James K. Sawyer

Family History & Photographs Courtesy of Peggy (Sawyer) Williams

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Letta Sawyer, James K. Sawyer, Armintha Lett-Sawyer, Stanley Sawyer

James K. Sawyer, son of William Sawyer and Sarah (Roberts-Scott) Sawyer, was born October 20, 1859, in Randolph County Indiana. James married Armintha Lett on December 22, 1878 in Van Buren County, MI. Armintha was a daughter of Aquilla Lett and Sarah Jane (Caliman) Lett born January 1, 1857, in Muskingum County, Ohio. James and Armintha and family lived in South Haven, Fenwick and Hubbardston prior to their final move to Rolland Township in 1917. James died in 1939. Armintha died in 1941, both at their home.

They are buried in Pine River Cemetery, Blanchard, MI. Their children were: Verna, Emmet, Letta, Stanley, Myrtle, Ralph, Leslie and Vivian. Verna, Emmet and Leslie died at a young age. Letta (1882 - 1940) married John Manning (1873 - 1937). Both are buried in the Baptist-Catholic Cemetery, Hubbardston, Ionia County, MI. Stanley (1886 - 1964) married Wealthy Belle Guy (1898-1997) in 1920. Both are buried in Pine River Cemetery, Blanchard, MI. Myrtle (1890 - 1967) married William Harry Worix (1886 - 1955). Both are buried in Pine River Cemetery, Blanchard, MI. Ralph (1894 - 1967) is buried in Long Island, NY. Vivian (1899 - 1933) married Bartlett Cross. Both are buried in Pine River Cemetery, Blanchard, MI.

The Sawyer Family Home, a large mansion type was built in 1874 by an Englishman, William Beckley. The home was occupied by three generations of Sawyer families for over 75 years. In 1917 James and Armintha purchased the home when they moved from Van Buren County. In 1936, Stanley and Wealthy moved into the home where they reared their family of seven children: Lyle, Worthy, Donna, Ione, Max, Peggy and Robert. The children attended nearby Oberlin Grade School and Blanchard High School.

 

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