Captain James Sands1,2,3

M, b. between 14 March 1621 and 13 March 1622, d. 13 March 1694/95
     Important Notes: Much research is being done trying to discover the parentage of our Captain James Sandys/Sands. It is stated by the viewing of the Family Crests of both Archbishop Edwin Sandys & that of Captain James Sands that they differ only in the addition of a hood. Also, decendants of the Sandys family of Esthwaite & Graythwaite have compared portraits of members of those families with portraits of James Sands family and have been intrigued in the many similarities. For now, with this information, it seems most likely that James belongs to the lineage of Archbishop Edwin & Cicely or that of the Archbidop's father. We feel that the line of the Reverend Henry Sandys & Elizabeth Goff as well as that of Henry Sandys & Pricilla Chauncy do not seem to fit the parentage of our Captain James. klm 9/24/2016.4 James was born between 14 March 1621 and 13 March 1622 in England. In 1638, James came to Plymouth, Massachusetts from Reading, Berkshire, England. In 1642, he was at East Chester, Westchester County, New York. He removed to Portsmouth, Rhode Island where he gained grants of land on 5 October 1643 & served the community in various compacities until 1660. At this time, he in the company of others purchased Block Island from the Indians. This same group settled on the island a year later. James received a 1/16 share of the island. He again served in public office in this community at least until the year 1676. James was a commisioner to the General Court & had been commander of the New Shoreham Company. He turned his house into a fort & garrisoned it. The house became company headquarters during King Philip's War [1675-1676]. James was a planter & physician. His wife was also a physician & nurse. James married Sarah Walker, daughter of John Walker and Katherine (?), in 1645 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island. James made his will on 18 June 1694 at Block Island, Washington County, Rhode Island.1 James departed this life on Sunday, 13 March 1694/95 in Block Island, Washington County, Rhode Island. He was buried in Block Island, Washington County, Rhode Island. His tombstone was a large recumbent sandstone slab bearing the inscription: "Lyes In Tyrred the Body of Mr. James Sands, Seniour aged 73 Years Departed This life March The 13 1695".5


Sarah Walker b. 1629, d. 1709


  1. [S132] Malcolm Samds Wilson, Descendants James Sands of Block Island, page 3.
  2. [S63] Rebecca [Peck] Dusenbery, Peck, Adams and Allied Families, Genealiogical & Biographical, pages 112-113.
  3. [S230] Charles H. Sandys, Dawn to Twilight in American Colonization.
  4. [S132] Malcolm Samds Wilson, Descendants James Sands of Block Island, pages 70-72.
  5. [S109] Temple Prime, Descent of Comfort Sands and of His Children, page 3.