Thomas Sawyer

Thomas Sawyer

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: July 2, 1649 Lancaster, Massachusetts
          Death: September 5, 1736 Lancaster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts
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         Father: Thomas Sawyer
         Mother: Mary (Marie) Prescott

Spouses and Children
1. *Sarah Fairbanks
       Marriage: October 11, 1670 Lancaster, Massachusetts
                1. Mary (Twin) Sawyer
                2. Sarah (Twin) Sawyer

2. Hannah Lewis
       Marriage: September 21, 1672 Lancaster, Massachusetts
                1. Hannah Sawyer
                2. William Sawyer
                3. Joseph Sawyer
                4. Bezaleel Sawyer
                5. Elias Sawyer
                6. Sarah Sawyer
                7. Josiah Sawyer

3. Mary (Rice) White
       Marriage: July 15, 1718

Some records indicate that Thomas Sawyer, Jr. was probably the first White child born in Lancaster. During the French and Indian War of 1705, 500 French Indians attacked Lancaster and took Thomas Sawyer, Jr and his son Elias prisoner along with John Biglow. They were taken from Thomas' house and were taken to Canada. On arriving there Biglow and Elias Sawyer were delivered into the hands of the French Governor. Thomas Sawyer they would not deliver up for money or other consideration. He had been brave and caused the death of several of their number. He was destined to torture. He was taken out, fastened to stake, the fagots placed around him ready for a fire, and the Indians were assembled ready to rend the air with their hideous cries, mingled with his groans of torture. At this moment a man appeared as a Friar, exhibiting what he claimed to be the keys of purgatory, and told them if they tortured Sawyer he would unlock purgatory and pitch them all in. Superstition prevailed, and then unbinding Sawyer they delivered him into the hands of the French Govenor. Thomas Sawyer told the French Governor that there was a good place for a saw mill on the Chamblee River. They were very much in need of a saw-mill, as there were none in Canada. Neither had they any man competent to build one. Thomas proposed that he and Biglow would build a mill, and the compensation should be their freedom. The terms were accepted. In a year's time they completed the mill and received their freedom. But Elias Sawyer was kept another year to teach others how to keep the mill in order and run it. He was then amply rewarded and returned home.
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