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Joseph Sawyer and Julia Matilda Meigs

Little is known about Joseph's parents and there is conflicting information about where he was born.  Some records say he was born in Delaware and his parents in Germany, still others cite his and his parent's birth in New York. 
Julia's heritage on the other hand is well documented.  She is the daughter of Theodore Denton Meigs and Julia Eliza Tooker born last and ninth child on 12 December 1868 in Jamaica, Queens County, New York.
The Meigs (Meggs) heritage is well documented.  Theodore's father was the esteemed professor Henry Meigs and his mother was Julianna Austin, a niece of Moses Austin, and cousin of Stephen Austin who are credited with founding the Texas Colony and name of the State Capitol. 
A cousin of Theodore's, Montgomery Cunningham Meigs, was a general in the Civil War.  He was charged by President Abraham Lincoln to build a cemetery to honor the dead of our nation and in 1864, Montgomery began construction on what is now known as Arlington Cemetery.
More information on Meigs family history can be found at this link:
Click on the link Henry Meigs #215, Theodore Denton Meigs father.



1 Theodore Denton Meigs


Birth:            1814, New York, NY1

Death:            12 Oct 1893, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY2,2

Occ:              teller at Bank 1860;  clerk in bank 1870

Educ:             resident in 21st Ward Brooklyn

Reli:             age 54 at 1870 - b1816

Father:           Henry Meigs (1782-1861)

Mother:           Julianna Austin (1783-)


For many years paying teller in Bank of America.  During Civil War was Lieutenant in a home company organized by himself.  Prominent in religious work, etc. 


Census: 1870 NY Brooklyn 21 ward census page 442 ( p397/8)

Theodore - 54 clerk in Bank b NY

Julia 42 housekeeper b ny

Annie 22 no occupaton b ny

Kate 17 home b ny

James 16 b ny

Henry 9 b ny

Frederick  7 b ny

Julia 3 b ny

also Ann Fulton 24, servant, b Ireland


Census Note: 1880 New York Kings Brooklyn ED 212 image 23

535 Willoughby

Theo D. 66  fire insurance  b Ny pb Conn/Pa

Julia  46  b Ny pb Ny

Henry 19  railroad clerk

Fred W. 17  dry goods clerk

Julia 12  at school


Spouse:           Julia Eliza Tooker3

Birth:            1833, New York

Father:           John N. Tooker

Mother:           Maria Jacobsen (1804-)

Marr:             1 Jun 1846


Children:         Anna Augusta (1848-1923)

                  Theodore Churchill (1850-1857)

                  Kate Justina (1852-1934)

                  James Clark (1854-1936)

                  Charles Austin (1856-1864)

                  Henry Churchill (1861-1913)

                  Frederick Walker (1864-1895)

                  Evangeline (1866-1866)

                  Julia Matilda (1868-)


1.1 Anna Augusta Meigs


Birth:            15 Jun 1848, Jamaica, Queensland, NY2,1

Death:            13 Oct 19231

Reli:             Buried Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Section 2 East Division Rochester NewYork4


Spouse:           Israel Bedwin

Birth:            27 Oct 1839, Milton Berks, England4

Death:            21 Dec 19341

Marr:             16 Oct 1879, New York, NY


Children:         Theodore Meigs


1.2 Theodore Churchill Meigs


Birth:            12 Jan 1850, Jamaica, Queensland, NY1,2

Death:            1857

Reli:             not on 1860 census


1.3 Kate Justina Meigs


Birth:            27 Dec 1852, Jamaica, Queensland, NY2,1

Death:            9 Apr 19341


Spouse:           Robert Slocum


1.4 James Clark Meigs


Birth:            23 Mar 1854, Jamaica, Queensland, NY1,2

Death:            8 Jun 19361


1930 NY brooklyn ED 838 boarding at 226 Martense (Julia M Sawyer is at 226)

James C. Meigs 83 b NY pb NY clerical at Clark (could be clerk)



Spouse:           Ella Wright2


1.5 Charles Austin Meigs


Birth:            22 Oct 1856, Jamaica, Queensland, NY2,1

Death:            7 Oct 18641

                  named Charles Austin Clark Meigs;

                  known as Charley 1860 census;  not in 1870 census


1.6 Henry Churchill Meigs


Birth:            28 Jul 1861, Jamaica, Queensland, NY2,1

Death:            7 Mar 19131


1.7 Frederick Walker Meigs


Birth:            6 Feb 1864, Jamaica, Queensland, NY1,2

Death:            Aug 1895


1.8 Evangeline Meigs


Birth:            23 Jul 1866, Jamaica, Queensland, NY1,2

Death:            19 Aug 1866


1.9 Julia Matilda Meigs


Birth:            12 Dec 1868, Jamaica, Queensland, New York



Spouse:           Joseph F. Sawyer5

Birth:            May 1860, Delaware6,7

Father:           Charles Sawyer

Marr:             14 Feb 1889


Children:         Edith Meigs (1891-)

                  Elwood Austin (1892-1986)

                  Grace (1895-1991)

                  Joseph (1898-)

                  Charles (1899-1992)

                  Julia (1903-)

                  Theodore (1909-)