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William Sawyer

Birthplace: Gainesborough, Lincolnshire, England
Death: Died in Newburyport, Essex, MA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Sawyer and Agnes Sawyer
Husband of Ruth Sawyer (Bitfield)
Father of Samuel Sawyer; Ruth Morse (Sawyer); Sarah Brown; William Sawyer, Jr. and Stephen Sawyer
Brother of Edward Sawyer, of Gainsborough & Rowley; Thomas Sawyer, Sr.; Edmund Sawyer; Ephraim Sawyer; Mary Sawyer and 7 others

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About William Sawyer

Quoted from Some descendants of William Sawyer of Newbury by William Sumner Appleton 1891

William Sawyer was born about 1613, as he called himself 65 when he took the oath of allegiance in 1678. I know of no evidence to connect him with other settlers in New England of the name of Sawyer. He does not appear in any position of prominence or importance, except as one of the founders of the Baptist Church at Newbury in 1682. He had a wife ,Ruth, and died in 1702 or 1703, administration on his estate being granted 1 March, 1703 ; no settlement was made, and he seems to have left no property. He probably lived in or near what is now West Newbury, where some of his descendants may still be found. Children, born at Newbury :

i. John, b. 24 August, 1645. 2

ii. Samuel, b. 22 November, 1646. 3

iii. Ruth, b. 16 September, 1648; m. 27 August, 1667, Benjamin

Morse of Newbury.

iv. Mary, b. 7 February, 1650; d. 24 June, 1659. v. Sarah, b. 20 November, 1651 ; m. 15 January, 1669, Joshua Browne

of Newbury; he d. in 1720.

vi. Hannah, b. 23 February, 1654; d. 25 January, 1660. vii. AVilliam, b. 1 February, 1656. 4

viii. Frances, b. 24 March, 1658; d. 7 February, 1660. ix. Mary, b. 29 July, 1660; m. 13 June, 1683, John Emery of Newbury; d. 3 November, 1699; he d. 14 July, 1730. x. Stephen, b. 25 April, 1663. " 5

xi. Hannah, b. 11 January, 1665; d. 28 August, 1683. xii. Frances, b. 3 November, 1670. -------------------- William came from Lincolnshire, England and is fist found in Salem, Mass. in 1640; afterwards in Wenham, Mass. in1643 and the next year in Newbury, Mass. where he settled and raised his family. William was one of the founders of the Baptist Church at Newbury in 1682. He lived in or near what is now West Newbury, Massachusetts.


    Lt. William Sawyer was born about 1613 in Lincolnshire, England.2,3,4,5,6,7 He was the son of John Sawyer.1 Lt. William Sawyer immigrated in 1636 to Massachusetts Bay Colony.2 He lived in 1640 in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts.2,8,9 He was a proprietor in 1642 in Salem, now Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts.10,3 In 1644 William, married Ruth Bitfield, daughter of William Bitfield and Elizabeth unknown, in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.1,2,8,6,9 Lt. William Sawyer was elected on 2 April 1668 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, as the Fence Viewer.2 He was elected again on 3 April 1671 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, as the Fence Viewer.2,3 He served on 5 March 1677 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, as the Surveyor of Highways.2,3 William took The Oath of Allegiance to King Charles II in 1678.2,3,4,5,7 He was chosen on 24 March 1679/80 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, as a Tithing Man. He served in this post again starting 22 March 1686.2,3 In 1681, he and his wife, as well as his daughter, Ruth, and her husband, joined the First Baptist Church of Boston. A year later, he and his eldest son, founded the Baptist Church in Newbury, which soon became extinct.2,3,5,6,7 He left a will on 30 May 1693 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.3 He died between 1702 and 1703 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.2,5 The estate of Lt. William Sawyer was administered on 1 March 1702/3 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, by John Emery.3,4,5,7
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William Sawyer's Timeline

November 17, 1617
Gainesborough, Lincolnshire, England
Age 26
Essex, MA, USA
November 22, 1646
Age 29
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
September 16, 1648
Age 30
Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
November 20, 1651
Age 34
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
February 1, 1656
Age 38
Newbury, Essex, MA, USA
April 25, 1663
Age 45
Newbury, Essex, Ma
March 1, 1703
Age 85
Newburyport, Essex, MA, USA
April 2, 1889
Age 85
April 2, 1889
Age 85