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Richard Saltonstall

Male Bef 1586 - Bef 1661  (< 75 years)


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  • Name Richard Saltonstall 
    Born Bef 4 Apr 1586  Halifax, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Baptised 4 Apr 1586  Rookes Hall, Highcliffe in Hipperholme, Halifax, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Alternate death Abt 1658  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Alternate death Sep 1661  Crayford, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died Bef 25 Oct 1661  Crayford, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5
    Person ID I14187  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of JTS
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2018 

    Father Samuel Saltonstall,   b. 1562, of Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1613  (Age 51 years) 
    Mother Anne Ramsden,   b. 1564,   d. 1589  (Age 25 years) 
    Family ID F9016  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Grace Kaye,   b. Bef 3 Sep 1579, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 27 Jun 1625  (Age < 45 years) 
    Married 28 Nov 1609  Almondbury, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5
    Children 
    +1. Maj. Richard Saltonstall,   b. Bef 1 Oct 1610, Almondbury, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1694, Hulme, Lancaster, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 83 years)
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F8948  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From Abandoning America (citation details below):

      Sir Richard Saltonstall, a London lawyer, was first elected an assistant of the Massachusetts Bay Company in England on 23 March 1628/9. [...] In 1629, he sent servants and cattle ahead of him to New England. Saltonstall sailed to New England in 1630, as a widower, with five of his six children. He settled at Watertown. He attended all the meetings of the Massachusetts Bay Company in New England between 22 August 1630 and 22 March 1630/1.

      He left New England on the Lyon, 1 April 1631, and arrived in London on 29 April. He was elected an assistant in Massachusetts in 1633, in his absence, but never returned. Saltonstall continued to take an interest in New England. He defended Massachusetts against the charges of Philip Ratcliffe, Thomas Morton and Sir Christopher Gardiner. He diverted his attention to fresh colonising ventures by Lord Saye and Sele and Lord Brooke, outside the boundaries of Massachusetts, but made heavy losses. In 1639 he handed over his New England interests to his son Robert, who had returned there c. 1638. Saltonstall spent time in the Netherlands, 1643–4, where Henry Saltonstall joined him. From 1649 he controlled the sales of crown property, and this profitable post helped him to boost his fortunes. In 1650 he and his son Richard became members of the High Court of Justice, commissioned by the Rump Parliament to try the crimes of the Commonwealth's enemies. From 1658 he lived near Wrexham, and associated with the congregationalist Vavasor Powell. He criticised Massachusetts for its intolerance: he wrote to John Wilson and John Cotton c. 1652, advocating freedom for Quakers.

      From the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

      Saltonstall opposed the crown in the civil wars, and his fortunes recovered with the parliamentarian victory. In March 1650 he was appointed a commissioner of the high court of justice, set up to punish opponents of the regime. From 1649 he held lucrative posts controlling the sales of crown property, and by 1658 he could afford to buy Brymbo Hall, near Wrexham, Denbighshire. After the Restoration, however, he was forced to flee arrest as a 'seditious person', and died at Crayford, Kent, in 1661, probably in September.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1585] Ancestry and Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall, by Leverett Saltonstall. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Riverside Press, 1897.

    2. [S142] Royal Ancestry, by Douglas Richardson. Kimball G. Everingham, ed. 2013.

    3. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004-ongoing).

    4. [S2306] The Winthrop Fleet: Massachusetts Bay Company Immigrants to New England 1629-1630 by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.

    5. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.