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Mary Sawyer (Prescott)

Also Known As: "Marie"
Birthplace: Sowerby-Bridge, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Prescott and Mary Prescott
Wife of Thomas Sawyer, of Lancaster
Mother of Thomas Sawyer; Ephraim Sawyer; Mary 'Marie' Wilder; Elizabeth Sawyer; Joshua Sawyer and 8 others
Sister of Prescott; Martha Rugg; Infant Prescott; Sarah Rice; Hannah Rugg and 8 others

Managed by: Karla Kay Walsh
Last Updated:

About Mary Sawyer

Mary PRESCOTT daughter of John Prescott and Mary Gawkroger, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 was christened 24 Feb 1630 in Sowerby, West Riding, Yorkshire, England. She died Apr 1716 in Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Mary married 15 Thomas SAWYER on 2 Jul 1648 in Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Thomas and Mary had the following children:

  1. Thomas Sawyer (b. 2 JUL 1649; d. 1736)
  2. Ephraim Sawyer (b. 16 JAN 1650/51; d. FEB 1675/76, the massacre of Lancaster)
  3. Mary Sawyer (b. 4 JAN 1652/53)
  4. Elizabeth Sawyer (b. 7 JAN 1654/55, Lancaster, Worcester. Mass.)
  5. Joshua Sawyer (b. 13 MAR 1654/55)
  6. James Cornet Sawyer (b. 22 MAR 1656/57)
  7. Caleb Sawyer (b. 20 MAY 1659, Lancaster, Worcester, MA; d. 13 FEB 1755, Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts (or Hebron, CT))
  8. John Sawyer (b. 6 APR 1661)
  9. Elizabeth Sawyer(our line) (b. 5 JAN 1662/63)
  10. Deborah Sawyer (b. 17 MAY 1666, Lancaster, Worcester, Mass.; d. 17 JUL 1666)
  11. Nathaniel Sawyer (b. 24 NOV 1670)
  12. Hannah Sawyer (b. 24 NOV 1670, Lancaster, Worcester, Mass.)
  13. Martha Sawyer (b. 10 AUG 1673, Lancaster, Worcester, Mass.)


Very shortly after her marriage, she and Thomas followed her father to the new plantation of Lancaster (MA) where they became one of the first permanent residents. Here Thomas was taught the blacksmith trade from Mary's father. They remained here the rest of their lives. Mary was baptized 24 Feb 1629/30 in Halifax, West Riding, Yorkshire, England.

Pedigree in FamilySearch for Mary Prescott Sawyer goes back to 13th century. However, it seems to be inaccurate.

from the web, not me: I am frustrated, however, by my inability to get the message across that the English Prescott lineage of the descendants of John Prescott of MA and the English Prescott lineage of the descendants of James Prescott of NH as previously published and as previously relied upon by all of us for over 100 years is just not true. We have proven that John of MA came from Sowerby in Yorkshire, but we have been unable to trace him back beyond Sowerby. The John Prescott he was published as being appears to have died in Standish Parish, Lancashire. We have, also, proven that James of NH was not the James Prescott that he was published as being. That James Prescott died in London just about the time that James of NH was beginning his family in NH. If you descend from either of these immigrants you have a broken line which may or may not eventually be proven to go back to James Prescott who is purported to have married one Alice Standish.

Re the Standishes, many Prescotts are related to the Standish family in many different ways; however, the Miles Standish who came over on the Mayflower was not connected to the Standish Parish, Lancashire, Prescotts as published in The Prescott Memorial. There is a relatively new history (new in last few years) on the Standish family that has documented the lineage of Miles Standish of Mayflower fame. If you are interested in reading it, I will look back in my records for the title.

If I was short, it was only out of the frustration born of seeing the incorrect information on the New England Prescotts proliferate once again on the internet.

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Mary Sawyer's Timeline

February 24, 1629
Sowerby-Bridge, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
February 24, 1630
Age 1
Sowerby, Parish Of Halifax, Yorkshire, England
February 24, 1630
Age 1
Sowerby-Bridge, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
February 24, 1630
Age 1
Sowerby, Lancaster, Eng
February 24, 1630
Age 1
Sowerby-Bridge, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
February 24, 1630
Age 1
Sowerby-Bridge, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
February 24, 1630
Age 1
Sowbery Halifax, York, England
February 24, 1630
Age 1
Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
February 24, 1631
Age 2
Sowerby-Bridge, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
February 24, 1631
Age 2
Sowerty, Halifax, England