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97. Abigail4 Wallingford (Col. Thomas3, John2, Nicholas1) was born in Dover, New Hampshire 30 September 1726.(967) Abigail died prob. 7 April 1756, in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts. The wife of Edward Sanders Jr. died on that date, and in the Rowley birth records of their children, her husband is referred to as Edward Jr.(968) Their last child was born a little more than a week earlier, on March 29th, so it can be supposed that she died from complications of child birth. She was deceased when her father's estate was divided amongst his widow and children on 10 September 1772.(969)

She married Edward Saunders, about 1746, probably in Dover, New Hampshire.(970) Thomas Gage, Town Clerk of Rowley, writes in the original record, "Edward Saunders the 2nd above named was probably married to Abigail Wallingford in the town of Dover or Somesworth in the county of Strafford and State of New Hampshire, soon after his marriage moved his wife to Rowley."

Edward was born 13 March 1717, in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts.(971) Edward was the son of Edward Saunders and Elizabeth Gage. Edward died "of old age", 15 January 1796, in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts, at 78 years of age.(972) Abigail's heirs received property from the estate of her father in the three divisions of the estate made on 10 September 1772, 10 October 1772 (Maine lands), and 8 December 1779. To the heirs of Abigail Sanders, late wife of Edward, went two lots of land in Portsmouth.(973) In Maine they received 48 acres in the farm in Berwick purchased by her father of Bile Dudley at Loves Brook, plus a 100 acre lot (Lot 7, 1st Range, Berwick Commons), and half a right of land in Lebanon purchased from John Lewis.(974) In the 1779 division they received 1/13 part of the whole right of her father's land in Wolfeborough, also 15 acres in the 2nd division lot in Sanbornton next to her sister Margaret Goodwin's 20 acres, also all but 37 acres of a first division lot in Sanbornton (the other 37 having gone to other heirs).(975)

Abigail Wallingford and Edward Saunders had the following children:

child 207 i. Joseph5 Saunders was born in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts 5 June 1747.(976) Joseph died 19 or 20 February 1754, in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts.(977)

child 208 ii. Lydia Saunders was born in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts 5 April 1749.(978) Lydia died of fever, 8 November 1784, in Chebacco Parish, Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, at 35 years of age.(979) She married Jonathan Story, 31 December 1772, in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts.(980) He was from Ipswich and she was from Rowley when they were married.

Jonathan was born 6 October 1745, in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts.(981) He was baptized in Ipswich on that date according to records of the Chebacco Parish Church. Chebacco Parish in Ipswich became the town of Essex in 1819.(982) Jonathan was the son of Jacob Story and Mary Butler.

Jonathan died "sudden", 21 May 1822, in Essex, Essex County, Massachusetts, at 76 years of age.(983) Jonathan and Lydia had six children recorded in the published vital records of Ipswich, Chebacco Parish.(984) The first of these died young and on the baptismal record of the last it states that she is the daughter of Capt. Jonathan and Lydia deceased. This baptism was six days after Lydia died, so probably she died due to a childbirth-related problem. Jonathan and his second wife died in Essex, Mass., but they likely never moved. Chebacco Parish, Ipswich, where they lived most of their lives, became the town of Essex in 1818.

child 209 iii. Abigail Saunders was born in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts 16 April 1752.(985) She was baptized on April 19th. The published Rowley vital records also show a birth for an Abigail Saunders, daughter of Edward and Abigail, being born on April 16, 1754.(986) This is either a different family entirely, a typo for 1752 (the most likely explanation) or they had a second Abigail born exactly two years later, with no death record for the first in evidence. Tate's Diary records an Abigail Saunders, born 20 June 1749, who married Stephen Austin on 12 July 1772.(987) Given the different birth date it appears to be a different Abigail Sa[u]nders, but as nothing is known of Abigail's life after her birth, it could very well be the same person.

child 210 iv. Elizabeth Saunders was born in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts 26 May 1754.(988) Elizabeth died 14 July 1836, in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts.(989) She married Benjamin Todd, 15 July 1773, in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts.(990) Benjamin was born 15 October 1744, in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts.(991) Benjamin was the son of John Todd and Abigail Perley. Benjamin died of palsy, 22 July 1823, in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts.(992) Benjamin and Elizabeth had 12 children, including a son named Wallingford Todd who himself had a son named Paul Wallingford Todd.(993) Wallingford Todd appears in a War of 1812 muster roll on ancestry.com.

child 211 v. Thomas Saunders was born in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts 29 March 1756.(994) Thomas died between 6 May 1824 and 21 July 1826, probably in Prince William, York County, New Brunswick, Canada.(995) He married twice. He married first, Olive, by 1777, in Canada.(996) Olive died possibly between 1816 and 1818. Thomas was married in a 1 July 1816 petition and a widower in a 4 March 1818 petition.

He married second, Sarah, before 28 October 1819. In a petition for land in Prince William belonging to a Hoyt family there was a dispute over the title and in his petiltion dated 28 Oct 1819 Hoyt named Thomas Saunders and Sarah his wife.(997) Thomas moved to New Brunswick (then Nova Scotia), Canada from Massachusetts in 1775 when he heard a proclamation by Sir William Howe. This is according to two petitions he made to the government of New Brunswick in 1816 and 1818. The Proclamation apparently promised land, and he was never granted land, which is the subject of the petitions. In the second petition he states that twenty-seven years earlier he settled on the improved lots belonging to a Peter Waterbury. Saunders then cleared 40 acres and built a new log home and barn, all without legal title to the land. He was eventually granted this land and his descendants live on the property to this day. The farm is on the banks of the St. John River, approximately 20 miles West of Fredericton. In 1775 this area would have been old growth forest probably to the rivers edge.(998)

In the first petition dated Fredricton, N.B. on 1 July 1816, Thomas declared himself to be aged 61, with a wife and seven children. Less than two years later, a second petition dated 4 March 1818 has him age 60, with eight children and he was a widower.(999) Research by others indicates that his wife's name was Olive. The fact that he mentions a wife in 1816 and is called a widower in 1818 would suggest that his wife died within that short span of years. The fact that he had seven children in 1816 and eight in 1818 further suggests that their last child was just recently born, and, perhaps, that Olive, if that was her name, died in childbirth. Other evidence indicates that his children were all born between 1781 and 1801, however, so the first petition, stating that he had seven children, was apparently an error.

In his will dated 6 May 1824 and proved 21 July 1826, Thomas Saunders of Point William names no wife, but does name eight children: two sons and six daughters. One of those sons was named Thomas Wallingford Saunders.(1000) A descendant who has done research on this family states that a later petition for land adjacent to his existing land mentions a wife Sarah, so Thomas may have remarried by that point.(1001)

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