- (poss.) Henry Sanford (d. 1630) m. Ann Paine (d. bef. 1626); Dedham, Essex, Eng.
- John Sanford (d. 1653) m. (1) ca. 1631 Elizabeth Webb (d. ca. 1635); Portsmouth, R. I.
- Samuel Sanford (16351713) m. (2) 1686 Susanna Spatchurst (d. 1723); Portsmouth, R. I.
- Capt. Esbon Sanford (16931743) m. 1716 Mary Woodward (ca. 17001745); Portsmouth, Newport, R. I.
- Mary Sanford (1719bef. 1757) m. (1) 1738 Isaac Brayton (17131743); Portsmouth, R. I.
G. Andrews Moriarty,
President John Sanford of Portsmouth, R. I., and His Family, New England Historical and Genealogical Register 103 (1949): 208-16, 271-7, gives the best general treatment of this family.
Soon after this account appeared, Moriarty also published
The Will of President John Sanford, New England Historical and Genealogical Register 104 (1950): 304-7.
Moriarty further supplemented his work in
Family of Capt. Esbon Sanford of Newport, R. I., New England Historical and Genealogical Register 104 (1950): 73-6, and
Ezbon Sanford, New England Historical and Genealogical Register 113 (1959): 74.
John I. Coddington,
President John Sanford of Portsmouth, R. I., and His Family, New England Historical and Genealogical Register 104 (1950): 77; and
Jack M. Sanford,
The Children of Capt. Ezbon³ Sanford (Samuel², President John¹) of Portsmouth, R. I., New England Historical and Genealogical Register 117 (1963): 146-7, have added more information that is useful specifically in tracing this line.
All of this material is synthesized in Jack Minard Sanford, President John Sanford of Boston, Massachusetts and Portsmouth, Rhode Island, 16051965, and His Descendants with Many Allied Families (East Aurora, N. Y.: author, 1966), although this work gives more attention to recent generations in one branch of the family.
In 1960 a valuable summary of the known English documentation on John Sanford was published by an author who proceeded to suggested a possible identification as the son of Henry and Ann (Paine) Sanford of Dedham, Essex, England:
Edwin G. Sanford,
The Early Years of President John Sanford of Boston, Mass., and Portsmouth, R. I., New England Historical and Genealogical Register 114 (1960): 83-95. The possibility remains open only because Henry clearly did not name all his known descendants in his will, and has not been pursued since then.
Elizabeth Webb was the sister of Henry Webb of Boston, Massachusetts. His will of 5 April 1660, sworn 13 September 1660, mentioned
my late sister, Elizabeth Sandfords sonnes, John and Samuel Sandford:
[Samuel G. Drake, William B. Trask, and Walter Kendall Watkins,] Suffolk County Wills: Abstracts of the Earliest Wills upon Record in the County of Suffolk, Massachusetts, from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1984), 179-82, at 181.
The will also mentions a brother who had resided at Titherly, Hampshire, England (ibid., 180), but evidently no further documentation of the Webb family has been found.
No additional information on the Webb family is available at this time.
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