Sawyer, Albert Luther

Albert died “from the result of his army service” per his wife’s obituary, August 1926 (see below). No obituary found for Albert.

Probate July 1884
Your petitioner herein Charity Sawyer alleges that Albert L. Sawyer late husband of your petitioner died on or about August 25, 1883 leaving under the age of 21 years two children whose names sex and ages are respectively as follows, to wit:
Nettie A. Sawyer a girl aged 13 years, Willie W. Sawyer a boy aged 11 year.
That said Albert L. Sawyer died at Oregon City Clackamas County State of Oregon seized and possessed of one hundred and sixty acres of land in the State of Oregon taken under the timber culture act of which said children were and are the lawful inheritors. That said land was forfeited to the U. S. Government by non-complyance with the law governing said act.
That there is a party willing to pay forty dollars for a relinquishment of the right of the said heirs to the above mentioned land said forty dollars being what it will cost to contest and prove abandonment of said land.
Now therefore in consideration of the above statement of facts and for the purpose of realizing some thing from the relinquishment of the claim of the above named heirs of the late Albert L. Sawyer deceased, your petitioner prays that she be appointed General Guardian of said children herein before enumerated by said Hon. Court.
S. B. Califf for the Petitioner, 10th day of July 1884

Guardianship approved, No final order of closure of the probate in scanned file.

Excerpt from Charity’s obituary Published in the Spirit Lake Beacon, Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, Iowa, August 19, 1926, Page 2. Transcribed by: Justus Gravers, July 3, 2011 (

Charity Ann Robb was born of Scotch parentage in the state of New York in the year 1842. After a few years in northern Illinois her father, James Robb, with the family, lived in Clayton County, Iowa, where this daughter finished a modest educational equipment and began teaching. A little later there was a removal to Winneshiek County, where Charity Robb soon after the Civil War married a returned soldier, Albert L. Sawyer.

The lure of the western prairies drew the Robb family and several of the Sawyers to Dickinson County late in the sixties. This Mrs. Sawyer, with her husband, settled on a finely situated farm they had purchased on the highway between Spirit Lake and Arnolds Park, now owned and occupied by J. M. Lepley, where were born a daughter, now Mrs. A. B. Funk, of Des Moines, and a son, W. W. Sawyer, now of Seattle. In 1874, I think it was, Mr. Sawyer was elected Sheriff of Dickinson County, serving two terms I believe. These were the dismal grasshopper years, so full of hardship and sacrifice to the pioneers of northwest Iowa. The Sawyers fell victim to this scourge. After about two years in Ossian and Waucoma, Iowa, the A. L. Sawyer family moved to western Kansas where lack of rainfall defeated the zealous endeavor to succeed in farming. In this dire situation the west still beckoned with the promise of substantial reward, so in 1881 the last move was made to Oregon City, Oregon, where in less than a year the husband and father, a man of high character and deep devotion to his family, died from the effect of his army service.


Civil War Pension Index: Sawyer, Albert L.
Widow: Sawyer, Charity A.
K 38 Iowa Inf
1883 April 17, Invalid, Application: 1180717, Certificate: 285862, Oregon
1883 Oct 30, Widow, Application: 310089, Certificate: 345974

Civil War Headstone Request:
Sawyer, Albert L.
Sgt. K 38th Regt. Iowa Inf.
Cemetery at Oregon City, Oreg.
Date of Death: August 25, 1883

Name: Albert L . Sawyer
Side: Union
Regiment State/Origin: Iowa
Regiment: 38th Regiment, Iowa Infantry
Company: K
Rank In: Corporal
Rank Out: First Sergeant
Film Number: M541 roll 23

Name: Albert L Sawyer
Residence: Iowa
Age at Enlistment: 21
Enlistment Date: 29 Aug 1862
Rank at enlistment: 3rd Corporal
State Served: Iowa
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company K, Iowa 38th Infantry Regiment on 06 Oct 1862.Promoted to Full 1st Sergeant on 01 Jan 1864.Mustered out on 01 Jan 1865.
Birth Date: abt 1841
Death Date: 25 Aug 1885
Death Place: Clackamas County, Oregon
Sources: Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of Rebellion, Research by Harold Slavik


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