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Ensign Thomas Savage

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. 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 gave the boy, as a hostage, to the great Chief Powhatan in exchange for an Indian named Namontack. Newport's purpose was two-fold, to help ensure friendship with the powerful Powhatan and to have Savage learn his language. John Smith, present at the exchange, tells us Savage was thirteen years of age. Thomas Savage remained with Powhatan for three years and was an interpreter for the English Colony for the remainder of his life. He became known as, Ensign Thomas Savage. Had it not been for the influence that Savage had with the Indians, and the generous heart of Pocahontas, the Jamestown Colony may not have survived. In 1619 Ensign Savage settled in Accomack as the first white settler on the Eastern Shore. The Ensign is said to have given us the oldest continuing family name in America.

Captain John Martin credits Ensign Thomas Savage with saving the colony through his relationships with the Accomack Indians on the Eastern Shore.1622, Dec. 15  :          [ffor the Certentye of Corne it is best knowne to my selfe for yt by sendinge & discoueringe those places, ffirst I haue not onely reaped the benefitt, but all the whole Collonye since; whoe had perished had it not bene discouered before Sr George Yardley came in by my Aunchient Thomas Savage & servants, besides necessities hath made those Savages more industrious than any other Indians in or Baye] By Captain John Martin.

Thomas Savage, The Carpenter

A prominent figure in Northampton and Accomack Counties on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, he first appears, by name, in surviving records, in 1632. He is known to have been a builder of watercraft and homes and operated a cooperage to manufacture casks, barrels, kegs, buckets etc. At his death, he owned at least two properties totaling 750 acres. It is documented that Ensign Savage and Savage the Carpenter were closely related. Were they father and son?

In Alexander Brown's THE GENESIS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1605-1616, Brown says of Ensign Thomas Savage, on page 196; He left two sons, Thomas, who was alive in 1652, but seems to have died without issue, and a younger son, John. We know that this Thomas who was alive in1652 was, in fact, our Thomas Savage the Carpenter who died in 1654/55 and he also had issue including two sons, Thomas and John.

A similar statement appears in THE DICTIONARY OF NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY by the Oxford University Press in London, pages 839-840. By his wife, Anne (Hannah) he had two sons, Thomas and John besides other children who died young.

My soon to be published book, SAVAGE IS MY NAME - PART III, contains evidence to strongly support the theory that Thomas Savage the Carpenter was the son of Ensign Thomas Savage and a Native American girl. While some do not accept that the English took Indian wives, evidence here will further prove that it was, in fact, common for them to do so. As I find new evidence, I will report it here.  Owners of SAVAGE IS MY NAME - PART II, may copy, print and insert any part of this site into your copy of the book.