Person:Sarah Dyer (23)

Sarah Dyer
b.ABT 1736
m. abt. 1728
  1. William Dyer1728 - 1758
  2. Esther Dyer1731 - 1820
  3. Hannah Dyer1734 - 1820
  4. Sarah DyerABT 1736 -
  5. James Dyer1744 - 1807
  • HHenry Hawesbef 1729 - bef 1755
  • WSarah DyerABT 1736 -
m. 1754
  1. Hannah Hawes1755 - 1852
m. 1764
  1. John Davis1766 - 1854
  2. Sarah Davisabt 1768 -
  3. Elizabeth Davisabt 1770 -
  4. Rachel Davisabt 1772 - 1861
  5. Hester 'Esther' Davisabt 1778 - 1845
  6. Samuel Davisabt 1779 -
Facts and Events
Name Sarah Dyer
Gender Female
Birth? ABT 1736
Marriage 1754 Virginiato Henry Hawes
Marriage 1764 to Robert Davis

Sarah Dyer was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Sarah is sometimes confused with a "Sarah Hayes" wife of George Hayes who died in Old Augusta in 1747. The last name of Sarah, wife of George is unknown. Chalkley's Chronicles appears to have mistranscribed the married name of Sarah Dryer, daughter of Roger Dyer. Roger identifies his daughter as "Sarah Hawes" in his will, but Chalkley's abstract of that will gives her married name as Sarah Hayes.

Ft. Seybert 1758

Sarah Hawse is listed as being taken captive by Indians in the "Ft. Seybert Massacre" on 28 April 1758 in Augusta (later Pendleton) County, Virginia (later West Virginia), which is mentioned in the Indian Attacks of 1755-1758 in Augusta County of settlers killed or captured by "the enemy" (most likely Shawnee Indians being spurred on by the French) in Augusta County.


From "A History of Pendleton County, West Virginia", by Oren Frederic Morton:

James Dyer is said to have been instrumental in effecting the recovery of his sister Sarah Hawes, whose captivity lasted three and a half years. She thought better of the Indians than of the French who sometimes visited the village. There was usually an abundance to eat, but in time of scarcity colt steak was prominent on the Indian bill of fare, and to this she demurred. But Killbuck asked her why she should have prejudice against an animal that eats only clean food, when all palefaces were fond of eating the flesh of the hog, an animal that searches in all manner of filth for something to eat. Her captivity worked some change in her appearance and manner, and when she returned her little daughter was not for a while willing to own her, but at length accepted the fact of identity. Her husband died either before her return or shortly thereafter, and then she married Robert Davis.