Notes: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jeffhaley&id=I1182#s2 The following is from The Sawyers:William Early Sawyer was born in South Carolina. He was living in Edgefield County, South Carolina in May of 1813. Later, William Early was the sheriff of Bibb(Cahaba)County, Alabama around 1825. By 1840, William Early had moved on to Talladega County and Shelby County, Alabama. By 1850 William had moved to Ashley County, Arkansas (the census(#169) of that year placed him as a 54 year old farmer born in South Carolina). In the 1860 census William Early and family are living in "Extra Township" of Ashley County. William Early and Sarah had 12 Children between 1815 and 1843. There are two wives listed for William Early Sawyer. Sarah Wooley and Sallie Dawson. Many of the Sawyers who presently reside in Ashley County can trace their ancestors to William Early and Sarah Woolley Sawyer of SouthCarolina. Both William E. and Sarah were born in that state; he in 1796 andshe in 1798. After their marriage they moved to Talladega County, Alabama, where they purchased land to farm in the early 1820's. Most of the twelve children were born in Alabama.While in Talladega County William E. and a partner "paid a record-setting price for the timber used to build the first courthouse in Talladega County," according to Historical Tales of Talladega. In Bibb County, a near-by county to Talladego, records indicate that William E. Sawyer was sheriff in 1826 and 1827. He probably was a Justice of the Peace, also, since he performed many marriages during that time. During the period between 1844 and 1850 William E. with his wife and six of their children came to Ashley County, Arkansas, through Mississippi. According to the census of Ashley County in 1850, William E. at 54 years and Sarah at 52 years along with John W., 18; Holeman, 16; Martha, 14; Elnora, 12; Andrew, 10: and Sarah R., 7 settled south of Hamburg in the Extra Township near the town of Berlin where he purchased land and farmed.Sometime between 1850 and 1860 some of the Sawyer offspring who had remained behind in Alabama moved to Ashley County to be near their parents and to enjoy the prosperity the land had to offer. With the out break of the Civil War many of the southern families felt it was their duty to send their sons to fight for the cause. The William Early Sawyer family was no exception. Many of his sons and grandsons volunteered for duty in the Confederate forces. Mack Elwin Sawyer joined Company A of the 13th Battalion of the Louisiana Partisan Rangers (cavalry). He was enlisted by Captain James H. Capers in Hamburg, Arkansas, on July 11, 1861. His rank was 4th Sergeant when he enlisted, but advanced in rank to lst. Sergeant before he was captured at Lake Providence, Louisiana, on February 10, 1863. Jeff White Sawyer, his son, said that his father told him that the Yankees would never have captured him, but he was in a poker game at the time of capture. He was sent to Gratiot Street Military Prison, St. Louis, Missouri, on February 21, 1863. Later he was forwarded from St. Louis, Missouri, toward Allen's Point, Virginia, to be exchanged for Yankee prisoners, on May 5, 1863. After the war Mack came home to his family at Berlin. Berlin had been his home since the mid-1850's where he came from Alabama as a young man in his mid-twenties. Here Mack and his brother Holman were in the grocery business together. The newsletter of the Sawyer Family called "The Sawyer Lines" edited by Chris and Kathy Hooper, 2236 Cedar Crest Road., Richmond, Va 23235 phone (804-) 272-4930 has this article on the front page of their 8/19/1993 edition:"At 3rd annual Sawyer Reunion in 191 a vote was taken to erect a monument to our ancestors William Early Sawyer and his wife Sarah Woolley. Amemorial fund was esstablished with almost half of the needed funds collected at that time. Mack Sawyer was appointed chairman and spent the next several months collecting the remaining funds. The goal was reached and the marker was struck. The dedication ceremony was held at 2:00 pm on June 7, 1992, at the Extra Cemetery, Berlin Road. Doctor Walter Smith, pastor of 1st Methodist Church in Hamburg, who also holds services at the Extra Church, conducted the dedication service. The headstone reads:SAWYERWilliam Early Sarah Sawyer Born 1796 SC Married Born 1798 SCDied Dec. 10, 1861 1844 Died After 1860THEY ARE RESTING SOMEWHERE NEAR THIS LOCATIONTHE EXACT PLACE UNKNOWNEMIGRATED FROM ALABAMA 1844-50THIS MEMORIAL ERECTED BY THEIR DESCENTANTS JUNE 1992The reverse reads:SAWYERCHILDREN NANCY ANN JOHNIRENE HOLMANLOUISA MARTHAREASON ELNORA HENRY ANDREWMACK SARAH Some files also show Mary, but she is not included in the above.I have found 3 land patents issued to Wm. E. Sawyer in Ashley Co.:Document # Date Acres6594 July 1, 1859 1207645 July 1, 1859 808585 Aug 15, 1876 160
Father: George John Sawyer b: 1755 in Edgefield, SC
Mother: Elizabeth Byrd-Bird b: 1755
Marriage 1 Sarah Wooley b: 1798 in Newberry Dist, Edgefeild, SC
Marriage 2 Sallie Dawson
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