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Willis Herbert Sawyer
 Willis Herbert Sawyer, 1863-

From American Series of Popular Biographies. Massachusetts Edition. This Volume Contains Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston: Graves & Steinbarger, 1891.


WILLIS HERBERT SAWYER, M.D., who for the last ten years has been successfully engaged in the practice of medicine in Dorchester, was born in Antrim, Hillsboro County, N.H., on January 6, 1863, a son of Samuel S. and Mary (Day) Sawyer. His paternal grandfather was Edmund Sawyer, born in Antrim, N.H., in 1809. The father of Edmund was Enoch, who was a son of Enoch, first; and the last named, who came from Ireland, was one of the early settlers of Goffstown, N.H.

Enoch Sawyer, who was born in Goffstown, removed to Antrim, where he cleared and improved a farm. In 1802 he married Lucy Simonds, daughter of Benjamin Simonds, a soldier of the Revolution; and they had a family of six children, of whom Edmund was the third-born. None of the family are now living.

Edmund Sawyer, who, as above stated, was born in Antrim, grew to manhood upon the farm. He learned the blacksmith's trade, which he afterward followed in Bedford and Antrim for more than forty years. His death took place in the last-named town when he was eighty-six years old. By industry and thrift he had acquired a good estate. He was respected by the entire community as a conscientious citizen. In his later years he was a Republican, while in religion he was a Presbyterian. He married Nancy Steele, a daughter of Samuel Steele, of Antrim, and they were the parents of two children: Samuel S., father of the subject of this sketch; and Mary F., the wife of D.P. Bryer, of Antrim.

Samuel Steele Sawyer removed with his parents from Bedford to Antrim when he was six months old. His education, begun in the schools of the latter town, was completed at the Peterboro Academy. He then spent a year in the grocery business at West Medford, Mass., as a member of the firm of Sawyer & Parmenter, but subsequently returned to Antrim and engaged in farming. For many years he has been engaged in the milk business, and is also an extensive dealer in cattle. Besides his homestead he owns a valuable farm in Windsor, N.H. In politics he is a Republican. He was a member of the Board of Selectmen of Antrim for ten years, during five of which he served as chairman; and for two years he was Town Treasurer. He has also served as Supervisor of the Check List, and he represented the town in the Legislature for the years 1879 and 1880. His wife, Mary, to whom he was united on May 18, 1861, was a daughter of Robert Day, of Peterboro. They have had five children--Willis H., Eva Louise, Georgianna, Alice Bertha, and Harry Gilbert. Eva L. is the wife of Watson B. Fearing, of Dorchester, Mass., and has three children--Ruth, Ralph, and Mary Elizabeth. Georgianna is now Mrs. John S. Nesmith, of Antrim. Alice B. is teaching school in Antrim, N.H. Harry G. is engaged in the milk business in Dorchester. Mr. Samuel S. Sawyer has been a member of the Masonic order for the last thirty-two years, and has occupied most of the chairs in Harmony Lodge at Hillsboro Bridge.

Willis H. Sawyer resided on his father's farm till reaching the age of sixteen years. He attended Francestown Academy for four years, and then spent one year in Tufts College at Medford, Mass. Subsequently applying himself to the study of medicine he graduated at the Homeopathic College in New York City in 1888. He spent the two years following in the Brooklyn Homeopathic Hospital as resident physician, after which, in 1890, he settled in Dorchester, where he has since been engaged in a successful and increasing practice. He is a member of the Massachusetts State Homeopathic Society and of the Boston Surgical and Gynecological Society and of the Dorchester Medical Club. He also belongs to Union Lodge, F. & A. M.*, of Dorchester; Dorchester Chapter, R.A.M.;** and Joseph Warren Commandery, K.T.***

Dr. Sawyer was married November 29, 1893, to Miss Mabel Ladd, a daughter of George O. And Bessie (Britton) Ladd, of Dorchester, Mass.

*F. & A.M. Free and Accepted Masons.
**R.A.M. Royal Arch Masons, a Dorchester group of Masons.
***K.T. Knights Templar

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