SAYER FAMILY HISTORY


This page is dedicated to the history of the family of John Sayer (1688 - 1774) of Bowes, North Yorkshire.

Historical background

John Sayer was the eldest child of James Sayer and Christine Bainbridge who was christened at Bowes on 25 Mar 1688.

It is thought that John and his wife Margaret Bousfield had seven children. Two of their girls are known to have had descendants but the main line of descent was through their son James (1724 - 1814). The family seem to have been yeoman farmers and as the 18th century progressed they appear to have done particularly well, adding to their land holdings. They moved to West Gates, a farm close to Gilmonby, in about 1731 and James took over the farm when his father John died.  James benefited from the enclosure of Gilmonby Moor in 1802, gaining land and grazing rights.

Unfortunately the three sons of James (John, James and Joseph) fell out over his will after he died in 1814 and ultimately the case went to the Chancery Court. As a result that part of the family went into decline as landowners and they dispersed from Bowes. Joseph Sayer (1768 - 1822) went to live in Leeds and his son John Sayer (1795 - 1862) moved to Chesterfield where he became a prominent member of the community. His descendants are shown in a separate section.

One of the daughters of James, Margaret Sayer (1757 1797-1804) married Robert Milner (~1755 - >1825). After her death he remarried but he was convicted in 1810 of sheep stealing and sentenced to be hanged. The sentence was commuted and he was transported to Australia in 1811.

One of the sons of Eber Sayer (~1806-1859), John Roddam Sayer (~1829 - 1894) became a chemist in Monkwearmouth and his son Eber Edward Sayer (1854 - >1881) possibly emigrated to USA about 1885. Another of his sons, Julius Thomas Sayer (~1834 - 1899), became the proprietor of a hotel in Newcastle . The family of John James Sayer (1841 - >1901), a cousin of Julius Thomas, also moved to Newcastle .

Outline tree

?John Sayer (~1610 - ~1662) & Elizabeth ? (~1622 - 1687)
James Sayer (~1660 - 1716) & Christian Bainbridge (1666 - 1701)
John Sayer (1688 - 1774) & Margaret Bousfield (~1696 - ~1776)
|   Christian Sayer (1717 - <1771) & Christopher Brown (1700 - >1771)
|   |   John Brown (1740 - <1771)
|   |   Christopher Brown (1742 - >1790) & Elizabeth Green (~1746 - >1790)
|   |   |   Nancy Brown (1771 - 1790)
|   |   |   Christopher Brown (~1776 - 1783)
|   |   |   Nancy Brown (1790 - )
|   |   James Brown (~1744 - >1771)
|   |   Elizabeth Brown (1745 - >1771)
|   |   Thomas Brown (1747 - >1771)
|   |   Mary Brown (~1750 - >1771)
|   |   Christian Brown (1755 - >1771)
|   Jane Sayer (1719 - >1771) & John Jordan (~1717 - >1771)
|   Margaret Sayer (1721 - 1791) & John Wilson (1724 - 1796) 
|   |   Christopher Wilson (1747 - ) 
|   |   Mary Wilson (1750 - ) 
|   |   John Wilson (1752 - ) 
|   |   Robert Wilson (1755 - 1758) 
|   |   Margaret Wilson (1758 - ) 
|   |   William Wilson (1760 - ) 
|   |   Ann Wilson (1763 - ) 
|   |   James Wilson (1768 - )
|   James Sayer (1724 - 1814)
|   & 2. Elizabeth Tunstall (~1739 - 1817) 
|   & 1. Sarah Shaw (1724 - 1782) 
|   |   Annas Sayer (1756 - 1814-18) & George Raine (~1753 - >1783)
|   |   |   James Raine (1783 - >1818) & ? ? ( - >1818)
|   |   Margaret Sayer (1757 - ~1800) & Robert Milner (~1755 - >1825)
|   |   |   James Milner (~1784 - >1808)
|   |   |   Sarah Milner (1785 - >1808)
|   |   |   Ann Milner (~1786 - >1808)
|   |   |   Mary Milner (1792 - >1808)
|   |   |   Margaret Milner (1792 - >1808)
|   |   |   Martha Milner (1797 - >1818)
|   |   John Sayer (1760 - 1846)
|   |   & 1. Mary Townson ( - <1794)
|   |   |   James Sayer (1790 - )
|   |   & 2. Mary Coates (~1770 - 1846)
|   |   |   Sally Sayer (1794 - )
|   |   |   John Shaw Sayer (1798 - 1845)
|   |   |   Mary Sayer (1799 - >1824) & William Batty ( - >1824)
|   |   |   Nancy Sayer (1801 - >1830) & Jeffrey Wastell (~1772 - 1825-37)
|   |   |   |   Mary Sayer (1825 - ) & William Huison ( - >1830)
|   |   |   James Nelson Sayer (1803 - 1869) & Ann Colling (~1801 - >1861)
|   |   |   |   Mary Sayer (~1826 - >1841)
|   |   |   |   Joseph Colling Sayer (1838 - 1875)
|   |   |   |   John James Sayer (1841 - >1901) & Mary Jane Shaw (1844 - >1901)
|   |   |   |   |   Henry Sayer (1865 - >1901)
|   |   |   |   |   Eliza Sayer (1873 - >1891)
|   |   |   |   |   Mary Sayer (1876 - >1901)
|   |   |   |   |   Kate Sayer (1877 - >1901)
|   |   |   |   |   Annie Sayer (1879 - 1907)
|   |   |   |   |   Lily Sayer (1881 - >1901)
|   |   |   |   |   Bertha Sayer (1884 - >1901)
|   |   |   |   |   Edith Sayer (1886 - >1901)
|   |   |   |   |   Florence Sayer (1887 - >1901)
|   |   |   |   |   Emma Sayer (1888 - >1901)
|   |   |   |   Thomas Sayer (1843 - 1843)
|   |   |   |   Henry Eber Sayer (~1845 - 1857)
|   |   |   |   Mary Jane Sayer (~1847 - 1847)
|   |   |   |   Mary Jane Sayer (1848 - 1849)
|   |   |   Eber Sayer (~1806 - 1859) & Jane Walton (~1809 - 1834-41)
|   |   |   |   John Roddam Sayer (~1829 - 1894) & Frances Craig ( - 1902)
|   |   |   |   |   Eber Edward Sayer (1854 - >1881) & ? ? ( - >1889)
|   |   |   |   |   |   Eber Sayer (~1889 - >1910) & Ida ? (~1888 - >1910)
|   |   |   |   |   Mary Jane Sayer (1858 - >1878) & Thomas Davison (~1855 - >1881)
|   |   |   |   |   |   Mary Frances Davison (1879 - >1881)
|   |   |   |   Walton Joseph Sayer (~1831 - 1889) & ? ? (~1840 - >1882)
|   |   |   |   Julius Thomas Sayer (~1834 - 1899) & Isabella Vernon Sharp (~1842 - 1933)
|   |   |   |   |   Tom Sharp Sayer (1877 - 1882)
|   |   |   |   |   Blanche Isabella Sayer (1881 - 1881)
|   |   |   Margaret Sayer (1810 - ?1892)
|   |   |   Richard Sayer (1814 - >1824)
|   |   ?Frances Sayer (1761 - )
|   |   James Sayer (1762 - ) & ?Elizabeth Atkinson (~1771 - )
|   |   |   James Sayer
|   |   |   John Sayer
|   |   |   Joseph Sayer
|   |   ?Mary Sayer (1763 - 1783)
|   |   Nancy Sayer (1764 - 1842) & Edward Kellett (~1759 - 1841)
|   |   |   Nancy Kellett ( - >1808)
|   |   |   Sarah Kellett ( - >1808)
|   |   |   James Kellett (~1797 - 1835)
|   |   |   Ann Kellett (1798 - 1833)
|   |   |   Margaret Kellett (1801 - >1808)
|   |   |   Barbara Kellett (1804 - >1808)
|   |   ?Elizabeth Sayer (1765 - )
|   |   Joseph Sayer (1768 - 1822) & Ann Milner (1770 - 1858)
|   |   |   James Sayer (1789 - 1861)
|   |   |   & 1. Ann Scott (~1772 - 1828)
|   |   |   |   Thomas Sayer ( - 1820)
|   |   |   |   Elizabeth Sayer (~1814 - 1818)
|   |   |   |   James Sayer (~1820 - >1854)
|   |   |   |   Margaret J Sayer ( - >1854)
|   |   |   & 2. Mary ? (~1787 - 1871)
|   |   |   |   Mary Sayer (1829 - >1861)
|   |   |   Joseph Sayer (1790 - <1808)
|   |   |   Jane Sayer (1791 - 1871) & John Hay (~1797 - 1851)
|   |   |   |   Margaret Anne Hay (1827 - >1851)
|   |   |   |   John Hay (1829 - >1854) & Mary Emma Walker (~1832 - 1889)
|   |   |   Jonathan Sayer (1793 - 1794)
|   |   |   >> The Family of  John Sayer (1795 - 1862)
|   |   |   Sarah Sayer (1798 - 1825) & William Walker (~1795 - )
|   |   |   Margaret Sayer (1800 - 1842) & William Kettlewell (~1798 - >1854)
|   |   |   |   William Kettlewell (~1830 - >1854)
|   John Sayer (1726 - 1726)
|   Jonathan Sayer (1728 - 1728)
|   Mary Sayer (1731 - >1771) & John Stephenson ( - >1771)  

SUMMARY OF RESEARCHERS

Descendant line Name of researcher Location Notes
Joseph Sayer (1768 - 1822) Sheila Stayte
Ian Sanderson
Margaret Sayer (1721 - 1791) Jack Miller
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is invited to contact the coordinator for this page Laurel Sayer.
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