Sawyer (Y-DNA)

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Status summary

Completed as of April 15, 2021:

  • Recruiting direct male-line descendants of John Sawyer for SNP testing - anyone interested in submitting their DNA for testing should contact Raymond T. Wing (email: wing.genealogist AT gmail DOT com)

Still to do as of April 15, 2021

  • NGS/WGS test multiple descendants of John Sawyer to place the family clade as well as test descendants to discover any subclades unique to descendants lines


First Generation

John Sawyer died after 8 Mar 1704/5 (Deed). He married twice, first Marshfield last of Nov 1666 Mercy Little and second Marshfield 23 Nov 1694 Rebecca BARKER Snow.[1] By his first wife, John had seven children (born Marshfield): --ke (1667), Mercy (1668/9), Susanna (1671 no further record), Thomas (1672 m. Mary ____ no children), Josiah (1675), Mary (1677 no further record) and Anne (d. 1682).

Second Generation

Josiah Sawyer was born 7 [worn]ary 1675 and died Tiverton (now in RI) abt Oct 1733. He married Tiverton 20 Dec 1705 Martha Seabury (a descendant of John Alden) and they had seven children (born Tiverton): John (1707-1794 unm.), Hannah (1710), Mercy (1711), Mary (1714), Abigail (1716), Priscilla (bp 1719) and Josiah (1725).

Third Generation

Deacon Josiah Sawyer (II) was born Tiverton 15 May 1725[2] and died Little Compton, RI 18 Sep 1792. He married twice, first bef 1749 Sarah Pierce and second aft 1780 Antrace CHURCH Wilcox. All children by first wife (born Little Compton): Thomas (1749), Patience (1751), Lemuel (1753), Priscilla (1754), Josiah (1756), Martha (1757), Antrace (1758) and John (1759).

  1. By his second wife, John had nine daughters and an infant son, but they do not descend from a Mayflower passenger.
  2. Some sources state he was born in 1715.

DNA results TBD

Previous Y-DNA testing

The Sawyer DNA Project currently does not have any Y-DNA descendants of John Sawyer.

Further needed testing

We need additional direct male-line descendants of John Sawyer to WGS/NGS test to discover the haplogroup/clade for the family.

References & External Links

Wakefield, Robert S., Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Vol. 18 part II (daughters Mary, Annna & Elizabeth), General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA, 2011