Re: Capt. James Sands of Block Island
I'm following this with great interest. First of all, let me agree once more that Capt. James Sands was in all probability not the son of Henry Sandys, the son of Archbishop Edwin Sandys. This connection does not fit the facts as you have pointed out. I also dismiss the theory that James was the son of the Archbishop's first son, James (by his first wife Mary). He died of the plague in infancy in Germany while the archbishop was in exile.
Secondly, I think there may be a very possible connection to Henry Sandes, who married Elizabeth Goffe. I've pieced together the information you have stated and find the connections very interesting. However, some of the numbers don't add up. I'd like to get your thoughts or corrections. But let me illustrate the succession using the numbers from your post:
Robert Sandes (d.1509)
John Sandes (d. 1552)
Henry Sandes (d. 1570)
Rev. Henry Sandes (1549 - 1626) m. 1617 to Elizabeth Goffe
Capt. James Sands (1622 - 1695) m. to Sarah Walker
So far, these date work. This makes the assumption that Rev. Henry was indeed the son of the Henry who made the will in 1569. I did some research and he was apparently born in 1549 and was a lecturer at Boxfor by 1582. However, this would mean that he married at the age of 68 (1617?) and had James around the age of 73 and died at 77 when James was only 4. James then sailed for Roxbury about 1638 when he was just 16 years old. The math is within reason, though a stretch.
Here is where I get thrown however. You have Robert being the son of William the son of William Sandys and Margaret Rawson. I like how this fits because it would tie Capt. James to the family line, but there are two inconsistencies at this point. (1) This would make Robert the brother or half-brother of Archbishop Edwin Sandys and the records I have seen say nothing of William Sandys and Margaret Dixon having a seventh son named Robert. (2) Robert according to your figures died in 1509 and was old enough to have a son. Yet William Sandys Jr. was born (by the dates I have seen) in 1493. This would mean that he had a grown grandson by the age of 16 when his son died?
I have not been able to duplicate your research. Is it possible that Robert (d.1509) was the son of William Sandys and Margaret Rawson instead of a grandson? This would make him William Jr.'s brother and Archbishop Edwin's uncle.
Secondly, are you positive the 10 June 1617 wedding refers to Rev. Henry Sands? It seems in this list, it could refer to any Sands. The data actually comes from Bretnor's Almanac and is not necessarily edited by Adam Winthrop (John's father) in this case. Perhaps we have a third generation of Henry and this is the last one's wedding, not the Reverend?
Also, does anyone know where exactly we find that James Sand's father was named Henry? I have not seen the Suffolk record.
I look forward to your thoughts and reply.