Edmond Sayward

b.parents ukn

CHILDREN included:

  1. John Sayward bapt.March 25, 1572

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John Sayward

chr.March 25, 1572 Margaret Roding, Essex, England
m.bef.1627; Anne or Anna ______

CHILDREN included:

  1. Edmond Sayward d.bef.Nov. 1646
  2. Henry Sayward b.1627

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Henry Sayward

b.1617/1627 Farnham, Essex, England, s/o John and Anna Sayward
d.1679 York, ME
m.1654 Salisbury, MA Mary Peaslee (Peasley)
b.1629/1633 Haverhill, MA; d/o Joseph and Mary Peasley
d.Dec. 22, 1689 Gloucester, MA

CHILDREN included:

  1. Joseph Sayward b.Nov. 16, 1655
  2. Sarah Sayward b.bef.1651/1657 d.bef.1694 Haverhill, Mass.
  3. Hannah Sayward b.1663/1665 York, ME d.May 9, 1751 York, ME m.May 13, 1685 Abraham Preble Jr.
  4. John Sayward b.1657/59 Portsmouth, NH d.1689 York, ME
  5. Jonathan Sayward b.bef.1659/1666
  6. James Sayward b.1667/69 Portsmouth, NH d.Feb. 13, 1736/37
  7. Mary Sayward b.1661 Portsmouth, NH m.(1)July 1676 Robert Young m.(2) Mr. [Richard?]Bray

NOTES: From Ancient North Yarmouth and Yarmouth, Maine 1636-1936 A History by Rowe--page 317:...Speculators soon saw the value of this timber and as early as 1674, Henry Sayward of York and Colonel Bartholomew Godney of Salem joined as equal partners to erect a sawmill with two saws, and install stones for grinding at Pumgustud, or the Lower Falls. This mill was begun in October of that year on the east bank of the river about seventy-five feet below the present dam and the saws put in place but the corn-mill was not completed before the settlement was broken up and the mill burned by the Indians in 1675.

Page 38: ...The mill built by Henry Sayward six years before on Pumgustuk Falls...through the terms of the mortgage by which it was covered the property reverted to Colonel Gedney. Gedney now sold it to Walter Gendall for one hundred and fifty pounds, sterling, and took another mortgage on it for one hundred and ten pounds.

Page 18/19: John Cousins...lived with Mary Saywood to whom he later deeded his real estate in Casco Bay....

Page 22: ...On October 12, 1674 Stevens sold this broad tract to Henry Saywood of York and Bartholomew Gedney of Salem. Saywood was a respected citizen of York and Wells and had done much to develop the lumber business in that region...[following this is a detailed story of the mill, and Saywood sending an unheeded letter of warning about the Indians, etc.]

FROM History of York, by Banks: page 226--HENRY SAYWARD One of the Picturesques and aggressive characters who settled in York in this decade was Henry Sayward, who came here in 1656 and for nearly a quarter of a century dominated the milling industry here. According to his own story he came to New England in 1637 (Mass. Arch. lix, 114), apparently as a boy of ten years, for he deposed in 1671, aged about forty-four years, which carried his birth to 1627 (N>H> Court Files i, 509). He was, without doubt, son of John and Anne ( ) Saward, yeoman, of Farnham, co. Essex, and it is further probable that this John was the son of Edmond, and baptized at Margaret Roding, Essex, March 25, 1572, a parish ten miles distant. The will of John of Farnham, dated November 24, 1646, names his son Henry and his grandson Samuel, son of his deceased son Edmond (Commissory of London, Essex and Herts, unregistered will-No. 35). This corresponds exactly to the known family record in New England. Farnham is only six miles from Hatfield Broad Oak, the home of Abraham Morrill, his partner in the milling business. he appeared first of record in the town of Salisbury, where on January 25, 1641-2, Abraham Morrill and Henry Sayward were granted sixty acres, near the falls, in what is now Amesbury, providing they would set up a mill to grind corn before the following October. (Hoyt, Salisbury i, 251n). As far as known this condition was not fulfilled, and on July 8, 1642 he was granted land for a home lot, and another on September 8, 1642 in Hampton as a site for a corn mill (Dow, Hampton 531). These facts seem inconsistent with the age of Sayward, at that time only fifteen years old, and so incapable of entering into a contract. he must have been at least ten years older than stated in the about quoted deposition and 1617 was probably the date of birth. [Note: The original record of this deposition reads "Fourety ffouer" which would be easily misread for "Fivety." Sayward was indebted to Morrill in 1662 (Esses Prob. Rec. i, 400)

In 1650 he sold his Hampton Property and removed to Sagamore Creek, Portsmouth, where he lived with a John Davis, perhaps the one who came here in 1652, and owned a lot on Gorges Neck, near the mills. He sold out all his Portsmouth holding May 29, 1655 (NH Deeds ii, 51a), and probably came at once to York. he was granted a lot of twelve acres on the southeast side of Gorges creek in 1658 and three hundred acres of timber land on the west side of the river in 1667 (T.R. i 26, 34), besides burying several smaller lots and timber rights (Deeds i, 102; ii, 162, 165). In 1665 he contracted to build the new (second) meetinghouse, and after completing it in 1667, his entire milling plant was destroyed by fire in 1669, and suffered a severe financial loss of about a thousand pounds. He sent this petition to the General Court October 15, 1669 for relief;...(Mass. arch. lxix, 114)...

The Court granted him liberty "for the Cuttinge of Tymber" as requested. He did not rebuild here, but tired his fortune in Wells at Capt Porpus, on the Mousam River at the solicitation of the people there. In 1674 he extended his operations to Royall's River in North Yarmouth, in partnership with Bartholomew Gedney of Salem (Ibid. ii, 430).

His new projects led him into a veritable maze of mortgages with, combined with a lack of working capital, started his financial downfall, and the outbreak of King Philip's War completed the wreck of his enterprises. He died early in 1679 deeply in debt, and a contest followed between the widow and the mortgagees, and in 1680 she was appointed administratrix of his estate and tried to manage the property for herself and the children. He died intestate and two inventories of his property were taken by his neighbors, as follows;...L42-07-10....L314-10-0...

FROM Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620-1700, by Holmes: EDMUND, at Ipswich, Mass., 1635.
HENRY at Hampton, NH, 1646, removed Portsmouth, NH, 1650, afterwards York, Maine, 1664.
RICHARD, resident of NH, 1662.

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