signed a will on 23 April 1546, and died about 1548 in England. He was
buried in Church of St. Michael's, Hawkshead, Lancashire, England.
William supported Henry VIII and was made Receiver General for the Liberties
at Furnace. He lived in Hawkshead, Furnace Fells. His principal residence
was Esthwaite Hall, but he owned Graythwaite Hall as well. His death date
is disputed, some give it as late as 1558, but apparently it was between
23 April 1546 (date of will) and 1549 when during the easter term
a suit was filed in the Duchy Court of Lancaster against William and Christopher
Sandys, sons of William Sandys, deceased, in regard to certain smithies
in Furnance Fells granted 15 November 1537 by Henry VIII jointly to William
Sandys and William Sawrey.
William was married to Margaret Dixon, died after 1548. Claims that Margaret was of royal descent have been disproven by virtue of the fact that such genealogies place five generations being born and dying in the space of about 25 years.
William and his wife are emtombed in the Sandys Choir in the church of St Michael's at Hawkshead, under a table monument. His will is no longer found but was quoted from in 1774.
Archbishop of York,
was born in 1516 or 1519 in Hawkshead Parish, Furnace Fells, Lancashire,
England. He signed a will on 1 August 1587, and died on 10 July 1588, and
was buried in Southwell Minister, Nottinghamshire, England. He had an estate
probated on 22 May 1590, and he was buried in Southwell Minister, Nottinghamshire,
England. Edwin was educated at St. Johns College, Cambridge University
where he matriculated in 1533. In 1547 he was master of Catharine
Hall. He was named Rector of the University in 1542, Master of St. Catherine's
Hall in 1547, and was Vice Chancellor of the Cambridge when Edward VI died
Edwin supported the cause of Lady Jane Gray. Upon the death of Edward VI, Edwin took a stand on the side of
Protestantism, preaching a sermon before the University and the Duke of Northumberland which committed himpublically. The sermon was printed, Mary (a Catholic) was proclaimed Queen, and Sandys and was committed to the Tower of London on 25 July 1553. Finally obtaining release, he crossed to the Continent and joined the group of exiles who were to be the forerunners in England of the church puritans. At Zurich, to which he had gone following the death of his first wife and their only child at Strasbourg, he lived for a time in the house of Peter Martur.
After Elizabeth's accension in 1558 Edwin returned to England. He was made bishop of Worcester 21 December 1559 and in 1570 he was promoted to bishop of London. Edwin was consecrated the Archbishop of York on 8 March 1576/1577, in which office he was promient in the ecclesiastical and politcial disputes of his era. In 1916 the family Bible of Edwin Sandys with entries of his childrens birth in his hand was existent at the Grammer School, Hawskshead. He wrote a lengthy will which still survives.
Edwin Sandys' personality and convictions brought him many enemies, but he accepted them serelely by saying that, " . . . when Gods cause cometh to hand, I forget what displeasure may follow." He believed that celibacy was not required of the clergy, he opposed vestments and the making of the sign of the cross, he fought against the encroachments of secular government upon church property, and he opposed Queen Elizabeth I on the subject of images. He was criticized for devising to his eldest son Scrooby Manor (at left), a noble building situated on the great road to Scotland which had been given to the See of
York. Scrooby Manor was occupied by the postmaster William Brewster who traveled to America aboard the Mayflower and was Elder of the Plymouth church. On the whole, Edwin was admired and respected, and generally had the full support of Elizabeth. His great scholarship was evidenced in his sermons (now availabale in hardback as "The Sermons of Edwin Sandys", his translations (through the books of Chronicles) for the Bishop's Bible, his various pastoral epistles and other letters, and in his founding of the Hawkshead Grammar School.
Edwin Sandys married first his cousin Mary Sandys of Essex, who, with their only child, James, died while he was in exile between 1554 and 1560. Edwin was married a second time to Cecily Wilsford on 19 February 1558/1559. Cecily signed a will on 17 January 1610/1611, and died between 17 January 1610/1611 and 12 February 1610/1611. She had an estate probated on 12 February 1610/1611 in Prerogative Court of Canterbury, England. She was buried in Woodham Ferras, Essex Co., England. According to her epitaph, "She led a most Christian and holy life, carefully educated her children, wisely governed her familye, charitably relieved the poore, and was a true mirror of a Christian matron."
(3) Henry Sandys, born 30 September 1572 in Furnesse Fells, Lancashire, England, died 1654 in New England; married Priscilla Chauncey. He was was admitted freeman of Boston in the year 1640. Henry was one of the signers of the Third Charter of Virgina with his brothers Edwin and George. Parents of:
born 1622 in Reading, Berkshire Co., England, died 13 March 1694/1695 in
New Shoreham, Block Island, Rhode Island; married 1651 in Portsmouth, Rhode
daughter of John
It was in 1658 that John with his wife came from England and landed at Plymouth, and soon after this he undertook
the building of a house for Mrs. Hutchinson. Capt. Sands was a young man at the time the noted Ann Hutchinson (his wife's grandmother) was banished her from the Massachusetts Bay Colony on account of Antinomian preaching. Anne settled in East Chester, New York, and employed John to build her house, the following account of which is given by the Rev. Samuel Niles, who was the grandson of John and Sarah:
"In order to pursue her purpose she agreed with Captain James Sands, then a young man, to build her a house, and he took a partner with him in the business. When they had near spent their provisions, he sent his partner for more which was to be fetched at a considerable distance. While his partner was gone there came a company of Indians to the frame where he was at work, and made a great shout, and sat down. After some time they gathered up his tools, put his broad-ax on his shoulder, and his other tools into his hands, and made signs to him to go away. But he seemed to take no notice of them, but continued in his work. At length one of them said, Ye-hah Mumuneketock, the English of which is, ‘Come, let us go,’ and they all went away to the water-side for clams or oysters. [They were near the Hudson river.] After some time they came back, and found him still at work as before. They again gathered up his tools, put them into his hands as before they had done, with the like signs moving him to go away. He still seemed to take no notice of them, but kept on his business, and when they had stayed some time, they said as before, Ye-hah Mumuneketock. Accordingly they all went away, and left him there at his work – a remarkable instance of the restraining power of God on the hearts of these furious and merciless infidels, who otherwise would doubtless in their rage have split out his brains with his own ax. However, the Indians being gone, he gathered up his tools and drew off, and in his way met his partner bringing provisions, to whom he declared the narrow escape he had made for his life. Resolving not to return, and run a further risk of the like kind, they both went from the business."Mrs. Hutchinson hired others to finish her house. Soon after, she with her whole family, sixteen in all, was murdered by the Indians.
"The English, fearing what might be their [the Indians’] design, as they were drinking, dancing, and reveling after their usual customs at such times, went to parley with them, and to know what their intentions were. James Sands, who was the leading man among them, entered into a wigwam where he saw a very fine brass gun standing, and an Indian fellow lying on a bench in the wigwam, probably to guard and keep it. Mr. Sands’ curiosity led him to take and view it, as it made a curious and uncommon appearance. Upon which the Indian fellow rises up hastily and snatches the gun out of his hand, and withal gave him such a violent thrust with the butt end of it as occasioned him to stagger backward. But feeling some thing under his feet, he espied it to be a hoe, which he took up and improved, and with it fell upon the Indian."In another connection, the author Wiles says of him:
"He was a benefactor to the poor; for as his house was garrisoned, in the time of their fears of the Indians, many poor people resorted to it, and were supported mostly from his liberality. He also was a promoter of religion in his benefactions to the minister they had there in his day, though not altogether so agreeable to him as might be desired, as being inclined to the Anabaptist persuasion. He devoted his house for the worship of God, where it was attended every Lord’s day or Sabbath."That he was an enterprising citizen is evident from the simple statement: " Mr. Sands had a plentiful estate, and gave free entertainment to all gentlemen that came to the Island." To this it is added: "When his house was garrisoned it became a hospital, for several poor people resorted thither."
BODY OF MR JAMES SANDS SENIOVR
AGED 73 YEARS WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE MARCH 13 A. D. 1695.
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