Mary P. Sawyer
This curly haired little imp is identified as Mary P. Sawyer. Found in an antique shop in Townsend, Massachusetts, the photo was taken in Illinois. A little research reveals that Mary P. Sawyer was born about 1868, to Hannah M. Peabody and John Sawyer. Her father was a clergyman who was born in Illinois. So how did this picture end up in Massachusetts? Her father died 26 February 1878 when Mary was just 10 years old. It turns out Mary’s mother was born in Massachusetts, and it appears that Mary was born in Massachusetts as well. Although the 1870 census says that Mary was born in Illinois, the 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 census, as well as her marriage record state that she was born in Massachusetts. Although Mary and her mother remained in Illinois for a number of years after John’s death, by 1900, Mary and her mother had moved to Los Angeles where 32 year old Mary was working as a vocal teacher and accompanist. Sometime after 1900 Mary and her mother moved back to Massachusetts where Mary finally married Willis Corey on 28 November 1906 in Melrose, Massachusetts. It was a first marriage for both of them and they were both 39 years old. The marriage record states that Mary was born in Gayhead, Massachusetts. In 1910 Mary and her husband were still living in Melrose, Mary’s mother, Hannah, was living with them. By 1920 the couple had moved to San Diego (Hannah had perhaps died). It appears that the couple had no children and Mary died in San Diego in 1940. She is buried in Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita, CA.
Although Mary was an only child and had no children I hope there is a relative who would like to have the picture returned to the family.