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Capt. Thomas Sawyer, Jr. was born 2 July 1649 in Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts to Thomas Sawyer (1616-1706) and Mary Prescott (1630-1706) and died 5 September 1736 in Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Sarah Fairbanks (1645-1672) 11 October 1670 in Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He married Hannah Lewis (1648-1718) 21 September 1672 in Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He married Mary Rice (1656-1733) 15 July 1718 in Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He married Anna Ross (1699-1753) 31 December 1733 in Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.


Biography

Thomas Sawyer (1649-1736) was the son of Thomas Sawyer (1616-1706) and Mary Prescott. The elder Thomas Sawyer was one of the first six settlers in Nashaway Plantation (now Lancaster), Massachusetts.


In 1708, Thomas and his son Elias were captured by the Indians and taken to Canada. When the party reached Montreal, Thomas offered to put up a mill on the Chambly River, on condition that the French governor would obtain the release of all the captives. Thus the first saw mill in Canada was built by Thomas Sawyer. He was liberated, but his son Elias was detained for a time to teach the Canadians the art of sawing.

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  • Captain is a title; not part of his name.

Marriage & Family

Thomas (the one born 1649) had four wives, having children by two of them. They are as follows:

1st Marriage: Sarah Fairbanks

He married first Sarah Fairbanks (1645-1672) on 11 Oct 1670 in Lancaster, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of John Fairbanks and Sarah Fiske and she was born 9 Dec 1645 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts. They had twin daughters, Mary and Sarah, born 30 Jan 1671/72 in Lancaster. Sarah died 2 Mar 1676/72 (probably from complications from the birth).

  1. Mary Sawyer (1671-1766) - (twin)
  2. Sarah Sawyer (1671-1671) - (twin) -died young.

2nd Marriage: Hannah Lewis

He married second Hannah Lewis (1648-1718) on 21 Nov 1672 in Lancaster. She was the daughter of William Lewis and Amy Wells and was born 18 Mar 1647/48 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Mass. They had five children: Hannah, William, Joseph, Bezaleel, and Elias. Hannah Lewis Sawyer died before 1718.

  1. Hannah Sawyer (1675-)
  2. William Sawyer (1678-1740)
  3. Joseph Sawyer (1682-1737)
  4. Bezaeel Sawyer (1685-1760)
  5. Elias Sawyer (1689-1752)

3rd Marriage: Mary Rice

Thomas then married his third wife Mary Rice (1656-1733) on 15 July 1718 in Lancaster. She was the widow of Josiah White. She was the daughter of Thomas Rice (1626-1681) and Mary King (1629-1714) and was born 4 Sep 1656 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Mass. They had no children. She died 22 Aug 1733 in Lancaster.

= 4th Marriage: Anna Ross

Thomas then married his fourth wife, Anna Ross (1699-1753) (the widow of Thomas Ross) 31 Dec 1733. She was born about 1699 and died Nov 1753 in Sterling, Worcester, Mass. They had no children.




Children


Offspring of Capt. Thomas Sawyer, Jr. and Sarah Fairbanks (1645-1672)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mary Sawyer (1671-1766) 3 January 1671 Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts December 1766 Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Joshua Rice (1661-1734)

Sarah Sawyer (1671-1671)

Offspring of Capt. Thomas Sawyer, Jr. and Hannah Lewis (1648-1718)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Hannah Sawyer (1675-)
William Sawyer (1678-1740)
Joseph Sawyer (1682-1737)
Bezaeel Sawyer (1685-1760)
Elias Sawyer (1689-1752)

Siblings

Footnotes (including sources)

Contributors

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