Daniel J. Sawyer Papers, 1837-1924
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Brief Description:

The records date from 1837 to 1924, with the bulk of the material dating from 1854 to 1895. The majority of the collection includes 131 boxes of business records, vessel papers and Custom House records.  The primary focus of the collection is Daniel J. Sawyer’s shipping ventures in Jonesport, Maine. The Daniel J. Sawyer Papers are sorted into six series:

            I. Business Records

            II. Vessel Papers

            III. Custom House Records

            IV. D. J. and E. M. Sawyer Merchants

            V. Personal Papers

            VI. Miscellaneous Items

            Starting with Series I (33 boxes) a number of these papers are business letters between D. J. Sawyer and agents, brokers, captains, business people and various businesses. Letters contain a variety of topics including building ships, selling vessels, payments of bills, insurance premiums, insurance policies, voyages, arrivals, cargos, shipping rates, markets, freight, charters, commissions, repairs or collisions. A portion of the business records are correspondence with shipbrokers such as John S. Emery & Company, Enoch L. Richardson, Scammel Brothers and Simpson, Clapp & Company in addition to bankers like Foote & French and Swan & Barrett. Numerous Sawyer vessels are referenced in many letters as well as other vessels and their locations.   

            A note of possible interest in Series I are three letters to D. J. Sawyer about the mink pelt business on January 19, 1861 (box 2, folder 3); July 27, 1866 (box 2, folder 5); and September 4, 1866 (box 2, folder 5). The last two letters pertain to the damage caused by bugs to the mink skins. In another letter dated April 27, 1893 from E. B. Sawyer to D. J. Sawyer, the death of Nathaniel Kelley is mentioned (box 5, folder 9). Samuel P. Adams informs Daniel J. Sawyer in a letter on August 11, 1870 about the death of Captain Sawyer’s youngest brother, Willie, when aboard the captain’s vessel (Captain Sawyer may refer to J. W. Sawyer; unidentified vessel at this time).  Willie’s death occurred when he was scraping the fore topmast head and the holding strap broke. He fell 100 feet to his death. The body was packed in ice and sent home via a steamer (box 8, folder 2). There is a letter from Wm. W. Steadman & Co. on January 7, 1860 about the death of Reuben Lamson by smallpox (box 9, folder 9).

            The accounts in the Business Records include account books. Some account books are vessel related. The others pertain to general shipping. An account book, 1893-1920, mentions expenses and maintenance of a weir in 1911-1912 (box 10, folder 8). Business records also include account summaries along with bills, invoices and receipts. The remaining papers in Series I are miscellaneous papers. These include an appointment of D. J. Sawyer to be the Commissioner of Wrecks and Lost Goods. There is also a Lighthouse Board petition among other maritime papers (box 33, folders 1-2).

            The second series is also extensive (45 boxes). This series includes vessels built, owned or managed by D. J. Sawyer. Although not all the vessels’ papers are complete, many of the bills, invoices and receipts along with captain’s letters, articles, crew wages, freight documents or protests follow the voyages of the vessels.

            Correspondence is between D. J. Sawyer and agents or merchants in many ports concerning his ships and their cargos, bills, and receipts for provisions and supplies for ships, insurance documents and shipping contracts. The letters between captains and D. J. Sawyer are about management and the voyages of the vessels.

            Invoices of voyages contain receipts for goods purchased, upkeep, customs, consular papers and towage. Accounts for cargo such as freight settlements and bills of lading can be found as well as crew lists, wages, charter parties and agreements. Insurance policies and bills of sale are included with some of the vessel papers.

            The Ada Barker (Three-mast schooner), Clara E. Rogers (Schooner), D. Sawyer (Schooner), D. J. Sawyer (Three-mast schooner), Drisko (Three-mast schooner), E. M. Sawyer (Schooner), Ella Brown (Schooner), Emeline G. Sawyer (Schooner), Florence P. Hall (Schooner), Georgie D. Loud (Schooner), Henry (Schooner), Ida May (Schooner), John S. Case (Three-mast schooner), L. Holway (Schooner), Lanie Cobb (Three-mast schooner), Mary (Schooner), Mary Ann (Schooner), Mary E. Gage (Schooner), Peiro (Schooner), Quoddy (Schooner), Rogers (Schooner), S. J. Gilmore (Schooner), Sarah (Schooner), Speedwell (Schooner), T. A. Stuart (Schooner), Vineyard (Three-mast schooner) and the Yreka (Schooner)  have the most papers. Ship stores and slops can be found for the Ida May (Schooner). Ship stores are also found for the Lanie Cobb (Three-mast schooner), Peiro (Schooner), Quoddy (Schooner) and the Rogers (Three-mast schooner).

            Notes of interest include L. B. Hume and Co. writing to D. J. Sawyer on February 24, 1877 that the captain of the James Warren (Schooner) was arrested for stealing from vessels. Hume and Co. believe this captain stole sails, an anchor, rigging and more from their schooner Red Beach (box 55, folder 19). Benjamin Outhouse writes to D. J. Sawyer on November 1, 1893 and January 3, 1894 concerned about his son, Chester Outhouse, aboard the John S. Case (Three-mast schooner). The father fears the vessel and crew met their fate as he heard the vessel went ashore near Nassau (box 55, folder 38). There is another letter about cannibalism at sea from Captain Charles Keene on February 14, 1878 to Sawyer. Captain Keene found the schooner Sallie M. Steelman adrift at sea. The vessel had been out to sea for about 45 days. The captain and crewmen of the Sallie M. Steelman (Schooner) had been eight days without food. Keene wrote that they had “killed a negro on the morning of the seventh day and made one meal of him” (box 70, folder 19). The victim of cannibalism was sailor George Seaman who was shot in the head by seaman Wallace Sampson after a fit of insanity due to starvation.A protest letter written by James E. Neal (United States Consul, Liverpool) dated November 8, 1893 documents that Captain Drisko, wife and crew of five men of the Drisko (Schooner) were rescued after five days from atop the after deck house of the submerged vessel by Captain Norton Alexander of the British steamship Mexican (box 43, folder 38). There is also a letter from Jas. Murchie and Sons to D. J. Sawyer on January 18, 1876 stating they heard Captain Kelley of the Sahwa (Schooner) committed suicide (box 69, folder 13). It could not be determined at this time if Captain Kelley actually committed suicide. Records do indicate that a Captain Richard Amos Allen Kelley died on January 8, 1876 in Jonesport.2 

            The remaining captains’ correspondence (four boxes) in Subseries IIB did not fit with any particular vessel. These letters are to D. J. Sawyer from captains or managers of unidentified vessels, which may or may not be owned by Sawyer. There is a letter written by Captain J. W. Sawyer on January 21, 1862 which addresses an event at the time of the Civil War. He wrote that the privateer Florida ran the blockade at Mobile and captured and burnt the new brig Estelle of Millbridge. This rebel vessel was a steamer of 700 tons, 8 guns, 135 men and able to travel 11 to 12 knots. He goes on to say that Confederate vessels come to Havana from southern ports and these vessels run the blockade “just as they like coming here every day with cotton and other produce” (box 78, folder 7). The last subseries in the vessel papers are the Miscellaneous Papers (Subseries IIC). These are empty envelopes for assorted and unidentified vessels. 

            The third series, Custom House Records, is another extensive part of the collection (53 boxes, 11 volumes). The correspondence is of Custom House Deputy Collectors at Jonesport and Machias. There are some general letters relating to Customs one of which is written by D. J. Sawyer. Deputy Collectors include J. M. Johnson, E. B. Sawyer, C. W. Hall and George F. Mansfield among others. A letter dated October 9, 1882 to D. J. Sawyer from Deputy Collector of Machias, George Leavitt, suggests a woman, Mrs. Louisa Bagley, would make a good Deputy Collector for Jonesport (box 80, folder 10).

            Subseries IIIB includes payments and receipts gathered at Customs by collectors for vessels at Jonesport. These are Daily Record of Moneys Received from All Sources volume as well as Receipt for Collections; Payment of Tonnage Tax Duty; Certificate of Tonnage Tax; and Account of Navigation Fees, Deceased Passenger and Tonnage Tax papers.

            Subseries IIIC is quite extensive. This includes Custom House vessel documentation at Jonesport for bills of sale, clearance documents (inward manifest, outward manifests, coasting manifests, invoices, declarations, entry for consumption, receipts for duties and fees, admeasurements, inspectors certificates, master’s oath), articles of agreement and crew lists. There is also a seaman’s time book for the schooner Charlie Bucki. This book only documents the master’s certificate. The rest of the pages are blank.

            There are more articles of agreement for the Abbie Ingalls (Schooner), Acara (Schooner), Ada Barker (Three-mast schooner), Alexandria (Schooner), Clara E. Rogers (Schooner), Clifford I. White (Schooner), E. M. Sawyer (Schooner), Ella Brown (Schooner), Elvira (Schooner), Emeline G. Sawyer (Schooner), Florence P. Hall (Schooner), Georgie D. Loud (Schooner), Henry (Schooner), Ida May (Schooner), James Warren (Schooner), John S. Case (Three-mast schooner), L. Holway (Schooner), Lanie Cobb (Three-mast schooner), Nettie B. Dobbin (Schooner), Ospray (Schooner), Peiro (Schooner), Stephen J. Watts (Schooner), T. A. Stuart (Schooner), Ulrica L. Smith (Schooner), Victor (Schooner), Vineyard (Three-mast schooner) and Yreka (Schooner).

            For crew lists, there are more documents for the Abbie Ingalls (Schooner), Acara (Schooner), Clara E. Rogers (Schooner), Clifford I. White (Schooner), Curlew (Screw steamer), D. Sawyer (Schooner), Emeline G. Sawyer (Schooner), Florence P. Hall (Schooner), Georgie D. Loud (Schooner), Henry (Schooner), Josephine B. Knowles (Schooner), Lanie Cobb (Three-mast schooner), Peiro (Schooner), Stephen J. Watts (Schooner), T. A. Stuart (Schooner), Ulrica L. Smith (Schooner), Victor (Schooner), Vineyard (Three-mast schooner), Xiphias (Screw steamer) and Yreka (Schooner).

            In Subseries IIIC, there are also volumes of registration books (Index of Register, Registers of Vessels and Bond for Registry), enrollment books (Index of Enrollments, Enrollment of Vessels and Enrollment Bonds and Oaths) and license books (Index of License Under 20 Tons, License Under 20 Tons, Bonds for License Under 20 Tons, Index of License Above 20 Tons and Bonds of License Above 20 Tons). Moreover, crew bonds are part of this subseries in addition to bills of health, Oath of New Master book, master’s oaths and Bond of Master books.

            Subseries IIID are Customs related circulars, flyers and publications. Circulars are from the Treasury Department and Department of Commerce and Labor. Some circulars are re-appraisements of merchandise. Publications include Lists of Light Buoys and Day Marks books for various lighthouse districts. There are other publications as well. These include List of Merchant Vessels of the U. S., Official Number and Signal Letters books. Subseries IIIE consists of miscellaneous papers pertaining to U. S. Fisheries along with a Notice of Entries Liquidated bulletin and some Custom House documentation guidelines.  Ephemera in this subseries includes Custom House sample forms and blank forms. There are additional empty envelopes, wrappers and loose papers.

            A small number of items represent the business, D. J. and E. M. Sawyer (Series IV). This was a large mercantile store owned and operated by Daniel J. Sawyer and his brother, Edward M. Sawyer, in Jonesport. The store supplied local residents and vessels. Papers include an insurance policy, correspondence, account book, invoices, receipts, licenses and certificate in addition to miscellaneous business cards, advertising cards, advertising booklets, business flyers, ephemera, blank forms and empty envelopes. The account book records the names of customers and the goods purchased from D. J. and E. M. Sawyer. There is one account for the schooner Ella Brown paid to C. H. Mansfield on January 21, 1895 in the account book (box 132, folder 4). Also, there are five retail dealer licenses for D. J. Sawyer’s general store before he went into business with his brother (box 132, folder 7) as well as a Merchants Retail Commercial Agency certificate for D. J. and E. M. Sawyer (box 132, folder 8). A small round advertising sticker promotes the business:

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            Series V Personal Papers primarily pertains to D. J. Sawyer. There are also papers for Edward M. Sawyer, Levi B. Sawyer, Edward B. Sawyer, J. D. Sawyer, John D. Sawyer and unidentified Sawyer family members. In Subseries VA, most of the letters are to D. J. Sawyer from family members. There is some general correspondence as well. In a letter on June 9, 1884, H. K. Waite writes that D. J. Sawyer’s boy, David, skipped Sunday School and also went for a ride one Sunday evening on a steamboat. This principal of the Academy at East Machias where David boards expects him to study at evening time. He spoke to David on occasions about expulsion due to his misbehavior (box 133, folder 1). Chas. A. Black on September 18, 1884,  writes about the misconduct of David at the same school. David goes out in the evening time without permission. He is expected to study instead. Mr. Black stated David went to Machiasport on the stage and knew nothing about bookkeeping for his class in the morning. Black goes on to say that David assaulted his roommate Brown (box 133, folder 1). In another letter on April 16, 1861, D. J. Sawyer writes about the death of his mother (box 133, folder 2).

            Subseries VA Accounts includes some bills of sale for livestock, wood and property.  Tax receipts are for property owned on Mead and Russell Streets in Boston. Moreover, legal documents, church related, school related, politics, town of Jonesport, administrator of estates, administrator of misc. affairs, other business and miscellaneous papers are part of this subseries. Legal documents are insurance for the dwelling, barn and shed of D. J. Sawyer situated in Jonesport, plus a deed to Cross Island (October 7, 1858) and a summons for the court case Wilson vs. Sawyer. Church-related correspondence is abundant. These letters show Sawyer’s involvement in the Congregational Church and his many religious endeavors. His roles as a school agent and town assessor are shown in correspondence, accounts and meeting minutes in the School-Related files. Politics reveals his involvement in the Republican Party. There are some documents pertaining to the formation of the Republican Campaign Club under Politics (box 134, Folder 7, 8). Maine State Senatorial appointment notifications for D. J. Sawyer in 1870 and 1871 are in Politics as well (box 134, folder 9). Furthermore, the correspondence, account summaries, receipts and record book in the Town of Jonesport (Subseries VA) reveal some of D. J. Sawyer’s responsibilities as a town selectman. There is also a pauper notice for Louisa J. Marshall on January 26, 1880 to the Overseer of the Poor of Jonesport. The town of Columbia Falls asks Jonesport to remove this destitute woman from their town and “provide for her without delay” and reimburse them for her expenses (box 134, folder 16).

            Additionally, in Subseries VA, papers show D. J. Sawyer as an Administrator of Estates for deceased Charles F. Barker, Henry Faulkingham, Reuben Lamson, Darius Dickey, George W. Ware, James W. Dobbin and Edward Beal among others. There are two letters written by C.T.D. Fessenden on March 23, 1870 and March 25, 1870 about the ailing and then the death of Captain Henry Faulkingham due to cancer at the U. S. Marine Hospital in Portland, Maine (box 136, folder 1). There is also an inventory of Reuben Lamson’s real and personal estate dated March 17, 1860 (box 136, folder 11). Sawyer also handled other affairs such as real estate, finances, debt, bills, employment, tenancy and boarding for various living individuals in addition to the assistance of widows, orphans and the poor. He was also a philanthropist and involved with the Red Granite Company, Marine Railway, Dexter & Newport R. R. Company, Washington Academy and the Eastern Trust and Banking Company. In the miscellaneous papers same subseries, is a store account book dated 1823 (box 136, folder 27). This book is too early to have belonged to D. J. Sawyer. It is unknown at this time who this book originated from, but it appears to be from Jonesport. In Subseries VC is an indenture of Edward M. Sawyer granting fishing weir privileges on Green Island to John W. Beal, Warren E. Beal, John W. Wallace and Levi Wallace on April 8, 1900 (box 137, folder 4). There is a Republican Club account book where Edward M. Sawyer documented subscription fees paid. Daniel J. Sawyer is listed in this book (box 137, folder 6).

            Lastly, Series VI includes publications and ephemera.  Publications include Price List for the Providence Tool Company: Ship Chandlery Etc., “By-Laws of the Jonesport Red Granite Company,” Register of the House of Representatives of the State of Maine, 1889-1890 and the newspapers Boston Post and Daily Inter Ocean among others. Ephemera are a blank workman’s time book, forms and scraps. Moreover, there are two oversize Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York calendars, 1876. 


1. “Cannibalism at Sea.” New York Times. February 13, 1878.

2. http://www.findagrave.com

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Created by: Daniel J. Sawyer (1824-1909)
Volume: 140.0 Boxes

Series I. Business Records

            Subseries IA. Correspondence

            Subseries IB. Accounts

            Subseries IC. Miscellaneous papers

Series II. Vessel Papers

            Subseries IIA. Built, owned and/or managed by Daniel J. Sawyer

            Subseries IIB. Captain’s letters

            Subseries IIC. Miscellaneous papers

Series III. Custom House Records

            Subseries IIIA. Correspondence (Jonesport & Machias)

            Subseries IIIB. Payments and receipts

            Subseries IIIC. Vessel documentations

            Subseries IIID. Circulars, flyers and publications

            Subseries IIIE. Other miscellaneous papers

Series IV. D. J. and E. M. Sawyer Merchants

Series V. Personal Papers

            Subseries VA. Daniel J. Sawyer

            Subseries VB.  Daniel J. Sawyer and Edward M. Sawyer

            Subseries VC. Edward M. Sawyer

            Subseries VD. Levi B. Sawyer

            Subseries VE. Edward B. Sawyer

            Subseries VF. J. D. Sawyer

            Subseries VG. John D. Sawyer

            Subseries VH. Unidentified Sawyer family member

Series VI. Miscellaneous Items

            Subseries VIA. Publications

            Subseries VIB. Ephemera

Biographical Note for Daniel J. Sawyer (1824-1909) :

Daniel James Sawyer was born on April 2, 1824 to Daniel Jordan Sawyer (1791-1879) and Mary A. Bagley Sawyer (1801-1861) in Jonesport, Maine. He married Emeline B. Glover (1836-1902) on June 5, 1858 in Jonesport. She was the daughter of Willard Daniel Glover (1796-1865) and Emeline Packard Glover (1810-1898). They had no biological children.2, 3 The Sawyers adopted William Franklin (1861-1868) in 1864. William was born to William Dobbins II (1827-1860) and Sarah Kent (1832-after 1900). He was named William Franklin Dobbins at birth, but after the adoption by the Sawyers he was renamed William Franklin Sawyer. Daniel J. and Emeline Sawyer also took in David Dodge Grover (1868-1943) and raised him as their son. He became known as David Dodge Grover Sawyer.8

            Daniel J. Sawyer was educated in Jonesport schools. He assisted his father in boat building and farming in his earlier years. He later became an active merchant and boat builder and then started a business of shipbuilding in Jonesport. In 1874, Daniel J. Sawyer went into partnership with his brother, Edward M. Sawyer. They continued shipbuilding in connection with a large retail mercantile business under the firm name D. J. and E. M. Sawyer. This firm became greatly successful. Their shipyard at Jonesport was active for 16 years “owning and controlling at one time forty-three wooden vessels.”Some vessels built, owned or managed by D. J. Sawyer included the A. J. Dyer (Schooner), Ada Barker (Three-mast schooner), Carrie C. Ware (Three-mast schooner), Clara E. Rogers (Schooner), Drisko (Three-mast schooner), E. M. Sawyer (Schooner),  Florence P. Hall (Schooner), Ida May (Schooner), John S. Case (Three-mast (Schooner), Nillsson (Schooner) and Peiro (Schooner). One of his schooners, the Emeline G. Sawyer, was named after his wife. The cargos of D. J. Sawyer’s schooners sometimes included merchandise for his general store.6  In 1890, the brothers launched their last schooner, D. J. Sawyer (named for Daniel J. Sawyer), as the demand for wooden vessels declined.4

                    Daniel J. Sawyer and Edward M. Sawyer built the Sawyer Building in 1896 located at Sawyer’s Square in Jonesport for $2485. This building replaced their original store and served as a ship’s chandlery, general store and U. S. Custom House/Office.1 Edward B. Sawyer (nephew) was one of the Deputy Collectors of Customs at the location.5

            Daniel J. Sawyer was a significant figure in the growth of Jonesport and general welfare of the town. Sawyer served as a town and municipal officer for Jonesport. He was affiliated with the Republican Party from its birth and was one of the founders in Maine. He was elected in 1871, 1872, 1899 and 1900 as a Maine State Senator.4, 7  Daniel J. Sawyer died in Calais, Maine, on June 10, 1909 of heart failure and is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Jonesport. Emeline died on July 1, 1902 due to an accidental burning. She is buried in Greenwood Cemetery as well.2, 3

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Subject Index
A. J. Sawyer (Schooner)
A. R. Keene (Three-mast schooner)
Abbie Ingalls (Schooner)
Ada Barker (Schooner)
Adelaide (Schooner)
Administration of Estates
Alberta (Brig)
Albert Manufacturing Co.
Alexandria (Schooner)
Banner (Schooner)
Barker, Charles F.
Bertram N. White (Three-mast schooner)
Bills of health
Bills of lading
Bills of sale
Boatyards--Jonesport (ME)
Carrie C. Ware (Three-mast schooner)
Charlie Bucki (Schooner)
Clara E. Rogers (Schooner)
Clifford I. White (Three-mast schooner)
Crew lists
Customs houses
D. J. Sawyer (Schooner)
D. J. Sawyer (Three-mast schooner)
D. Sawyer (Schooner)
Dickey, Darius, Captain
Dobbins, James W., Captain
Drisko (Three-mast schooner)
Drisko, H. C., Captain
Drisko, J. W., Captain
Drisko, Thomas A., Captain
Dunbar, Darius D., Captain
E. I. White (Three-mast schooner)
E. M. Sawyer (Schooner)
Edwards, John, Captain
Edward Stewart (Three-mast schooner)
Ella Brown (Schooner)
Elvira (Schooner)
Emeline (Schooner)
Emeline G. Sawyer (Schooner)
Exchange (Schooner)
F. T. Drisko (Schooner)
Faulkingham, Henry, Captain
Faulkingham, O. B., Captain
Florence P. Hall (Schooner)
Foote and French
Fred B. Balano (Three-mast schooner)
Freeport (Schooner)
Freight and freightage
Georgie D. Loud (Schooner)
Giraffe (Schooner)
Hall, Charles W.
Hall, Reuben L., Captain
Hattie E. King (Three-mast schooner)
Henry (Schooner)
Highland Queen (Schooner)
Hinkley, James, Captain
Howland, Ida M.
Ida May (Schooner)
James E. Shafner (Brig)
John (Schooner)
John S. Case (Three-mast schooner)
John S. Emery & Co.
John S. Emery (Barkentine)
Johnson, J. M.
Jonesport (ME)
Keene, Charles, Captain
Kelley, Darius D., Captain
L. Holway (Schooner)
Lamson, F. P., Captain
Lanie Cobb (Three-mast schooner)
Look, Oscar W., Captain
Machias (ME)
Mansfield, George F.
Marine protests
Mary (Schooner)
Mary Ann (Schooner)
Mary E. Gage (Schooner)
Merchant seamen
Moro (Three-mast schooner)
Nillsson (Schooner)
Peiro (Schooner)
Pilgrim (Schooner)
Political clubs
Quoddy (Schooner)
Revolution (Schooner)
Rising Sun (Schooner)
Rogers (Three-mast schooner)
Rogers, George N., Captain
Rogers, Nathaniel C., Captain
S. J. Gilmore (Schooner)
Sarah (Schooner)
Sawyer, Daniel James
Sawyer, David D.
Sawyer, Edward B.
Sawyer, Edward Mansfield
Sawyer, J. W., Captain
Sawyer, John V.
Sawyer, Levi, Captain
Scammel Brothers
Shipbuilding industry
Shipbuilding materials
Ship captains
Ship chandlers
Simpson and Clapp
Snow and Richardson
Speedwell (Three-mast schooner)
Swan and Barrett
T. A. Stuart (Schooner)
Vilora H. Hopkins (Bark)
Vineyard (Three-mast schooner)
William W. Vaughn
Yreka (Schooner)
Zulma (Schooner)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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Acquisition Notes: The Daniel J. Sawyer papers were donated to the Maine Maritime Museum by John V. Sawyer II on January 4, 1989. Hans Taubenberger of Jonesport, Maine, also assisted in the donation of the papers, conta  The Daniel J. Sawyer papers were gathered by the donor in the Sawyer Building at 21 Sawyer Square in Jonesport, Maine. He held the papers until the donation came to the Museum in 1989. The donor also brought some of the papers from the Sawyer general store, once across the street from the aforementioned location (the Sawyer general store no longer exists, present site the Jonesport Marina Building). The donor, John V. Sawyer II, was the great grandson of Edward Mansfield Sawyer (brother of Daniel J. Sawyer). His business the Worcester-Sawyer Insurance Agency was located at 21 Sawyer Square from 1932 to 1994. The Sawyer Building (21 Sawyer Square) previously served as the Sawyer ship chandlery, general store and the U.S. Custom House. John V. Sawyer II donated the building and contents to the Jonesport Historical Society in 2011. The first floor now houses a museum and restored U. S. Custom Office from the late 1890s.1
Related Materials: Related material in repository, MS-155
PreferredCitation: Daniel J. Sawyer Papers, MS-65, Research Library, Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, Maine