Processing and rehousing of this collection
were funded by a grant from A. Berube & Sons, an Essex Institute corporate
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Sawyer Family Papers
0.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
The Sawyer Family papers
contain accounts for three generations of a Northern Essex County and South Hampton,
New Hampshire, family.
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).
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.
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.
French, Rueben, d. 1782
Ring, David, 1693-1752
Sawyer, Israel, 1739-1821
Sawyer, Israel, 1779-1848
Sawyer, John, b. 1744
Sawyer, Josiah, 1709-1792
Boots and shoes--Trade and manufacture
Coopers and cooperage
Iron industry and trade
South Hampton (N.H.)
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
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
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
Collection processed by Prudence K. Backman, March 1987. Updated by Tamara Gaydos,
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.