Husband: George Saxton (1)
Wife: Catherine Cowing (2)
Died: 19 Sep 1689 in Westfield, MA
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. Following except describes George:
"GEORGE, Windsor, had John, b. there 26 May 1673, went back to Westfield where he had lived bef. and had Benjamin a. 1667 said to be the first white b. in that place, wh. also liv. to old age, but Joseph bef. him and prob. George earlier still, before W. was plant. and in 1688 sold to Joseph and Benjamin his est. there for L160., his wife Catherine join in the deed, and he d. a. 1690. "
So, James not mentioned in this segment, but later in paragraph is listed as "perhaps s. of George the first, or of Richard.." Dates above of other children of George are later than James' 1660 birth.
Listed in LDS Ancestral File, AFN: B6D6-M3. The additional details included birth year (1632), specific date of death (2 years later than other sources), and marriage year. Last name spelled SEXTON
From History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, CT, by H.R. Stiles,1892, vol 2:
George Sexton (Saxton), of Windsor and Westfield, was a contemporary of Richard Saxton of Windsor, and probably his brother. That he was not a son, appears from the settlement of the wid. of Richard. (Gen. Court Rec.). The earliest mention thus far found of him is in Rec. of Deeds(i.33) at Springfield, MA, in a deed from Thomas Cowper to George Sexton, "now resident at Windsor," of lands at Warranoke River, 10 June, 1663. On the Windsor Records is the following: "John, the son of George Sexton, was born at Windsor, 26 May 1673." The date of George Sexton's removal to Westfield, MA appears from the following entry in Springfield Records: "Jonathan Alford, aged 70, and John Fowler, aged 67, say that Ambrose Fowler and George Sexton, formerly of Westfield, now deceased, were possessed of land there above 46 years ago," etc. dated 10 Jan 1717, which places the date of his removal at about 1671.
By a deed recorded at Springfield, George and Catherine Sexton convey land in Westfield to their sons Joseph and Benjamin, in consideration of the sum of 160 lbs, dated 25 Jan 1687/8, and by an instrument signed by George Sexton, Jr., "sometime of Westfield, but now of Newtown, on Long Island, son and heir to George Sexton of Westfield, lately deceased, consenting to the before mentioned writing made by my honored father" to my brothers Joseph and Benjamin, and dated 31 Oct 1690, it appears that George Sexton, Sr, died between 1688 and 1690.
From Saxton Family History in America, compiled by Charles M. Williams 1928, updated by Ruth E. Papka 1959:
There are indications that Richard and George Saxton were brothers; Windsor and Westfield are near together in the valley of the Connecticut River, but the name "Richard" does not appear among the children or grandchildren of George Saxton as far as known, which would seem rather remarkable if they were brothers, considering that in those days the attachment to family names were very strong.
It is doubted whether Savage is correct in ascribing to GeorgeSaxton a son "john".
There is good reason to suppose that most of the Saxtons and Sextons of distinctly American (at least New England) ancestry are descended from George Saxton of Westfield, MA, who died there about 1689. It is not known when George Saxton came to New England and whence. All 5 children married and left descendants.
From "Genealogical Notes" , manuscript by Louis Marinus Dewey regarding ancestors of Westfield, MA families, manuscript found in Westfield, MA library:
George Saxton or Sexton b. prob. abt 1618, brother of Richard Saxton of Windsor, Conn, who came in the ship "Blessing", John Lester, Captain, in 1635; was at Windsor, CT when he bought land on the North Side, Union St. at Woronoco June 10, 1663 of Lt. Thomas Cooper and soon settled there as one of the 3 first permanent ones. He became in straightened circumstances and was compelled to mortgage his land and crops to pay his debts. Sold his housing and lands at Westfield Jan. 25, 1687-8 to his sons, Joseph and Benjamin for 160 pounds. He and his wife were before the County Court, Sep 24, 1678, for "abusive words and actions to Samuel Root, constable".
He died before Oct 30, 1690; his inventory taken Jan 19, 1690-1, by Josiah Dewey and Joseph Pomeroy amounted to 49 pounds , 10 shillings.
His wife Katharine joined Westfield church July 23, 1682 and died Sep 19, 1689.
The old Saxton homestead, Benjamin 3rd, after 1778; the house was strongly built and was used as a fort and refuge from the Indians.
From "Early Saxton Roots in America," author states George Sexton born in Ireland 1632, married Katherine (last name unk).
From "Genealogies and Biographies of Ancient Windsor," by Henry Stiles:
George, of Windsor and Westfield, was a contemporary of Richard of Windsor, and probably his brother. That he was not a son, appears from the settlement of the wid. of Richard. The earliest mention thus far found of him is in Rec. of Deeds at Springfield, MA in a deed from Thomas COWPER to George Sexton, "now resident at Windsor," of lands at Warranoke River, 10 Jun 1663. On the Windsor Records is the following: "John, the son of George Sexton, was born a Windsor, 26 May 1673." The date of George Sexton's removal to Westfield appears to be about 1671. ...it appears that George died between 1688 and 1690.
From Pynchon Ancestors at www.enter.net/~torve/trogholm/general/pynchon.htm:
George Sexton was b 1632 in Limerick, Ireland, while Catherine Cowing was b.c. 1636, but in Westfield MA. Do not believe Westfield as birthplace, but birthdates are better considering birthdates of children.
From "Early Saxton Roots in America", by Velma Odeal Gehrke. Private printing:
Denis Saxton and Edmond Saxton both served 8 years as Lord Mayors of Limerick, the latter arraigned as "of Irish blood and corrupt affection to traitors," (ie., the Irish who resisted English aggression), but still a friend and favorite of Henry VIII who knighted him in the year 1638 and granted him the title and rights of Prior of the Cathedral.
It was at this time of persecution by the English soon after the middle of the 17th century that George Sexton, the oldest son of James Sexton of Limerick, Ireland (a descendant of Denis) and his wife Katherine and their family fled to North America, making them among the first Sextons to arrive in this country.
Revised: February 19, 2018