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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 20. 2 0 Browse Search
The Daily Dispatch: February 17, 1865., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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Zipporah Sawyer. 1819-1916. [Read before the Medford Historical Society, December 18, 1916.] Miss Sawyer was born in Bolton, Mass., August 31, 1819. Her ancestors were of that vigorous, self-reliant stock of New England who worked not only for the settlement and progress of their native towns, but were engaged as well in affairs that advanced their country. Miss Sawyer's grandfather, Benjamin Sawyer, served in the war of the Revolution. Her father, Dr. Levi Sawyer, was the physician of Bolton and of all the country around. He was a man of marked individuality, a quality our townswoman inherited to a high degree; she was Miss Sawyer on the street, in the church, in the committee room, Miss Sawyer and no one else. Her earliest years were spent in her Bolton home, where, as time went on, she combined the duties of a farmer's daughter with those of a doctor's helper, for in those days of thrift and industry a profession was rarely separated from the work of the farm. A
the room. A lot of chips were taken from the pockets of a member of Congress. A peculiar-looking faro table, different from any witness had ever seen, was also found in the house. In the pockets of a member of the Legislature there was found a pack of cards. The case was continued till Saturday, the parties in the meantime giving bail for their appearance. The case of Lloyd C. Bell, charged with feloniously receiving, knowing them to have been stolen, a double-barrel shotgun, a Derringer pistol, and a handsome case of surgical instruments, valued at five hundred dollars, the property of Robert McNamee, was disposed of by sending the accused to the Hustings Court. Lucinda, slave of Rebecca Risener, charged with having a pound of coffee in her possession supposed to have been stolen from Dr. Morris, was ordered to be whipped. Allen, slave of Alfred Holladay, charged with going at large and assaulting Benjamin Sawyer, a white man, was also ordered to be whipped.