Milton Merchant Joseph Sayward (1817-1889)

By Muriel Bristol | December 25, 2022

Joseph Sayward, Jr., was born in Thomaston, ME, August 27, 1817, son of Joseph and Martha (Wheeler) Sayward. (His father was a sergeant in Capt. G. Coombs’ militia company, in Lt. Col. E. Foot’s regiment, when it was raised in Thomaston, ME, in September 1814, for coastal defense at Camden and Thomaston, ME).

In 1820 he [Joseph Sayward, Sr.] moved to Twenty-five Mile Pond Plantation, now Burnham, and in 1824 took an active part in the incorporation of that town. In 1828 he moved to Thorndyke, nine years after its incorporation, and from the virgin forest commenced to clear the farm on which the last fifty-three years of his life were spent (Sayward, 1890).

Joseph Sayward married (1st) in Vassalboro, ME, May 17, 1840, Mary A. Getchell. She was born circa 1818.

Joseph Sayward headed a Thorndyke, ME, household at the time of the Sixth (1840) Federal Census. His household included one male aged 20-29 years [himself], and one female aged 20-29 years [Mary A. (Getchell) Sayward]. One person in his household was engaged in Agriculture. (His father headed another Thorndike household).

Mary A. (Getchell) Sayward died in Unity, Waldo County, ME, April 27, 1849, aged thirty-one years. Son Charles Francis Sayward was born in Milton [?], circa 1849.

Joseph Sayward married (2nd), circa 1849, Ann E. Wiggin. She was born in Vassalboro, ME, circa 1829.

Joseph Sawords, a joiner, aged thirty years (b. ME), headed a Lebanon, ME, household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Ann [(Wiggins)] Sawords, aged twenty-two years (b. ME), and Charles H. Sawords, aged one year (b. ME). Their house appeared in the enumeration between those of John W. Ricker, aged twenty-three years (b. ME), and Daniel W. Horne, a blacksmith, aged forty-one years (b. ME).

Son Charles Francis Sayward died of dysentery in Milton, September 29, 1852, aged three years.

The Milton selectmen of 1855 were Jos. Sayward, Lewis Plummer, and J.C. Wentworth.

Daughter Martha A. “Mattie” Sayward was born in Milton, June 27, 1855.

The Milton selectmen of 1856 were Jos. Sayward, J.C. Wentworth, and D. Wallingford, Jr.

Son Frank Sayward was born in Milton, October 24, 1857. D.E. Palmer, M.D., reported the birth. Frank Sayward died in December 1859.

Milton - 1856 (Detail) - Sayward
Milton in 1856 (Detail). The “J. Sayward” residence on Main Street (NH Route 125), south of its intersection with Charles Street. This might have been the site of his shoe manufactory too, but there is also on the opposite side of the street, below its intersection with Silver Street, an “S.S.,” i.e., a shoe shop. Neither location would have had access to water power.

Son Fred B. Sayward was born in Milton, December 25, 1858. (Recorded as Frank B. Sayward). He was the fourth child; his father was a shoe manufacturer.

Joseph Sayward, aged forty-one years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Ann E. [(Wiggin)] Sayward, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), M.A. [Martha A.] Sayward, aged eight years (b. NH), and F.B. [Fred B.] Sayward, aged one year (b. NH). His household appeared in the enumeration between those of Joseph Nute, a laborer, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), and B.E. Witham, a laborer, aged thirty-four years (b. NH).

Joseph Sayward of Milton paid $7.21 as a 3% tax on 480 pairs of shoes (valued at $240.30) for the month of December in the US Excise Tax of 1862.

Joseph Sayward of Milton paid $10.62 as a 3% tax on 539 pairs of shoes (valued at $354.26) for the month of January in the US Excise Tax of 1863. Joseph Sayward of Milton paid $5.59 as a 3% tax on 300 pairs of shoes (valued at $186.52) for the month of January in the US Excise Tax of 1863.

The Milton selectmen of 1864 were T.H. Roberts, Jos. Sayward, and D.B. Goodwin.

The NH Bureau of Labor report of 1896 mentioned the destruction by fire of J. Sayward’s shoe manufactory in 1864.

… and J. [S]ayward, who carried on a successful [shoe manufactory] business at various times at Three Ponds, the latter continuing until burned out in 1864 (NH Bureau of Labor, 1896).

Joseph Sayward of Milton paid $5.83 on an auctioneer’s license in the month of October 1864.

The Milton selectmen of 1865 were Jos. Hayward [Sayward], J.U. Simes, and Ebenezer Wentworth.

Joseph Sayward of Milton paid $10 for a retail dealer’s license in the US Excise Tax of 1865. Joseph Sayward of Milton paid $10 for a retail dealer’s license in the US Excise Tax of 1866.

Joseph Sayward and sixty-eight other Milton residents petitioned the NH House seeking establishment of a NH state constabulary, i.e., a NH state police force, in 1867.

PETITIONS, ETC., PRESENTED AND REFERRED. To the Special Committee on the State Constabulary. By Mr. Gault, of Hooksett, petition of A. Burnham and forty seven others, of Hooksett; by Mr. Smith of Raymond, petition of Joseph Fullerton and fifty-six others of Raymond; by Mr. Miller, of New Durham, petition of Cyrus B. Bean and eighteen others of New Durham; by Mr. Lang, of Lee, petition of Mason Morse and one hundred and eighty-nine others of Lee; by Mr. George, of Lempster, petition of Collins Hurd and thirty-three others of Lempster; by Mr. Andrews, of Orange, petition of John W. Hodges and one hundred and sixty others of Canaan; petition of Moses R. Marshall and seventeen others of Pelham; petition of Joseph Sayward and sixty-eight others of Milton; by Mr. Horne, of Farmington, petition of R.M. Sargent and forty-two others of Farmington; – severally for a State Constabụlary (NH General Court, 1867). 

Joseph Sayward was one of the ten prominent Milton citizens who incorporated a private secondary school – the Milton Classical Institute – at Three Ponds Village in Milton, NH, in July 1867. The incorporators included also NH Governor’s Councilor (and ex-officio NH State Board of Education member) Charles Jones, Strafford Sheriff Luther Hayes, manufacturer Hiram V. Wentworth, Dr. George W. Peavey, William P. Tuttle, and others.

Joseph Sayward appeared in the Milton directories of 1868, and 1869-70, as a Milton merchant.

Mother Martha (Wheeler) Sayward died in Thorndike, ME, January 20, 1869, aged seventy-nine years.

We cherish all thy tender love, That once thy lips did speak, Though thou art sleeping in the grave, Thy spirit’s with the meek.

Joseph Sayward, a retail grocer, aged fifty-two years (b. ME), headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Ann E. [(Wiggin)] Sayward, keeping house, aged forty years (b. ME), Martha A. Sayward, a teacher, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Fred B. Sayward, at school, aged eleven years (b. NH), George W. Sayward, a retail grocer, aged thirty-seven years (b. ME), Gracia H. Sayward, at school, aged twelve years (b. ME), Nellie F. French, aged four years (b. MA). Joseph Hayward had real estate valued at $2,000 and personal estate valued at $1,620. His household appeared in the enumeration between those of Nathaniel G. Pinkham, works for shoe factory, aged thirty-six years (b. NH), and Joseph Mathes, a carpenter, aged fifty-four years (b. NH).

Thorndike, ME, sent father Joseph Sayward to the Maine House of Representatives in 1870.

REPRESENTATIVES ELECTED. Waldo – Entitled to 9. Republicans. Belfast, Willard P. Harriman; Unity, William Taber; Searsmont, James Severance; Monroe, Ashur H. Mayo; Thorndike, Joseph Sayward; Lincolnville, Henry Crehore; Searsport, Isaac Carver – 7. Democrats. Winterport, George White; Morrill, Thomas Storer – 3 (Kennebec Journal (Augusta, ME), September 21, 1870).

Brother George W. Sayward appeared in the Milton directory of 1871, as a Milton merchant.

Daughter Martha A. “Mattie” Sayward married in Rochester, NH, November 14, 1874, George E. Horne, she of Rochester, NH, and he of Lebanon, ME. He was a farmer, aged twenty-six years, and she was aged twenty-two years. Rev. Anthony C. Hardy performed the ceremony. Horne was born in Milton, circa 1848, son of Charles F. and Betsy Horne.

Joseph Sayward, a retail grocer, aged sixty-three years (b. ME), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ann E. [(Wiggin)] Sayward, keeping house, aged sixty-seven years (b. ME), his son, Fred Sayward, clerk in store, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), his brother, George W. Sayward, a laborer, aged fifty years (b. ME), his niece, Nellie French, at home, aged fifteen years (b. MA), and his boarders, Lewis S. Clark, works in shoe shop, aged thirty-two years (b. VT), Elma J. Clark, works in shoe shop, aged twenty-two years (b. MA), Henry L. Cutter, works for express co., aged twenty-two years (b. MA), Bridget McQuade, works in woolen mill, aged thirty years (b. (Ireland), and William R. Pettee, a clerk in store, aged twenty years (b. MA). They resided on Charles Street.

George E. Horne, works in woolen mill, aged forty years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mattie A. [(Sayward)] Horne, keeping house, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), his son, Roy C. Horne, aged five years (b. NH), his servant, Anne Furbish, a domestic servant, aged twenty years (b. ME), and his boarders, John Moulton, works in woolen mill, aged forty-eight years (b. ME), Walter Cullen, works in shoe factory, aged twenty-one years (b. Ireland), Noah Eaton, a carpenter, aged fifty years (b. ME), John Mason, works in shoe factory, aged twenty years (b. NH), Thomas Keefe, a painter, aged thirty years (b. Ireland), Nellie Chamberlain, works in shoe factory, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), and C.H. Chamberlain, works in shoe factory, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH).

Father Joseph Sayward [Sr.] was quite sick in Thorndike, ME, in February 1881.

Thorndike. It is quite sickly at the present time. Joseph Sayward, one of our oldest towns men is quite sick. R.S. Rich, Esq., is very ill with rheumatic fever, and Isaac Collin has been afflicted some time with rheumatism. Daniel Cordon is teaching high school in Johnson’s Hall, and having quite a good attendance, he is one of our best teachers. Business continues good — Hay and potatoes are coming in every day in large quantities.  O.J. Farwell has a car load of wool ready for shipment (Republican Journal (Belfast, ME, February 24, 1881).

Father Joseph Sayward died in Thorndike, ME, April 21, 1881, aged eighty-eight years, eleven months, and twelve days.

Rest weary heart Like a tired child Upon its mother’s breast. Rest, sweetly rest.

Son Fred B. Sayward married in Rochester, NH, August 10, 1881, Helen Augusta Roberts, both of Rochester, NH. He was a merchant, aged twenty-two years, and she was aged twenty-two years. Rev. A.J. Quick performed the ceremony. She was born in Rochester, NH, April 17, 1857, daughter of John R. and Ellen Roberts.

LOCALS. Fred Sayward of Rochester handled the piano keys in a satisfactory manner last Friday and Monday evenings (Farmington News, April 12, 1889).

Joseph Sayward died in Rochester, NH, July 24, 1889, aged seventy-one years.

CLIPPINGS ABOUT ROCHESTER. The late Joseph Sayward had a policy for $5000 in the Granite State Mutual Aid Association. Soon after Mr. Sayward’s death the association went out of business. It had quite a sum of money on deposit in one of the banks of this village upon which Mrs. Sayward placed an attachment. On Wednesday she received $2500 in settlement of the claim, previous offer of 40 per cent having been declined (Farmington News, November 8, 1889).

Brother George W. Sayward died in Rochester, NH. March 3, 1898.

PERSONALS. Mr. Fred B. Sayward of Rochester was here on Wednesday (Portsmouth Herald, August 25, 1898).

George E. Horne, a shoe cutter, aged fifty-two years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-six years), Martha A. [(Sayward)] Horne, a boarding house keeper, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), his son, Roy C. Horne, a printer, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), and his boarder, Arthur Sewall, a shoe packer, aged seventeen years (b. ME). George E. Horne owned their house at 11 Glen Street., with a mortgage. Martha Horne was the mother of two children, of whom one was still living.

Fred P. Sayward, a music teacher, aged forty-one years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of eighteen years), Augusta [(Roberts)] Sayward, aged forty-one years (b. NH), his son, Carl B. Sayward, at school, aged ten years (b. NH), and his boarder, James A. Roberts, a hotel clerk, aged forty-three years (b. NH). Fred P. Sayward rented their house at 94 Charles Street. Augusta Sayward was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

George E. Horne, a shoe cutter, aged sixty-one years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-six years), Martha [(Sayward)] Horne, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH), his son, Roy C. Horne, a job work printer, aged thirty-four years (b. NH), his daughter-in-law (of seven years), Lucy M. Horne, a compositor, aged thirty years (b. NH), and his lodgers, George W. St. John, a printer, aged fifty-seven years (b. ME), Patrick S. Driscoll, a box mill bookkeeper, aged twenty-nine years (b. RI), and Royal Lord, a drug salesman, aged twenty years (b. NH). George E. Horne owned their house at 11 Glen Street., with a mortgage. Martha Horne was the mother of two children, of whom one was still living.

Fred B. Sayward, a moving picture piano player, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty years), Helen A. [(Roberts)] Sayward, aged fifty years (b. NH), and his boarder, Carrie Tabert, aged forty-three years (b. MA). Fred P. Sayward rented their portion of a two-family residence at 147 Charles Street. Helen A. Sayward was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

MR. COCHRANE DEAD. George Edward Cochrane, one of the best known attorneys in Strafford County, died last week Thursday night at the residence of Fred Sayward of Rochester, where he had been living since the death of his wife last spring. … (Farmington News, December 20, 1912).

LOCAL. Willey & Sayward, proprietors of the new moving picture house known as the Colonial Theatre, in Rochester, opened Saturday night (Farmington News, July 28, 1916).

George E. Horne, a school house janitor, aged seventy-one years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Martha A. [(Sayward)] Horne, aged sixty-seven years (b. NH), his son, Roy C. Horne, a print office proprietor, aged forty-four years (b. NH), his daughter-in-law, Lucy M. Horne, a print office printer, aged forty years (b. NH), and his boarder, Mary A. Atterton, a toilet article canvasser, aged forty-nine years (b. ME). George E. Horne owned their house at 11 Glen Street.

Fred B. Sayward, a theater pianist, aged sixty-one years (b. Milton, NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Helen A. [(Roberts)] Sayward, aged sixty years (b. Rochester, NH). Fred P. Sayward owned their house at 155 Charles Street. This particular census taker, McDowell Healey, collected more information than required in that he recorded birth town names, rather than just states. His supervisor crossed out the town names. His parents were said to have been born in Thorndyke, ME, and hers were born in Rochester, NH, and Dover, NH.

Son Fred B. Sayward died of natural causes at 155 Charles Street in Rochester, NH, May 7, 1920, aged sixty-one years, four months, and twelve days. He was a musician, who had resided in Rochester, NH, for fifty-two years, i.e., since circa 1867. His previous residence had been Milton. Forrest L. Keay, M.D. signed the death certificate.

George Horne, a school janitor, aged eighty-one years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Martha [(Sayward)] Horne, aged seventy-seven years (b. NH), his son, Roy Horne, a print office printer, aged fifty-four years (b. NH), and his servant, Elma J. Aula, a private family servant, aged seventy-one years (b. NH). George Horne owned their house at 11 Glen Street, which was valued at $3,200. They had a radio set.

Carl B. Sayward, a plumber, aged forty years (b. NH), headed a Cambridge, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Anna [(Whitten)] Sayward, a printing co. bookkeeper, aged thirty-nine years (b. MA), his daughter, Priscilla Sayward, a retail store clerk, aged nine years (b. MA), and his mother, Helen A. [(Roberts)] Sayward, aged sixty [seventy] years (b. NH). Carl B. Sayward owned their house at 185 Lakeview Avenue, which was valued at $6,200. They had a radio set.

Son-in-law George E. Horne died in Rochester, NH, November 24, 1930, aged eighty-two years.

Daughter Martha A. (Sayward) Horne died of angina pectoris at 7 Central Avenue in Rochester, NH, January 7, 1933, aged eighty years, six months, and twenty-nine days. She had resided in Rochester, NH, for sixty years, i.e., since circa 1873. She had formerly lived in Milton.

Carl B. Sayward, a plumber, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Cambridge, MA, household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Anna [(Whitten)] Sayward, a printing co. secretary, aged forty-nine years (b. MA), his daughter, Pricella Sayward, a retail store clerk, aged nineteen years (b. MA), and his mother, Helen A. [(Roberts)] Sayward, aged eighty-one years (b. NH). Carl B. Sayward owned their house at 185 Lakeview Avenue, which was valued at $6,500. They had all resided in the same house in 1935.

Daughter-in-law Helen A. (Roberts) Sayward died in Cambridge, MA, October 14, 1946, aged eighty-nine years.

DEATH NOTICES. SAYWARD – Helen Augusta, at her home, 183 Lakeview av., Cambridge, Mass., widow of the late Fred B. Funeral services will be held at the Edgerly Funeral Home, Rochester, N.H., Thursday afternoon at 1:30. (Boston Globe, October 15, 1946).

References:

Find a Grave. (2012, September 21). Martha A. Horne. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/97553396/martha-a-horne

Find a Grave. (2016, July 15). Fred B. Sayward. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/167015693/fred-b-sayward

Find a Grave. (2009, April 16). Joseph Sayward [Sr.]. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/35933597/sa

Find a Grave. (2008, November 20). Mary Sayward. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/31568225/mary-sayward

NH Bureau of Labor. (1896). Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=dEQbAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA23

NH General Court. (1867). Journal of the House of Representatives of the State of New-Hampshire. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=Z0AtAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA263

Sayward, Charles A. (1890). The Sayward Family: Being the History and Genealogy of Henry Sayward of York, and His Descendants. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=hnktAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA93

Author: Muriel Bristol

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