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 Edward James Sawyer

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Edward James Sawyer

Birth
Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
Death
9 May 1929 (aged 74)
Bennettsville, Marlboro County, South Carolina, USA
Burial
Marlboro County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID
125833661 View Source

Son of Edward J. Sawyer and Charlotte Hall

Edward James Sawyer was born a slave in Fayetteville, NC to Edward J. Sawyer, Sr. and Charlotte Hall. His father and mother were slaves who were brought from Florida to North Carolina and sold by speculators.

On October 16, 1879, he married Ella Georgiana David and they had 12 children [see below].

He was a wealthy man who held various positions in the community: lawyer, principal, postmaster, business owner, land owner, and ran a black newspaper.

Edward James Sawyer, his wife Ella, and son Edward Joseph were originally buried in the black cemetery behind Oak Ridge Cemetery and were moved to Ideal Cemetery once it was established.

(SOURCE: "Rediscovering the Gulf: Bennettsville's Colored Business District 1876-1976" by J.T. Kendall)

Children:
William Lorenzo Sawyer
Edward Joseph Sawyer
Harold Raymond Sawyer
James Hanford Sawyer
Mary E. Sawyer
George Sterling Sawyer
Mildred Sawyer Mason
Hannie(?) Sawyer
Gertrude H. Sawyer Brevard
Ada C. Sawyer Cooper (m. Dr. H.H. Cooper)
Ella Georgiana Sawyer
Mamie Sawyer Gordon (m. Dr. Robert K. Gordon)

Submitted by L Pearson

Son of Edward J. Sawyer and Charlotte Hall

Edward James Sawyer was born a slave in Fayetteville, NC to Edward J. Sawyer, Sr. and Charlotte Hall. His father and mother were slaves who were brought from Florida to North Carolina and sold by speculators.

On October 16, 1879, he married Ella Georgiana David and they had 12 children [see below].

He was a wealthy man who held various positions in the community: lawyer, principal, postmaster, business owner, land owner, and ran a black newspaper.

Edward James Sawyer, his wife Ella, and son Edward Joseph were originally buried in the black cemetery behind Oak Ridge Cemetery and were moved to Ideal Cemetery once it was established.

(SOURCE: "Rediscovering the Gulf: Bennettsville's Colored Business District 1876-1976" by J.T. Kendall)

Children:
William Lorenzo Sawyer
Edward Joseph Sawyer
Harold Raymond Sawyer
James Hanford Sawyer
Mary E. Sawyer
George Sterling Sawyer
Mildred Sawyer Mason
Hannie(?) Sawyer
Gertrude H. Sawyer Brevard
Ada C. Sawyer Cooper (m. Dr. H.H. Cooper)
Ella Georgiana Sawyer
Mamie Sawyer Gordon (m. Dr. Robert K. Gordon)

Submitted by L Pearson


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