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Robert Sawyers was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Information on Robert Sasyers
Robert was a son of William Sayers and Esther Thompson. He was born in October of 1754.
1771 Brother John Sayers is on Herbert's list in Fincastle County (now Wythe).
1774 - Lord Dunmore's War -- A Robert Sayers was paid for 108 days of service in Dunmore's War in Col. Walter Crockett's company and another entry is for Robert Sayers, 23 days service under Capt. William Campbell.
1776 (July 4) Commissioned Lieutenant Colonel (began as a Captain in the Revolution)
1782 - Montgomery Co., VA personal tax list - there are two Robert Sayers: Robert 1 tithe-0 slaves-1 horse-7 cattle and Robert 1 tithe-0 slaves-5 horse-13 cattle (the second man is probably him)
The Sayers and Crockett families intermarried frequently - here are the 1782 Wythe personal tax list results for Crockett: (tithe, slave, horse, cattle) Crockett, Andrew 1, 3, 23, 24; Crockett, James 1, 5, 19, 30; Crockett, John 1, 2, 16, 46; Crockett, Walter 1, 7, 10, 24.
Later in life he was one of the wealthiest man in southwest VA, owning a large tract of land at "Anchor & Hope" and in Crockett Cove. He was in the Legislature of Virginia for several sessions in the early years of the state, and was a Justice of the Peace.
He died 17 April 1826 at Anchor and Hope, Wythe Co., Virginia and was buried at Crockett's Cove near Wythesville.
Robert died a batchelor and left his estate to his nephews, the sons of John Thomson Sayers.
Robert's father, William Sayers, married Esther Thompson (b. I710, Co. Down, Ireland). Esther Thompson first married Samuel Crockett (1694-1749, son of James de Crocketagne and Martha Montgomery). The above referenced John Sayers is another son of this couple. John Sayers was a Major in the Revolution and was shot through the lungs at the Battle of Cowpens and lay on the battlefield overnight, but mostly recovered and married Susanna Crockett (dau. of Samuel Crockett, a brother of Col. Walter Crockett) and raised a family in Wythe County. When Esther Thompson died, William Sayers remarried to Elizabeth Drake, sister of Joseph Drake. Joseph Drake led the big long hunt from the New River area in 1771 with Henry Skaggs which went to Kentucky and was highlighted by the loss of 2300 deer skins to the Indians. The Drakes are another family that intermarried with the Crocketts, Newells and other Presbyterian families in the New River area. William Sayers (Robert's father) is the son of Robert Sayers and Catherine Harris and a brother to David Sayers above.
Sources: Worldconnect; Adventures on Western Waters (Mary Kegley); The Conquest of the Old Southwest (Archibald Henderson); New River Notes personal tax lists; Library of Virginia web site; Genforum.