Thomas Danforth was born in England in November 1622 or 1623, and at the age of 11, his family moved to Masssachusetts. In 1650, he was appointed treasurer of Harvard College, a position he held until becoming the steward in 1669. He had a long career in public service, holding positions in the Massachusetts legislature and as president of the Province of Maine. In his final years, he was an associate justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court. Notably, he served as a judge during the Salem witch trials of 1692. Danforth married Mary Withington in 1644, and they had twelve children. He died on November 5, 1699.
Jonathan Danforth was born in England in 1628 and, after moving to Massachusetts, became a leading citizen of Billerica, where he served as the town clerk and as the captain of a local military unit. In addition to his public offices, he became a surveyor. He married Elizabeth Poulter on November 22, 1654, and they had nine children. After her death, he married Esther Champney on November 17, 1690. He died in 1712.