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Our  Savage Ancestry                     


                                    Hosted By R. Blair Savage & Tracy Savage Zuccaro

   In honor of Russell Milton Savage 1901-1986

All material on this site, other than that which is cited from other sources, is protected through Copyright and is made available for private use only. Any commercial use or for-profit publication in any form is forbidden without written permission from R. Blair Savage at ( or Tracy Savage Zuccaro ( This site is a rebuild of the original which began in 2005 and is a work in progress. At the age of 87 I think it's time to let one of my five daughters take charge. Having no sons to carry on my Savage line, the oldest continuing family name in America, my daughter, Tracy, is taking over. She tells me I can add to the effort if I behave my self.

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                                   You'll find errors of various kinds while we solve this problem. ==============================================================================================  My name is Russell Blair Savage. I'm one of a long string of guys with the name, Savage. Here in America we date back to 1607/08 when a young fellow from a Savage family in England arrived on the shores of Virginia. The ship he was on dropped anchor off the shore of of a small island on what was to be named, the James River. The island was almost attached to the mainland of what the English called Virginia. There, the first successful English colony in America was established with the building of a fort and a small village they named, Jamestown.       


The purpose of this website is twofold; to provide our proven Savage line from the family of Ensign Thomas Savage, who arrived in America in 1607/08, so that others who are trying to find their Savage roots may have an opportunity to examine our line and possibly find a connection with their own Savage ancestors. If we can help in that effort, we will be happy to try. We believe the Ensign gave us the beginning of the oldest continuing family name in America. In the Robinson T. Savage section we have helped hundreds of individuals find their connection.     ===============================================================================================


When I was ten years old, I began to wonder where my ancestors lived before they all came to America. I was most interested in knowing what nationality I was. In my very early days in the coal mining camp where my dad worked, the boys I went to school with and played with, were of various nationalities and they knew it. I didn't know mine and I wanted to. knew the names of my dad's father and grandfather, but that was it. Of my mother's Bucklew family I could go back only to her father. Since I retired in 1995, I've been able to spend time searching and I have built a family tree of roughly 1200 people. Seven of those were men who fought in the revolutionary war. This site is limited to my Savage line. I was in the fifth grade when I found the first hint of where my Savage family may have lived before coming to America. It was in a very large book among a small collection in a two-room school on the edge of Morgantown, West Virginia. The book was some kind of historic collection o f names of prominent people. One of those was an Edward Savage. He was an artist in England in years passed. That was my first clue that England may have been where our guy originated. Now we have the story of the men who started the twelve Savage generations which include me. Add three generations to that and we can include my children, grand children and great-grand children.


In 1607, thirteen years before the Mayflower landed, an ex-privateer who had lost a hand by a Spanish sword, commanded a fleet of three English ships crossing the Atlantic. A 17th-century source noted that a total of 71 people were aboard the Susan Constant, 52 aboard the Godspeed and 21 aboard the Discovery. Their destination; Virginia. Their aim; to create a settlement on a river above the mighty Chesapeake. Against all odds, that settlement called, Jamestown, survived and was the beginning of what would become the United States of America. The ex-privateer was Captain Christopher Newport and he had on board a boy by the name of Thomas Savage. Newport, accompanied by Captain John Smith,  gave the boy to the great Chief Powhatan in exchange for an Indian named Namontack. Newport's purpose was three-fold, to help insure friendship with the powerful Powhatan, to have Savage learn his language, and to report back any activities of the Indians which might appear troublesome.  John Smith tells us Savage was thirteen years of age. Smith missed the age of Pocahontas by a year or two and I think he did the same with Savage. The boy remained with Powhatan's family for three years and learned the native language. In return, Savage taught Pocahontas and other family members to speak English. Thomas Savage was then an interpreter for the English Colony for the remainder of his life. When he became of age he was given the military rank of, Ensign. Had it not been for the influence that Savage had with the Indians, and the generous heart of Pocahontas, the Jamestown Colony would probably not have survived. In 1619 Ensign Savage settled in Accomack as the first white settler on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The Ensign is said to have given us the oldest continuing family name in America. Later in these pages we explore the life of another Thomas Savage, who appears in the Jamestown records as Thomas Savage the Carpenter. When we get this website further along I will get back to work on my third Savage book which proves the relationship of Thomas Savage the Carpenter and Ensign Thomas Savage. They are from the same family.                                                                                              ------------------------------------------------

In my many years searching records which are 400 years old, I've found no person, or source, on the Internet or anywhere else, which cites an actual record that identifies the parents of Ensign Thomas Savage and the location in England from where he came. There are many others who have also searched for a long, long time.                                   

We plan to share much of the history of our Savage Ancestry.  Various findings related to Ensign Thomas will help to prove his connection to Thomas  the Carpenter.  When the Ensign became of age he was given the military rank of, Ensign. On the following pages we explore the life of Ensign Thomas and Thomas the Carpenter. We know the Ensign and the Carpenter were closely related. We believe father and son.                                                                             


In my many years searching records which are 400 years old, I've found no person, or source, on the Internet or anywhere else, which cites an actual record that identifies the parents of Ensign Thomas Savage and the location in England from where he came. There are many others who have also searched for a long, long time.                                                                                                                                                                                                      ========================================================================

   The proven line from the family of

  Ensign Thomas Savage to R. Blair Savage

   Proven by old documents


                                         And DNA.

01. Ensign Thomas Savage  was born in England about 1594.  In February of 1608 young Thomas was given to the Powhatan (Wahunsenaca),  He lived with Wahunsenaca and family for three years, learned the language and thereafter was an interpreter for the English for what appears to have been the rest of his life. It was a short life as he only lived to reach about 33.  A deposition document that I found has Thomas Savage the Carpenter greeting John Savage, son of the Ensign, as Cozen. As a result, we believe John Savage was a half-brother of Thomas Savage the Carpenter. From years ago I have an old source that says the term, Cozen, at that time, could have been used when addressing a half - brother. I've searched my records tonight for two hours and have not found it. So, for now please consider this as not proven until I post a reliable source.

02. Thomas Savage senior, the Carpenter    c. 1615 - 1654-55 Thomas Savage Sr. was probably born circa 1615 in Virginia. He married and had children with Rebecca Unknown. He died before 28 February 1655/56 in Accomack Co., Virginia. I believe it was during 1654. In 1632, March 14. Thomas Savage, Carpenter, took deed to 100 acres on Old Plantation Creek, at Accomack.

03. Thomas Savage II     1646 - 1721   Thomas II was born circa 1645 at Northampton Co, VA. He first married Unknown circa 1670 and had two children. He was named in the will of his stepfather on 27 October 1677 at Accomack Co, VA. He was shown as my son-in-law (meaning stepson) Thomas Savage in the will of John Smith, taylor, wife Joyce. He married Bridget Kellam, daughter of Richard Kellam I and Sarah Ansley, circa 1684.

04. Robinson Savage1   1699 – 1774   Robinson Savage I was born circa 1699 at Northampton Co, VA. He was the son of Thomas Savage (II) and Bridget Kellam. Robinson was named in his father's will on 10 November 1721 at Northampton Co, VA. He was shown as a son Robinson Savage in the will of Thomas Savage Sr., wife Bridget. He married Esther Turner, daughter of Edward Turner Sr., circa 1725 at Northampton Co, VA.

05. Robinson Savage2    c. 1730 - c. 1790     Robinson Savage II wrote his will on April 1 of 1786. His will was entered for probate by his daughter, Nancy on April 7. There is no mention of a wife in the will. Daughter, Peggy is included in the will. Son, Robinson T. Savage, who inherited the plantation, along with his wife, Mary, sold it on February 5th, 1792. Nancy Savage filed the final probate settlement papers in November of 1793. Nancy married William Argo and Margaret married John Coleman .

06. Robinson T. Savage    c. 1774 - 1830's     Robinson T. Savage, Sr. of Accomack Co., Virginia, Sussex Co., Delaware and Allegany - Garrett County, Maryland was an early Pioneer of Western Maryland. Wife, Mary unknown. He was the first schoolteacher in Western Maryland. He was a sergeant in the war of 1812.

07. Evan Savage 1797 - after 1849     When Evan Savage was born in 1797 in Allegany, County, Maryland, his father, Robinson, was 23 and his mother, Mary, who was 32, we believe to have been Mary Markley.

08. Robert E. Savage  1819 – 1895 of  Allegany, now Garrett County, Maryland. He married his cousin, Nancy Savage. They had eight children.

09. Nelson E. Savage  c. 1838 – 1916 Nelson Savage enlisted in the Second Potomac Home Brigade of the Maryland Infantry at Selbysport, Allegany/Garrett Co. MD. He later served in Company E of the 6th West Virginia Calvary Volunteers.

10. Milton Jackson Savage 1880 – 1960   Rev. Milton Jackson Savage also known as, Jackson Milton Savage. As of 1915, legal documents have him as, Milton Jackson Savage, Friends called him, Milt. As a kid, I always knew him as, Rev. Jack Savage. I have a letter that he wrote in the 1940's. It was sent to; District Elders and Ministers of the Free Church of Jesus Christ. He signed the letter as, General Bishop Jackson M. Savage.

11. Russell Milton Savage 1901 – 1986   When Russell Milton Savage was born on November 16, 1901, in Whitehouse, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, South of Uniontown, his father, Milton, was 21 and his mother, Olive, was 23. Russell had three sons and five daughters with Violet Lois Bucklew. He died on February 14, 1986, in Bedford, Ohio, at the age of 84.

12. Russell Blair Savage  1934    Born on Number 1 hill in the coal mining Village of Scott's Run in Monongalia Co. West Virginia.