SAYER FAMILY HISTORY
Dorothy Sayer’s wealth is in sharp contrast to John’s youngest brother
Michael whose family’s financial affairs do not appear to have proved so
successful in the longer term. Twins Michael and Thomas Sayer, as previously
indicated, had been brought up by stepmother Mary (nee Punton) at Kirkleavington,
and whilst nothing more is known of Thomas, Michael is known to have married a
widow, Rebecca Bell (nee Sunman) formerly of Holtby, East Yorkshire, by Licence,
in Hutton Bonville in Autumn 1777 where they had two sons - Thomas (1778-1857)
and Michael Jnr (1783).
1786 for some reason, the family left Lovesome Hill and moved to Holtby,
Michael’s oldest son, Michael Jnr (1783) appears to have fared less well. He
married a Mary Ellison at Holme on Spalding Moor in 1803 and had several
children but tragically much of the family, including his wife, were wiped out
within a few weeks of November and December 1816 - only Michael and 2 children,
John (1807) and Elizabeth (1812), survived. (It seems there was famine across
reduced to working as an agricultural labourer, remarried in 1820 and he and
wife Mary Ann (nee Ellison) settled at Market Weighton. Daughter Rebecca
(1822-1890) married Henry Southwick, a carpenter, and moved to Hampshire where
her brother William (1823), an agricultural labourer, can also be found lodging
in the 1861 census. Nothing more is known of him.
in 1866 at the grand age of 88, of `Natural Decay’, whilst the widowed Mary
Ann, a pauper, and increasingly infirm was finally admitted to the nearby
workhouse one Saturday, in August 1867. The Pocklington Workhouse records
indicate she was registered as No. 22. On
October 21st 1868, just over a year later, Mary Sayers died, at 1 o'clock on a
So, the only
son of Michael Jnr known to have survived to adulthood and had a family, was
John (1807). An agricultural labourer at Holme on Spalding Moor, he married
servant Elizabeth Jane Atkinson, a bricklayer’s daughter in 1838 and they
lived at various locations in Eastrington until John’s death in 1877.
John and Elizabeth Sayer had 6 children. Of them, the eldest Mary
Atkinson (1840-1913) never married and worked locally as a Charwoman; youngest
daughter Jane Elizabeth Atkinson (1858) also remained a spinster; Thomas
Atkinson, a labourer like his father, married Jane Hannah Potter and they had 5
daughters and a son who died as an infant; Robert Atkinson (1853-1926) initially
a labourer, gained employment as a temporary rural letter carrier in October
1872, and married Rosalind Davey in 1879. They
had 6 children, two of them boys of whom only one, Robert Arthur, reached
adulthood and married thus carrying on the family name.
As to Robert Atkinson Sayer, the Post Office records indicate he earned
14/- a week, which went up to approx 21/- a week by 1912.
By that time his annual salary was £8 17s 10d.
He ceased his postal duties on 13 November 1912, probably due to
ill-health though he officially retired on 20 March 1913 with a pension of £40
13s 8d per annum and a further 128 0s 4d allowance under the Superannuation Act
of 1909. He received an award of the Imperial Service medal for long service and
duties discharged with "diligence and fidelity to the satisfaction of his
finally, to middle born son, George Atkinson Sayer (1849-1936). A Wesleyan
Merthodist, by the age of 21 he was boarding at
Lancelote Sayer (~1576 - ) John Sayer (1606 - ~1671) & Isabell ? ( - 1641) Lancelott Sayer (1636 - 1694) & Ann ? (~1636 - 1721) James Sayer (1662 - ) & Mary Artist (~1665 - ) James Sayer (1691 - ) & Mary Tutin (~1692 - ) James Sayer (1712 - >1745) & Elizabeth Wood (1710 - 1743) Michael Sayer (1742 - 1806) & Rebekkar Sunman (1740 - 1809) | Michael Sayer ( - 1866) | & 1. Mary ELLISON (1783 - 1816) | | Rebecca Sayer (1804 - 1816) | | John Sayer (1807 - 1877) & Elizabeth Jane ATKINSON (1815 - 1871) | | | Mary Atkinson Sayer (1840 - 1913) | | | William Atkinson Sayer (1841 - >1851) | | | Thomas Atkinson Sayer (1843 - >1901) & Jane Hannah POTTER (1853 - 1881) | | | | Mary Elizabeth Sayer (1868 - <1872) | | | | Sarah Ann Sayer (1869 - >1871) | | | | Mary Elizabeth Sayer (1872 - ) | | | | John William Sayer (1874 - 1874) | | | | Emma Sayer (1876 - >1901) | | | | Clara Sayer (1878 - >1901) | | | George Atkinson Sayer (1849 - 1936) & Emily CHERRY (1849 - 1932) | | | | Mary Elizabeth Sayer (1877 - 1979) & George BAILEY (1878 - 1955) | | | | | George Herbert BAILEY (1904 - 1999) & Zillah Anne GOWSHALL (1907 - 1999) | | | | William Edgar Sayer (1879 - 1922) & Susan Elizabeth BIRBECK (1882 - ) | | | | Herbert Atkinson Sayer (1881 - 1941) & Florence Caroline WALKER (1885 - 1956) | | | | | Florence Emily SAYER (1911 - 1992) & William HARTWELL (1911 - ) | | | | Rose Emily Sayer (1884 - 1910) | | | | George Henry Sayer (1886 - 1888) | | | | Lilian M. Sayer (1890 - 1975) | | | Robert Atkinson Sayer (1853 - 1926) & Rosalind Davey (1859 - >1901) | | | | Clara Sayer (1878 - 1906) & Harry KIRBY (1879 - >1940) | | | | | Herbert KIRBY (1903 - ) | | | | Beatrice Annie Sayer (1880 - >1901) | | | | Millicent Sayer (1883 - 1884) | | | | Robert Arthur Sayer (1886 - >1901) & Ada Tabitha HOWDLE (1881 - ) | | | | Ernest Benjamin Sayer (1887 - 1887) | | | | Albert Hector Sayer (1887 - 1900) | | | Jane Elizabeth Atkinson Sayer (1858 - ) | | George Sayer (1809 - 1816) | | Elizabeth Sayer (1812 - 1876) & George Johnson (~1806 - 1879) | | | Robert Johnson (~1835 - 1858) | | William Sayer (1814 - 1816) | & 2. Mary A JOHNSON (1794 - 1868) | | Rebecca Sayer (1820 - <1822) | | Rebecca Sayer (1822 - 1890) & Henry Southwick (1819 - >1881) | | | Turner Southwick (~1849 - >1871) | | | Laura Southwick (~1852 - >1871) | | | Alma J Southwick (~1855 - >1861) | | | Harry Southwick (~1859 - >1881) | | William Sayer (~1823 - 1861-71) | >> The family of Thomas Sayer (1783 - 1857) & Jane Linfoot ( - 1876)
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