Person:Peleg Sanford (2)

Gov. Peleg Sanford
b.10 May 1639
d.Bef. 1 Sep 1701
m. Abt. 1636
  1. Ann Sanford - Bef 1667
  2. Gov. Peleg Sanford1639 - Bef 1701
  3. Restcome Sanford - Bef 1667
  4. Esbon Sanford1645/46 - 1682
  • HGov. Peleg Sanford1639 - Bef 1701
  • WMary Brentonest 1646 -
m. by abt 1665
m. 1 Dec 1674
  1. Bridget Sanford - Bef 1766
  2. Elizabeth Sanford
  3. Anne Sanford
  4. Peleg SanfordAbt 1685 - 1702
  5. William SanfordAbt 1690 - 1721
Facts and Events
Name Gov. Peleg Sanford
Gender Male
Birth? 10 May 1639 Listed in Portsmouth Births without date
Marriage by abt 1665 to Mary Brenton
Marriage 1 Dec 1674 to Mary Coddington
Death? Bef. 1 Sep 1701
Will[1] 28 Feb 1700/1
Reference Number? Q16859537?

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Peleg Sanford (10 May 1639 - 1701) was an early governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, serving three consecutive terms from 1680 to 1683. He was the son of John Sanford by his second wife, Bridget Hutchinson. His father had been the cannoneer at the fort in Boston in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, but was forced to leave Boston in 1637 when Peleg's grandmother, the famed Anne Hutchinson, was evicted for her religious views, having, in the words of John Winthrop, "seduced and led into dangerous errors many of the New England.". With Anne Hutchinson and her followers, the Sanfords established themselves in Portsmouth in the Rhode Island colony, and Peleg's father, John, was briefly the governor of the two towns of Newport and Portsmouth, which were separated from Providence and Warwick for a short time.

Sanford grew up in Newport, and as a young man was appointed as a Captain of a troop of horse there. Following the events of King Phillips War, he and Captain Goulding informed Captain Church of the hiding location of the Indian warrior King Phillip, and the following day the Indian was found and killed. In 1677 he and Richard Bailey were chosen as agents to go to England to deal with incursions made by the neighboring colony of Connecticut. In 1679 he became a major, and in 1687 he was given the rank of lieutenant colonel.

In 1667, at the age of 28, Sanford began his political life and became an assistant, serving for three years, then was deputy for seven years, after which he once again served as assistant for another two years, ending in 1679. In 1680 he was elected governor of the colony, and served three consecutive terms, ending in 1683. During the period from 1686 to 1689 when the New England colonies had their charters revoked, and their governments fell under the Dominion of New England, Sanford served as a member on the council of Sir Edmund Andros, the governor of the dominion. Sanford wrote his will in 1701, and it was proved on 1 September of that year.

Sanford had no children with his first wife, but had seven with his second wife who was a daughter of William Coddington, many times governor of the colony. His granddaughter, Margaret Sanford, married Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson, a great great grandson of William and Anne Hutchinson. Sanford was succeeded as governor by his brother-in-law, William Coddington, Jr..

Called son-in-law in will of William Brenton - to "my son-in-law Mr. Peleg Sanford ... one eighth part of my land at Natticott ... and all my right ... in Elizabeth's Island ... and all the debts due to me in the Island of Barbados"


Dated Feb. 28, 1700/1; proved Sept. 1, 1701. Names wife Mary; Exors: Francis Brinley, Nathaniel Coddington & Andrew Willett were made guardians of minor children: Peleg, William, Bridget & Elizabeth; eldest daughter Ann Sanford; sister Eliphal Stratton; nieces: Mary Brinley, Mary Cole & Katherine Vernon.

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  1. Peleg Sanford, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2.   -Oct. 23, 1672 Capt. Peleg Sanford vs. Mr. William Dyre, action of debt. [RI General Court of Trials 1671-1704, by Jane Fletcher Fiske, 1998, p. 15]
    -May 7, 1677 Capt. Peleg Sanford, Asistant, at General Court of Tryalls. [RI General Court of Trials 1671-1704, by Jane Fletcher Fiske, 1998, p. 53]
    -May 10, 1680 Maj. Peleg Sanford, Govenor, at Generall Court of Tyralls. Also says Maj. Peleg Sanford, Gen'rl Treas'r. [RI General Court of Trials 1671-1704, by Jane Fletcher Fiske, 1998, p. 92]