Biography of Benjamin Sawyer
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BENJAMIN SAWYER, born at Drowned Lands, Orange county, N. Y., July 8, 1800, was the son of Moses and Eleanor (Holly) Sawyer, and a grandson of Major James Sawyer, of revolutionary fame. This Major Sawyer at, the breaking out of the revolution. resided on his farm in the Drowned Land district, near Goshen, N. Y. He was made a captain in Col. William Allison's Goshen regiment, February 6, 1776, subsequently appointed quartermaster with rank of major February 28, 1776, and was re appointed February 28, 1778. He was with his regiment in the Minisink campaign, where family tradition says he was wounded. He was also present at the engagements at Forts Clinton and Montgomery, October 7, 1777. In this last engagement James Sawyer, Jr., the uncle of Benjamin, was taken prisoner and never returned, dying in captivity. His name will be found in "the history of Orange county" among the prisoners taken from Col. Allison's regiment in this engagement, spelled James Sardyer. From December, 1776, to April, 1778, the regiment was called into service twelve times and was 292 days in the field. February 26, 1825, Benjamin Sawyer married Elizabeth Johnson (Johnston) and in 1834 drove from Orange county to Talimadge Hill, where he resided for a number of years, engaged in farming and in the, lumber business with his brother, John L. Later he removed to Factoryville (East Waverly). Here, January 16, 1858, his wife died. Mr. and Mrs. Sawyer were active workers in the First Presbyterian church of Waverly from its organization, he being an elder for many years. Mr. Sawyer died February 12, 1864, survived by his second wife, Mary Wilbur Sawyer. By his first wife he left six children; Charles H., who died in April, 1892; Moses E., a farmer residing on the old homestead and one of Tioga county's staunch republicans; William A., of Waverly; Rachel Ann, who died in youth; James M., died February 12, 1877; Mary E., wife of Amasa Finch, of Waverly.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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