Person:William Sawyers (1)

William Sawyers
b.Bef. 1725 Pennsylvania
m. 1722
  1. William SawyersBef 1725 - 1781
  2. Alexander Sawyers, Gent.est 1725 - 1765
  3. Ann Sawyers1727-1737 -
  4. Elizabeth Sawyers1727-1737 -
  5. Margaret SawyersAbt 1729 - Bef 1811
m. 1753
  1. Robert Sawyers1754 - 1826
  2. Alexander Sawyers1756 -
  3. John Thompson Sawyers1758 - 1816
m. 26 FEB 1771
  1. Alexander Sawyers1772 -
  2. Samuel Sawyers1775 - 1858
  3. James Sawyers1777 - 1852
Facts and Events
Name William Sawyers
Alt Name William Sayers
Gender Male
Birth? Bef. 1725 Pennsylvania
Marriage 1753 to Esther Thompson
Marriage 26 FEB 1771 Wythe County, Virginiato Elizabeth Drake
Death? 23 Jan 1781 Montgomery County, Virginia[Family Bible Record]

William Sawyers (Sayers) was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA


William Sawyers's land (Beverley Manor SW, 463 acres, acquired from Patrick Campbell in 1745) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.

Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:

  • Pg. 265-268. Indenture 25 Feb. 1745 between Patrick Campbell, County of Augusta, Yeoman, and William Seayers of Orange... deeds of lease and release... payment of ₤41.13.04... for 463 acres, 1 rod, 13 poles... being part of 1,546 acres in Augusta County conveyed to the said Patrick Campbell from William Beverley, Gent., as appears by a deed 20th and 21st Feb. 1738... (signed) Pat. Campbell (Seal). Witnesses: James Patton, D. Buckhannan, Jno. Smith, Joseph Walker. Recorded Orange County, 25 February 1745. [Orange County Deed Book 9, pg. 28].
  • Page 3.--231 acres in Beverley Manor, part of 1,546 acres sold by Beverley to Patrick Campbell in 1748, by Campbell to Wm. Sawyers, 1745; by him to John Patterson, 1748; by Patterson to Ward, 19th May, 1760.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 171.--24th October, 1748. Wm. Sayers to John Pattison, weaver, part of 1,546 acres sold by Wm. Beverley to Patrick Campbell in 1738 and by him to Wm. Sayers in 1745. Patrick Campbell. On South Branch Shanandoah. Teste: Wm. Smith, Pat. Campbell, James Mitchell, Andrew Duncan.
  • Page 175.--24th October, 1748. Wm. Sayers to Andrew Duncan, part of 1,546 acres above (referencing above-mentioned record). Wm. Beverley, Patrick Campbell. Beverley Manor.
  • Page 12.--14th October, 1751. Wm. Sayers of Craven Co., S. Ca., to David Miller, 290 acres, Buffalo Creek. Teste: Michael Finney, Geo. Wilson, William Carlile. (Note: this indicates that William Sayers had apparently relocated to Craven County, South Carolina prior to this date).

Disposition of Land from Botetourt County Records:

  • Page 64. March 9, 1770. William Sawyers and Esther E. His wife, late Esther Crockett, Widow of Jacob Crockett, to John Crockett, son of Esther Crockett. 150 pounds. 180 acres. Witnesses: Samuel Ingham, Valentine Harman, Robert Doak, Arthur Campbell. (Note: this record lists "Jacob Crockett" as Esther's 1st husband, but other records cite him as "Samuel Crockett". Perhaps Jacob was a nickname?).
  • Page 66. March 9, 1770. William Sawyers and Esther E. His wife, late Esther Crockett, Widow of Jacob Crockett, to Andrew Crockett, son of Esther Crockett. An undivided part of 1150 acres, patented to James and Esther Crockett.
  • Page 67. March 9, 1770. William Sawyers and Esther E. his wife, late Esther Crockett, widow of Jacob Crockett, to Samuel Montgomery. 200 acres of land, being a part of the 1150 acre survey. Consideration not given. Witnesses: Robert Doak, Arthur Campbell, Anthony Bledsoe, Valentine Harmon.

Will Abstract

Sayers, William. Will probated Mar. 4, 1781.
Names wife Elizabeth; and children: Robert, John Thompson, Alexander and Samuel.
Mentions warrant for 2,000 acres of land for military service.
["A Brief of Wills and Marriages in Montgomery and Fincastle Counties, Virginia, 1733-1831", compiled by Anne Lowry Worrell, pg. 53-54]

Records of William Sayers in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Vol. 2 - Muster List of 1742 - William Sayers listed in Augusta County Militia, list of Capt. John Buchanan.
  • Page 16.--26th June, 1746. Robert Sayers, late from Pennsylvania. Will--Sons, William, Alexander; wife, Cathren; daughters, Margaret, Ann, Elizabeth. Executors, John Buchanan and Joseph Culton, Gent. (desiring Col. Patton to assist if he will grant me the favor). Teste: Jno. Buchanan, Wm. Adair, Francis McCown, Thos. Beard. Proved, 20th August, 1746, by all except Beard. Wm. and Alex. Sayers qualify executors 20th August, 1746, with sureties John Buchanan and John Hays.
  • Page 196.--19th March, 1747. Benj. Borden, heir, executor, &c., to Col. Jno. Buchanan. Testator agreed in his lifetime to sell to J. B. £3; part of 98,100 acres, beginning on the creek corner to Jno. Edmiston; 100 acres. Witnesses, John Buchanan, Humberstone Lyon, William Sayers. Acknowledged, 19th March, 1746.
  • Vol. 2 - SEPTEMBER, 1747. - Hughes vs. Sawyers and Cowan.--We jointly and severally promise to pay William Hughes, etc., for value received January 1, 1746, and when said money is paid, said Hughes is to return to William Sawyers one silver watch which he leaves in his hands to counter secure the aforesaid sum. (Signed) William Sawyers, James Cowan. Test, Andrew Kenny. Received from William Hughes, after the perfection of the above note, Capt. John Smith's note, payable to Patrick Dowdall, deceased, for £1, which sum I promise to pay said Hughes, or order, on demand, or return the said note. Witness my hand. (Signed) William Sawyers. January 1, 1746.
  • Page 767.-- (undated, prob. abt. 22-23 May, 1750) John Patterson, weaver, to John Ward, yeoman, 231 acres in Beverley Manor, Wm. Bev, Patrick Campbell, Wm. Sayers, So. River. Part of 1546 acres conveyed by Beverky to Pat. Campbell, 1738, and this part sold by Pat to Wm. Sayers, 1745. Teste: John Piery and Jno. Peery, the same, Elizabeth, wife of John Patterson. Teste: James Kerr, Jno. O. Peery.
  • Vol. 2 - 23rd May, 1750 - Road ordered from Ezekiel Calhoun's to Wood's River thence to top of ridge between Wood's River and the south fork of Roanoke. John McFarland and Joseph Crockett to be surveyors of former and William Crisp and William Pellam of latter part, with tithables, and the following: Henry Batton, Mordecai Early, John McFarland, Jacob Goldman, John Downing, John Goldman, Charles Sinclair, Nathaniel Wilshire, William Sayers, William Hamilton, Humbertson Lyon, Frederick Carlock, Robert Norris, James Miller, James Cave, Samuel Montgomerie, Steven Lyon, John Conley, Andrew Linam, James Willbey, Samuel Stanlick, James Maies, Robert McFarlin, James Harris, John Vance, John Stride, Robert Miller, Alexander Sayers, John Miller, Jacob Castle, Robert Alcorn, John Forman, and William Miller.
  • Page 352.--30th August, 1750. Samuel Crockett's appraisement, by James Callhoon, John Noble, Wm. Sayers. Paid Robert Miller, Robert Alcoran, James Ryne. To William Mountgomery. Due by Peter Harman, Jno. Thompson, Jr., Joseph Crockett, Andrew Gaughagen.
  • Page 183.--24th January, 1755. Robert Ewing and Mary, of Lunenburg County, to Benj. Starrat, £38, 10, 160 acres on Glade Creek, of Roanoke, patented to Robert, 15th December, 1749. Teste: James Callhoun, Hugh and Pat. Callhoun, Jos. Long, Wm. Sayers.
  • Page 295.--3d July, 1755. Humberston Lyon to Allexander Sayers (Sawyers), £50, 650 acres on Wood's River. Teste: James Harress, Christopher Hicks, Eabreham Dunckleberry, Wm. Sayers, J. Buchanan, gent.
  • First Deed Recorded 21st March, 1775; Page 3.--231 acres in Beverley Manor, part of 1,546 acres sold by Beverley to Patrick Campbell in 1748, by Campbell to Wm. Sawyers, 1745; by him to John Patterson, 1748; by Patterson to Ward, 19th May, 1760. Page 7.--Teste: John Clark, John Reagh, corner James Reagh.