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Sawyer Family Papers

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SAWYER FAMILY PAPERS, 1736-1847

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Processing and rehousing of this collection were funded by a grant from A. Berube & Sons, an Essex Institute corporate member.





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Sawyer family
Title:Sawyer Family Papers
Dates:1736/1847
Quantity:0.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:The Sawyer Family papers contain accounts for three generations of a Northern Essex County and South Hampton, New Hampshire, family.
Collection Number:MSS 221

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Scope and Content Note

The Sawyer Family papers contain accounts for three generations of a Northern Essex County and South Hampton, New Hampshire, family. Represented in the collection are Josiah Sawyer (1709-1792), his sons Israel (1739-1821) and John (born 1744), his grandson Israel (1779-1848) and the husbands of his sister Tirzah (1758-1832), David Ring and Reuben French.


The Sawyer daybooks and ledgers primarily contain farming, produce sales, and livestock rental transactions. Additional entries include coopering (B1 F2, 3), shoemaking (B1 F2, B2 F1), glazing (B2 F1), weaving, and blacksmithing (B1 F1). The accounts of David Ring, 1734-1748, which include sawmill, shipbuilding, and ironwork entries, are interfiled with the 1753-1782 drygood transactions of Reuben French. Of special note in the collection are vital records for the Sawyer family and their relatives (B1 F2).


Biographical Sketches

Josiah Sawyer was born on April 12, 1709 in Newbury, Massachusetts. He married Mary Ordway in 1735. They had 11 children. He died on June 10, 1792 in South Hampton, New Hampshire.


Israel Sawyer was born on September 19, 1739 in Amesbury, Massachusetts, to Josiah Saywer (1709-1792) and Mary Ordway. He married Jemima Eastman in 1763 in Kensington, New Hampshire. She died in 1771. He then married Miriam Clough (1751-1825) in 1774 and they had seven children. He died July 19, 1821 in Hampton, New Hampshire.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Flanders family
French family
French, Rueben, d. 1782
Ring, David, 1693-1752
Sawyer, Israel, 1739-1821
Sawyer, Israel, 1779-1848
Sawyer, John, b. 1744
Sawyer, Josiah, 1709-1792
Agricultural laborers
Blacksmithing
Boots and shoes--Trade and manufacture
Coopers and cooperage
Dry-goods
Farms
Genealogy
Glazing
Iron industry and trade
Livestock
Sawmills
Ship building
Weaving
Newbury (Mass.)
Salisbury (Mass.)
South Hampton (N.H.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Sawyer Family Papers, MSS 221, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material is an integration and reorganization of five account books. The Israel Sawyer (1739-1782) Account Book, 1774-1819, was removed from the Essex County Collection (Salisbury #14). The remainder of the collection is from an unknown source.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Prudence K. Backman, March 1987. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, September 2015.


Related Material


Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.


Hoyt, David W. The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts, with Some Related Families of Adjoining Towns and of York County, Maine. Vol. III. Providence: Snow & Farnham, 1916. 1006.


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