Three generations of this family starting with Generation E down to Generation C where Jane Saunders marries
George Man have been recorded. Those in bold are
direct ancestors of Jane Saunders.
- Richard Saunders* was born about 1555, married Dorothy Symonds on 12 October 1579 at St Mary the Virgin, Hambleden, Buckinghamshire. He was
buried on 23 March 1613/4 at St Mary, Hambleden. Dorothy was born about 1560 and was buried on 30 December 1589 at St Mary.
The children of Richard and Dorothy are of Generation D and are:
- URSALA SAUNDERS, baptized on 10 December 1581 at St. Mary the Virgin, Hambleden;
- JOHN SAUNDERS, (1583 - 1634);
- THOMAS SAUNDERS, baptized on 3 January 1584/5 at St Mary, Hambleden;
- SARAH SAUNDERS, baptized on 2 July 1587 at St Mary and married WILLIAM PARY on 3 Jun 1605 at St Mary; and
- EDMUND SAUNDERS, baptized on 23 April 1589 at St Mary.
- John Saunders was baptized on 2 June 1583 at St Mary the Virgin, Hambleden, Buckinghamshire, married Susanna Doyley on 14 February 1602/3 at St Mary, Hambleden.
He was buried on 30 August 1634 at St Mary. Susanna Doyley was baptized on 25 March 1584; her burial has not been found.
The children of John and Susanna are of Generation C and are:
- ROBERT SAUNDERS, (1605/6 - 1636);
- EDMOND SAUNDERS, baptized on 29 January 1608/9 at St Mary the Virgin, Hambleden, Buckinghamshire;
- MARY SAUNDERS, baptized on 25 November 1610 at St Mary, Hambleden;
- ANN SAUNDERS, baptized on 4 December 1614 at St Mary, Hambelden; and
- DOROTHY SAUNDERS*, baptized 1 January 1624/5.
*The gap in time between the records of Ann and Dorothy's baptisms was
of some concern. But, whereas for the first four baptisms the record reads either "s. of . ." or "d. of John", Dorothy's reads "d. of John
and Susanna". So that seemed to resolve that concern. However, when the brass rubbing shown
above was found, it
indicated that John had two wives. Though confirming records have not been found, it would seem reasonable to account for the gap in baptisms
with the conclusion that Susanna (Doyley) Saunders died and John remarried another Susanna sometime later and Dorothy was a daughter of
the second marriage.
Robert Saunders was baptized on 9 March 1605/6 at St Mary the Virgin, Hambleden, Buckinghamshire, married about 1623 to an Amy Unknown (first name obtained
from baptismal records of children). He was buried on 2 May 1679 at St Mary, Hambleden. Amy was buried on 10 April 1671 at St Mary.
The children of Robert and Amy are of Generation B and are:
- REBECCA SAUNDERS, baptized on 16 May 1625 at St Mary, Hambleden;
- JOHN SAUNDERS, baptized on 21 May 1626 at St Mary and buried on 24 August 1636 at St Mary;
- MARY SAUNDERS, baptized on 14 Jun 1628 at St Mary and buried on 22 March 1638/9 at St Mary;
- SUSANNA SAUNDERS, baptized on 18 October 1629 at St Mary, Hambleden, and probably married John Smith on 8 January 1653 at St Mary the Virgin, Haddenham, Buckinghamshire;
- FRANCES SAUNDERS, baptized on 27 February 1630/1 at St Mary, Hambleden, and probably married Francis Eles on 7 February 1653 at the parish church of Upton, Buckinghamshire;
- ROBERT SAUNDERS, baptized on 3 Dec 1632 at St Mary, Hambleden, and probably married Elizabeth Southey on 20 October 1661 at the parish church of Bray, Berkshire;
- JANE SAUNDERS, (1634 - 1664);
- ANN SAUNDERS, baptized on 19 April 1636 at St Mary, Hambleden, and probably married William Heaster on 20 January 1668/9 at Holy Trinity, Cookham, Berkshire;
- EDMUND SAUNDERS, baptized 6 February 1638/9 at St Mary, Hambleden; and
- ELIZABETH SAUNDERS, baptized on 16 May 1641 at St Mary, Hambleden.
Above is a brass rubbing of John
Saunders and his two wives that is in the Church of St Mary the Virgin,
Hambleden, Buckinghamshire. His granddaughter, Jane Saunders, married
George Man on 24 September 1654 at St
Mary. The rubbing is the earliest known recorded image of a family ancestor.
The family lived at the Manor of Parmoor
(left), Hambleden, Buckinghamshire which came into possession of it
in the sixteenth century. In 1603 Richard Sanders
conveyed it to Timothy Doyley
and heirs. Timothy Doyley is said to have married Mary the daughter and sole heir of
John Sanders of Hambleden about this time.
(Bayley, ‘Account of House of D’Oyly,’ 68.)
Later claims to this manor made by John
were finally settled in 1631 in favour of Timothy Doyley. Robert,
son and heir of John Sanders, was associated
with his father in this claim. (Calendar of Feet of Fines, Bucks, Trinity 13
James I Feet of Fines, Bucks, Michaelmas 22 James I.Ibid., Michaelmas 7 Charles
Timothy Doyley belonged to a younger branch of the Doyley family, owners of Yewden Manor. His father,
owned property in Hambleden at his death. (Will proved 1617, P.C.C. 16 Meade)
Records of Bucks, viii, 363.). In
1637 Timothy leased Parmoor Manor for forty years to his son and heir-apparent
Robert, who was buried at Hambleden in 1669, three years after his father’s
death. (Will proved 1666, P.C.C. 175 Mico) (Bayley, op.cit., 68 – 70.)
Parmoor remained in Robert Doyley’s family, passing from father to son in the direct
line until the death, unmarried, of his great-grandson John Doyley. John was
receiver-general of light duties, and dying intestate in Seething Lane, London,
in 1800, was buried in the Doyley vault in
Hambleden Church. He survived all the sons of his uncle Robert Doyley, on whom
his father Thomas Doyley has settled the estate in remainder with further
remainder to his own daughters. (Bayley, op.cit., 71,72 &; Gentleman’s Magazine, lxx, 1116.)