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2 Joseph Sayre Bates,9 b. 1859; m. 1882, Mary E. Patterson.

He is in the hardware and lumber business in Alloway,
N. J.


Seven children, of whom four have died. 6 Lydia,8 b. 1840; d. Aug., 1899. 7 Hannah,8 b. 1842; m. June, 1868, Robert Harper. She died

August, 1894. 8 Elmer Dial,8 b. 1844 ; m. Rachel Ann Smith. He lives at Pitt

man's Grove, N. J.


2 SARAH,7 m. William Young. They had one child, who died in infancy. 3 SCYDNY,7 m. Smith Sheets.

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James Simpkins. 8
Abigail Simpkins.

Martha Simpkins.8 5 James,7 b. July 17, 1813; m. April 2, 1840, Mary Hulick, who was born in

Pittsgrove, N. J., Sept. 21, 1817. He was a farmer in Pittsgrove, where he died Nov. 24, 1856.



William Henry Harrison, b. Dec. 3, 1840; m. 1868, Hannah

Foster. He was in the New Jersey Volunteers during the

Civil War. Lives at Clayton, N. J. 2 John Tyler, b. Dec. 3, 1840. Was in the Civil War in the New

Jersey Volunteers, and was killed at the battle of the Wilder

ness, May 6, 1864. 3 Amanda Harmer, b. Feb. 25, 1843; m. Feb. 28, 1874, Charles

Reeves of Salem, who died Jan. 7, 1893. His widow is living

at Salem, N. J.
4 Anna Bishop,8 b. Aug. 21, 1846 ; d. March 23, 1895.
5 Margaret Martin, b. June 24, 1852.
6 Daniel Mead, b. Nov. 24, 1854. He is a farmer in Pittsgrove.

7 Elizabeth Hulick, b. Jan. 20, 1856; d. July 6, 1865.

OTHER Sayres.

While the material used in the foregoing pages was being collected a large amount of matter accumulated pertaining to Sayre families which could not be connected with the line of Thomas of Leighton Buzzard, which alone is the subject of this volume. The name of Sayre, in its various renderings, has been common in England for several hundred years, and, as was to be expected, persons bearing the name have been found among the emigrants to America from the earliest times to the present.

As a curious coincidence it may be mentioned that among the replies received in answer to the circular sent out requesting information was one from Thomas Sayer living at Rigby, Idaho, who was born in Poddington, Bedfordshire, Eng. land, the original home of our Thomas Sayre from at least the thirteenth century. He is a descendant of at least three generations of William Sayers, of Hynwich, a name and place with which the present genealogy begins.

Among other emigrants of the name from England during the seventeenth century we have found the following — most of the items in the first section being taken from the volumes of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register :


Widow Jane Sayer received in 1640 a home lot in Providence, R. I., and “signed the compact."

The History of Wells, Maine, contains an extended account of the Saver family there. William Sayer, of Wells, married in 1675, Mrs. Sarah Wells.

January 25, 1692. Mary Richworth, wife of William Sayer (or of Joseph Sayer), was taken prisoner by the Indians of Acadia, with two of her daughters, and carried captive to Canada. One of the children, Mary Genevieve Sayer, was born April 4, 1681. Her sister Mary Joseph was born March 9, 1685. They were baptized in Montreal by the French, December 8, 1693. The elder child became a “sister des Anges," Congregation of Notre Dame, Montreal, and died there March 28, 1717. There is a gravestone at Wells in memory of Sarah, relict of William Saver, who died January, 1734, in her eighty-fifth year.

August 10, 1703, Joseph Sayer, his wife and several children were killed by the Indians at Wells, and another was taken captive to Canada.

A letter from Quebec, written by Ebenezer Hill to friends in Wells, under date March, 1703, mentions: “ Mary Sayer, brother Joseph's daughter, . . . and our

... other friends and reighbors here are well.”

June 22, 1710. Jacob Sayer and Martha Loomis were married in Lyme, Conn., and had children born there.

February 2, 1707. A child of Josiah and Martha Sayer was born at Tiverton, R. I. The Sayers are numerous in the “ Vital Statistics” of Rhode Island from the beginning of the eighteenth century.

February 2, 1634. James Sayer, of Northbourne, Kent, tailor, passenger in Ship Hercules, from Sandwich to New England.

1655. John Sayer, of Falmouth, sold Long Island in Casco Bay, Maine.

1638. Elizabeth and Mary Sayers, from Hingham, Norfolk, England, by Ship Diligent, of Ipswich, and settled in Hingham, Mass.

1658. Thomas Sayer was at Hingham, Mass.

November 26, 1673. Thomas Sayer married at Hingham, Mass., Sarah, daughter of John and Margaret Prince. Was a selectman and held other offices. February 10, 170$, Thomas and Sarah Sayer were among the signers of a certificate in favor of Widow Mehitable Warren, charged with witchcraft. born 1645, and died December 3, 1732. The author has an account of some of their descendants.

December 29, 1679. James Sayer, at Gloucester, Mass. ; wife, Sarah; child, Nathaniel.

March, 1688. Henry Sayer, on the tax list of Newton, Mass.

1643. William Sayer was at Wenham, Mass.; thence to Newbury, Mass.; took the oath of allegiance there in 1678; aged sixty-five years. One of the founders of the Baptist church there in 1689. The births of many children are entered on the town records.

He was


About 1620. John Sere, dead on the plantations over the water, Virginia.


January 2, 1634. William Sayre, age 58 years, on Ship Bonaventura, to Va. February 17, 1634. William Seere, age 22, by Ship Hopewell, for Barbadoes. July 24, 1635. Thomas Syer, age 14, by Ship Assurance, for Va.

SAYRÈS IN VIRGINIA, MARYLAND, ETC. November 22, 1633. William Saire was one of the gentlemen adventurers who came with the first colony to Maryland in the Ark and Dove from Cowes and arrived at St. Clements, now Blackstone, Island, March 25, 1634. (McSherry's “ Maryland.")

1670. Peter Sayer was clerk of Old Kent, Md.

1725 Peter Sayer, of Talbot County, Md., 200 acres called Branfield, formerly taken up by Peter Sayer.

1672. William Sears made deed, and in 1675 a deed was made to William Sare. (Talbot Co., Md., Records.)

1708. William Sayers, or Seyers, mentioned in will of Nathaniel T. Teagie, of Talbot County, Md., as his son-in-law. This William Sayers was a pilot in York River, Va. (Va. Hist. Mag., I, 4. 1894.)

FROM VIRGINIA LAND PATENTS, ETC. Major Francis Sayer, 610 acres in Lower Norfolk County, of which 550 acres lying between the south and east branches of Elizabeth River, derived as follows: 150 acres formerly granted to William Ranshaw, September 24, 1636, and by him sold to Thomas Sayre, deceased, and by him given to his son Trustram Sayer by will, and after his death recovered by the said Francis Sayer by order of Assembly, and 300 acres granted to Thomas Nellres, May 17, 1637, and by him sold to the said Francis Sayer, and the remainder of said land is now first granted, October 21, 1684.

Major Francis Sayer, 1000 acres in Lower Norfolk County, October 20, 1684.

Major Francis Sayer, of the County of Norfolk, 147 acres in Norfolk County, April 24, 1692.

Major Francis Sayer, subsequent to January 169, and prior to 1699, married Frances Mason Newton, widow of George Newton, and daughter of Col. L. Mason, or Lower Norfolk. He died prior to March 15, 1701. There are references to him in the New England Genealogical Register for 1893, pages 70 and


The name Sayer in Norfolk County has usually been pronounced Sawyer, and the two following items undoubtedly refer to the person named above:

Thomas Sawyer, 300 acres in the Upper County of New Norfolk, on the east branch of Elizabeth River, May 22, 1637. He was a “ head right," or one of the persons in right of whose settlement in Virginia the land was granted.

Thomas Sawyer, 250 acres in the Lower County of New Norfolk, about two miles from the lower branch of Elizabeth River, May 10, 1638.

There were two families of Sayers in what is now Wythe County, formerly part of Augusta County, in the southwestern section of Virginia. The earliest Augusta County Sayers will we have found is that of Robert Sayers, “late from the province of Pennsylvania,” dated June 26, 1746, and probated at a court held for Augusta County, August 20, 1746. It was witnessed by John Buchanan, William Adair, Francis McCoun and Thomas Beard. It named his wife Catharine - she was a Buchanan — his two sons, William and Alexander, and three minor daughters, Margaret, Anne, and Elizabeth. Alexander, the younger son, bought June 20, 1753, 536 acres on a branch of Reedy Creek, Augusta County, and was drowned, unmarried, in New River, Va.

There is a deed to William Sayers — doubtless this son of Robert -on record in Augusta County, dated October 1, 1747, for 290 acres of land on the west side of the Blue Ridge, near Buffalo Creek. He married first a Miss Buchanan, perhaps daughter or sister of John Buchanan who was a witness to the will of Robert Sayers, and second Elizabeth Drake, and died about 1777. Another account states he married a widow, Esther Thompson Crockett, daughter of Rev. John Thompson, of the Presbyterian Church. The tradition among some of his descendants is that he was born in Scotland. He left two sons, Col. Robert Sayers of the Revolution, who never married, and Major John Thompson Sayers,


who was wounded at the battle of Cowpens. He married Susan Crockett and left many descendants. One of his daughters, Esther, married Abner Sayers, of the other Sayers family of Wythe County, and they were the grandparents of Hon. Joseph Draper Sayers, ex-Governor of Texas.

There is another will on record in Augusta County, Va., of a Robert Sayers, dated September 3, 1756, and probated in the following November. It refers to his brother David, of whom he had bought land for twenty-five pounds, “taking my father's word for ten pounds and there is yet due fifteen pounds." He bequeathed the land to his son Robert, who was to take care of his other son David, who was non compos mentis. Both sons were yet minors. The relict of Robert Sayers was Hannah.

The brother of Robert Sayers, senior, mentioned in the above will, was doubtless David Sayers who married Mary, daughter of John Beattie. Beattie was born in Ireland, and on coming to America lived first in Maryland, and afterwards in Rockbridge and Washington counties, Va. His children were born in Maryland and in Virginia. David Sayers is variously stated to have gone to Virginia from South Carolina and from Maryland. There is a deed recorded in

a Augusta County, dated October 13, 1751, from William Sayers, " of the Province of South Carolina,” and it appears probable that he was the father of David Sayers. The latter had twelve sons and four daughters. Among his sons was Abner Sayers, who married Esther Sayers, and was the grandfather of Hon. Joseph D. Sayers, as above stated. Quite a long list of descendants of these two Wythe County Sayers families is in possession of the author.

June 2, 1739. Charles Sayer bought land in Princess Anne County, Va.

October 31, 1764. Thomas Sayers bought 380 acres on Cedar Creek, Halifax County, Va.

August 27, 1770. James Sayers bought 115 acres on Middle River, Augusta County, Va.

1734. George Sayres signed a petition to the Pennsylvania Legislature, which stated that the petitioners were from Germany and desired naturalization. One of the replies sent in answer to the circular requesting information for this work was from a Sayer who stated his father was born in Germany.

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