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About Jonathan Sayward
Jonathan Sayward was a staunch loyalist. As revolutionary fervor grew in the American colonies, Sayward was stripped of his civic positions and confined to York. While other Tories met with violence or fled for fear of it, Sayward stood his ground, narrowly eluding harm on a number of occasions and weathering the resulting negative effects on his business and finances.
The Sayward-Wheeler House overlooks the York River, which was ideal for shipping merchant Jonathan Sayward, who purchased the house in 1720. In addition to being a successful businessman, Sayward was a judge and leading citizen in York. He enjoyed great community respect, although his Loyalist views were in the minority during the years leading up to the American Revolution.