which are highly questionable and many that are just plain wrong. After twenty-four years of searching, I have found no person, or source, on the Internet or anywhere else, who cites an actual record which identifies the parents of Ensign Thomas Savage, or the location in England from where he came. If anyone has such hard evidence I would sincerely appreciate your sharing it with those of us who have spent many years in search of it."


Disconnected from unproven parents Sir Arthur Savage and Jane Stafford Savage. Contact curator if you have new, reliable evidence for parentage.

Thomas was born in 1595 at England.1 Thomas Savage came to Virginia in the first supply ship, the John and Francis with Capt. Christopher Newport, who arrived at Jamestown on 8 Jan 1607/8.2

He married Hannah 'Ann' Elkington circa 1621.1 Thomas was living in 1625 at Eastern Shore, VA.3 Thomas died in 1633 at Northampton Co, VA.

Ensign Thomas Savage was probably the first permanent white settler on the Eastern Shore. He died between 12 Aug 1631 and 24 Sep 1633 when the widow Hannah Savage went on a bond of £500 for her neighbor Daniel Cugley (Adventureres of Purse and Person, p. 534 and N'hamp Orders, Wills, Deeds, etc., 1632-40, f. 11)..4


  1. Hannah 'Ann' Elkington b. c 1600, d. b 17 May 1641. She married Daniel Cugley 2nd.


  1. Capt. John (2) Savage I+ b. 1624, d. b 11 Dec 1678

May have had a son earlier, by a woman of either Powhatan's or Debedeavon's people: Thomas "the Carpenter" Savage

About Debedeavon:


  1. [S572] Ralph T. Whitelaw, Virginia's Eastern Shore (A History of Northampton and Accomack Counties).
  2. [S940] John Frederick Dorman, Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5, p. 118 (Savage Family).
  3. [S624] Virginia M. Meyer & John Frederick Dorman, Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5.
  4. [S403] Northampton Co, VA, Orders, Wills, Deeds, 1632-1640, f. 11.


  1. Carl Savage's Genealogy WFT #4976 Source Media Type: Electronic


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Thomas "The Ensign" Savage's Timeline

Chester, Cheshire , England
Age 30
Age 39
Northampton County, Virginia