Guide to the Squire Joseph Sawyer Account Book, 1843-1855
Collection number: MS 198
About Squire Joseph Sawyer (1785-1858)
Joseph “Squire” Sawyer, son of Edward Sawyer and Hannah Strong, was a farmer who lived in Piermont, New Hampshire. He was born about 1785 in Orford NH and died 4 July 1858 in Piermont. He had seven children with his wife Mary Dole, six girls and one boy. In the town history of Piermont, 1764-1947, he was noted as a "substantial and influential citizen."
About the Squire Joseph Sawyer Account Book
The account book has entries from November 6, 1843-October 1855. It is well organized, with expenditures and income categorized by business and/or individual. Sawyer's business with individuals included money exchanges for goods and services, bartering and work/labor payments. He had business relationships with the Piermont Bridge Company, Connecticut and Passumpsic Rivers Railroad (also referred to as the Extension Railroad) and the town of Piermont. It appears he obtained some of the timber that went into building of the first line of the Connecticut and Passumpsic Rivers Railroad. This line, extending from White River Junction, Vermont to Bradford, Vermont, opened in the fall of 1848 and is still in use today.
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Squire Joseph Sawyer Account Book, 1843-1855, MS 198, Milne Special
Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Purchased: Carmen D. Valentino, Nov. 14, 2005