Re: Benjamin Sawyer, CANAAN, NH
Thanks so much Rodney.
You're analysis is refreshing. Benjamin Sawyer left Canaan and settled in Quebec, where he purchased land in 1798.The large family shown in the 1790 census includes, I believe, a married daughter, son in law and grandchildren who also went to Quebec.
A handful of Canaan area residents show up in Eastern Townships records in the mid 1790's, including Harris, Basford, Miner, Sawyer and Clark families. Lands grants in Quebec bordering Vermont were available and were mostly handed out to U.S. citizens willing to swear an Oath.
Your comments on the Amesbury/Haverhill connection are very insightful and thought provoking, and open up a whole new box of worms to dig through!
I've been hunting this Benjamin for many years, and only recently found evidence to support that the Benjamin in Canaan was MY Benjamin.A family history (though written by a fairly reliable source) contains both valuable clues and misinformation.I'm still tracking down all the leads and trying to wade through the detritus.
Thanks so much for your valuable input and suggestions.