Ellen Johnson Sawyer

about 1830–19 February 1885 (Age 55)
Indiana, United States

The Life of Ellen Johnson

When Ellen Johnson Sawyer was born about 1830, in Indiana, United States, her father, Franklin Fayette Sawyer, was 35 and her mother, Mary B Means, was 34. She married Benjamin Franklin Luce on 17 July 1856. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Texas, United States in 1870 and San Gabriel, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1880. She died on 19 February 1885, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 55.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin Franklin Luce
Ellen Johnson Sawyer
Marriage: 17 July 1856
Franklin Sawyer Luce
Marshall Lamar Luce
Cora B Luce
Claude C. Luce

Spouse and Children

17 July 1856
Petersburg, IN


    Franklin Sawyer Luce


    Marshall Lamar Luce



    Claude C. Luce


Parents and Siblings

    Franklin Fayette Sawyer


    Mary B Means




World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 0

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 6

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.
1846 · Mexican-American War

Age 16

Known in the United States as the Mexican War. President Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna did not officially acknowledge the secession of Texas, and interpreted the US involvement with Texas as an invasion of borders. Mexican forces attacked American forces in an event called the Thornton Affair, prompting President James K. Polk to send a request for war to Congress. The war ended when the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed on February 2, 1848, which required the Mexican Cession of the northern territories and acceptance of the Rio Grande as the southern border of the United States. At the same time, the U.S. committed to pay Mexico $15 million for war damages and assumed roughly $3.25 million of their existing debt.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name for someone who earned his living by sawing wood, Middle English saghier, an agent derivative of sagh(en) ‘to saw’.2 Americanized form of some like-sounding Jewish surname or a translation of Seger .

LOAD TEST -- Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • E J Luce in household of B T Luce, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Ellen J Luce in household of Benjamin F Luce, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Sawyer in entry for Cora Belle Luce, "California Death Index, 1940-1997"

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