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He was a merchant and hotel-keeper. He lived in Orange County, N. Y., and at Woodbridge, Perth Amboy, and Newark, N. J. He died December 18, 1802. While residing at Woodbridge, N. J., during the Revolution he was taken prisoner by the British, as appears from the following claim on record at Trenton, N. J., which is copied verbatim :
Aug., 1780, Horse 14+2 hands high, 11 yrs old .
1572 May, 1781, I
Samuel Sayre declares on oath that the above Inventory is just and true, and that he verily believes the abovesaid horses were taken and carried off by the Enemy as he has since seen some of the sd horses in their possession when he was a prisoner amongst them And that he hath not received no satisfaction for any one of the abovesaid Horses.
Sworn the 234 of Sept. 1782 before Benj. Manning, Of.
CHILDREN BY FIRST MARRIAGE.
660 MEHITABLE,4 b. Oct. 7, 1766, at Goshen ; d. Sept. 12, 1775.
son ; 2d, Sally Crissey.
in Petersburg, Ga.
BY SECOND MARRIAGE.
666 DELIA,6 b. Jan. 25, 1781, at Woodbridge, N. J.; m. Daniel Watkins; d. about
1837, at Sparta, Ga. No children. 667 ROBERT STONE,6 b. June 12, 1786, at Perth Amboy, N. J. He was a prom
inent merchant living about 1820 in Augusta, Ga. He removed to Sparta,
Ga., where he died in June, 1860, unmarried and very wealthy. 668 BETSY S.,6 b. July 31, 1788, at Goshen, N. Y. 669 MEHITABLE C.,6 b. Dec. 7, 1790, at Newark, N. J.; m. Hugh Taylor. She
died in Augusta, Ga.
MARY ELIZABETH TAYLOR,7 m. Edward Bustin, of Augusta, Ga. No
670* WILLIAM HEARD,6 b. March 10, 1793, at Newark, N. J.; m. Louisa Caro
671. NATHAN COMBS,6 b. July 22, 1795, at Newark, N. J. He was a prominent
Lawyer and Judge; also a member of the Georgia Legislature. He died
March, 1853, at Sparta, Ga., unmarried.
262 JEDEDIAH 5 SAYRE, born in Orange County, N. Y., February 14, 1750; married June 1, 1786, Elizabeth Rafsnider, who was born July 1, 1761, and died August 12, 1822. He was originally a farmer in Orange County, N. Y., and
, was overseer of highways in Warwick. About the close of the century he removed to Deckertown, N. J., and at the time of his death, August 5, 1813, kept a hotel at that place. The house is still standing.
As a local paper, in a history of the town, expressed it, he “seemed to have set out to literally own Deckertown.” In 1801 he bought fifty acres of land, and during the next dozen years purchased hundreds of acres in the town and vicinity. “ He lived in a stone house, built by Samuel Decker, which stood upon what is now the Loomis farm.” At his death he left what was considered in those days a fortune to his children. They applied to the courts for a partition of his real estate among them. The court appointed commissioners, who filed their report February 16, 1814, making division among the children.
673 SUSANNA SEELY,b. June 4, 1787; m. Jan. 22, 1807, James Stoll, of
Montague, Sussex Co., N. J. 674 EVI ADAMS,6 b. April 23, 1789. Was an attorney at law and a member of the
New Jersey Legislature. He died, unmarried, July 8, 1825, at Sandiston, N. J. 675 GEORGE,“ b. May 14, 1791 ; d. Feb. 26, 1792. 676* JOHN RAFSNIDER,“ b. Feb. 21, 1793; m. Eliza Pellot. 677* MARY,b. Feb. 21, 1793; m. David Dodd Chandler, of Newark. 678 SEELY, probably died in infancy. 679* JAMES B.," b. March 7, 1799; m. Emily D. Austin. 680* CAROLINE ELIZA,4 b. Oct. 22, 1804; m. Andrew Dingman of Dingman's
Ferry, N. J.
263 SEELY 5 SAYRE married first, Carr; and second, Mrs. Mary Thompson Davis, who died August 20, 1852.
He was a farmer in Florida, Orange County, N. Y. After the Revolutionary War he removed to Monongalia County, Va., where he owned a farm. During the War of 1812 he enlisted in Captain Moore's company, the Twelfth U. S. Infantry, and served until his death on or about January 3, 1815.
Under date of April 26, 1819, an application for a pension was made on behalf of his children, Mary Shuttleworth, John, Nicklin, and Seely Sayre, which is now on file in the department at Washington.
CHILDREN BY FIRST MARRIAGE.
681* DAVID, b. June 21, 1788; m. Ist, Miss Brink; 2d, Sarah Depue; 3d, Elizabeth
BY SECOND MARRIAGE.
682 SAMUEL,m. March, 1830, Charlotte Thompson, who is living (1895) at Mor
gantown, West Va., aged 83 years. He was a Captain of an Ohio River
steamboat. He died about Oct., 1881. They had no children. 683 MARY,6 b. June 16, 1797; m. Dec. 22, 1818, Joseph Shuttleworth, who was
born in Little Falls, West Va., Jan. 20, 1786. She died Oct. 5, 1879.
Mills, W. Va.
in Grafton, West Va. She died March 4, 1891. 4 MINERVA SHUTTLEWORTH,7 b. 1826; m. Thomas Lanham, of Uffington,
W. Va. She died Aug. 29, 1879. 5 JESSE SHUTTLEWORTH,7 b. Aug. 16, 1829; m. Adeline Holland, of Little
Falls, W. Va. 6 SAMUEL SHUTTLEWORTH,7 b. Sept. 22, 1831; m. Mary Griffith, Little
Falls, W. Va. 7 REBECCA SHUTTLEWORTH,7 b. March 7, 1833; m. Robert Corrothers, of
White Dog, W. Va. 8 CATHARINE SHUTTLEWORTH,7 b. April 13, 1835; m. John Jolliff, of
Luther, W. Va. 9 CHARLOTTE SHUTTLEWORTH,7 b. July 24, 1838; m. Le Roy Beals, of
White Dog, W. Va. She died April, 1879.
LOUISA SHUTTLEWORTH,7 b. April 12, 1841. Lives at Little Falls, W. Va.
Andersonville prison during the war.
265 MARY5 SAYRE married first, Samuel Van Court, the son of Elias Van Court, who was born August 27, 1730, and died intestate in 1777, his brother-inlaw, Ephraim Sayre, being appointed administrator August 29, 1777. She married second, Long.
688* ELIAS VAN COURT,6 m. Anna Wilson.
267 EPHRAIM 5 SAYRE, born March 8, 1746; married Hannah Meeker, daughter of Joseph and Rachel (Lyon ?) Meeker, who was born July 18, 1751, in Columbia, N. J. Rachel Meeker died a widow, February 19, 1800, in the eighty-third year of her age, and was buried in the Presbyterian churchyard at Madison, N. J.
Ephraim Sayre was a farmer and tanner, and was an esteemed deacon in the Presbyterian church at Bottle Hill (now Madison, N. J.). He is said to have been a minute-man in the Revolution, and to have participated in the battles at Connecticut Farms, at Springfield and at Monmouth.
His house at Bottle Hill, of which a view is given, is still standing, and has been in continuous possession of his descendants. A Morristown journal, September 29, 1890, contained the following:
“One of the most noted landmarks of the Borough of Madison is the old Sayre Mansion on Ridgedale Avenue. It was built about the year 1745 by Daniel Sayre, who had removed to Bottle Hill from Elizabethtown. During the Revolution it was owned and occupied by his son, Deacon Ephraim Sayre, who was a man of the noblest character, both as a Christian and a patriot.
“Deacon Sayre was always ready not only to yield to the constant demands upon him made necessary by the presence of the army, but to throw open his house to the men whenever their comfort required. Some of the wounded of the battle of Springfield were here cared for, the kitchen being used as a hospital; and at times the hospitality of the proprietor's table was freely enjoyed by both officers and soldiers.
" The house was the headquarters of General Anthony Wayne for a considerable part of 'the time that the army was in this neighborhood (the winter of 1780-81). The room occupied by the General was the front room in the north end, and in it many conferences took place between · Mad Anthony' and the other illustrious commanders.
"General Washington and his staff were frequently in the house, as they were then located at Morristown; and the chair in which the General sat is still preserved, and many other pieces of antique furniture are cherished in this house.
“Rev. James Caldwell, of patriotic memory and Revolutionary fame, whose wife's mother was a Sayre, was a warm personal friend of Deacon Sayre. He preached in Bottle Hill as often as his other duties permitted, the announcement that he would do so being always sufficient to attract a large number of hearers ; and on these occasions the Sayre mansion was frequently used for the services. The south front room is the one in which the ‘ Fighting Domine’ of Springfield preached, and the very spot where he then stood, in the southwest corner of the room, is pointed out. And in this room, for some years, the regular weekly prayer.meetings of the church were held.
· This devoted man, it will be remembered, was shot by a sentinel at Elizabethtown Point, it being popularly supposed at the time to be at the instigation of the enemy or their sympathizers.
When the news of the murder of Parson Caldwell (his wife having previously been killed at Connecticut Farms) reached Deacon Sayre, he got up his team, went to Elizabethtown and took Mr. Caldwell's six orphan children to his own house, where he took care of them until they were permanently provided for elsewhere. They were under his roof at least three months, and learned during that time to greatly love and reverence their benefactor.
“Here Baxter Sayre, the famous abolitionist, spent his early years; and to this home of his childhood the philanthropist David A. Sayre, of Lexington, Ky., used to return at intervals with great delight.
“So memories of old-time patriotism, hospitality, religious zeal, and self-sacrifice cluster around this old homestead and make it holy ground.
“ The present owner (1900), Mr. Joseph M. Sayre, is the great-grandson of the good old Deacon, and cherishes the old mansion and its associations with a true patriotic reverence."