Sawyer, Eliphet M. B.
Age: 32, credited to VermontVITALS
Birth: 1830, VermontADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Old City Cemetery, Livingston, TX
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Eliphet M. B. Sawyer
Eliphet M. B. Sawyer, born in Vermont in 1830, of New Hampshire parents, He may have been the Mason B. Sawyer, a stage drive, living in Lower town, Houston County, Alabama, in 1850. was married and living in Alabama by 1855. By 1857 he had moved to Texas, where he lived for the remainder of his life. He married Cornelia A. McMillian (1836-1890, a native of Georgia), and had four children:
Thad Mason Sawyer, born 1855, Alabama
George F. Sawyer, born 1857, Texas
Albert L. Sawyer, born 1863, Texas
Jenny Sawyer, born 1868, Texas
By 1860, Sawyer was living in Waco, McLellan County, Texas, in partnership with B. Risher, and C. K. Hall, and controlled 16 of the 31 passenger and mail lines in the state, employing 300 men and using over 1,000 mules and horses in their operations in Texas and Louisiana.
On 2 January 1862, at Millican, Texas, Sawyer was elected captain of Co. A, 15th Texas Volunteer Infantry (originally known as Speight's Battalion). He resigned on 6 September 1862.
By 1870, he was living in Galveston, Galveston County, Texas. In 1871, he parted with Risher and Hall, and was running four passenger and mail lines. By 1880, he had moved to Polk County, and was operating a saw mill.
Sawyer died 5 November 1889, in Livingston, Polk County; interment in Old City Cemetery, Livingston.
Written from material provided by Rod Sawyer, including the Handbook of Texas Online, and US Census records.
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