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Parents of Andrew Sayer 183? - 1885 Orange Co. NY
Posted by: Ralph Sayre (ID *****8046) Date: October 08, 2012 at 07:58:59
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It is well known that descendants of Thomas Sayre have used the surname spelling variations of Sayer, Sayers, Sayres, and Sears. I am searching for names of the father and mother of Andrew Jackson Sayer, born in Warwick between 1834 and 1837, married in 1860 in Goshen, Sarah E. Corter, lived in Middletown, and died in May 1885. I didn’t find Andrew in the 1850 census.

The book, Portrait and biographical record of Rockland and Orange Counties, New York. Containing portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the counties. Together with biographies and portraits of all the presidents of the United States (1895) published the following:

Page 1344. “Robert A. Sayer, proprietor and manager of the Crescent Steam Laundry at Middletown, was born July 1, 1867, in Warwick, where also his father, Andrew Sayer, was born.

“The latter (Andrew) was the youngest son of James H. Sayer, who was also a native of that town (Warwick), and who married Sarah E. Courter, likewise a native of Warwick. They resided there until 1868, when they located in Middletown, where the father (Andrew) engaged in trucking, and had the contract for lighting the street lamps. He (Andrew) died in May, 1885. For many years he was an earnest and devoted member of the Baptist Church. Of their family of nine children, seven are yet living, (1895) all sons.”

An earlier bio sketch (p. 1176) for John P., Robert’s brother, it was suggested that Andrew’s father was Decatur Sayer.

Other clues I find point toward the James Henry Sayre (long time resident of Blooming Grove) in *Banta, not being Andrew’s father. (*SAYRE FAMILY: Lineage of Thomas Sayre, a founder of Southampton, L.I., N.Y. 1901, DeVinne Press, 759 pages. P. 406 & 407).

There were at least three Andrew Jackson Sayers born in Orange County, New York between 1830 and 1840. The one I am tracing is Andrew Jackson Sayer, born 1834 - 1837 and died in May 1885 in Middletown, Orange, NY. Information I found online in Ancestry.com appear to have the different Andrew’s confused.

26 August 1860, Andrew married Sarah E. Corter (or Courter) in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Goshen, Orange County, New York. Both listed Warwick as their residence.

In the 1860 Census, Andrew was listed as “farm labor” in the household of Frank and Emely Ellis in Warwick, Orange County, NY 1860 Census. He would have been married to Sarah at that time, but he was enumerated with Ellis and she was in her parents home.

The 1870 and 1880 census lists their home in Middletown, Orange, New York. Subtracting their reported age from the census year, people in the household were born near these years: Andrew 1837, Sarah 1842, David C., 1866, John P., 1867, Robert 1868, Ezra 1869, Willie 1874, Ralph 1877, and Gedney 1879.

Would appreciate more credible information on Andrew’s parents. I’m hoping a descendant or someone else has researched this and will provide. Thank you.


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