Reuben Walker Sawyer

7 June 1830–7 November 1904 (Age 74)
Northfield, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States

The Life of Reuben Walker

When Reuben Walker Sawyer was born on 7 June 1830, in Northfield, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States, his father, Reuben Sawyer, was 38 and his mother, Elizabeth Chesley, was 26. He married Mary Jane Fox on 4 July 1854. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States in 1880 and Sherman, Grayson, Texas, United States in 1900. He died on 7 November 1904, in Missoula, Montana, United States, at the age of 74.

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Reuben Walker Sawyer
Mary Jane Fox
Marriage: 4 July 1854
Florence Lillian Sawyer
W. Frank Sawyer
Fred Sawyer
Harry B. Sawyer
Reuben Herbert Sawyer
James W. Sawyer
Charles Edward Sawyer
George Glen Sawyer

Spouse and Children

4 July 1854


    Florence Lillian Sawyer


    W. Frank Sawyer


    Fred Sawyer




+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Reuben Sawyer


    Elizabeth Chesley




World Events (8)

1831 · Dedication of Jackson County

Age 1

In August 1831, Latter-day Saint Sidney Rigdon dedicated Jackson County, Missouri, for the gathering place of Zion.
1833 · First Public Library Founded in Petersborough

Age 3

In 1833, the oldest tax-supported public library in the world was established by Reverend Abiel Abbot. 
1850 · Compromise of 1850

Age 20

The United States Congress passed a package of five separate bills in an attempt to decrease tensions between the slave states and free states. The compromise itself was received gratefully, but both sides disapproved of certain components contained in the laws. Texas was impacted in several ways; mainly, the state surrendered its claim to New Mexico (and other claims north of 36°30′) but retained the Texas Panhandle. The federal government also took over the public debt for Texas.

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 .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Reuben W Sawyer, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Reuben W Sawyer, "United States Census, 1870"
  • R W Sawyer, "United States Census, 1880"

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