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American Silversmiths

Ephraim Sayre
(1746-)
Hannah Meeker
(1751-1805)
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David Austin Sayre
(1793-1870)

 

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Abby Vanholt Hammond

David Austin Sayre

  • Born: 12 Mar 1793, Bottle Hill, Morris, NJ
  • Marriage: Abby Vanholt Hammond on 17 Aug 1825 in Lexington KY
  • Died: 11 Sep 1870, Lexington KY

  General notes:

Silversmith

  Events in his life were:

  • Apprenticed in 1810 to Ezra Woodruff in Elizabethtown NJ 1

    "The regular work in the shop was continued until 8 o'clock, After that, my master allowed me 9¢ an hour for every hour I worked. I never had jobs of my own, but spent the whole of my time in his employ; setting up till 10 o'clock and often till 12 and 2 o'clock.
    The latter part of my 18th year, my master had a brother, Ichabod Woodruff, who came out to Lexington, Ky., to set up a shop there. He wanted to know if I would go with his brother. I told him I would ask my father. All that I could get from my father was to take care of false doctrines and bad company. As to advice about going, he would neither say yea, nor nay. And by the providence of God — it has saved my family. I own the house I was born in and support there a widowed sister and her family. Scott's Bible and Newton on the Prophecies, was my only inheritance. I never received a farthing besides.
    My father had objected to my learning the trade that it would be an expense to him. But I supported myself and took home $150.
    We left Elizabethtown on Wednesday and got to Philadelphia on Thursday, in one day. There was but one stage a week coming from Philadelphia out west, and it took a week to go through. My master paid my expenses coming out.
    I got tired of waiting in Philadelphia and hired my trunk to be taken in a wagon, and on Saturday morning I started on foot -- the sun rose just as I came over the bridge on the Schuylkill.
    The first day I came to a fifty mile post, I was 4 1/2 days coming out from Philadelphia, 200 miles walking. And from Maysville to Lexington I walked in a day and a half. . . When I reached Lexington I had $1.75.
    I spent 2 or 3 years of my apprenticeship in Lexington. After that worked journey work about two years at $700 a year. After a little upwards of 2 years I bought my old master in New Jersey out; went in debt $2100 and paid it at close of third year.
    I have lost and given away upwards of $700,000 that I have made in this town, by the sweat of my brow.
    Worsley afterwards used the same office, a little frame about 10 feet wide on Main Street which we first occupied and lived there with his family.
    My partner, Ichabod Woodruff, went down south and died at Bayou Sari, having lost all that he had made.
    "

    From John D. Shane's interview with David A. Sayre (Draper MS 15CC 30-33)
  • Working as silversmith in Lexington until 1829 when his activities as a banker and broker captured his full attention.
    See extensive article on his career. 5

David married Abby Vanholt Hammond on 17 Aug 1825 in Lexington KY. (Abby Vanholt Hammond was born on 17 Nov 1798 in Norfolk VA and died on 10 Mar 1871 in Lexington KY.)




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