SAUNDERS, Thomas I (1626-c.70), of Mongewell Park, Crowmarsh, Oxon.
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b. 5 Dec. 1626, o.s. of John Saunders†, barrister, of the Middle Temple and Reading, Berks. by Margaret, da. of John Evelyn of Godstone, Surr. m. Anne, da. of Thomas Morris of Great Coxwell, Berks., 2s. 1da. suc. fa. 1638.1
Commr. for assessment, Berks. Aug. 1660-d., Oxon. 1661-d.; j.p. Oxon. 1661-d., Wallingford 1664, Berks. 1664-d.; asst. Wallingford 1663.2
Saunders came from a family seated at Woolstone in Berkshire since Elizabethan times. His father, a younger son, became a barrister and represented Reading in all five Parliaments from 1621 to 1629. Saunders took no part in public life during the Interregnum. He probably bought Mongewell Park, only one mile from Wallingford on the other bank of the Thames, with the £2,350 appropriated for that purpose in his father’s will. His sister married William Knollys, and no doubt he enjoyed the Knoll