Husband: James Saxton (1)
Wife: Ann Bancroft
From Wayne Olsen:
Not enough proof to absolutely make this connection, but family appears to have 3 generations in same town, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. LDS IGI source for birth is Ba: C502601 So: 185469, Pr: 0883790 (Submitted by Ogden temple).
Extensive discussion of SAXTON or SEXTON families in volume 4 of Savage's Dictionary of First Settlers in New England, also available on CD-ROM produced by United Ancestries. Confusing entries about George, perhaps James' father, for it lists Benjamin as George's son as the first white child born in Westfield (1667)... but James is listed as born there in 1660! As alternative, James may be son of Richard Saxton. Richard has 6 children between 1648 and 1662, but does not list James, although there is a big enough gap in 1660 to have had James between others.
Listed in LDS Ancestral File, AFN: 8GV4-TR
From Saxton Family History in America, compiled by Charles M. Williams,1928 (updated by Ruth E. Papka 1959):
On page 20, James Saxton is listed as son of James 1660, and Anna (Bancroft) Saxton. Also lists that he was born Nov 9, 1702.
On page 15, following info provided: He married first Hannah Fowler of Westfield, born Dec 20, 1654, died Mar 20, 1700, and he married for a second wife, Anne Bancroft, then the widow of Gilbert, and daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Wright) Bancroft. She died March 10, 1733, and he married third Mary McCranny, banns published Jan 19, 1734; she died Dec 1740. 5 children by Hannah Fowler (John or James, Hannah, Phebe, Elizabeth, and Mercy. James by Anne Bancroft; no children by Mary McCranny.
From "Early Saxton Roots of America", author states James born in 1658, probably in Ireland. His children were all born in MA, the first 5 by his first wife Hannah Fowler, the last two by his second wife Anna Bancroft.
James Saxton listed in Berkshire County Land records as transferring Sheffield land 29 Dec 1762 to Jasper Saxton and land west of Sheffield on Aug 21 1766, also to Jasper.
Revised: November 26, 2016