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called "Thomas 2d" in the records to distin-
guish him from an uncle or cousin of the same
name and town. He was a fifer in Captain
John Gibbs's company. Colonel Ebenezer



Sprout's regiment, in 1778, at Falmouth, on
the alarm at Elizabeth Islands; also in Cap-
tain Elisha Ilackett's company, Colonel Ben-
jamin Hawes's regiment (Plymouth county)
at Rhode Island in 1778, and at Falmouth in
1779. Among their children was Constan-
tine B., mentioned below.

(\T) Constantine Barnabas, eldest son of
Thomas (2) Bates, was born in Sandwich,
Massachusetts, June 10, 1785, died March,
1873. He was a farmer located on Ten Lois, a
tract of two thousand acres, divided into ten
lots, from wiiich it derived its name, now called
Oakland Heights. He married, March 10, 1805.
Sally r.lackwell. born January 5, 1875. Their
children: I. Asa Blackwell, see following
sketch. 2. Sophronia. married Alden Bates, of
St. Albans, Maine ; children : i. Constantine ;
ii. Thomas, married and lived in Winthrop.
Maine ; iii. Enoch, married and lived in Win-
throp; iv. Lorrainey, married a Mr. Goodwin,
of St. Albans; is living there; v. Phoebe, died
at about thirty years of age, unmarried ; vi.
Sarah, married a Mr. Higgins, living in
Maine; vii. Horatio, married twice, living in
Winthrop; viii. Lizzie, married and living in
Maine ; i.x. Mary, married and living in Maine.
3. Anson, see forward. 4. Cynthia, married
Solomon Bates, and moved to Aroostook ; they
brought up a large family of children; Mr,
Bates carried on farming on a large scale, and
was prosperous in that line. 5. Phoebe, mar-
ried Albert Lyford ; both were very musical ;
children : i. Elvira, married A. J. Lang, who
located in Waverly as principal of the high
school there ; he was a fine Greek scholar ;
children : Herbert, employed as a journalist
in New York City, and Percy, a banker in
Waverly; ii. Louisa, married (first) a Mr.
Marriner and (second) a Mr. Campbell, of
San Francisco ; no children ; both Mr. and
Mrs. Marriner were very musical ; Mrs. Mar-
riner studied abroad, and had a beautiful so-
prano voice; iii. Maria, married a Mr. Nor-
cross ; one child, a daughter, who has been
musically educated, and is now living in
Waverly, New York ; iv. Charles, enlisted in
the civil war and was killed in the battle of
Fredericksburg ; v. Monroe, enlisted, volunteer
service, in the Si.xteenth Maine Regiment,
serving to the end of the civil war ; is now lo-
cated with the Lehigh \^alley railroad, Waver-
ly, New York; vi. Frederick, married twice;
children of first wife were Charles, Albert and
a daughter; children of second wife were
Frederick Jr. and a daughter. Mr. Lyford is a
self-made man, and is now holding the posi-
tion of president of the First National Bank of

Waverly, New York. His first and second
sons were educated at Cornell University.

(VH) Anson, son of Constantine Bates, was
born March 11 or 18, 1812. He was a farmer
of Fairfield, also an expert mechanic and of
fine musical attainments. He married (first)
Sally Gibbs, of Fairfield. Married (second)
Cordelia Sarah, born in 181 5, died when fifty-
three years of age, daughter of David and
Mary (Ricker) Huston, of Oakland, Maine,
formerly of Waterville. Children of first
wife: I. William T., enlisted in the Sixteenth
Maine Regiment of \'oluntecrs in the civil
war; was a hospital steward and was killed at
the battle of Gettysburg. 2. Sarah E., died
March 19, 1864. 3. Emma J., born July i,
1845, married Stephen C. Watson, and lived
on the Ten Lots, later called Oakland Heights ;
children: Arthur T., Henry and Harry B. ;
Arthur T. now resides in Des Moines, Iowa,
and was graduated from Colby University,
Maine ; Harry B. was a graduate of Colby
L'niversity ; is now living in Hinckley, Maine ;
is principal of the school at Goodwill Home.
Children of second wife : 4. Henry Anson,
see forward. 5. Helen Delia.

(\TII) Henry Anson, fourth child of Anson
Bates, was born in Fairfield, Maine, April 26,
1848. He was educated at the public schools
of that town, also attending high school at
Oakland, finishing with a course at the Com-
mercial College of Augusta, Maine. In 1869
he left home for Providence, Rhode Island,
working at the carpentering trade for about
two years. Subsequently was engaged in the
dry goods business for fourteen years in that
city, when he removed to New York City, and
became buyer for J. A. Bluxome & Company.
He was subsequently employed by Adams &
Company, and later with B. Altman & Com-
pany, until he engaged with the importing
house of J. R. Leeson & Company, of Boston,
with New York offices, and remained with
them several years. He then became interested
in thread manufacturing, the company being
called The Bates Thread Company, of which
he was president. Later the Bates Thread
Company consolidated with the Summit
Thread Company, of which he is now vice-
president. Mr, Bates has always been of an
inventive turn of mind and has invented and
patented many valuable attachments for sew-
ing machines and sewing machine shuttles,
and is used in connection with threatl manu-
factured by the Summit Thread Company,
and has also patented other inventions of lesser
importance. The Summit Thread Company is
located at East Hampton, Connecticut. Air.




Bates is a member of St. Johns Lodge, No. 2,
F. and A. M., Middletown, Connecticut ;
Washington Chapter, No. 6, which is one of
the oldest in the Cnited States ; Cyrene Com-
mandery. No. 8, Knights Templar, of Middle-
town, Connecticut; also Knights of Malta. He
is also a member of the Baptist Church of
JMiddletown, Connecticut, treasurer, and one
of the board of trustees. Mr. Bates married
(first) Ellen Stone, of Providence, Rhode Is-
land. Their children were: i. Arthur Henry,
born April 6, 1878, is now living in Brockton,
Massachusetts ; is a graduate of Princeton
University ; now employed in the interest of
the Summit Thread Company. Married
Blanche Happenstat, of Yonkers, New York;
child, Dorothy Ella Bates. 2. Alfred Stone,
died one year old. Mr. Bates married
(second) Emma Bethia Smith, of Sudbury,
Massachusetts, daughter of George and Han-
nah Adelia (Morton) Smith. Emma Bethia
Smith was born March 24, 1856. Her father
was the son of Elisha and Clarissa (Parks)
Smith, a descendant of Benjamin, who served
in the revolutionary war. Her mother was the
daughter of John and Bertha ( Cook) Morton,
of Friendship, Maine, and a direct descendant
of Governor William Bradford, and Francis
Cooke, of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Mrs.
Bates's paternal emigrant ancestors came from
Sudbury, England, and named the Massachu-
setts town where they settled. A monument
has been erected there : "In memory of John
Smith and Mary his wife, the first of the name
who came to ^America from Sudbury, Eng-
land, some time in 1600." Their children are :
Ethel Smith, born in New York City, August
17, 1887; Helen Delia, born in New York City,
March i, 1889; Henry Anson Jr., born in
Yonkers, New York, July 25, 1893; William
Bradford and Alger Huston, twin brothers,
born in Yonkers, April 29, 1897. Ethel Smith
and Helen Delia are both being educated, one
at Mount Holyoke, Massachusetts, and the
other at Wesleyan University of Middletown.
The other three sons are preparing for a col-
lege education. This family was also very
musical throughout.

(For ancestry see preceding sketch.)

(VII) Asa Blackwell, son of
BATES Constantine Bates, was born in

China, Maine, October 6, 1807,
and died April 24, 1890, in Oakland, Maine.
He was four years old when the family moved
to Fairfield and he attended the public schools
there. He learned the trade of carpenter in
Fairfield; worked for a few years as journey-

man anil then engaged in business as a carpen-
ter and builder on his own account at Oakland.
He built many of the houses in Oakland and
Waterville and was one of the leading contrac-
tors of that section for many years. He lived
in Oakland from 1863 until the time of his
death, and in addition to his other business
conducted a farm of one hundred and sixty
acres in Oakland. He was an active and use-
ful citizen. In politics a Republican, he repre-
sented the town in the state legislature. He
was a member and deacon of the Baptist
church at Oakland. He married, September
18, 1831, Azuba Sturtevant, born January 25,
1810, in China, died June 5, 1890, in Oakland,
daughter of William Sturtevant, of China.
Children: i. Ellen A., born October 20, 1832,
married, April i, 1854, Gustavus Mower, of
Dexter, Maine. 2. Erastus W., May 8, 1834,
married and lived in Augusta, Maine. 3. Liz-
zie M., November 13, 1837, married, March
14, 1864, Warner Farr; she died April 11,
1905. 4. Martha F., July i, 1840, married,
January, 1868, Samuel Hersom. 5. Mabel,
October 17, 1841, married, October 19, 1866,
William H. Fessenden, and lived in Boston.

6. JMary B., August 30, 1843, married, July 13,
1871, Charles A. Whiting, of Norwidgwock.

7. Henry E., mentioned below. 8. Julia A.,
May 27, 1898. 9. Albert M., March 14, 1850,
died March 13, 1857. 10. Herbert M., Janu-
ary 25, 1853, died January 26, 1863. 11. Lil-
lian F., June 23, 1854.

(\'III) Henry Edward, son of Asa Black-
well Bates, was born April 21, 1846, in Fair-
field. He was educated in the district schools
of Fairfield and West Waterville, Maine, and
afterward worked with his father in the build-
ing business, and learned the trade of carpen-
ter. He was associated in business with his
father. They had a saw mill on Messalonskee
stream and manufactured various kinds of
lumber, saw frames and saw horses. Upon
the death of his father he succeeded to the
business. The saw mill was destroyed by fire
in 1885, was promptly rebuilt ; and in October,
1907, fire again destroyed the mill and it was
again rebuilt. The firm of A. B. Bates &
Company was organized in 1893 with Mr.
Bates at the head and Henry E. and Julia A.
Bates as members. It is one of the representa-
tive business houses of Oakland. At the pres-
ent time the Bates saw mill is manufacturing
boxes largely for the manufacturers of Oak-
land, in addition to the lumber and other work
of the mill, employing a dozen regular hands.
Since 1907 Mr. Bates has been tiie owner of
the Benjamin Allen Machine business and has



conducted it successfully. In Oakland .Mr.
Bates is one of the leading citizens. Actuated
by motives of public spirit he has supported
every movement for the welfare and improve-
ment of the town ; he is interested in public
affairs and is an influential Republican. lie
has demonstrated unusual capacity for busi-
ness, and great persistence and enterprise. He
is a prominent member of the Baptist church
of Oakland. He belongs to the Ancient Oriler
of United Workmen of Oakland. He married,
January i6, 1873, Helen Messenger, born -Au-
gust 24, 1847, in Corinth, Maine, died May
4, 1898, in Oakland, daughter of Hazen and
Harriet (Oak) Messenger. Their only child,
Lena Evelyn, was born October 31, 1876, in

This family name is found
S.AWYEK among those derived from oc-
cupation and the race is
proverbially one of mechanics. It has been
said by a descendant that "a Sawyer was never
known who could not handle the saw easily
and they usually follow the occupation of a
wheelwright, millwright, cooper, carpenter,
machinist, engineer or master builder." In
England the Sayers are mentioned as an old
family of wealth and municipal importance of
Colchester county, Essex, in the sixteenth cen-
tury. About two hundred years earlier they
held of the king eighty-two acres of land in
Copperfield in the village of Latchingdon in
that county. Sayere and Sayer was an ancient
name in Norfolk county, in the thirteenth cen-
tury, and this branch were lords of Pulham
Manor in the seventeenth and eighteenth cen-
turies. A John Sayer was of Worsall, York-
shire, in the time of Henry VHI, 1509-1547;
Francis Sayer, of Marriet Park North Riding,
was one of the Yorkshire Roman Catholics
who lost his estate in 1505. In Hertfordshire,
at early date, the name is said to have been
Sears. The American Sawyers, "according to
the best traditions," were originally from Lin-
colnshire, England, though the town or the ex-
act locality is not mentioned.

(I) William .Sawyer, immigrant ancestor,
came from Lincolnshire, England (with his
brothers Thomas and Edward) in 1636. He
was on record in Salem, Massachusetts, 1640;
went for a short time to Wenham and thence
to Newbury, 1643. His birth date was about
1613, as he called himself sixty-five years of
age when he took the oath of allegiance in
1678. He was one of the founders of the Bap-
tist church at Newbury in 1682. He died
there 1702-03. administration on his estate be-

ing granted to his widow, Ruth. .March i,
1703. There still remains in the burying-
ground at Newbury, various tall slate grave-
stones inscribed with birth-dates that antedate
that of the arrival of the emigrants and indi-
cate that these burials were of the family of
William of Newbury. The children of Wil-
liam and Ruth were : John, born .Vugust 24,
1645; Samuel, November 22, 1646; Ruth, Sep-
tember 13, 1648, married, .August 27, 1667,
Benjamin Morse; Mary, February 7, 1650,
died June 24, 1659; Sarah, November 20,
1651, married, January 15, 1669, Joshua
Browne; Hannah, February 23, 1654, died
January 25, 1660; William, February i, 1656;
I'rances, March 24. 1658, died February 7,
1660; .Mary, July 29. 1660, married, June 12,
1683, John Emery; she died November 3,
1699; Stephen, April 25, 1663; Hannah, Jan-
uary II, 1665, died August 28, 1683; Frances,
November 3, 1670.

(II) Samuel, second son of William and
Ruth Sawyer, was born in Newbury, Massa-
chusetts, November 22, 1646. He married,
March 13, 1670-71, JMary, daughter of John
and Mary (Webster) Emery, of Newbury,
born June 24, 1652. He was made freeman
May 12, 1675, and was known as "Lieuten-
ant." He died in Newbury, February 11, 1718.
Children were : Mary, born January 20,
1672; Samuel, June 5, 1674, married ^lartha
Moores; John, March 15, 1676; Hannah, Jan-
uary 12, 1679; Josiah, January 20, 1681 : John,
February 23, 1683, married Mary ]\Icrrill;
Joshua, February 23, 1683 ; Benjamin, Octo-
ber 27, 1686, married Elizabeth ; and

two others who died young.

(III) Josiah, third son of Liea t Sam-
uel and Mary (Emery) Sawyer, Wc.:! born in
Newbury, January 20, 1681, and died .April 4,
1756. He married, January 22, 1708. Tirzah,
daughter of Thomas and Tirzah (Titcomb)
Bartlett, of Newbury. She died September 2,
1739. Their children were : Josiah, born
1709; Moses (Dr.), February 21, 171 1,
died August 25, 1778; Tirzah, November 7,
1715, died 1782, married David Ring; Israel,
C)ctober 9, 1717, died .August 2, 1739; Gideon,
December 15, 1719, died December 26, i8i6;
Hannah, died August 16, 1739; James, May
12, 1722. died September 27, 1723.

(IV) Josiah (2), eldest son of Josiah (i)
and Tirzah (Bartlett) Sawyer, was born in
Newbury, -April 12, 1709. He married, about
1735, Mary, daughter of Deacon John Ord-
way, born November 2, 1714, died March 2,
1796. He died June 10, 1792. He was a far-
mer and resided in Newbury until 1746, when

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he purchased a farm at Southainplon, New
Hampshire, and removed there with his family
in April of the same year. Children were :
Josiah; Israel; Miriam, died September 4,
1780, unmarried; John; Hannah, born 174O,
died September 24, 1770, unmarried; Richard;
Matthias; Moses; Tirzah, 1758, died Septem-
ber 2, 1832, unmarried; Molly, 1764, died Sep-
tember 21, 1789, unmarried.

(V) Richard, fourth son of Josiah (2) and
Mary (Ordway) Sawyer, was born in South-
ampton, New Hampshire, March 31, 1748,
and died June 22, 1818. He married Eliza-
beth Clark. He was a farmer and lived at
Corinth, Vermont. Children : Hannah, born
October 21, 1774; Richard, December 14,
1776; Plant, April 19, 1779; Betsy, September
I, 1782; Sally, November 17, 1785; Abigail,
August 15, 1789.

(VI) Plant, second son of Richard and
Elizabeth (Clark) Sawyer, was born in
South Hampton, New Hampshire, April 19,
1779. He married Ruth, daughter of Obadiah
and Mehitable Eastman, of Coventry (Ben-
ton), New Hampshire, born July 26, 1785. He
was a farmer, "died of dropsy, February 28,
1840." Their children were: Ira, born No-
vember 6, 1808, died November 26, 1823 ; Ro-
silla, August 25, 1810, married Horace Rich-
ardson, of Corinth, Vermont ; Otis, February
17, 1813; Alvira, March 31, 1815, died March
7, 1817; Dana, August 14, 1817; Alvira, Sep-
tember 13, 1819; Emeline, January 9, 1822,
married Hilas Dickey, of Manchester, New
Hampshire; Lucinda, September 14, 1826,
married Amos P. Collins ; Moreau, June 14,
1829, unmarried, resided in Missouri. The
father of Plant's wife, Obadiah Eastman, was
a leading man in the public affairs of the town
of Coventry (Benton) ; was the moderator of
the first town meeting; appointed first justice
of the peace, 1789. He rendered good service
in the revolutionary war, and his marble mon-
ument erected in the High Street cemetery has
been marked by the Sons of the Revolution
with the insignia of the Society.

( \^II ) Dana, third son of Plant and Ruth
(Eastman) Sawyer, was born August 14,
1817, and married Sally C. Sanborn, of Cov-
entry, who was born February, 1818. They
had two children : Emma V. and Henry T.,
and probably others, but the record is not ex-
tended and the father, Dana Sawyer, probably
removed from New Hampshire to Maine.

(VIII) Ira Cole Sawyer, M. D., was born
in Hiram, Oxford county, Maine, March 2,
1840. His childhood days were spent on the

farm of his father, and he received his early
education in the academies of Limington and
Parsonsfield. He was but sixteen years of age
when death bereft him of his father's care, and
he was practically thrown upon his own re-
sources. He was a lad of great force of char-
acter, and having determined to make the med-
ical profession his life work, he taught school
in various places for a period of four years in
order to obtain the necessary means to pursue
his course of studies. By dint of great econ-
omy, he ultimately succeeded in his ambition.
He was eighteen years of age and teaching
school at the time when he commenced his
professional studies under the preceptorship of
Dr. Moses Sweat, of Parsonsfield, a most able
physician. With him he studied for four
years, and in November, 1863, was graduated
from the medical department of Dartmouth
College. He immediately established himself
at Naples, Maine, where he was engaged in
successful practice for many years. IDuring
the early part of this period of time, he took
a special course of study at Bellevue Medical
College, New York City. He removed to
Springvale in 1884, and built up an excellent
practice in that town. He was a close and
painstaking student, working hard to qualify
himself for his profession, and as a physician
and surgeon ranked among the foremost in the
country. Pie was also greatly esteemed per-
sonally. His political affiliations were with the
Democratic party, and he was an attendant at
the Congregational church. He was a member
of Oriental Lodge, Free and Accepted Ma-
sons, of Bridgton, Maine. His death occurred
April 12, 1906. He married (first) Ellen
Edes; (second), 1878, Georgiana Page, born
in Windham, Maine, daughter of Warren and
Mary Caroline (Hormon) Page, and grand-
daughter of Samuel Page. Dr. and Mrs. Saw-
ver had children: Florence Alildred, born
July 3, 1879, died February 21, 1896; Claude
B., born August 13, 1886, married, November
28, 1907, Ada Durgin, of Sanford, Maine.
Warren Page, father of Mrs. Sawyer, was
born in Windham, April 7, 1824, and died
October, 1903. He was educated in the com-
mon schools of his district, was a farmer in
Harrison and Naples, and also operated a mill
in Windham. In politics he was a Democrat.
His children were: Howard and Georgiana.
Georgiana (Page) Sawyer was educated in the
schools of Harrison, Maine. She is a woman
of great ability and noble aspirations, and is
prominent in all charitable undertakings in the



Benjamin Xve, son of Thomas Nye,
NVE was born .\iay 4, 1620, at liidlen-

(len, county Kent. England. He
came in the ship ••Abigail" to Lynn, Mas-
sachusetts, in 1635 and settled in 1637 in
Sandwich. He was on the list of those
able to bear arms in 1643. He took the
oath of fidelity in 1657, and held many impor-
tant positions in public affairs; was supervisor
of highways 1655 ; on the grand jury 1658 and
at other times: constable 1C61 and 1673; col-
lector of taxes 1674. The town voted August
8, 1675, to give permission to Benjamin Nye
to build a fulling mill on Spring Hill river. It
is said that the ruins of the old saw mill at
Little Pond are still extant, at Spring Hill,
just west of East Sandwich. He married, in
Sandwich, October 19, 1640, Katherine,
daughter of Rev. Thomas Tuppcr. who came
over on the same ship. Children : i . Mary,
married 1, 1670, Jacob Burgess. 2. John,
mentioned below. 3. Ebenezer. 4. Jonathan,
born November 29, 1649. 5- Mercy, born
April 4. 1652; married Matthias Ellis. 6.
Caleb. 7. Nathan. 8. Benjamin, killed by In-
dians at battle of Rehoboth. in King Philip's
war, March 26. 1676.

(II) John, son of Benjamin Nye, was born
in Sandwich. In 1678 he took the oath of fidel-
ity. With his brother Ebenezer he bought a
hundred acres of land in Falmouth, and in
1689 they were granted two hundred acres
more. He resided in Sandwich, and in 1695
served on the school committee. He married
Esther Shedd, and died in 1722. His will was
dated July 19. 1720, and proved November 2"],
1722. He bequeathed his Falmouth property
to his son Benjamin, who lived there. Chil-
dren: I. Benjamin, born November 24, 1673.
2. John, November 22, 1675. 3. Abigail, April
18, 1678; married September 26, 1695, Edward
Dillingham. 4. Experience, December 16,
1682 ; married June 23, 1718, Josiah Swift. 5.
Hannah. January 19, 1685 ; married, October
31, 1723, Isaac Jennings. 6. Ebenezer, Sep-
tember 23, 1687. 7. Peleg, November 12,
1689. 8. Nathan, mentioned below. 9. Joseph,
1694. 10. Cornelius, 1697.

(HI) Nathan, son of John Nye, was born in
Sandwich, and died there November 27, 1747.
His will was dated November 14, 1747, and
proved January 20, 1748. lie was a cord-
wainer by trade, and his will shows him to
have been a man of property. Pie married,
April 12, 1715. Dorothy Bryant. Children: I.
Rebecca, born November 26, 1715; married
July 15, 1739. Solomon Foster, of Sandwich.
2. Mary, born .'\pril 26, 1718; married

Bourne. 3. Stephen, born June 6, 1720; men-
tioned below. 4. Nathan, born October 13,
1722. 5. Deborali, born (October 5, 1726; mar-
ried, June 29, 1748, John Freeman Jr.; died
January 29, 1770. 6. William, born Septem-
ber I, 1733.

(I\') Stephen, son of Nathan Nye, was
born in Sandwich, June 6, 1720, and died July
6, 1810. He was very prominent in town
affairs, and served as deputy to the general
court eighteen years. He was a member of the
committee of safety, and a delegate to the first
and third provincial congresses of Massachu-
setts. He married, June 7, 1744, Maria
Bourne, who died August 29, 1814, aged
eighty-four years. Children: i. Elisha, born
April 2"/, 1745; mentioned below. 2. John,
December 26, 1746. 3. Nathan, February 20,
1749. 4. Hannah, May 10, 1751 ; married

Tobey. 5. Stephen, April 30, 1753.

6. Susanna, July 27. 1755. 7. Abigail, July
27, 1755 (twin) ; married Motto Bryant. 8.
Jonathan, November 27, 1757. 9. William,
July 24, 1760. 10. Zenas, March 31, 1763. 11.
Rebecca, January 24, 1766; married Paul Gif-
ford. 12. Christina, April, 1768. 13. Sabra,
married George Ellis, of Sandwich.

(\') Captain Elisha, son of Stephen Nye,
was born in Sandwich, April 27, 1745, and
died May 12, 1843. He served in the revolu-
tion, lieutenant in Captain John Grannis's
company, stationed at Elizabeth Island ; en-
listed July I, 1775, service to December 31,
1775; also captain, on list of seacoast officers
stationed at Elizabeth Island and Martha's
Vineyard, commissioned January i, 1776; also
captain, entered service January 4, 1776, to
February 2, 1776, stationed at Elizabeth Is-
land for defence of seacoast ; also in same
company from April 5 to November 21, 1776,
at the same place; also captain of a company
stationed at Naushon, December 16, 1776; also
chosen captain of a company stationed at

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