Sarah Tefft, 8th great grandma on RootsMagic tree.
Sarah Tefft was born around 1680 in Providence, Rhode Island. Her parents were Samuel and Elizabeth Jenckes Tefft. Her grandparents came to America from England. Sarah’s family was big, she probably had 11 siblings.
Sarah married John Witter in 1703, an estimated date. They married in Providence or nearby. Many early sources and family trees show Sarah Tefft married Ebenezer Witter, a half brother of John, this has been proven incorrect. By 1712 John and Sarah were in Westerly, later Hopkinton, Rhode Island, 30 miles southwest. Sarah was a Sabbatarian, she and John are listed as members on the church list. The Sabbatarian turned in to Seventh-day Baptists “The Church in Hopkinton, considered a part of the Newport congregation until 1707, grew to become one of the largest in America with almost 1,000 members by 1816.” Mary Witter on this record could be John Witter’s 2nd wife.
When Sarah’s dad wrote his will on March 16, 1725, Sarah had already died. Her children were mentioned in the will, their grandad left them money and possessions.
Sarah is probably buried at Witter Cemetery, also called First Hopkinton Cemetery near where the original Sabbatarian Church Cemetery stood.
- The genealogical dictionary of Rhode Island at Archive.org
- A partial record of the descendants of John Tefft at HathiTrust
- Babcock and allied families at HathiTrust
- Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and his descendants at Archive.org
- The New England historical and genealogical register at American Ancestors
- Vital record of Rhode Island 1636-1850, a family register for the people at HathiTrust
- Church of God, New World Ministries article The History of the Church of God via website
- Rhode Island Historic Cemetery