Person:William Sanborn (11)

William Sanborn, Sr.
b.1622 England
m. Abt 1619
  1. Stephen Sanborn
  2. John Sanborn, Jr.1620 - 1692
  3. William Sanborn, Sr.1622 - 1692
  • HWilliam Sanborn, Sr.1622 - 1692
  • WMary Moultonabt 1626 - 1686
m. BEF 23 JAN 1649
  1. Mehitabel Sanborn1647 -
  2. William Sanborn1652 - 1744
  3. Mary Sanborn
  4. Josiah Sanborn1654 - 1727
  5. Mercy Sanborn1660 -
  6. Mephibosheth Sanborn1663 - 1748/49
  7. Sarah Sanborn1667 - 1738
  8. Stephen Sanborn, Sr1671 - 1750
Facts and Events
Name[1][2] William Sanborn, Sr.
Alt Name William Samborne
Gender Male
Birth[3][11][12] 1622 England
Employment[3][11][12] 27 Nov 1639 Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United StatesAppointed bell ringer of Hampton church at 6d per lot.
Marriage BEF 23 JAN 1649 Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United Statesto Mary Moulton
Employment[3][10][11][12] 1651 Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United StatesSelectman of Hampton. Also elected selectman in 1660, 1667, 1671, 1677, and 1683.
Other[4][12] 8 Oct 1651 Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United StatesTook Freeman's oath.
Military[3][5][7][22] 24 Aug 1676 Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United StatesFought in King Philip's War.
Occupation[4][11][12] 14 Nov 1676 Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesAppointed constable.
Death[1][4][6][8][18] 18 Nov 1692 Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States
Other[6] 1 Dec 1692 Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United StatesInventory of his estate. Date given as 1st day, 10th month.



William Samborne (as his name was generally written) was the son of Anne Batchelder (or Bachiler), the daughter of prominent Puritan clergyman, Reverend Stephen Bachiler.[13][14][15][16][18] William's father is often listed as either John or William (of Brimpton, Berks). However, there is no reliable source for the identity of his father. His brothers John and Stephen, as well as the cousins related to Rev. Stephen Bachiler, are fairly well documented. William, John, and Stephen sailed to Massachusetts aboard the Winthrop Fleet ship, the William & Francis, in 1632 along with their grandfather.[17][18]
William married Mary Moulton, the daughter of John Moulton and Anne Greene, sometime before 1650 (when William And Mary Samborne appear in John Moulton's will).[12][20][21]

Land Grants in Hampton

William Sanborn was one of the first settlers in Hampton. Hampton, initially known for a short time as Winnacunnet, was first settled in the fall of 1638 and all lands were owned by the town. On 24 December 1639, the town granted several prominent settlers land in an around the town. These included William's grandfather, the Reverend Stephen Bachiler, and his eventual father-in-law, John Moulton. In June 1640, William and his brothers were granted house lots and land in Hampton.[24][31] William's house lot was on the south side of today's Winnacunnet Road not far east of Landing Road. He eventually sold this house to Thomas Philbrick, which became known as the Philbrick Garrison House.

Grant of land for house lots to Stephen and William Samborne, 1640.[31]
Grant of land for house lots to Stephen and William Samborne, 1640.[31]


William was one of seven men commissioned on 9 June 1663 to examine and survey several thousand acres of land to the west of Hampton proper. The area was know as the New Plantation. 30 years later this land was incorporated as the town of Kingston, NH.[24] On 14 April 1669, the town of Hampton voted that any man who would improve land in the New Plantation would be given 40 acres. William was one of 12 men who accepted the terms set out for obtaining the properties.[24]

Community life

William was appointed the bell ringer of Hampton church on 27 November 1639.[3][11][12][32] He was to be paid 6 pence per lot for everyone having a lot within the town. He would have been about 16 or 17 at the time.

"3. Wm Samborne (wth his consent) is appointed to ring the bell before the meetings (on the Lord's day & other days), for wch he is to have 6d. pr. lott of eury one hauing a lott wthin the towne."[32]
"3. Wm Samborne (wth his consent) is appointed to ring the bell before the meetings (on the Lord's day & other days), for wch he is to have 6d. pr. lott of eury one hauing a lott wthin the towne."[32]

He was elected selectman for the first time in 1651, age about 29. In the same year, on 8 October 1651 ("8th 8th mo."), he swore his oath as a freeman at Hampton court.[4][12] William was elected a selectman five more times in 1660, 1667, 1671, 1677, and 1683.[3][10][11][12]
On 12 January 1670, William and Mr. Anthony were appointed by the town of Kingston to run a survey line from Hampton to Ass Brook.[33]
On 14 November 1676 ("14th 9th mo."), William took the oath at the Salisbury, MA court as a constable.[4][19]
In 1679 King Charles II issued a charter establishing the Province of New Hampshire, with John Cutt as its first president. A council was formed, which included Christopher Hussey of Hampton. A general assembly of the residents of New Hampshire was organized in which listed residents of each town would vote for three town deputies to the provincial council. William Sanborn was one of those from Hampton listed to vote in the election.[24]

The Pike petition

William, along with his brothers John and Stephen, signed a petition sent to the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1653. The petition asked the Court to revoke the sentence of censure against Lt. Robert Pike of Salisbury. Pike had spoken out against a law forbidding the teaching of religion by certain people, saying it was "against the liberty of the country, both civil and ecclesiastical." He was fined and had his right to vote and hold office revoked. A great many of the men of Hampton, Salisbury, Newbury, Haverhill, and Andover signed petitions in Pike's favor. However, the Court was not accustomed to dissent and sent out investigators to see how those who had signed the petition could justify their behavior. In Hampton, the commissioner, Capt. Thomas Wiggin, stated that all but John Sanborn and Christopher Hussey (the family heads) had acknowledged their offense and asked pardon of the Court.[29]

William Samborne signature on the Pike petition.[30]
William Samborne signature on the Pike petition.[30]

Military service

In 1676 William served as a soldier in King Philip's War (the war by New England colonists against the native American leader, Metacomet, known by the colonists as King Philip). William was paid by the town of Hampton the sum of 1 pound, 4 shillings for his service.[3][5][7][22] His brother John was an ensign serving at Hampton under Major Robert Pike as part of the Old Norfolk County Regiment.[23] It seems likely that William served in this regiment also.

Will and estate inventory

Images of the text of the will of William Sanborn from the New Hampshire Wills section of Probate Records of the Province of New Hampshire[9].

Part 1 of Will
Part 1 of Will
Part 2 of Will
Part 2 of Will
Part 3 of Will
Part 3 of Will

The inventory of Williams estate is found in V. C. Sanborn's works, including Genealogy of the Family of Samborne or Sanborn in England and America, 1194-1898 (1899)[6].

Inventory of William Sanborn's estate
Inventory of William Sanborn's estate

In drama

William and several of his extended family members appear in the play "The Drama of Winnacunnet" by Eloise Lane Smith, which was presented at the Hampton Tercentenary Pageant, August 23 and 24, 1938. The part of William Sanborn was played by Edwin Batchelder, Jr.[28]

Prominent descendants

External links

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lane Memorial Library, Hampton, New Hampshire. Hampton Genealogy Database. (Name:;).
  2. Leavitt Family Association; Jane Jennings Eldredge; and Matilda Cecilia Giauque Steed. The Leavitts of America: a compilation of five branches and gleanings from New England to California and Canada. (Woods Cross, Utah: Jane Jennings Eldredge for the Leavitt Family Association, 1924), 3.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Sanborn, V. C. (Victor Channing), and F. B. (Franklin Benjamin) Sanborn. Genealogy of the family of Samborne or Sanborn in England and America, 1194-1898. (Albany, New York, United States: Privately printed for the author by Rumford Press, 1899), page 79, Secondary quality.

    Note: Source gives date, not location, of birth.

  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Sanborn (1899), page 80.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Stearns, Ezra S.; William F. Whitcher; and Edward Everett Parker. Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire: a record of the achievements of her people in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation. (New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1908), page 273.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Sanborn (1899), page 81.

    "An inventory of the estate of William Samborne late of Hampton, deceased the 18 of November 1692." List of estate and values follow. "Prized the 1 of the 10th mo. 1692 by us NATHll BACHILER Senr, JOHN MOULTON"

  7. 7.0 7.1 The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), Vol. 43, page 273, Jul 1889, Secondary quality.

    Under Assignment of Wages, August 24, 1676, Hampton Towne Cr., William Sanborn, 1£ 4s 0p.

  8. Sanborn, George Freeman, and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. Vital Records of Hampton, New Hampshire to the End of the Year 1900. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, c1992-1998), page 118.

    William Samborne Senior Died the 18th november 1692.

  9. Wills of New Hampshire, in Hammond, Otis G. (Otis Grant); Henry Harrison Metcalf; and Albert Stillman Batchellor. Probate Records of the Province of New Hampshire. (New Hampshire: varies, 1907-1915), Vol. 1, pages 374-376, 1692, Secondary quality.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Sanborn Family by Nathan Sanborn M.D., in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), Vol. 10, page 271 and 313, Jul and Oct 1856, Secondary quality.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Sanborn, V. C. (Victor Channing). Notes on the English ancestry of the following American families: Samborne or Sanborn ... Bachiler or Batcheller ... Blake ... Levet, Lovet, Leavitt ... Kirtland or Kirkland ... (Boston, Massachusetts: David Clapp & Sons, 1894), page 4, 1894, Secondary quality.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 12.8 Sanborn, V. C. (Victor Channing). The First Sambornes of Hampton in New Hampshire. (Boston, Massachusetts: David Clapp & Sons, 1897), page 8, 1897, Secondary quality.
  13. Sanborn (1899), page 74.
  14. Sanborn (1856), page 271.
  15. Sanborn (1894), page 3.
  16. Sanborn (1897), page 3.
  17. Banks, Charles Edward. The Planters of the Commonwealth: a study of the emigrants and emigration in colonial times, to which are added lists of passengers to Boston and to the Bay Colony, the ships which brought them, their English homes, and the places of their settlement in Massachusetts, 1620-1640. (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1930), pages 96–97, 1930, Secondary quality.

    Listed as "Sanborn."

  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Genealogical and Biographical. Sanborn., in Dow, Joseph. History of the town of Hampton, New Hampshire: from its settlement in 1638, to the autumn of 1892. (Salem, Massachusetts: L.E. Dow, the Salem Publishing and Printing Co. , 1893), Vol. 2, page 945, 1893, Secondary quality.
  19. Sanborn (1897), page 9.
  20. New Hampshire (1692), page 18–19.
  21. Torrey, Clarence Almon. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (1963), Primary quality.

    SANBORN, William (1622-1692) & Mary MOULTON; by 1652, by 1650, by Jan 1649; Hampton, NH {Reg. 10:272, 51:63; Pillsbury Anc. 325; GDMNH 498, 605; Hampton 862, 944-5; Moulton 208; Dow 95; Chandler 70; Cram 29, 32; Noyes-Gilman 394; Batchelder 110; Tingley-Meyers 66, 220, 281}

  22. 22.0 22.1 Bodge, George M. (George Madison). Soldiers in King Philip's War: being a critical account of that war, with a concise history of the Indian wars of New England from 1620-1677, official lists of the soldiers of Massachusetts colony serving in Philip's War, and sketches of the principal officers ... (Boston, Massachusetts: Printed for the author, 1892, 1896, 1906), page 156 & 370, 1906, Secondary quality.
  23. Bodge (1906), page 476.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Dow, Joseph. History of the town of Hampton, New Hampshire: from its settlement in 1638, to the autumn of 1892. (Salem, Massachusetts: L.E. Dow, the Salem Publishing and Printing Co. , 1893), Vol 1, Secondary quality.
  25.   Holman, Mary Lovering. Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury and John Sargent Pillsbury. (Concord, New Hampshire: Privately Printed at The Rumford Press, 1938), page 325, Secondary quality.
  26.   Noyes, Sybil; Charles Thornton Libby; and Walter Goodwin Davis. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire. (Portland, Maine: Southworth Press, 1928-1939), page 605, Secondary quality.
  27.   Pierce, Frederick Clifton. Batchelder, Batcheller genealogy: descendants of Rev. Stephen Bachiler of England, a leading non- conformist, who settled the town of New Hampton, New Hampshire, and Joseph, Henry, Joshua and John Batcheller of Essex Co., Massachusetts. (Chicago, Ill. : : Press of W.B. Conkey Company, , 1898), page 110, Secondary quality.

    Under Ann Sanborn (6).

  28. Smith, Eloise Lane. The Drama of Winnacunnet. (Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Strawberry Bank Print Shop, 1938), 1938.
  29. Sanborn (1899), page 67.
  30. Sanborn (1899), page 68.
  31. 31.0 31.1 Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States. Hampton Town Records. (Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire: Hampton Historical Society, 28 Aug 2014), Volume 1, folio page 45, Primary quality.

    Folio page 45, photo page number 44, microfilm page 24.

  32. 32.0 32.1 Hampton Town Records, Volume 1, folio page 39.

    Folio page 39, photo page number 36, microfilm page 36.

  33. Hampton Town Records, Volume 1, folio page 130.

    Folio page 130, photo page number 132, microfilm page 67.

The William and Francis (1632)
The William and Francis was one of two ships sent as part of the "Plough Company" to settle a patent in Saco, Maine. They were never able to occupy the patent and soon failed.
Sailed: March 9, 1632 from London, England under Master Thomas
Arrived: June 5, 1632 in New England

Stephen Bachiler family and Sanborne grandsons (Stephen, John, William) - Mary Blott - Edward Dillingham family - Robert Gamlin family - Walter Harris - John Hart - Thomas Hayward - William Hills - Christopher Hussey family - Thomas James family - John Leavens family - Joseph Mannering - John Mayo - William Norton* - Thomas Oliver family - Thomas Paine* - Francis Peabody - Capt. William Perkins - John Smalley - Rev. Thomas Weld family - John Whitson - Edward Winslow - Deborah Wing (and sons) - Thomas Woodford
* Found on Gov. Winthrop's list, but some doubt as to actual presence on the William and Francis.

Resources: William and Francis Passenger List

Stephen Bachiler was the most prominent, and accounts of his life generally touch on the Plough Company and the William and Francis. See, e.g. Stephen Bachiler at Wikipedia - Material at Hampton, NH Library