Re: George Washington Sawyer - Topsville/Boston, MA 1813
Box o' worms ...
Eleanor Sawyer in her books list this man as George Washington Sawyer b. 25 apr 1812;married 1841 Betsey Sargent and had George Washington 1842 and Stephen A 1843.Wife and children moved to Springfield, MA and changed name to Sargent.
In 1850, Jane, George and Stephen Sargent are in Northampton, MA
In 1860 they are in Springfield, MA;
In 1870 they are in W. Springfield; Jane 52; Geo W. 28, printer; and Stephen A 26, bookbinder.
Apparent George essentially abandoned his family for his work ...
In 1850 Geo W Sawyer is in Marengo County, Al, 37, no occupation, enumerated with the John Varner family.(John Varner died feb 1860 and his wife seem fairly wealthy in the 1860 census)
In 1870 George (as G.W.) is in Coffeeville PO, Clarke, Al; farmer;age 60; born in NC(remarried w/ children)
In 1880 he is in Tallahatta Spring, Clarke, AL; school teacher; age 72; born in MA(children match)
George died Sep 7, 1884 and is buried in Natchez City Cem, Natchez, Adams, MS (FindAGrave)
This George also seems to appear as George Shattuck Sawyer, son of Jacob and Mary (Rice).He was a Dartmouth law graduate 1839 and is listed in the Dartmouth catalogs: ".. was in practice at Vidalia, Concordia Parish, and at Rifle Point, both in La, from 1842 to 1852, ..."
Dartmouth catalogs say George, class of '39,died in 1884.
George, a "scientific racist" wrote "Southern Institutes" published in 1858, which can be found on the internet.
"George Sawyer, a transplanted Yankee who made frequent trips north, wrote "from personal experience" of some 50,000 people in New York and 20,000 in Boston immeasurably more wretched than the southern slaves in 1857."
(found in "Slavery in Black and White" Genovese 2008)