|Birth: ||Sep. 14, 1646|
|Death: ||Sep. 3, 1735|
Jonathan was born in Watertown, Massachusetts, on September 15, 1646. He was the son of Edward Sanderson and Mary Eggleston. Jonathan deposed in 1696, saying he was 49, and that he had lived with Justinian Holden when he was 17 on Holden's large farm on the Cambridge-Watertown line. He was probably a laborer for Holden. After living with Holden four or five years, on October 24, 1669, Jonathan married Abia Bartlett, daughter of Ensign Thomas and Hannah Bartlett, in Cambridge. Jonathan and his bride moved to the adjoining farm, called "Hassel's Farm", and lived there for 21 years. Abia and Jonathan had eight children, all born in Cambridge. The youngest was born in Cambridge but baptised in Watertown, so the family must have moved to Watertown between May and July of 1689. In 1688, his tax of 8 shillings, 4 pence is the 17th highest tax in Cambridge, so he must have been prosperous and an owner of real estate, although there is no record of his owning or selling "Hassel's Farm".
The family moved to the area known as "Piety Corner" in Watertown, which would someday be set off as Waltham. Between 1689 and 1695, Jonathan increased his farm to 160 acres. Jonathan served as constable in Watertown in 1695 and was referred to as "Serjant Sanders". He was chosen selectman in 1702, this time being called "Deacon Jonathan Sanderson". He served three more years a selectman, then in 1711 was chosen Representative to the "Great and General Court" from Watertown, where he served two terms. After that, he served two more terms as selectman and was chosen Representative again in 1716, but declined the office. His son Jonathan was elected to replace him as selectman the next year. Jonathan Sr. was then 73 years old. When Weston residents were attempting to have set it off from Watertown, the first meeting was held at Jonathan's home. The last mention of Deacon Jonathan Sanderson Sr. in the Watertown records was in 1733, when land between Old Deacon Sanderson and Allen Flegg was chosen for a schoolhouse.
Jonathan wrote his will on April 2, 1728, and named his sons John and Jonathan as executors. Jonathan died in Waltham on September 3, 1735, aged 89 years. His grave is in the old or lower graveyard at Waltham, known as Grove Hill Cemetery.
Abiah Bartlett Sanderson (1651 - 1723)
Jonathan Sanderson (1673 - 1743)*
John Sanderson (1677 - 1751)*
Here Lyes ye Remains
of Deacon JONATHAN
SANDERSON He was
improved in Publick,
in Church & State For
Many Years He lived Re
-ligiously & Died Cheerfully
Sept 3 1753 Ătatis SuŠ 89.
In Hope of a Glorious Resurection.
Grove Hill Cemetery
Maintained by: Ken Smith
Originally Created by: Bill Boyington
Record added: Feb 28, 2009
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