Hepsibah "Epsy" is my half 4g aunt and half sister to my 3g grandfather, William Early "Buck" Sawyer.I am copying her anhentafel file below.
1 Hepsibah SAWYER.
Epsy married Frank THRAILKILL.
2 George SAWYER. Born in 1755 in Lexington Co/ Edgefield Co., SC. George died on 5 Mar 1835 in Lexington Co/ Edgefield Co., SC.
The following is a translation from a hand written petition to the South Carolina Government for a pension for George Sawyer. South Carolina File number 6792-A To the Honorable , the President and members of the said state: the humble petition of George Sawyer as showeth that he is now tettering under the weight of seventy years, is poor, and for his old age has to bear the infirmnaties of weakening and pain of a wound he received in the revolutionary War. Your petitioner because he is unable to labor and provide for himselfasks of your body the annual allowance granted by the legislature to old Revolutionists if the following services entitle him to it. Yourpetitioner, is this state, enlisted under General (Maulbrie--unreadable) was stationed at fort?-- unreadable and was in the Fort when the British Fleet attacked it and remained in the fort until after Charleston fell. The bravery displayed by the Americans at this time is known to all. during the whole time of the conflict from the duties of a soldier I never shrunk. When Charleston fell I was taken prisoner. I kept confinement for 14 months - during which time I got no other fair than other prisoners, which were first to teach me - that the British are cruel to their prisoners - at their hands I suffered disease, hunger and thirst. I however, at last affected my escape, and again joined in the ranks of my country. I continued to show antics which I thought were incumbent on me as a soldier, after I joined the Americans the second time I was shot in the head behind the right ear and since the wound I have the feeling in that part of my head. I was at York Town when Cornwallis was captured and much other service did I do out of this state. Though, I say it myself, and should not have, yet not many fought more bravely, continuously than myself and was wounded only one time - were I not miserably poor I would not ask a pension. Not would I in poverty, had I health and strength to labor. I have refrained asking it until now as now is the time I most need it. My time here is but short and it will be but a few years at most that I will live on your bounty if I am placed on the pension roll.
Dated and signed 10/25/1825.
The committee reviewing the pension application wrote:
The committee on pensions to whom was referred the petition of George Sawyer praying for a pension report that they have had his petition under their consideration and we command that the prayer this day be granted and that he be placed on the pension list.
signed (the signature is unreadable)
He received $60.00 yearly from 1826 - 1831 from the Treasury Office.
George himself gives us his age as 70 when the Petition for Pension was signed.
His birth year would be 1755.
Enlisted under General Moultrie and was in Fort Moultrie when Charleston was captured. After being held prisoner for months, he escaped. He was in Yorktown when Cornwallis surrendered.
In a deed dated January 3, 1789 in Edgefield County, SC, George Sawyer granted to Agness Norris 100 acres of land for 50 pounds. This was land originally granted on February 23, 1768 to Lewis Powell who sold it on February 8, 1771 to John Sawyer. In John Sawyer's will proved on October 20, 1784, this land was part of 150 acres on the eastern side of John Sawyer's plantation that was bequeathed to George Sawyer. The deed was signed by George Sawyer and Elizabeth, his wife and witnessed by Howell Johnston and Nathan Norris who swore by oath on April 12, 1788 before John Thomas Fairchild (Philip M. Sawyer, p. 3).
Equity file no. 554, Edgefield County, SC contains the record of a suit brought by the children of George Sawyer's second wife, Mary, for a partition of the lands and personal estate of George Sawyer who left two deeds of gift dated February 8, 1833 and December 24, 1833 to his wife Mary during her lifetime or widowhood. Since Mary Sawyer married Samuel Wingard in June 1838, her children, under the terms of the two mentioned gift deeds, claimed that the lands and personal estate should become theirs. The suit was filed by: Lucinda Sawyer, Deborah Sawyer, Epizabah Sawyer, all minor daughters, and Stanmore Sawyer, a minor son, per their guardian ad litem George R. Sawyer. Also named were George R. Sawyer, Matilda Sawyer, wife of Martin Kinard, Mary Sawyer, a daughter, and John V. Sawyer. One third of the estate was given to Mary Sawyer, widow of George Sawyer, and two thirds was divided equally among the eight children listed above by appraisers Nathaniel Jones, E. W. Perry, Moses Holstein, John P. Cullum, and Nathaniel Burton (Ibid.).
In a deed of gift dated November 30, 1812 and recorded in Deed Book 31 on pages 317-318, George Sawyer gave to his children William Early, Easter, Sebenah, Rachel, Elizabeth, Hellender, and Nancy certain slaves named Silvey, Violet, Bob, Morris, Samson, and Harvey, exclusive of their increase. All the aforesaid property was to remain in George's hands during his natural life unless he felt disposed to give any child a proportionate part. Witnesses were Peter Lambkin, Mary Sawyer (George's second wife), and Henry Sawyer. Henry Sawyer swore on May 8, 1813 that he saw Peter Lambkin and Mary Sawyer sign their names (Ibid.).
On October 25, 1825 George Sawyer petitioned for a pension for Revolutionary War service. He was seventy years of age. He states that he enlisted under General Moultrie, was stationed at Fort Moultrie, was in the fort when the British fleet attacked, and remained in the fort until after Charleston fell. He was taken prisoner and held fourteen months. He affected his escape. After joining the Americans the second time, he was shot in the head behind the right ear and lost all feeling in that part of his head. He was at Yorktown when Cornwallis was captured. The pension was granted in December 1825 by committtees of the South Carolina House and Senate and is recorded in Folder AA 6792A at the South Carolina Archives, Columbia, SC (Ibid., p. 4).
Children of GEORGE SAWYER and ELIZABETH BYRD are:
i. ELIZABETH5 SAWYER, m. JOHN M. NORRIS.
ii. HELLENDER SAWYER, m. UNKNOWN STEADMAN.
iii. NANCY SAWYER, m. EDWARD WARREN.
Notes for EDWARD WARREN:
Deed Book BBB, pp. 32-3: Edward Warren and his wife Nancy Sawyer, in 1829, signed over
to Lewis Asbill their home and other lands. With this Nancy relinquished her dower rights.
(Philip M. Sawyer, p. 4).
iv. RACHEL SAWYER, m. UNKNOWN DAILEY.
v. SEBENAH (SEBINAH) SAWYER, m. UNKNOWN WOOLEY.
vi. BENJAMIN SAWYER, b. Abt. 178320; m. SARAH JOHNSON.
vii. MEMONA SAWYER, b. April 01, 178621,22; d. June 01, 1832, ...bd Williams Family
Cemetery, Monetta, Aiken Co., SC23,24; m. RICHARD WILLIAMS; b. May 14, 1780; d.
February 28, 1840, ...bd WilliamsFamily Cemetery, Monetta, Aiken Co., SC24..
viii. ELKANAH SAWYER, SR., b. 1787, SC; d. Abt. 1865, Winona, Carroll Co., MS.
ix. ANSEL B. SAWYER, b. August 16, 1789, Edgefield, Edgefield Co., SC; d. June 01, 1845,
AutaugaCo., AL; bd Walnut Creek Methodist Church Cemetery, Chilton Co., AL.
x. HENRY STANMORE SAWYER, b. April 13, 1790, Lexington Co., Orangeburg District, SC; d.
December07, 1851, Monetta, Aiken Co., SC; bd Sawyer Cemetery.
xi. ESTHER SAWYER, b. 1795; d. March 13, 1862, Ridge Spring, SC.
xii. WILLIAM EARLY "BUCK" SAWYER, b. 1796, Old Nine-six District, SC; d. December 10, 1861, AshleyCo., AR.
Children of GEORGE SAWYER and MARY JONES are:
xiii. MALTILDA SAWYER, b. Abt. 1808; m. MARTIN KINARD.
xiv. MARY SAWYER, b. Abt. 1810, SC.
xv. JOHN VARDELL SAWYER, b. September 04, 1814, Aiken, SC (then Edgefield Co., SC); d.
May 10,1884, Aiken, SC.
xvi. GEORGE ROBERTSON SAWYER, b. November 22, 1817, SC; d. June 13, 1892, ...bd Mt.
PleasantBaptist Church Cemetery, near Monetta, SC.
xvii. LUCINDA SAWYER, b. Abt. 1818.
xviii. DEBORAH SAWYER, b. Abt. 1820.
xix. REV. STANMORE BUTLER SAWYER, b. Abt. 1825, Edgefield District, SC; m. MARY UNKNOWN;
Notes for REV. STANMORE BUTLER SAWYER:
Stanmore was a Baptist preacher.
xx. HEPSIBAH SAWYER, b. Abt. 1831.
Deacon in St. Stephens Lutheran Church
Religion: Deacon in St. Stephens Lutheran Church
Military Service: Rev. War pensioner
Military Service: Enlisted under General Moultrie and was in Fort Moultrie when Charleston was captured. After being held prisoner for months, he escaped. He was in Yorktown when Cornwallis surrendered.
1800 US Fed Census
Edgefield Co., South Carolina, Roll: M32_47; George Sawyer (was age 45)
Males: 2/u10, 2/10-15, 1/ 26-44
Females: 2/u10, 1/ 10-15, 1/26-44
In 1812 George married Mary Gunter JONES.
They had the following children:
i. Stanton Butler
1 vii. Hepsibah
viii. John Vardell (1814-)
ix. George Robertson (1817-1892)
3 Mary Gunter JONES.
4 John SAWYER SR. Born ca 1730 in Pasquotank Co, NC. John died on 10 Apr 1784 in Edgefield Co., South Carolina.
John Sawyer, called Old John, was a patriot during the Revolutionary War. He is listed as one of Francis Marion's men (Bodie, Marion'sMen). He furnished supplies during the Revolution (SC archives Dept- Columbia, SC - John Sawyer AA 6793 Account Number 297-x).
The Will of John Sawyer can be found on microfilm in the S.C. Department of Archives and History under "Abbeville Estates", Box 86, Pack 2100. Acopy of it is in The Sawyers file, sent by e-mail by Marcia Banti.
John is listed on SCGenWeb's, MARION'S BRIGADE, NCOs R-S, THE MEN WHO SERVED WITH MARION, marked X297. Several years after the War of the Revolution, all ofMARION'S MEN who submitted claims for services were paid. A copy of each indent by which paid was made on the stub and these stubs were bound in books named for the letters in the alphabet, the stubs and indents numbered. Most of the names in this List were taken from the stubs of those old Pay Indents, the letter showing the book and the figures the number of the indent. Hence (X297) means in the List that proof of payment to the man may be found in Pay Indent book X, at number 297.
John Sawyer of Old Ninety-Six District, South Carolina is the earliest proven ancestor of this line. Where he was born is not yet known. Based on a census record of Colonial South Carolina, it is probable that John Sawyer was in Old Ninety-six District by 1779. He died between October 2, 1784, the date his will was made, and October 13, 1784, the date his will was proved. Circumstantial evidence in his will indicates he was married twice. The dates of his marriages are unknown. The name of his first wife is unknown, but the first name of his second wife was Priscilla. He had eight children of record given in his will.
THE WILL OF JOHN SAWYER
" in the Name of god Amen the second day october 1784 I John Sawyer of ninty six District being sick in body but of good and perfect memory thanks be to Almighty god and calling to remembrance the uncertain of this tranfitory life and that all flesh must Yield unto Death when it shall please god to call do make conftiute ordain and declare this My last Will and testiment in manner and form following revoking and annulling by these Presents all and every Testiment and Teftamens, Will and Wills heretofore by me made And declard Either by Word or Writing and this is to be taken only for my last Will and Testiment and none other. And first being penitent and sorry from the bottom of my heart for my Sins past most humbly desiring forgivenefs for the same I give and commit my soul unto Almighty God my saviour and redeemer in Whom and by the merits of Jesus Christ I trust an believe Assuredly to be saved and to have full remifsion and forgivenifs of all my sins and that my soul With my body at the general Day of resurrection shall rise again with joy and through the merits of Christ death and passion pofsefs and inhearit the kingdom of heaven prepared for his Elect and Chosen, and my body to be buried in such place where it shall please my Executors hereafter named to Appoint And now for the fetling of my Temporal extates and such goods, chattels, and debts as it hath Pleased god far above my deserts to bestow upon me; I do order give and dispose the same in maner and Form following (that is to say) first I Will that all those Debts and Duties as I owe in right or Conscience to any maner of person or persons Whatsoever, shall be well and truly contended and paid Or ordained to be paid Within convenint time after my decease by my Executors hereafter named I am I give and bequeath unto My Dear Wife Prisseler Sawyer my plantion and bilding as I now live On and all my household firtuner allso one negrow man named Merduke allso one negrow woman named peg allso my stock of neet cattle and hoguse and a certon black Horse in Durin her Life time and after her Decease then to be Equ elly to be Divieded betwixt and amoungst My five Der younger children Named John Sawyer and Lewis Sawyer and Sarah Sawyer and cader Sawyer & Debony Sawyer I allso give and bequeath unto My Dearly beloved Son Elkinah Sawyer One plantion or track of land lying of the Westerd side of the Mill streem allso the mill that Lyes on the sade streem allso one negrow boy named pomey I allso give and bequeath unto my Dere beloved Son George Sawyer one Plantion or track of land contang one hundred acres lying On the Estward side of my plantion as I now Live at allso one negrow boy named Dick allso One fether bead and a reameant of black smith Tuels I allso give and bequeath unto My Dearly beloved Daughter Sevility Sawyer a young negrow out of the price of a Ceartain chusnut sorril horse and the overplush to be returend unto the Estate and six head of neet Catle allso one fether bead I do here by nommenate constute apint my trusty and wel be loved Frends Prissiler Sawyer and Elkanok Sawyer and George Sawyer to be my excetors to this My Last Will and testement Contained in these prentens Signed Sealed Pronounced and Declaired This to be my Last Will and testement In the Presence of Jnthos Fairchild Benjamin Powell Lewis Powell
John Sawyer X his marke"
REVOLUTIONARY WAR SERVICE
Patriotic service was rendered during the Revolutionary War by John Sawyer as evidenced by the fact that two receipts for provisions supplied to American troops are on record in the South Carolina Archives at Columbia. One receipt, dated January 12, 1782 at Camp (indistinguishable), reads "Received of Mr. John Sawyers for the use of the detacht under my command Thirty bushells corn also 100 (indistinguishable) pork. Leroy Hammond, Colol." The other receipt, dated January 23, 1782 at Camp Fairchild's Place, reads "Received of Mr. John Sawyer Ten bushells of corn Eight bushells of Potatoes for the use of the detacht of militia under my command Which I think is as much as he can spare resirving a subsistence for his family. Leroy Hammond Colol."
Note: Whether John Sawyer was married twice remains an active point of debate among researchers on this line. This compiler feels that circumstantial evidence leans toward a "two wife theory," but maintains an open mind regarding this.
Notes for PRISCILLA POWELL:
There is a good possibility that Priscilla's maiden name was Powell, but this has not been proven.
Children of JOHN SAWYER and UNKNOWN UNKNOWN are:
2. i. ELKANAH4 SAWYER, b. Abt. 1753.
ii. SEVILITY SAWYER.
3. iii. GEORGE SAWYER, b. Abt. 1755, SC; d. March 05, 1835, SC.
Children of JOHN SAWYER and PRISCILLA POWELL are:
iv. DEBONY4 SAWYER, d. 1830.
v. SARAH SAWYER, b. 1757.
4. vi. JOHN SAWYER, JR., b. 1759, SC; d. Lexington Co., SC.
vii. ANSEL (ANSELM) SAWYER8, b. 17629; d. November 07, 1781, SC9.
Notes for ANSEL (ANSELM) SAWYER:
Ansel Sawyer was killed at about the age of eighteen years by Tories at the Battle of the Lick, north of Leesville, SC, while serving under Capt. James Butler [Philip M. Sawyer, "Sawyer Compilation," October 2, 1997, p. 2, and John A. Chapman, History of Edgefield County (Newberry, SC: Elbert H. Aull, Publisher, 1897), p. 158]. Chapman has Ansel as the son of William Sawyer (Ibid.).
Another version received by this compiler has Ansel as a Tory! He was listed as Ansel in MUSTER ROLLS OF THE PROVINCIAL FORCES IN THE SERVICE OF GREAT BRITAIN DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Record Group 8, "C" Series, Volumes 188 to 1896, Reels C-4222 to C-4224 inclusive) as a Private, South Carolina Royalist's Regiment, Major Frazier's Co., Dec 1779-Apr 1781 (Stepheni Scott, IM, August 29, 1998; email, August 30, 1998).
Ansel (also Ansill, Anselm) Sawyer is listed as a Private and a prisoner of Major Fraser's Company of the South Carolina Royalists Regiment from April 1781-June 1781 (THE QUILL, Vol. XV, No. 9, p. 29, March-April 1999, Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society/Stepheni Scott, email, VINONUT@aol.com, February 20, 1999).
5. viii. CADER SAWYER, b. Bet. 1770 - 1780, SC; d. GA.
6. ix. LEWIS SAWYER, SR., b. Bef. 1771; d. 1839, Crawford Co., GA.
Military Service Listed as a Patriot during the Rev. War. SC Archives Dept., Columbia, SC
Will: 7 Feb 1785 Inventory of estate was certified.
Event: 2 Oct 1784 Will made and signed. Will can be found on microfilm in the SC Dept. of Archives and History under "Abbeville Estates", Box 86, Pack 2100.
(Belflower Family web listing, 6/10/2002)
John married Priscilla POWELL OR McPHERSON, 5G Grandmother.
They had the following children:
2 i. George (1755-1835)
ii. Elkanah (1759-1865)
iv. John (1771-ca1821)
v. Lewis (1773-)
vi. Sarah (1775-)
vii. Cader (1777-)
viii. Debony/deborah (1779-)
5 Priscilla POWELL OR McPHERSON, 5G Grandmother. Born ca 1730. Priscilla died aft 1785 in SC.
8 William SAWYER II(Unproved). Born ca 1670 in Virginia. William died in Edgefield Co., South Carolina.
William Sawyer came from England about 1700 to Virginia, and settled on West Creek, Edgefield District, in 1750.
This information was provided by Miss Florence Louise Sawyer of Texas, and was part of Sawyer Family History published in the 1980's.[Daniel 5.4.2002.ftw]
William married Elizabeth HANCOCK.
They had the following children:
4 i. John (ca1730-1784)
9 Elizabeth HANCOCK. Born ca 1710.
10 POWELL OR McPHERSON.
5 i. Priscilla (ca1730->1785)