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Sawyer, John D
Gray, Cumberland, Maine, USA - Gray Depot, Me.
Gray, Cumberland, Maine, USA
Gray Depot, Me.
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Gray, Cumberland, Maine, USA - Elm House (1907)
Gray, Cumberland, Maine, USA
Elm House (1907)
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Gray, Cumberland, Maine, USA - Ruin caused by Tornado, July 8, 1909, No. Gray, Maine.
Gray, Cumberland, Maine, USA
Ruin caused by Tornado, July 8, 1909, No. Gray, Maine.
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Gray, Cumberland, Maine, USA - Post Office
Gray, Cumberland, Maine, USA
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John D Sawyer

  (01 Jun 1838Gray, Cumberland, Maine, USA  - 19 Dec 1917Gray, Cumberland, Maine, USA )  

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01 Jun 1838
Gray, Cumberland, Maine, USA

USA1840 to 1860s - French-Canadian emigration to the United States
The large number of French-Canadians who crossed the border in the nineteenth century, particularly to the New England states, made their choice to seek a better life. These were predominantly young adults, some with families and others who were sing...Read MORE...

USA1842 - August 9 – The Webster–Ashburton Treaty is signed, establishing the United States–Canada border east of the Rocky Mountains.
Webster–Ashburton Treaty, (1842), treaty between the U.S. and Great Britain establishing the northeastern boundary of the U.S. and providing for Anglo–U.S. cooperation in the suppression of the slave trade. The treaty established the present boundar...Read MORE...

USA1844 - May 24 – The first electrical telegram is sent over the telegraph by Samuel F. B. Morse from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to the B&O Railroad "outer depot" in Baltimore, Maryland, saying "What hath God wrought".
Taken from the Bible, Numbers 23:23, and recorded on a paper tape, the phrase had been suggested to Morse by Annie Ellsworth, the young daughter of a friend. The success of the experiment would change forever the national communication system. - May 24, 1844

USA1846 - April 25 – Mexican–American War: Open conflict begins over border disputes of Texas' boundaries.
The war, stemming from the United States’ annexation of Texas in 1845 and from a dispute over whether Texas ended at the Nueces River (Mexican claim) or the Rio Grande (U.S. claim), resulted in the United States’ acquisition of more than 500,000 squa...Read MORE...

USA1848 - January 24 – California Gold Rush: James W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter's Mill, in Coloma, California.
Many people in California figured gold was there, but it was James W. Marshall on January 24, 1848, who saw something shiny in Sutter Creek near Coloma, California. He had discovered gold unexpectedly while overseeing construction of a sawmill on the...Read MORE...

USA1848 - February 2 - Mexican–American War formally ends with signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ceding virtually all of what becomes the Southwestern United States to the U.S.

Click here to go to - February 2, 1848

USA1851 - June 5 - Uncle Tom's Cabin Appeared in Serial Form
This influential book is often included in lists of "causes of the Civil War" (1861-65). Harriet Beecher Stowe's story first appeared on June 5, 1851, in serial form, a chapter at a time, in a weekly publication called the National Era. It went on to...Read MORE...

USA1854 - July - Republican Party formed for abolition of slavery.
It began in a little schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin, in 1854. A small group of dedicated abolitionists gathered to fight the expansion of slavery, and they gave birth to a Party dedicated to freedom and equal opportunity.

The name “Republican” wa...

USA1859 - October 16 – John Brown raids the Harpers Ferry Armory in Harper's Ferry, Virginia, in an unsuccessful bid to spark a general slave rebellion.
Late on the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown and 21 armed followers stole into the town of Harpers Ferry, Virginia, as most of its residents slept. They took 60 prominent locals hostage and seized the town's United States arsenal and its rifle w...Read MORE...

USA1861 - Start of U.S. Civil War - April 12, 1861 - Confederate forces fire upon Fort Sumter.
The shelling of the fort was the culmination of a simmering conflict in which a small garrison of Union troops in South Carolina found themselves isolated when the state seceded from the Union.

The shelling of Fort Sumter lasted less than two days...Read MORE...

USA1861 - November 6 - Jefferson Davis Elected President of the Confederate States of America
On November 6, 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederate States of America. He ran unopposed and was elected to serve for a six-year term. Davis had already been serving as the temporary president for almost a year. - November 6, 1861

USA1863 - October 3 – President Lincoln proclaims a national Thanksgiving day to be celebrated the final Thursday in November in the United States
By the President of the United States,

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3. The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are ...Read MORE...

USA1863 - January 1 - Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves
President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and hencefo...Read MORE...

USA1865 - April 14 - Assassination of Abraham Lincoln:
Shortly after 10 p.m. on April 14, 1865, actor John Wilkes Booth entered the presidential box at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C., and fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln. As Lincoln slumped forward in his seat, Booth leapt onto the stage and esc...Read MORE...

USA1865 - April 9 - Robert E. Lee surrenders to Ulysees S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.
Harried mercilessly by Federal troops and continually cut off from turning south, Lee headed west, eventually arriving in Appomattox County on April 8. Heading for the South Side Railroad at Appomattox Station, where food supplies awaited, the Confe...Read MORE...

USA1867 - March 30 – Alaska is purchased for $7.2 million from Alexander II of Russia, about 2 cent/acre ($4.19/km²), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward. The news media call this "Seward's Folly"
U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward signs a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska for $7 million. Despite the bargain price of roughly two cents an acre, the Alaskan purchase was ridiculed in Congress and in the press as "Seward's folly...Read MORE...

Gray, Cumberland, Maine Click here to go to source1870 U.S. Census

Name: John D Sawyer
Birth Year (Estimated): 1839
Gender: Male
Age (Original): 31y
Race: White
Birthplace: Maine
Event Place: Maine, United States
Household Gender Age Birthplace
John D Sawyer M 31y Maine
Clara A Sawyer F 24y Maine
Mary H Sawyer F 3y Maine
Horace A Sawyer M 7m Maine
Mary Sawyer F 70y Maine

Added: 10/28/2013 8:15:08 AM - 1  Updated: 10/28/2013 8:15:21 AM - 1

Gray, Cumberland, Maine Click here to go to source1880 U.S. Census

Name: John D. Sawyer
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1880
Event Place: Gray, Cumberland, Maine, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 42
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Farmer
Race (Original): W
Ethnicity: American
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Birthplace: Maine, United States
Birth Date: 1838
Spouse's Name: Clara A. Sawyer
Spouse's Birthplace: Maine, United States
Father's Name:
Father's Birthplace: Maine, United States
Mother's Name:
Mother's Birthplace: Maine, United States
Page: 332
Page Letter: C
Entry Number: 268
Affiliate Film Number: T9-0478
GS Film number: 1254478
Digital Folder Number: 004241563
Image Number: 00055
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Self John D. Sawyer M 42 Maine, United States
Wife Clara A. Sawyer F 35 Maine, United States
Daughter Mary H. Sawyer F 15 Maine, United States
Daughter Mary Sawyer F 11 Maine, United States
Daughter Cora A. Sawyer F 9 Maine, United States
Son Samuel Sawyer M 5 Maine, United States
Son Reuben Sawyer M 3 Maine, United States
Daughter Susie Sawyer F Maine, United States
Sister Lucy C. Hall F 55 Maine, United States

Added: 10/28/2013 8:13:13 AM - 1  Updated: 10/28/2013 8:13:26 AM - 1

USA1883 - November 18 – U.S. and Canadian railroads institute 5 standard continental time zones, ending the confusion of thousands of local times.

Exactly at noon on Sunday, as has been announced, the new system of uniform time will be put into effect by the leading railroad companies; and, instead of fifty different standards, there will be four corresponding to the four meridi...Read MORE...

USA1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.
The formal reception of Bartholdi's great statue of "Liberty Enlightening the World" took place at yesterday at New York with impressive ceremonies. The city was decorated wand the harbor was gay with bunting. The statue, on board the French steamer ...Read MORE...

USA1898 - April 25 – Spanish-American War: The United States declares war on Spain; the U.S. Congress announces that a state of war has existed since April 21 (later backdating this one more day to April 20).
...On April 11, 1898, President William McKinley asked Congress for authorization to end the fighting in Cuba between the rebels and Spanish forces, and to establish a “stable government” that would “maintain order” and ensure the “peace and tranquil...Read MORE...

USA1898 - December 10 – The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Spanish-American War.
On December 10, the Treaty of Paris officially ended the Spanish-American War. The once-proud Spanish empire was virtually dissolved as the United States took over much of Spain's overseas holdings. Puerto Rico and Guam were ceded to the United State...Read MORE...

USA1900 - March 15 – The Gold Standard Act is ratified, placing the United States currency on the gold standard.
The Gold Standard Act a Law.
Washington, March 15. - The gold standard act passed by congress, defining and fixing the standard of value, maintaining the parity of all forms of money issued or coined by the United States, and refunding the public de...Read MORE...

Gray, Cumberland, Maine Click here to go to source1900 U.S. Census

Name: John D Sawyer
Titles and Terms:
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1900
Event Place: ED 45 Gray town, Cumberland, Maine, United States
Birth Date: May 1839
Birthplace: Maine
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Father's Birthplace: Maine
Mother's Birthplace: Maine
Race: White
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 33
Marriage Year (Estimated): 1867
Mother of how many children:
Number of Living Children:
Immigration Year:
Page: 8
Sheet Letter: B
Family Number: 221
Reference ID: 76
GS Film number: 1240590
Digital Folder Number: 004119817
Image Number: 00274
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head John D Sawyer M 61 Maine
Wife Clara A Sawyer F 55 Maine
Son Harry Sawyer M 31 Maine
Son Samuel Sawyer M 26 Maine
Son Reuben Sawyer M 22 Maine
Daughter Susie C Sawyer F 20 Maine
Son John Sawyer M 18 Maine
Son Winfield Sawyer M 16 Maine

Added: 10/28/2013 8:14:09 AM - 1  Updated: 10/28/2013 8:14:21 AM - 1

USA1904 - June 28 - U.S. begins construction of Panama Canal
A small U.S. workforce arrives in Panama to survey, plan, and continue the excavation begun by the French. They are led by Chief Engineer John Findley Wallace.

Chief Medical Officer Colonel William C. Gorgas arrives in Panama with a team of seven ...Read MORE...

USA1910 - Comet Halley is visible from Earth. It won't be seen again until 1986.
May 18, 1910 Will Be the Biggest Day in Astronomical History, When for the First Time the Coming Celestial Stranger's Eccentric Orbit Will Cause Its Meteoric Appendage to Fan the Surface...Read MORE...

Gray, Cumberland, Maine Click here to go to source1910 U.S. Census

Name: John T Sawyer
Titles and Terms:
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1910
Event Place: Gray, Cumberland, Maine, United States
District: 54
Gender: Male
Age: 70
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Birth Year (Estimated): 1840
Birthplace: Maine
Immigration Year:
Father's Birthplace: Maine
Mother's Birthplace: Maine
Sheet Number and Letter: 10A
Household ID: 249
Line Number:
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: M1283
GS Film number: 1374551
Digital Folder Number: 004330007
Image Number: 00940
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head John T Sawyer M 70 Maine
Wife Clara A Sawyer F 68 Maine
Son Samuel Sawyer M 35 Maine
Son Winfield Sawyer M 25 Maine

Added: 10/28/2013 8:16:01 AM - 1  Updated: 10/28/2013 8:16:12 AM - 1

World History1912 - April 15 - Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic
At 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, the British ocean liner Titanic sinks into the North Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada. The massive ship, which carried 2,200 passengers and crew, had struck an iceberg two and half hours bef...Read MORE...

USA1914 - Woodrow Wilson signs a Mother's Day proclamation.
President Wilson Acts on Joint Resolution of Congress

Washington, May 9. - President Wilson today approved a joint resolution setting apart tomorrow as Mothers' day and issued a proclamation comman...Read MORE...

World History1914 - August 1 - World War I begins: Germany declares war on Russia and France and invades Belgium
August 1, 1914 - Germany declares war on Russia. France and Belgium begin full mobilization.

August 3, 1914 - Germany declares war on France, and invades neutral Belgium. Britain then sends an ultimatum, rejected by the Germans, to withdraw from B...Read MORE...

USA1916 - On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14. - May 30, 1916

19 Dec 1917
Gray, Cumberland, Maine, USA

Death-related Information

Name: John D Sawyer
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 19 Dec 1917
Event Place: Gray, Maine, United States
Birth Date: 01 Jun 1838
Birthplace: Gray, Maine
GS Film number: 001001834
Digital Folder Number: 005246544
Image Number: 01883

"Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 Oct 2013), John D Sawyer, 1917.

Added: 10/24/2013 6:35:57 PM

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