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Walter SAWYERS (1753-1800)

and Ann WRIGHT (1758-?)


Walter Sawyers and Ann Wright were my 5x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married on 27 October 1781 at the parish church of St. Mary and St. Peter in Wilmington, Sussex.  William was a bachelor of Arlington, Sussex and Ann a spinster of Wilmington.  They both made their X marks.  The witnesses were William Howell and John Overing.  (I have no further details about the witnesses.)

Walter Sawyers was baptised on 18 November 1753 in Maresfield, Sussex.  He was the son of 5 150 Walter Sawyers (1726-1780) and 5 150 Mary Thorpe (1734-?).  He may  have been buried on 6 April 1800 in Newick, but there were no details recorded in the burial register to help confirm which Walter was buried.

Ann Wright was baptised on 14 May 1758 in Wilmington, Sussex.  She was the daughter of 5 171 Daniel Wright (c1725-?) and 5 171 Mary Hussell (1724-?).  Her name was recorded as Ann against the baptisms of the couple's first 2 children, and then as Mary against all 7 children baptised in Newick.  I have not found a burial for Ann between 1783 and 1785, nor have I found another marriage for Walter.  I am inclined to think that Ann and Mary were one and the same, but still it is odd that 7 children should have their mother's name recorded as Mary. 


Walter Sawyers and Ann Wright had 9 known children:

  1. Walter Sawyers was baptised on 23 September 1781 in Arlington, Sussex.  He died aged 76 years and was buried on 2 January 1859 in Newick, Sussex.  He was in the Royal Artillery from 1800 to 1823 when he was discharged at the age of 41 (ref.2).

    Walter married Elizabeth Ferguson on 25 August 1807 at St. Andrew, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland.  A witness to the marriage was John Crow.

    In 1851 Walter was aged 68, described as a pensioner of the Royal Artillery and living in Newick village with wife Elizabeth aged 62, born in Sunderland, Durham, and his widowed sister-in-law Mary Ann Sawyers aged 72.

    Elizabeth was baptised on 25 June 1789 in Sunderland and was the daughter of Peter Ferguson and Mary Marley.

    Walter and Elizabeth had 4 known sons:

    1. Thomas Sawyers was born on 12 January 1807 (ref.1) and baptised on 5 June 1808 in Newcastle, Northumberland.  He was a soda water manufacturer in Brighton (ref.2).

      Thomas married twice, firstly to Catherine Moore (ref.1).

      Catherine was born about 1807 and died between 1841-1847 (ref.1).

      Thomas next married Mary Ann Moore (ref.1) cousin of Catherine (ref.2) on 1 October 1847 at St. Nicholas, Brighton (ref.2).  The witnesses to their marriage were Caroline Shelley and Sarah Pearce (ref.2).

      Mary Ann was baptised on 9 February 1823 in Littlehampton (ref.1).  At the time of her marriage in 1847 her father was a 'captain of a cruising vessel' and she was living in Ship Street (ref.2).

    2. John Sawyers was born on 30 January 1809 (ref.1) and baptised on 18 June 1809 in Newcastle.  John married Martha (ref.1).

    3. Daniel Sawyers was born on 6 November 1810 in Newcastle upon Tyne (ref.1).  He was baptised on 14 April 1811 at St. Andrews in Newcastle upon Tyne (ref.1).

      Daniel married Sarah Barham on 16 April 1855 in Brighton, Sussex (ref.1).

      Sarah was born about 1824 in Brighton and died in 1893 in Newtown, Sydney, Australia (ref.1).  She may have been the daughter of Arthur Barham and Susanna Sherley (who married on 7 April 1811 in Brighton) or Thomas Barham and Jane.  Both couples had children baptised in Brighton between 1816 and 1820.  When the 1851 census was recorded Sarah was an unmarried 27 year old house servant living in the home of 73 year old widow Ann Roberts at 21 Lansdowne Place in Brighton.

      Daniel and Sarah had 2 known children:

      1. Amy S. Sawyers was born in 1856 in Newtown, Sydney and died in Sydney in 1922 (ref.1).

      2. Alfred Daniel Sawyers was born in 1859 in Sydney (ref.1).  He married Fanny Hayter in 1884 in Sydney (ref.1).

    4. Walter Sawyers was baptised on 7 January 1816 in Woolwich, London.

  2. William Sawyers, my 4x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 23 February 1783 in Maresfield.  He married 5 95 Mary Ann Pearce in 1805.  (They have their own page.)

  3. Mary Sawyers was baptised on 12 March 1785 in Newick.

  4. Alexander Sawyers was baptised on 25 February 1787 in Newick.  (As mention above, his mother's name was recorded as Mary, although I believe his mother was Ann.  Ann had a brother named Alexander.)

  5. John Sawyers was baptised on 26 April 1788 in Newick.  Might he have married Catherine Cage Fielder on 20 November 1815 in Canterbury, Kent?  If so then they had the following children:

    1. Catherine Cage Sawyer was born 1816 in Tenterden, Kent.

    2. Annetta Sawyer was born 1818 in Tenterden.

    3. John Sawyer was born 1819 in Tenterden.

    4. Elizabeth Taylor Sawyer was baptised on 26 July 1820 at St. Nicholas in Brighton, Sussex.

    5. Rebecca Sawyer was baptised on 15 March 1826 at All Saints in Hastings, Sussex.  Strangely, the IGI also records that she was also baptised in Houghton-le-Spring in County Durham on 15 March 1826!

    6. Lewis Cage Sawyer was born 1829 in Tenterden.  He married twice, firstly to Mary Ann Byrnes on 11 September 1850 at St. Martin in the Fields in Westminster, London.  They had the following children:

      1. John Alexander Sawyer was born 1851 in London.  (Note, he may have had an Uncle Alexander.)  He married Elizabeth Robson on 1 September 1876 in Bishopwearmouth, Durham.  When the 1881 census was recorded the couple and their 3 children were living at 7 Hopper Street in Bishophwearmouth and John was a Cartman.

      2. Lewis Cage Sawyer was born 1853 in London.  When the 1881 census was recorded he along with his wife Sarah and 3 daughters were living at 4 Back Coronation Street in Bishopwearmouth, and Lewis was a Cabman.

      3. Louisa Mary Ann Charlotte Sawyer was born 1856 in London.

      Lewis then married Isabella Simpson Crow in 1869 in Sunderland, and they had the following children:

      1. Stephen Sawyer was born 1870 in Sunderland.

      2. Charles C Simpson Sawyer was born 1871 in Sunderland.

      When the 1881 census was recorded Lewis, Isabella and Charles were living at 17 Ropery Walk, Bishopwearmouth and he was then a Dyer.

    7. Ellen Coake Sawyer was baptised on 24 April 1835 at St. Clements in Hastings.

    8. Emily Sawyer was baptised on 2 June 1837 at St. Clements in Hastings.

    The John married to Catherine was a Butcher and later a Licensed Victualler.

  6. Thomas Sawyers was baptised on 1 August 1790 in Newick.  He may have been buried on 18 September 1796 in Newick, but the burial register just records the name and no details.  Or, might he have married Margaret Crow on 14 December 1812 at St. Andrew in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland?  Is it possible that Thomas and his elder brother had joined the Army?  Thomas and Margaret had the following daughter:

    1. Elizabeth Sawyer was baptised on 18 November 1813 at St. Andrews in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

    Might Margaret have been born on 3 October and baptised on 28 December 1791 at the Independent Chapel in Highfield by Huddersfield in Yorkshire, the daughter of Joseph Crow and Elizabeth Ward, who also had a son John Crow baptised on 9 November 1784, who may have been the witness to the 1807 marriage of Walter (see above)?

  7. Daniel Sawyers was baptised on 4 March 1792 in Newick.

  8. Elizabeth Sawyers was baptised on 23 July 1797 in Newick.

  9. Hannah Sawyers was baptised on 23 November 1800 in Newick.


Many thanks to Lorna for additions to this page.  She let me know of the possible Crow connection.

Also, thanks to Merrilyn Reece (ref.1 above)

and Val Sawyer (ref.2 above)


This page was updated on 7 April 2012