Re: Benjamin Sawyer, CANAAN, NH
Correct.Eleanor's second book changes NH to CT.
Hist of Canaanpg 57
"The first settlers in Canaan, except James Clark, were all from Connecticut, . .. "
"After 1780, when the soldiers were returning from the war, immigration received a fresh impulse, families from Haverhill, Amesbury, Plaistow, Hampstead, ... [including] , *Sawyer, the six Richardsons. Some of these found their way to Sawyer Hill and to various other parts of the town"
(*Changed in the Gazetteer of Grafton County, NH to "Moses Sawyer")
Although Moses, jr was a Rev War veteran, it is unlikely that Moses was the Sawyer referred to as the early settler of Canaan, NH. Moses jr is in Enfield in 1800, near widow Lydia.
The Hist of Canaan clearly states that Benjamin originally settled Sawyer Hill in Canaan.
Canaan records from 1782 (as Sawer), 1785 and 1786 all show Benjamin.
The 1790 census of Canaan shows Benjamin Sawyer with a large family 3-2-4.
However, IF the Benjamin Sawyer family remained in Canaan after 1790 is a big question.
This piece from Hist of Canaan suggests two things:"Nathan Follensbee, a young friend, accompanied him; they came from Amesbury, Mass. ... then [Follensbee] returned to Haverhill and brought back a wife, Anne Sawyer.The seasons from 1785 to ’90 were severe; untimely frosts cut off the crops of the farmers and even their seed was lost.Mr. Follansbee sold his lands and moved to Hampstead, where his eldest daughter, Martha, was born, July 30, 1793"
1)It points to the Amesbury/Haverhill connection of that second group of Canaan settlers.(Moses, Sr married in Kingston, NH in 1759; Benjamin Sawyer b. 1742 Kingston, NH; Canaan Richardsons married Hampstead area Sawyers [Esther and Elizabeth])
2)It also suggests that settlers were moving away from Canaan in the early 1790's. Follansbee was gone by 1793.
The naming/renaming of Sawyer Hill may indicate that Benjamin left the area prior to 1800.
In 1844, they changed the name: (Hist of Canaan)
"This year they voted that Sawyer Hill should be known as Prospect Hill. The name never stuck. ... Before Benjamin Sawyer settled there, in the old surveys it was called the “Hill east of Goose Pond”. Along about 1800 it was. called Prospect Hill. It then became Sawyer Hill."
Clearly Benjamin settled there ...It seems to been Prospect Hill until 1800, then became Sawyers Hill.
That Moses Sawyer 1763 is buried there might indicate that he may have moved to that area.