Civil War Records of Thomas J. Sawyer


Co. Regiment / Ship From To Residence/ Credit Occupation Notes
E 59th MVI
Private; enl. Dec. 30, 1863; must. Feb. 4, 1864 must. out June 2, 1865 Stow farmer

age 18

prisoner March 25, 1865, Ft. Stedman, Va.; exchanged March 29, 1865

Service Record (select pages from the National Archives): x
Service Ledger (Town of Acton): x


Co. Regiment Date Filed Type App. No. Cert. No. State Beneficiary/Remarks
E 59th MVI
March 27, 1888 Invalid 647 561 510 066 Mass.  
Aug. 8, 1919 Widow 1 144 958 880 843 Mass. Kate W. Sawyer

Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  11 pages (PDF*)

Grand Army of the Republic

Recorded as member no. 39 in the membership roster of Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R., Acton, Massachusetts (Acton Memorial Library archives, 92.2.1). 

G.A.R. Personal War Sketch


Date July 29, 1919
Place Acton
Age 74
Cause carcinoma of jaw
Obituary Maynard News, August 1, 1919
Burial Mt. Hope Cemetery, Acton, Mass.
Survived by His wife Kate; five daughters, Mrs. Sadie Sawyer, Mrs. Maud Leavitt, Miss Clara Sawyer of South Acton, Mrs. Eva Strauch of Waltham, Miss Jennie Sawyer of Littleton; three sons, Harry, Benjamin H., and Chester Sawyer of Boston; also Miss Evylin Sawyer and Mrs. Alma Leavitt Bennett, grand-daughters, and Miss Frances Bennett, great-grand-daughter; three brothers, James and Frank Sawyer of Clinton, and Edward Sawyer of Short Falls, N.H.

Additional Information

Thomas J. Sawyer, age 35, worker in cider mill, is recorded as an inhabitant of Acton in the 1880 federal census, in household (dwelling no. 283/330) with Kate Sawyer and four children (source:  1880 United States Federal Census. In: [online database]).

Thomas J. Sawyer is recorded in the 1890 special veterans census as a resident of Acton (source: 1890 Veterans Schedules. In: [online database]).


See also:

Peggy Jo Brown. Hometown Soldiers: Civil War Veterans of Assabet Village & Maynard Massachusetts. Maynard, Mass.: Flying Heron Press, 2005.  276-279.


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