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Sayward Family Papers, 1741-1977

Collection of manuscripts of the Sayward family of Sayward-Wheeler House in York Harbor, Maine

Sayward portrait
Portrait of Mrs. Nathaniel (Sally Sayward) Barrell by Joseph Blackburn, 1761.

The Sayward family papers include a variety of materials related to multiple generations of families who lived at Sayward-Wheeler House. Of note are a collection of Loyalist Jonathan Sayward's correspondence and a receipt for Joseph Blackburn's oil portrait of Sayward's daughter Sally Sayward Barrell, a rare document from an important painter for whom there are few surviving records.

This collection contains:

  • Financial records
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Ephemera
  • Wills

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Sayward appointment
An official document appointing Jonathan Sayward as a justice of the peace for King George III, 1768.
Sally Sayward Barrell Keating Wood
A hand-written essay, The First Maine Novelist, about Sally Sayward Barrell Keating Wood, possibly written in the 1940s.
Sayward letter
First page of a letter from Jonathan Sayward to an unidentified recipient, 1784.
Blackburn receipt
The receipt for the portrait of Sarah (Sally) Barrell painted by Joseph Blackburn, 1762.
Sayward Family Papers, 1741-1977