William Sawyer, of Newbury

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William Sawyer

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England
Death: Died in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Sawyer and Agnes (Sharpe) Sawyer
Husband of Ruth Sawyer
Father of John Sawyer; Lt. Samuel Sawyer; Bitfield Sawyer; Ruth Morse; Mary Sawyer and 8 others
Brother of Thomas Sawyer, of Lancaster; Edward Sawyer, of Rowley and Edmund Sawyer, of Ipswich

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About William Sawyer, of Newbury

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. William, 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.


http://www.theroyfamily.com/p625.htm

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


From Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Apr 4 2016, 16:10:26 UTC


From "A Genealogy of some of the descendants of William Sawyer of Newbury, Mass., embracing Ten Generations & One Hundred & Seven Families".

William Sawyer came from England, and, according to the best tradition, from some part of Lincolnshire. He is first found in Salem, Mass., in 1640; afterwards in Wenham, Mass., in 1643, and the next year in Newbury, Mass., where he settled, raised his family , and died. He married Ruth __, whom he undoubtedly brought from his fatherland, and had 13 children, all born in Newbury.

Two of his children [listed below] where gravesites have not been found are; Bitfield Sawyer, 1647–1744 and Frances Sawyer, 1670–1744 She married Thomas Treadwell, 1665–1743, in 1693.


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William Sawyer, of Newbury's Timeline

1613
November 17, 1613
Lincolnshire, England
1645
August 24, 1645
Age 31
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts
1646
November 22, 1646
Age 33
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1647
1647
Age 33
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
1648
September 16, 1648
Age 34
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts
1650
February 7, 1650
Age 36
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
1651
November 20, 1651
Age 38
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
1654
February 23, 1654
Age 40
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
1656
February 1, 1656
Age 42
Newbury, Essex, MA, USA