Name: Sawyer, Alfred I. (1799-1849)
Other Names: Sawyer, Ira, named changed February 18, 1822 to
Sawyer, Alfred Ira
Birthplace: Harvard, MA
Death Location: Dover, NH
Residence: Harvard, MA
Dover, NH 1823, 1830, 1840, 1843
Occupation: Apprentice textile dyer at Amesbury, MA, and Great Falls, NH.
Owner and builder of Sawyer Mills (later known as Sawyer Woolen Mills), 1824 until his death in 1849 -- Dover NH (after Alfred's death, the mill was run by his brothers).
Father: Sawyer, Phineas
Mother: Whitney, Hannah
Sawyer, Zenas (Sawyer Mills)
Sawyer, Francis A. (d.1881; Sawyer Mills)
Sawyer, Jonathan (c.1817-; m. Martha Perkins; son Charles Henry Sawyer; ran Sawyer Mills after his brother, Alfred)
Children: Several children
Notes: Isaac Wendell leased mill privileges at the Third Falls of the Bellamy River to an enterprising newcomer to Dover, Alfred I. Sawyer of Marlborough, MA. Sawyer had been in town about a year and saw great potential for cloth manufacturing on the Bellamy. He built a new two story woolen mill on the site of Benjamin Libbey's grist mill, had a new dam constructed there by builder William Drew, and began to dress cloth in the samll factory. In 1825, Sawyer added carding machines to the mll and the following year purchased the rights to operate a grist mill on the Second Falls. He began manufacturing flannels with one set of machinery; in 1837 a second set was added.
By the time of his death in 1849, the cloth dressing, carding, and flannel manufacturing businesses established 25 years earlier by Alfred Sawyer were thriving, profit-making operations on the two falls below Libbey's bridge. The businesses passed on to Alred's three brothers, Zenas (who retired in 1852), Francis A. of Boston, and Jonathan, who was only 32.
SEE ALSO: Search Terms "Sawyer Woolen Mills"
William T. Davis, Editor. The New England States, Their Constitutional, Judical, Educational, Commercial, Professional and Industrial History. Volume I. (Boston, MA: D. H. Hurd & Co., 1897), 249-253.
Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts, To the End of the Year 1849. (Worcester, Massachusetts: Franklin P. Rice, 1908), 165.
Deaths, Dover Enquirer, Dover, NH, August 7, 1849, 3.