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 Alexander “Alex” Sayers

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Alexander “Alex” Sayers

  • Birth 15 Feb 1832 Tazewell County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 30 May 1916 Linn County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Purdin, Linn County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 90411684

widowed [sic], son of John Sayers and unk Goodman [sic]
d. cert 21846


Although only sixteen years of age when he became a resident of Linn county, Alexander Sayers of Jackson township is properly classed as a pioneer in this region, not merely by courtesy or construction, but because of the actual facts in the case. He was a youth in years but a man in stature and strength when he came, and he took a man's place and did a man's work in the great task of settling, improving and developing the country. And his record for stalwart manhood and faithful service among the people here is excellent from the beginning.

Mr. Sayers was born in Tazewell county, Virginia, on February 15, 1832. His parents, John and Elizabeth (Goodwin) Sayers, were also natives of Virginia. They moved to Kentucky some years after their marriage, and there they continued farming, the occupation that had employed their energies in their native state. Long years they lived and labored in Kentucky, and at last died on the farm they had made valuable and attractive by their industry and skill, and which had yielded abundant harvests in return for arduous but wisely directed toil. The grandfather, whose name was also Alexander Sayers, was a pioneer of Kentucky, often a companion of Daniel Boone, and an Indian fighter of local renown.

Alexander Sayers grew to the age of sixteen in Virginia, and obtained there all the schooling he ever got from the schoolmaster. In 1848 he came to this state in company with his uncle, Samuel Sayers, traversing the long and dreary distance with teams and consuming a month and a half in the journey. On their arrival in Linn count they located in Jackson township, and here Mr. Sayers found employment in a grist and saw mill on Locust creek. In 1854 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Morris, a daughter of Thomas Morris, a pioneer of Linn county, who became a resident of it in 1837.

After his marriage Mr. Sayers determined to quit working in the mill, which had been the scene and beneficiary of his labors for six years, and start an enterprise of his own. He bought a tract of land in Sullivan county which he improved and lived on until 1865. In that year he returned to this county and took up his residence on the farm which he now owns and occupies, and which has been his home ever since. It was in the wilds when he took possession of it, and still the habitation and roaming ground of its aboriginal occupants, man and beast. Deer and wild turkeys were plentiful, and he got his share of them by the skill of his marksmanship and good judgment as a hunter. But he made no specialty of this.

Mr. and Mrs. Sayers have had eight children: John W., Thomas, James A., Martha S., Mary E., David L., Walter and Altie E. The father has always been warmly interested in the welfare of his township and county, and willing to do everything his circumstances would permit to advance it. During the Civil War he served as a state militiaman, and while not called into actual hostilities, he was always
ready for the call if it came and prepared to do his full duty in obedience to it.

In his political relations he is an ardent Democrat, and as such has served as township supervisor and collector. But in the performance of his duties while in office he knew no party, but exerted all his activities in behalf of the whole people and for the common good. His religious connection is with the Methodist Episcopal church, of which
he has been a member for many years. And in the congregation to which he belongs he is a zealous and faithful worker in every department of its activity. The people around him have found him true to every trust and worthy of their highest confidence and esteem, and they have bestowed their regard on him freely.

Compendium of History and Biography of Linn County, Missouri (1912) pp. 730-732

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  • Added: 19 May 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 90411684
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Alexander “Alex” Sayers (15 Feb 1832–30 May 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 90411684, citing Morris Chapel Cemetery, Purdin, Linn County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by NE MO (contributor 46863367) .