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Thomas Sawyer

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Birthplace: Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Death: Died in Lancaster, Worcester County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
Place of Burial: Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Sawyer, of Lancaster and Mary Sawyer
Husband of Hannah Lewis; Sarah Sawyer; Hannah Sawyer; Mary Sawyer (Rice) and Anna Sawyer
Father of William Sawyer, Sr; Mary Rice; Sarah Whitman; Hannah Moore; Joseph Sawyer and 2 others
Brother of Ephraim Sawyer; Mary (Marie) Wilder; Elizabeth Sawyer; Joshua Sawyer; James "Cornet" Sawyer and 7 others

Occupation: Blacksmith, Millwright, and Builder.
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About Thomas Sawyer

Thomas was born to Thomas and Mary (Prescott) Sawyer, the first born of 14 children.He was a Blacksmith, Millwright, and Builder.

On Sept. 21, 1672, he married his 2nd wife, Hannah Lewis of Lancaster, b. March 18, 1649. dau. of William and Amy (Weld) Lewis. They were the parents of Joseph b.1683, d.1737, Other children were Mary b.1671, Bezaleel b.1673, Hannah, b.1675, William b.1679, Bezaleel b.1685, and Elias b.1687.

On Oct. 26, 1708, 59 yr. old Thomas, his son Elias, 21, and one John Biglo (Bigelow) were captured by the Indians and taken to Canada. When the party reached Montreal, Sawyer offered to erect a saw mill on the River Chambly on condition that the French governor obtain the release of the captives. Apperently there was little difficulty in arranging for the freedom of Young Elias and Mr.Biglo, but for some reason the Indians were determined to put Thomas to death by slow torture. This may have been their way of paying tribute to him, for he was reputed to be a very brave man.

In any event, a seeming miracle, probably arranged by the french governor, saved Thomas. He had already been tied to the stake when a friar appeared before the Indians and annouced dramatically that he held the key to Purgatory in his hand. Unless they released their prisoner at once, he thundered, he would unlock the gate and throw them all in! The Indians, being superstitious, turned Thomas over to the French.

He finished the saw mill as promised - reportedly the first built in Canada - before the year was out, and was sent home to Lancaster along with John Biglo. Elias remained for some time in order to teach the Canadians the art of "sawing and keeping the mill in order, and then was dismissed with rich presents."

This story appears in published histories of Lancaster, as well as in many Sawyer family histories.


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Thomas Sawyer Memorial Photos Flowers Edit Share Learn about sponsoring this memorial... Birth: Jul. 2, 1649 Lancaster Worcester County Massachusetts, USA Death: Sep. 5, 1736 Lancaster Worcester County Massachusetts, USA

MY 8TH GREAT GRANDFATHER, Thomas was born to Thomas and Mary (Prescott) Sawyer, the first born of 14 children.He was a Blacksmith, Millwright, and Builder. On Sept. 21, 1672, he married his 2nd wife, Hannah Lewis of Lancaster, b. March 18, 1649. dau. of William and Amy (Weld) Lewis. They were the parents of Joseph b.1683, d.1737, my 7th great grandfather. Other children were Mary b.1671, Bezaleel b.1673, Hannah, b.1675, William b.1679, Bezaleel b.1685, and Elias b.1687. On Oct. 26, 1708, 59 yr. old Thomas, his son Elias, 21, and one John Biglo (Bigelow) were captured by the Indians and taken to Canada. When the party reached Montreal, Sawyer offered to erect a saw mill on the River Chambly on condition that the French governor obtain the release of the captives. Apperently there was little difficulty in arranging for the freedom of Young Elias and Mr.Biglo, but for some reason the Indians were determined to put Thomas to death by slow torture. This may have been their way of paying tribute to him, for he was reputed to be a very brave man. In any event, a seeming miracle, probably arranged by the french governor, saved Thomas. He had already been tied to the stake when a friar appeared before the Indians and annouced dramatically that he held the key to Purgatory in his hand. Unless they released their prisoner at once, he thundered, he would unlock the gate and throw them all in! The Indians, being superstitious, turned Thomas over to the French. He finished the saw mill as promised - reportedly the first built in Canada - before the year was out, and was sent home to Lancaster along with John Biglo. Elias remained for some time in order to teach the Canadians the art of "sawing and keeping the mill in order, and then was dismissed with rich presents." This story appears in published histories of Lancaster, as well as in many Sawyer family histories.


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Parents:
 Thomas Sawyer (1616 - 1706)
 Mary Prescott Sawyer (1629 - 1705)

Spouses:
 Hannah Lewis Sawyer (1649 - ____)*
 Mary Rice White Sawyer (1656 - 1733)*

Children:
 Hannah Sawyer Moore (1675 - 1765)*
 William Sawyer (1679 - 1741)*
 Joseph Sawyer (1683 - 1737)*
 Bazaleel Sawyer (1685 - 1760)*
 Elias Sawyer (1687 - 1752)*

Siblings:
 Thomas Sawyer (1649 - 1736)
 Mary Sawyer Wilder (1653 - 1740)*
 Joshua Sawyer (1655 - 1738)*
 James Sawyer (1657 - 1753)*
 Caleb Sawyer (1659 - 1755)*
 Elizabeth Sawyer Hosmer (1663 - 1745)*
 Nathaniel Sawyer (1670 - 1756)*
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Burial: Old Settlers Burial Yard Lancaster Worcester County Massachusetts, USA


2. Thomas Sawyer, Capt. (1.Thomas1) born 2-Jul-1649, Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA, Occupation: Blacksmith, Millwright, married (1) 11-Aug-1670, in Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA, Sarah Fairbanks, born 9-Dec-1645, Dedham, Norfolk Co., MA, (daughter of John Fairbanks and Sarah Fiske) died 2-Jan-1672, Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA, married (2) 21-Aug-1672, in Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA, Hannah Lewis, born 18-Mar-1649, Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA, (daughter of William Lewis and Amy Weld) died 1708, Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA, married (3) 15-Jul-1718, in Sudbury, Middlesex Co., MA, Mary Rice, born 4-Sep-1656, Sudbury, Middlesex Co., MA, (daughter of Thomas Rice and Mary King) died 22-Aug-1733, Sudbury, Middlesex Co., MA, married (4) 15-Dec-1733, Anna Ross, died 0-Nov-1753. Thomas died 5-Sep-1736, Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA.


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Thomas Sawyer's Timeline

1649
July 2, 1649
Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1671
January 3, 1671
Age 21
<Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts>
1672
January 30, 1672
Age 22
Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
1676
May 23, 1676
Age 26
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts
1680
February 2, 1680
Age 30
Bolton, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
1682
1682
Age 32
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
1685
May 13, 1685
Age 35
Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts